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Stick With It! Tips for Achieving New Year’s Health Goals

Posted by Staff on January 22, 2018

So many people make New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, and by mid-February about 80% of resolutions start to fail. People often set unrealistic goals or jump head-first into resolutions that they haven’t thought all the way through. With such a high failure rate how do you set yourself up for success?

 

You have to set attainable goals for diet and exercise. Come up with a plan and know the reasons why you are trying to get healthy. Focus on what motivates you every day. This is not about the generic idea of being healthy, it’s about improving your quality of life. Before you embark on your health journey it’s a great idea to get a physical so that you can establish a baseline and know how strenuous your routine can be. Below you will find three great resources that will help guide you through goal setting and give you tips on sticking with it.

 

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Physical Activity

Food for Thought: Tips for Healthy Family Dinners

Posted by Staff on October 25, 2017

Do you have a hard time coming up with dinner ideas? What if your child struggles with childhood obesity? Then you may feel even more pressure and stress to plan and prepare healthy meals. You may start the month out by planning a week of dinners to make when everyone gets home, with the best intentions to continue, only to get to the middle of week two and realize you’re out of anything and everything to even invent a new pasta dish or a creative grilled cheese sandwich – let alone fresh fruit and veggies to make it healthy.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Childhood Obesity

Bad Health Habits You Should Stop Doing Right Now

Posted by Staff on June 29, 2017

If you are like most people, you have bad habits that are affecting your health. Many people have bad habits and they call them vices so that they don't seem as serious as they actually are. In reality, these bad habits can have lasting effects on your health. Luckily, it isn't too late to reverse the effects of these bad habits. Below is a list of the most common bad habits that are dangerous to your health and how you can quit them before it is too late.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

Tips For Staying Cool In The Summer Heat (and Signs You're Becoming Overheated)

Posted by Staff on June 21, 2017

Many people look forward to the summer. During the summer you can enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors, the days are longer, and there are plenty of fun things to do. The only complaint that people have during the summer is that it can get too hot. When the temperature reaches the 90's and the 100's, it can be very difficult to get comfortable. It can also be dangerous. If you are not careful and you don't keep yourself cool, your body can overheat, which can be very dangerous and even deadly.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

Signs You Might Be Dehydrated and Tips to Help

Posted by Staff on June 16, 2017

It’s not officially Summer yet, but there’s a heat wave hitting Northern California this week. In true Northern California fashion, it’s going from 70 degrees to 110 without any opportunity for our bodies to acclimate. Are you ready?

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

Ways to Help Children Develop Healthy, Lifelong Eating Habits

Posted by Staff on June 07, 2017

Childhood obesity in the United States has become a major concern for teachers, parents, and the medical community, all with differing theories philosophies, and tips for prevention. Factors that contribute to childhood obesity include genetics, inactivity, technology, as well as the beliefs and attitudes of the parents.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Childhood Obesity

Start New Habits to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by Staff on May 05, 2017

Sleep. You never seem to get enough of it. Kid’s never want to go to it. It eludes you. And it also seems to be the fix-all when you’re trying to make a decision - people always seem to tell you to just sleep on it. Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be what suffers when you’re trying to find more time in the day, are stressed, or are distracted and so stimulated that you can’t fall asleep, but more often than not it does.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle

Tips to Keep You From Getting Sick

Posted by Staff on April 14, 2017

Getting sick is a regular part of life, but sometimes it can be at the most inopportune time. Sometimes it can develop into something more complex than your average head cold. Sometimes it can stop you in your tracks like a freight train.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Cold and Flu, Prevention

Creative Snack Ideas to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Posted by Staff on April 03, 2017

Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies is hard enough, but when you have a picky eater it’s even harder. It can be tempting to give in as long as they’re eating something, but allowing bad eating habits – like reaching for the cookies instead of carrots or a bag of chips instead of a banana – can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to weight gain and even child obesity or obesity as a teen or adult. Help your kids to start good eating habits by making fun, creative and healthy snacks like the ones featured below:

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Childhood Obesity

Tips to Gain Control of Childhood Obesity

Posted by Staff on February 27, 2017

As we discussed in our previous blog, Childhood Obesity: Causes, Challenges, and Consequences, there are 3 million new cases of childhood obesity each year. The number sounds startling, however, it’s not the end all be all. There are ways to combat childhood obesity, prevent it, and get it under control once it’s already taken its hold. These tips center around lifestyle changes, while focusing on baby steps. A small difference in each day for thirty days straight will have a far greater impact than two days of big changes in a 30 day period.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Childhood Obesity

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