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5 Water Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

07/01/2015 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

As the mercury rises in your thermometer, pools, ponds, and lakes become a welcome respite from sweltering heat. When you and your family decide to spend a day in and on the water, it’s important to keep certain safety rules in mind. Here are five water safety tips every parent should know before heading to the water this summer. 1. Never leave your child near water unsupervised. They could fall in without someone there to help. Adults should ALWAYS pay complete attention while children…

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness: 4 Signs Your Child Might Have Arthritis

07/01/2015 | Family CarePrimary Care

When you think of arthritis, a disease that causes painful inflammation around joints, you tend to think of the elderly. The most common forms of arthritis do affect older people, but many types of arthritis affect people under the age of 16. Together, they are referred to as “juvenile arthritis.” According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 300,000 children in the United States suffer from different types of arthritis. So how can you tell if your child has arthritis? Joint pain. The most…

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5 Items to Include for the Healthiest Family Picnic Ever

07/01/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

Summer is a good time to get outside. Picnicking is one of the most fun things you can do with your family in the summer. Grab a blanket, some sunblock, and a Frisbee or whiffle ball and bat and head to the park or beach. When you are packing your picnic basket, here are five items you can bring for the healthiest family picnic ever. 1. Chicken Wraps. Instead of the same old sandwiches, make some fresh, tasty chicken wraps. Take roasted or grilled chicken breast, cut it into strips, and add it to…

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Preparing for a Family Camping Trip: 8 Things to Bring

07/01/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and ExerciseSafety & Prevention

It’s summertime and the great outdoors beckon. Before you pack up the family and head for the woods, check your packing list. Make sure you’re taking along everything you need to keep your family safe and healthy while camping. 1. Bug Spray. The woods can be full of mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. Bring along bug spray to keep from scratching throughout your trip. If possible, try to avoid using bug sprays with DEET, especially on small children. 2. Sunblock. When you…

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5 Simple Changes to Make Your Family’s Diet Healthier

06/25/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

Feeding your family is a full time job. Making healthy meals when you’re on a budget and time is limited can be a real challenge. There are a few simple changes that you can make to your everyday diet that will make your family more healthy right away.   1. Drink more water. Keeping your family hydrated will keep them healthy. If you get bored with plain water, add fruits like lemon, lime or strawberries to flavor water. 2. Serving proteins and veggies instead of starches. Many of the…

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