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Back to School Health Hacks

Posted by Staff on August 13, 2018

It’s time to trade in your swimming suits for school supplies - back to school season is upon us! While many parents and caregivers are ready to get back into a routine again, actually doing so can take some time. The tips below can help you make healthy choices for your kids as you start the summer to classroom transition. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

Steps to Stay Safe from Wildfire Smoke

Posted by Staff on July 27, 2018

It’s wildfire season in California and there’s one burning close to home. The Carr Fire is currently burning near Redding, California and its effects can be felt throughout many Northern California communities. The haze of smoke drifting into the valley can cause health problems such as eyes stinging, irritation of the respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases such as COPD. While older adults and children are most likely to be affected, it’s important for everyone to take necessary steps to stay as safe as possible from wildfire smoke. Below are suggested steps to take from the CDC.

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Topics: COPD, News

Tips to Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

Posted by Staff on July 19, 2018

The sun is a powerful force and too much fun in the sun can lead to serious consequences. Experiencing a sunburn and the pain and peeling that follow is enough to know you want to avoid it ever happening again. It’s easy to remember to slather on the sunscreen during the summer months, but we often forget the importance of intentionally protecting our skin year-round.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

How to Recognize and Prevent Heat Exhaustion

Posted by Staff on June 22, 2018

The official start of summer brings the fun of outdoor activities, summer camps, vacations -- and high temperatures. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of activities and a more relaxed routine, forgetting to take proper care of ourselves and our loved ones when the temperatures get into the triple digits. High temperatures combined with strenuous physical activity can lead to heat exhaustion. Luckily, with the right knowledge and precautions it’s completely preventable.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention, Physical Activity

How to Deal With Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock)

Posted by Staff on June 07, 2018

When you or a loved one has a severe allergic reaction it can be frightening. Some allergic reactions are merely uncomfortable or inconvenient, while others can be life threatening. This type of reaction is called anaphylaxis and can cause the body to go into shock. Blood pressure drops and swelling occurs, creating difficulty breathing. In some cases this reaction can occur in a matter of a minute or two from the time of exposure to the allergen. So what can you do to help someone going into anaphylaxis?

 

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Topics: Prevention, Allergies

Beat Your Summer Allergies

Posted by Staff on May 24, 2018

Summer is right around the corner and that means everyone will be getting out and enjoying all the summer activities they love. Hiking, camping, watersports or a cross-country roadtrip, whatever summer holds for you there is one thing that can keep us from fully enjoying it: allergies.  

That's right, allergies aren't just a springtime problem, in fact certain allergy problems can actually get worse in the summertime. WebMD put together some great information about summer allergies and tips on avoiding them:

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Topics: Allergies

Is Picky Eating an Early Warning Sign of Childhood Obesity?

Posted by Staff on May 01, 2018
Being the parent of a picky eater can be frustrating at times. No matter what meals you prepare, your picky eater will often refuse to eat what is on their plate. Most picky eaters have a select few dishes that they are willing to eat. People have different views about picky eaters. There are some people who believe that children are picky eaters because they are spoiled. Others believe that when a child is a picky eater that they are just going through a phase. According to Healthline, picky eating could be linked to depression or anxiety. Whatever the reason your child is picky with what they eat, it can not only be frustrating, it can also cause you to worry that your child isn't getting the nutrients that they need to be healthy.

 

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Topics: Childhood Obesity

Why Preventative Healthcare is Important Even if You're Healthy?

Posted by Staff on April 18, 2018

If you are a healthy person, you may not see the need to go see a doctor. If you have no chief complains, what is the point in taking time out of your day and paying a copay just to have a doctor tell you that you are perfectly healthy, right? This couldn't be more wrong. Seeing a doctor regularly for preventative healthcare is just as important for a healthy person as it is for a person who is in poor health for several reasons.

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Topics: Prevention, Physicals

Why Senior Citizens Should Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted by Staff on April 02, 2018

We’ve all experienced the flu at some time or another, but how many of us get vaccinated? Turns out about one-third of senior citizens don’t get the flu vaccine! It’s especially important for at-risk groups, such as young children and seniors, to get vaccinated and lessen the risk of devastating consequences such as hospitalization – or even death. According to the CDC, senior citizens in particular is the group most affected by the seasonal flu because of their weakened immune system. The good news is that there are things seniors can do to lessen their chances of getting the flu, the most important being to consider vaccination.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines

Ways to Avoid and Manage Pain

Posted by Staff on March 26, 2018

Everyone feels pain from time to time. It is your body's way of telling you that there is something wrong. When the injury heals, the pain goes away. Chronic pain is different. When you are suffering from chronic pain, it lasts for months and even years. According to WebMDthere are several types of chronic pain. A few of the most common sources of chronic pain include:

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Topics: Pain Management

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