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Swim Safe This Summer

With great heat comes great responsibility! We all want to take a break from our hectic lives and lay poolside for the afternoon to catch up on some sun. While it seems harmless, there are many precautions to take in order to have a truly enjoyable day. Whether you’re going to a water park for the day or relaxing at the pool for a few hours, these tips will keep you happy, healthy and ready for fun.

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health

NAMI, otherwise known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is an organization that works to educate the public on mental wellness while providing support. Last month, mental health awareness issues were highlighted since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, bringing people together to improve the lives of all Americans affected by mental health concerns. Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime?

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Make Exercise a Habit with 7 Easy Tips

The department stores are already bringing out spring clothes, so even though we are starting to prepare for the next snow fall in the forecast, the reality is that warmer weather will be here before we know it. Are you ready for shorts, swimsuits, and exposed arms? The popular website Spark People has some great tips for starting an exercise program…and sticking with it!

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Pressed for Time? Try a Cold-Pressed Juice

Cold-pressed juices have been around awhile, and it seems they are still generating some buzz in yoga classes and the local gym. Cold-pressed juices are made with a hydraulic press that uses intense pressure to squeeze the juices out of that celery stalk, carrot, or apple slice. Having only a shelf life of about 4 days for the best nutrients (and safety before microbes begin to spoil it), true cold-pressed juices should be enjoyed soon after being made. Cold-pressed juices in the grocery store go through high pressure processing which extends the shelf life for another month (or more).

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Stress Management

Stress can pop up when you least expect it. The Mayo Clinic has some advice on the best way to deal with stress, calling it "the 4 A's of Stress Management". Whether it's a joyous event like a marriage or the birth of child, or a negative experience like death or an illness, the 4 A's can help many of us cope better. They are: avoid, alter, accept or adapt.

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Summer and Sunscreen

It’s hot. It’s sunny. And most of us love it! We spend a lot of time outdoors, enjoying the sports we love, cooling off by the pool and vacationing on the beach. Today however, we know that too much sun can be bad for us, and more cases of skin cancer are popping up each year, with one of the latest statistics indicating there will be about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed this year alone.

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