Posts in August, 2018

  • Helping Kids Avoid the Flu

    Every year millions of kids come down with the flu. While this common illness is generally not serious for most kids, it can be dangerous and—in rare cases—deadly. This doesn't mean parents need to panic. But parents should do their best to take precautions and focus on prevention. Remember, most kids who get the flu feel lousy for about a week and then recover completely. Flu basics Parents can do a ...

  • How to Cope with a Summer Cold

    It's hardly how you wanted your summer to go: It's August, and you're sniffling. Maybe your throat feels scratchy too. You swear it feels a lot like the start of a nasty cold. Wait, what? A cold ? In summer ? Yep, it happens. On average, adults get about two or three colds annually. And while most colds occur when it's, well, colder out, you can get them at any time of the year—even in the dog ...

  • Munchies: 5 Ideas for Healthy Treats

    Check out these simple ideas for healthy snacks from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Heart Association. You can use their suggestions to inspire your own healthy, travel-friendly treats: 1. Pack your own snacks. High-fat potato chips and other salty, crunchy treats are a temptation at every gas station. Head it off by packing these healthier snacks: ...

  • 4 Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy This School Year

    As schools are preparing their classrooms, parents everywhere are checking off the last few things on their back to school to-do lists. But in addition to notebooks and erasers, you may want to pick up some hand sanitizer and tissues, too! As the time indoors and exposure to other kids increases for your child, so does their chance of illness. To ensure your kid’s immune system can handle the battle ahead, here ...

  • Avoiding Illness at School

    Fortunately, there are many preventive measures you and your child can take to help stop illness in its tracks. From food poisoning to the flu, the following tips can help your child stay a little healthier this school year. Start with a strong defense Send your child to school protected against germs by making sure he or she is up-to-date with immunizations. From chickenpox to measles to the flu, vaccines are a ...

  • Back to School Health Checklist

    School supplies? Check. First day of school outfit? Check. All done, right? Not exactly. While these are often top of mind when September rolls around, we can’t forget about some other equally important items that need to be checked off too. With summer almost over it’s time to think about your family’s back to school health checklist as well: Schedule Your Child’s Back to School Physical. ...

  • Screening Out Men's Major Health Threats

    You may think of the doctor's office as someplace you go when you're sick. But it's important to have an occasional visit when you're well too. All men should have a few routine screening tests. These tests can help catch health problems early, before they've progressed enough to cause symptoms. And treatment in these early stages is more likely to be fully effective. Test time You can get ...

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