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  • How to Prevent Future Couch Potatoes

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    How to Prevent Future Couch Potatoes TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children need between 35 and 60 minutes of exercise every day to stay lean and healthy, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. But moving them off the couch can be as hard as getting them to eat their vegetables. Part of the problem is that kids spend too much time with the TV, computers, cell phones, and video game consoles. On average, American kids are in front of screens for a whopping seven-and-a-half...

  • Health Tip: If Lifestyle Interferes With Sleep

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: If Lifestyle Interferes With Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Your evening routine may be affecting how easily you fall asleep and stay asleep. The National Sleep Foundation says problematic habits include: Eating a late dinner, especially a heavy one. Doing so can trigger heartburn, which may affect sleep. Watching TV in bed, as the device's blue light may interfere with your body's melatonin production. Going to bed with a smartphone. Checking email or social media can make you feel stressed when...

  • Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps?

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps? (HealthDay News) -- The tight, searing pain of a muscle cramp is tough to forget. But do you know why your muscles spasm? The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these possible causes: Failing to stretch muscles before exercise. Exercising muscles that are over-fatigued. Exercising in hot weather. Exercising when you are dehydrated or lack electrolytes. Overexerting yourself during exercise. Being overweight, being sick or taking certain medications. Bei...

  • Health Tip: Getting Toddlers to Try New Foods

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Getting Toddlers to Try New Foods (HealthDay News) -- Getting toddlers to try new foods may seem like an uphill battle. But experts say parents mustn't give up. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: The foods you eat may affect the taste of your breast milk. So if you breast-feed, eat a variety of foods. For both you and your child, minimize salt and skip spicy flavors, such as hot sauce or cayenne pepper. If your child doesn't like a food at first, keep offering it. Your child ma...

  • Health Tip: Learn About Pasteurization

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Learn About Pasteurization (HealthDay News) -- Pasteurization is the process of heating milk and other dairy products to kill harmful bacteria. The foodsafety.gov website offers these facts about pasteurization: It's necessary because there could be dangerous germs in raw milk. Pasteurization does not affect allergies to dairy products. Pasteurized milk is no less nutritious than raw milk. Even if pasteurized, milk should never be left unrefrigerated for an extended period.

  • Health Tip: At Risk of Heat Illness?

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: At Risk of Heat Illness? (HealthDay News) -- Everyone's prone to heat-related illness, but you may have risk factors that make you more vulnerable to heatstroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps. The National Safety Council says you're at greater risk if: You have a chronic heart or circulatory problem. You're a senior citizen. You work outside. You take certain medications, especially those that help regulate body temperature or sweat. You abuse drugs or alcohol.

  • Health Tip: Boosting Your Memory

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Boosting Your Memory (HealthDay News) -- Feeling forgetful? There are steps you can take to help boost your memory. The American Psychological Association suggests: Take mental snapshots. For example, visualize your car keys in a wooden bowl near your front door. This will help you remember where you left them. Train your brain. If you meet someone named Mr. Brown, for example, picture him covered in that color. Vanishing cues. If you can't remember a name, write down all the letters that yo...

  • Health Tip: Balancing Stress at Work

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Balancing Stress at Work (HealthDay News) -- Too much stress at work may affect your job performance and overall health. The American Psychological Association suggests how to cope with occupational stress: Keep a journal to track things that stressed you out, and how you dealt with them. When you feel stressed, minimize the effects by exercising, reading and getting plenty of sleep. Make sure you're not thinking about work all the time. Practice relaxation techniques to help you wind down. ...

  • Health Tip: Check the Water Before Swimming

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Check the Water Before Swimming (HealthDay News) -- Swimming in a germ-ridden pool can make you sick. Before you jump in, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you: Check the water for cleanliness. Make sure pools and hot tubs are properly treated to get rid of germs. Avoiding swimming if you have diarrhea or an open wound that can't be covered. Rinse off in a shower for one minute. Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks. Change diapers away from the pool. Make sure chi...

  • Health Tip: Eating Well

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Health Tip: Eating Well (HealthDay News) -- When you're at a popular summer attraction such as an amusement park, nutritional food choices may lacking. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Browse carefully for healthier options, such as grilled chicken, corn on the cob, veggie burgers, salads or grilled vegetables. Enjoy a healthy breakfast at home before you head to the park, and pack a nutritious lunch and snacks. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and bring a refillable bottle. Ski...