staying active

4 ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule

Posted on December 20, 2016

With a schedule filled with work and family activities, it can be difficult to fit physical activity into your day. But your health — and your sanity — reap significant benefits when you do. Regular exercise has been shown to: • Help with weight management • Reduce the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 … »

expiration dates

Understanding the “expiration” dates on food

Posted on December 16, 2016

You’re familiar with the date stamp on food packaging. It’s accompanied by the words “sell-by,” “use-by” or “best-by.” But what exactly do those labels mean? In the United States, food manufacturers typically use a system called “open dating,” which includes stamping a date on food packaging. This dating often has a twofold purpose — it … »

family history

Getting to know your family (health) tree

Posted on December 12, 2016

Need a conversation starter at your next family gathering? During your next get together, why not bring health into the conversation? Now, we’re not suggesting you spend hours chatting about the ins and outs of everyone’s health issues. But it is a good idea to know your family’s medical history. Take a little time when … »

safe toys

Toy shopping? Safety first!

Posted on December 9, 2016

If you have little ones on your holiday gift list this year, you probably have toys in mind. Whether you’re looking at a classic toy that’s been around for years or this year’s latest fad, you want to be sure the toys you choose are safe. Believe it or not, toy-related injuries are common. In … »

cold and flu

What you can do to fend off the cold and flu

Posted on December 7, 2016

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this December, nobody has time to be sick. Fortunately, you can take steps to help keep common winter illnesses away. First, let’s take a look at what makes colds and the flu more common during the winter than at other times of the year. You might think it’s the … »

american diabetes month

4 things you should know about diabetes

Posted on November 26, 2016

November is American Diabetes Month. Sure, you’re familiar with the term “diabetes.” But do you really know what the condition is and what having it means? There’s no better time to learn! Read on for a look at the ins and outs of diabetes. There are two main types of diabetes — Type 1 and … »

healthy travel

Your game plan for staying healthy while traveling

Posted on November 22, 2016

Are you one of the millions of Americans traveling during the holidays? Holiday traveling is getting underway, but you don’t have to leave good health behind. One forecast predicts more than 103 million Americans — the most on record — will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, including 93.6 million by car. Whether you choose to hit … »

cultivate gratitude

4 ways to cultivate gratitude and giving as a family

Posted on November 21, 2016

The holiday season can sometimes seem like one long string of “getting,” from good food and treats at Thanksgiving to gifts galore for Hanukkah and Christmas. But the biggest gifts of all actually come when we give. If you’ve ever spent time volunteering or donated to a charitable cause, you’re probably familiar with the good … »

holiday food safety

4 steps to holiday food safety

Posted on November 19, 2016

With so many dishes being prepared for your Thanksgiving table, you may have pots on the stove, on the counter, in the fridge and in the oven — all at the same time. Follow these tips to make sure your food makes it safely into hungry bellies! Each year, one in six Americans gets food … »

children epilepsy

A parent’s guide to epilepsy

Posted on November 15, 2016

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. How much do you know about this condition that affects more than 450,000 American children? Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological condition — impacting more than 3 million people in the United States, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. The condition, which is often called a “seizure disorder,” causes … »

healthy lunch

Healthy (and fun) lunchbox ideas

Posted on November 6, 2016

You want your kids to learn as much as possible during each school day. How can you help them do that? Make sure they eat a healthy lunch. Students learn better when they’re well nourished. In fact, studies have shown that kids who eat a balanced diet have improved memory and concentration, are more alert, … »

healthy Halloween

Celebrating Halloween with your kids: Beyond candy

Posted on October 28, 2016

These days it can seem like Halloween is all about candy and costumes. But there are plenty of ways you can celebrate the holiday with your little ones without either of those two ingredients! You’ve probably already got the essentials down pat — you’ve picked out costumes, loaded up on candy to hand out for … »

food cravings

What your food cravings could mean

Posted on October 20, 2016

Craving a sinful, chocolatey dessert? You might just be craving the deliciousness, but sometimes cravings can be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin deficiency is actually fairly common in the United States. In fact, more than 40 percent of American adults don’t get enough vitamins A, C, D or E, calcium, or magnesium. Deciphering … »

flu shot

The flu vaccine: A shot of prevention

Posted on October 14, 2016

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know you don’t want it again. And the best way to prevent it? An annual flu shot. Let’s take a look at some common questions about the flu vaccine. Q: Why should I be vaccinated? A: The flu, also called influenza, is a contagious illness that affects the … »

whooping cough

Cocooning & your newborn: The whooping cough vaccine

Posted on October 11, 2016

You probably learned what a cocoon is way back in elementary school. It’s a silk covering used by insects to protect themselves as they grow and develop. But are you familiar with the term cocooning when it comes to babies? Cocooning for babies is much the same — it refers to having family members and … »

behavioral health

Behavioral health: a look at the numbers

Posted on October 4, 2016

kids safety

4 hidden safety risks you might not think of

Posted on October 3, 2016

When your little one started crawling, you probably baby-proofed your house for the usual things. Like installing gates to keep the baby off the stairs, installing socket protectors to keep little fingers out of the power outlets and putting locks on cabinets. But there are some lesser-known safety risks to tackle, too. When you’re baby-proofing … »

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