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Caregivers need care too

It’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves so they can take care of others.

Taking care of a loved one in need can take a lot of work. It's easy to end up putting the other person's needs before your own when caring for their every need. Ignoring your own health while taking care of someone else can carry serious risks. “No matter your age, not making time for your own needs can cause sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and lack of ...

 
 

Healthful turkey trot

This time of year, most people are looking forward to getting together with family and filling up on delicious food on Thanksgiving. Before you settle in at the dining table that day, consider getting an active start to your holiday with a Turkey Trot—a 5K or similar distance race on Thanksgiving morning. “Turkey Trots are great for runners of any level to get ...

 

Flu shots: when and why

The arrival of fall and cooler weather means flu season is on its way. To decrease your chance of getting the flu this year, prevention is best—which starts with getting a flu shot. While each flu season is different, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized or die from flu-related causes every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the ...

 

5 Healthy ways to get energized

Feeling sluggish is a feeling most people probably know all too well. From getting up first thing on a Monday morning for work to staying up late with friends, everyone can feel like they need an energy boost at some point in their day.While you may feel the urge to reach for an energy drink or cup of coffee when you feel this way, these are not the only ways to get ...

 

Understanding childhood obesity

Across the U.S., obesity is still a nationwide problem affecting both adults and children. For children, being obese at a young age can lead to other serious health risks, both during childhood and into adulthood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five American kids between the ages of six and 19 are obese. If you're worried ...

 

Avocados: delicious and heart healthy

Avocados are the latest food trend both for healthy eaters and foodies. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans are now eating almost four times as many avocados today than in the mid-1990s. However you choose to eat them, they taste great and have the added bonus of being great for your health. “Avocados offer a lot of vitamins and nutrients,” ...

 

What really causes stomach bugs?

It’s likely you’ve had a stomach bug at some point in your life or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are on average 19 to 21 million cases of stomach viruses annually in the U.S. While you can get a stomach virus from contaminated food, this is not always the case. “Anyone can get a stomach bug—either from ...

 

Is vaping a healthier alternative to smoking?

While it is general knowledge that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, many Americans still continue to smoke. In recent years, e-cigarettes have been introduced and marketed as a healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes. There is a belief that smoking e-cigarettes can be less dangerous than smoking regular cigarettes.“While e-cigarettes are tobacco-free, there ...

 

Safety tips for solar eclipse

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. On Monday, August 21, the Great American Solar Eclipse will cut a 70-mile-wide path across the country, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. As the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow that turns day into night, millions of Americans will marvel ...

 

How to talk to kids about tragic events

In today’s world, tragedy is hard to escape. We are constantly exposed to media coverage of the latest terrorist attack, mass shooting, or bombing. And though we try our best to protect them, our children are, too. Deciding if, how, and when to talk to children about tragic events is a dilemma that many parents face. It may seem like the best option is to avoid the ...

 

How to beat the heat

For many people, the summer months are a source of happiness. It’s always fun to join your family for a picnic, enjoy a walk through the neighborhood or spend an evening sitting on your front porch. However, as the temperature climbs, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries – especially for children, seniors and those with chronic health problems. ...