News & Health Tips

Halloween Tips and Tricks (or Treats)

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Although fall is a season loved by many, a lot of people absolutely dread the Halloween season. Why? Because there is so much temptation with all the candy sitting around the house for weeks! Since Halloween is just around the corner, here are 10 tips to help you and your family enjoy the holiday.

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September is Healthy Aging Month

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In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we are sharing some simple tips on how you can feel your best regardless of your age:

  • Be active. Exercise is a key factor to both your physical and mental well-being. Not only does it help you stay fit and mobile as you age, but it also can prevent common medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, etc. When you perform physical activity, your body not only reaps the benefits, but your mind does too. Exercise releases endorphins in your body that boosts your overall mood and relieves stress. It also improves your memory, and can help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Choosing and Properly Using a Backpack

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As summer comes to an end, most kids begin dreading the ever-closer school year. But, there is one saving grace that can keep their spirits up for the school session ahead—the excitement of picking out a new backpack. Will it have their favorite princess or superhero plastered across the front? How many pockets will it have? Will it have some hooded contraption or a handle and wheels? But often times, kids and adults miss the most important question when choosing a backpack: Will the backpack reduce my risk of back pain and spine injury? Read on for tips on how to choose the right pack, use it properly and recognize warning signs to save your student’s back.

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Stay Safe from Bugs this Summer

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Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities like swimming, picnicking, grilling and fishing. But in the Midwest, those fun times can be put to a stop by bugs like mosquitos and ticks. Keep yourself and your family safe from bugs by following these tips!

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Keep Your Children Safe in Water This Summer

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Sometimes it seems the only way to beat the summer heat is by submerging in a body of water, whether it's a pool, lake or the ocean. Although swimming, no matter where, is a fun and relaxing activity, it also comes with significant risks. Drowning is the second largest injury killer of children ages 1-14, preceded only by birth defects. In fact, three children lose their life to a drowning incident each and every day. Keep your kids safe this season by ensuring they are strong swimmers, teaching them the proper safety precautions and paying close attention to them anytime they are in a body of water.

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Conquering Spring Allergies

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Spring has finally arrived, which means the sun is shining, birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, it also means that noses are running and eyes are itching... It is the time of the year for many when allergies are in full force. A common misconception regarding spring allergies is that medicine is the only way to treat them. Studies have found that there are additional ways to relieve your allergies this season.

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