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  • Health Tip: When Air Quality is Poor

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Health Tip: When Air Quality is Poor (HealthDay News) -- Poor air quality is a serious issue for people with breathing problems, such as asthma. When air quality is poor, the National Weather Service suggests: If you're exercising outdoors, make your routine less strenuous than usual Take more frequent breaks. And shorten the length of your workout. Move planned outdoor activities to another day or indoors. If that's not possible, schedule activities in the morning, when air quality generally is better.

  • Health Tip: Don't Pass the Salt, Please

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Health Tip: Don't Pass the Salt, Please (HealthDay News) -- Like many people, you may be trying to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet. The problem is, lots of packaged foods are loaded with salt. The U.S. National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says there are several steps you can take: In general, using fresh foods without adding salt is the way to go. If you do use canned or frozen vegetables or other "convenience" foods, make sure they are labeled "no salt added." Be sure to check the sod...

  • Health Tip: Parenting a College Freshman

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Health Tip: Parenting a College Freshman (HealthDay News) -- As your child transitions from high school to life as a college student, you can still show that you care -- from a distance. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Call your child regularly to check in. Visit your child at school, more frequently than just on parents' weekend. Get to know the parents of your child's roommates and friends. If you suspect homesickness, encourage your child to talk to school counselors.

  • Health Tip: Take Care of Kids Exercising in Summer Heat

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Health Tip: Take Care of Kids Exercising in Summer Heat (HealthDay News) -- Kids love to play, run, swim and explore -- especially during summer. But that's when parents should keep an eye on them to help guard against heat-related illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: When heat or humidity are high, lower the intensity of your child's play. Restrict play outdoors until your child has adjusted to warmer weather. Encourage your child to drink water before playing outdoors. Then schedule...

  • How to Prevent Future Couch Potatoes

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    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: 07/20/2017

    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: 07/20/2017

    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: 07/20/2017

    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: 07/20/2017

    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: 07/20/2017

    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.