An Epidemic in America: What Can Parents Do To Stop Childhood Obesity?

19 Sep 2011
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In 1970 1 in 20 children were considered obese (defined as weighing 20% or more than their ideal weight) NOW, 1 in 5 are considered obese and 1 in 3 are overweight! The complications from this problem are not only physical but social and emotional for our kids. The cause is simple, our children are eating too much and exercising too little. We can fight this epidemic! Seven Steps To Healthier Children: Model healthier eating: eat healthy by example and show them how to pay attention to when you are full. the home environment: change what you keep in the house to healthy, non processed foods, and limit the sweets..

Are You Suffering From Allergies, This Time Of Year?

12 Sep 2011
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Although there are not many blooming flowers this time of year there are plenty of pollen and spores causing you to suffer: The Big One: RAGWEED begins pollenating in August with the warm days cool nights and is in peak season NOW. Molds: As we pile up dead leaves they will contain moisture, basements will have excess moisture, bathrooms may have moisture, all lead to mold. Dust mites: Microscopic spider-like insects that are stirred up with turning on the furnace. Children: Not as the cause, but kids suffer as they are exposed to dust mites, molds in ther schools from the summer heat, chalk dust. Food allergies: Always a threat.

How can you protect yourself from flu?

05 Sep 2011
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Each year over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized for the serious complications from the flu and there were over 14,000 deaths resulting from the flu last year! How can you protect yourself? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common. The 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic. Everyone 6 months of age and.

Over-The-Counter Pain Medications: What’s Safe and Effective For You

29 Aug 2011
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More than 75% of us take an OTC pain reliever at least once a month. What is safe and effective and for what types of pains: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Reduces fever. Relieves mild to moderate musculoskeletal pain. Relieves mild to moderate back pain. Relieves mild to moderate headaches. Often helpful with colds, sore throat pain, toothaches. Cautions: Alcohol and Tylenol in excess can damage the liver; can interact with the blood thinner Warfarin (Coumadin). Aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin, Ecotrin, St Joseph, Bufferin) Reduces fever. Relieves mild toothaches. Relieves moderately sore muscles. Relieves mild to moderate back pain. Relieves mild to moderate headaches. Cautions: DO NOT TAKE if less than 18 years old;.

WATER: Do You EAT Enough Water?

22 Aug 2011
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Water is the single most important nutrient we consume and a person cannot live more than a week without it. The old way of thinking was “drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily”, 8 X 8=64 ounces. The truth is you can get almost all the water you need from FOOD? Yes! Myths and Truths About Water Consumption: Myth: need to drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily. Truth: most individuals can get all the water they need from their diet alone. Myth: increasing water consumption can facilitate weight loss. Truth: consuming more water through water rich foods can reduce hunger, lowers calorie intake by feeling.