Showing posts from July, 2017

Your Guide For All Things Back To School

This time of year, nearly every parent starts feeling mildly overwhelmed as the back-to-school rush starts. Between school-supply shopping, scheduling routine wellness exams and picking out a wardrobe for the school year, there almost too many things to keep track of.
So, to help you navigate this hectic time, here are key ways to make this the best school year yet—not just for your child, but for you, too. Keep these expert tips in mind to conquer this school year like a pro!
Early to bed, early to rise.
Summertime and sleep routines don’t usually go together. However, to help children and teens adjust to the earlier wake-up times that school demands, start making slight changes to their sleep schedule.
About two to three weeks before school begins, start moving their bedtime back by 15 minutes each night and waking them 15 minutes earlier each morning until the desired waking time is reached. Keep in mind that school aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep, while teens need more…

Should You Be Bathing Your Child Daily?

Here's welcome news for parents tired of forcing their kids to take a daily bath: Children may not need to bathe every day after all. While it varies from child to child, most children only need a bath a few times a week. Of course, this depends on their activity level, as well as their environment.

Not only is daily bathing not a necessity, it may actually be beneficial for their overall health. Here are the benefits to skipping your child’s daily bathing ritual:
They’re exposed to bacteria.  When kids are exposed to germs their bodies learn how to effectively fight off bad bacteria. Your child’s skin also has useful bacteria that protects their skin from toxins.
They’re skin and hair stays hydrated. While warm baths may be enjoyable for children of all ages, it’s actually stripping beneficial, natural oils from their skin and hair. This is especially important to remember if your child has sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.
They avoid irritants. While that soap and shampoo …

Stop Sabotaging Your Exercise Routine

Exercising isn’t always easy. Whether it’s a full schedule, a lack of motivation or feeling tight on time, there’s no shortage of exercise barriers. With all of that said, though, there is no doubt that the benefits of exercise far outweigh any of the obstacles.
Making time for routine activity is only half the battle. To ensure that your body is reaping all the health benefits that exercise has to offer, make sure you aren’t making these common mistakes:
Mistake No. 1: Not keeping an exercise chart or journal. A record tells you how far you've come and when it's time to go to the next level. Noting improvements in your heart rate will also provide motivation. Check it 15 to 60 minutes after exercising -- you'll see a decrease in this number as your heart gets stronger.
Mistake No. 2: Not writing down goals. Studies show that people who chart short- and long-term goals accomplish more of them.
Mistake No. 3:Strength-training the same muscles on consecutive days. This prevents…

Simple Steps To Beat Blisters For Good

Blisters, also known as painful nuisances, seem to have a knack for showing up at the worst possible time. Whether it’s a painful blister between your toes, or a large blister on your heal, we’ve all experienced one at some point.  
Because blisters can be tricky to treat, experts recommend prevention as your best defense. However, there are many misconceptions when it comes to keeping blisters at bay. For instance, you may believe that cotton socks and powders are good deterrents or that you can only get blisters on your feet, but this isn’t the case.  
Remember, a happy body is a blister-free body. Try putting these simple tips to use—your body will thank you.
Wear socks. Try nylon and moisture-wicking socks, and throw on an extra pair of socks if one doesn't do the trick. Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose to prevent friction.
Avoid cotton. When you're active, wear moisture-wicking, loose-fitting clothes. Beware of cotton clothes, they can cause friction as they soak …

Q+A: 7 Things Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer

Despite the staggering statistic that nearly 4,000 American women die from cervical cancer each year, little is known about this disease. Now that’s the bad news, but here’s the good news: if found early, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. Furthermore, there are several ways you can prevent cervical cancer all together.
To keep you and your cervix healthy, let’s take a closer look at these 7 need-to-know facts.
Q: Where is the cervix and what does it do?
A: The cervix connects the vagina and uterus. As a part of the female reproductive system, the cervix plays an important role in childbirth as well as menstruation.
Q: What makes cervical cancer so deadly?
A: Because cervical cancer may remain in the early stagesfor 2 or more years, it often causes no symptoms. And by the time symptoms develop, the cancer has likely already become advanced. Even then, symptoms can still be easy to miss. However, if you notice irregular menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvis, pa…

6 Surprising Things You Need To Know About Sleep

It’s Monday morning and you’re already feeling exhausted, but it’s only the beginning of the week. It’s hard to know if your drowsiness is due to a long weekend, a bad night’s sleep or the typical Monday morning blues.
By now you’ve likely heard a lot about how much sleep you need—typically 7 to 8 hours for adults. It's not just the quantity, the quality of your sleep matters, too. 

So what exactly is a good night’s rest? What impacts how well you sleep? And how does a lack of sleep affect your body and mind? Here are answers to some of the most common sleep related questions:
1.What is considered solid shuteye? Well...
It takes you no more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
You don’t wake up more than once in a night.
If you do wake up, it takes you no more than 20 minutes to fall back asleep.
When you are in bed, you spend more than 85% of your time sleeping.
2.Does what you eat impact how well you sleep? Yes.
Eating too much saturated fat and too little fiber can affect how well you sleep…

7 Easy Ways To Cut 50 Calories Every Day

Whether it’s a little extra creamer in your coffee, some mayo on your sandwich or a side of dipping sauce for your fries, little decisions like this can add up in a big way. In fact, it is estimated that eating an extra 50 calories a day can actually sneak on about five pounds a year.
But steering clear of extra calories may not be as tough as you’d think. It doesn’t require making any drastic changes; instead, focus on hidden sources of calories that are easily overlooked.
Changes to digest
Let’s start with breakfast. When you’re enjoying your morning coffee, skip the sugar and creamer and try flavoring your java with vanilla extract or cinnamon instead. This small change will save you at least 29 calories. You can also replace the butter on your morning toast with a teaspoon of jam or nutritious nut butter.
At lunch, make tuna or salmon salad with low-fat vinaigrette instead of full-fat mayo, which is nearly 100 calories per tablespoon. When ordering a salad, ask for a non-creamy dress…

4 Easy Ways To Feel Good In Your Skin This Summer

By: Mandy Pileski, PhD, a behavioral health coordinator at GMC’s Center for Weight Management.
How you feel about your body impacts more than you may realize—the way you feel, what you do and the way you treat your body. For instance, imagine having a brand new car you really love – how often would you provide maintenance, clean your car and utilize it? Now imagine having a car you are embarrassed to drive – would you service it the same and utilize it the same way?
The answer is probably no.  It’s important to realize the impact that body image can have on your overall wellbeing and health. Here’s a closer look at why body image is important:
·Negative body image prevents us from engaging in healthful behaviors. Many people avoid walking, working out or swimming due to fear of judgment from others. ·We may avoid playing in the ocean with our children or walking on the beach if we feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit ·We may eat or drink in situations where body insecurity or fear of so…

Avoid These Hazardous Food Faux Pas