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The holiday season comes with a lot of health drawbacks, including colds, the flu, slips and falls and packing on a few extra pounds. Avoid germs, injuries, and fend off the seasonal weight by following these tips for healthy holidays. Prevention The cold and the flu spread rapidly during the winter, making it important to regularly wash your hands and stay warm. There is also a higher risk of slip and fall accidents during the winter. Sprinkle salt along the walkways near your home to prevent falls and other related injuries from ice this winter. Be Mindful of What You…

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The holidays are almost here, and that means it’s time to enjoy one of the most beautiful and most stressful times of the year. The quality time you spend with your family, the holiday spirit, and the many activities and events going on at work, school, and with friends and family are enjoyable, but they can be overwhelming. You have more to do but less free time to get it done, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose your joy in the stress of the holiday season. Before stress takes over, stop and figure out a plan for de-stressing…

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It is estimated that 15 to 25 percent of people suffer from fall allergies. Fall allergies typically begin late in August and last until the first frost of the year. The immune system is designed to prevent foreign organisms from invading your body. However, allergies develop when the immune system overreacts to harmless substances. Allergies can cause sore throat, hoarse voice, stuffy nose and itchy eyes. One of the keys to overcoming fall allergies is to find out all you can about them. Common Triggers Weeds are one of the most common fall allergy triggers. The wind transports ragweed and…

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Halloween is a holiday favorite for most kids; it is not often you allow your kids to fill baskets full of candy from the homes of strangers. It’s easy to forget your kid’s teeth require a little additional care following this holiday. Start by Cleaning Out the Candy Sort through the candy and eliminate items that are dangerous for the teeth. Sticky candies such as taffy and hard candies can actually damage the teeth. It’s better to be safe than sorry, remove these items from the kid’s candy stash. Create Some Halloween Candy Boundaries Your job is to set some…

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Halloween is right around the corner, it’s the thriving season of sugary candy consumption. While some candies are okay to eat, some are just downright unhealthy. It’s important to understand what type of of candies can seriously damage your oral health or simply give you a sugar rush. Below are the worst candies to consume this Halloween, which we suggest you avoid at all costs. Sweet Treats to Avoid 1. Sticky or Chewy Candy Sticky or chewy candy, such as taffy, dried fruit, or gummies can be hard to resist but they are even harder to remove from your teeth.…

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It’s that time of year again, flu season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get the flu shot in October or November or when the flu begins to spread in your area. Over 100 varieties of the flu have been discovered with new evolutions each year, but the first and best defense against the flu is the shot. The Flu If more people get the flu shot, fewer people will actually get the flu. If people aren’t getting sick from the flu, it makes it harder for the flu to spread. Influenza is extremely unpredictable from…

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As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, many women are reminded of helpful ways they can work towards prevention. Every woman wants to know how to reduce their risk of breast cancer and while there are a number of factors that can contribute to your level of risk, there are preventive methods that you can implement to your lifestyle. Stay Active Maintaining an active lifestyle is an important step to breast cancer prevention. Research has suggested that women who increase their physical activity reduce the risk of cancer between 10 -30 percent. Adding a brisk 30 minute walk to your…

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It can be difficult for parents to stay in shape during the fall months. Children are back in school and have after school activities and parents may have to work long hours. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to stay fit during the fall season even if you are busy. Make Exercise a Priority It is easy to let yourself go when you are a parent because your children’s school and activities take up a lot of time. However, it is still important for you to make exercise a priority. There are many benefits that can be reaped…

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If your child has a food allergy, its vital to manage this problem while your child is at school to avoid a severe allergic reaction. Some types of food allergies are dangerous, leading to respiratory distress that requires immediate medical attention. Alternatively, other types of food allergies cause a delayed reaction such as sinus congestion, mild nausea or skin rashes. It is important for your child to avoid particular substances while eating lunch or snacks. Here are some tips to help manage food allergies while your child is at school: Notify School Administers, Nurses and Teachers Adults working in an…

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Did you know that there are real, scientific benefits to having a pet? There are health and social benefits from your pet’s companionship. Check out these five ways how pets improve your health and life. They Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety Dogs and cats can reduce the stress and anxiety that builds up from work, school, and the other aspects of life. Did you know that petting your dog or cat after a stressful day can boost your mood? Even small furry pets like gerbils, rabbits, or hamsters can be cuddled to reduce stress and anxiety. Pets can even help…

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