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Tips for Discussing Mental Health with Children and Teens

April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress can directly affect children’s mental health. Here are some great insights and tips for parents to talk to their children about mental health. Mental health-related emergency room visits increased substantially for children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the proportion of related visits were up… 

The Benefits of Spring Cleaning and Your Mental Health

Believe it or not, a cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind. Spring cleaning has the potential to increase productivity, save time and improve physical and mental health. Whether it’s at work or home, the thought of tackling unorganized spaces can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there are a variety of simple strategies to achieve the satisfaction of a neater space while improving… 

A Healthy Outlook on Easter 2021

The second biggest candy-consuming holiday is approaching and the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $21.6 billion on all things Easter this year. Alongside jelly beans and chocolate eggs, peeps are popular during the holiday – and the factory that produces the colorful candies makes 4 million daily to keep up with the demand. Though some candy is okay… 

Spring Recipes

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus In-season vegetables: carrots and parsley Recipe notes: Roasting carrots and garlic brings out the natural sweetness out of the vegetables. Boiling and peeling canned chickpeas makes the hummus smooth. Ingredients 2 15-oz cans chickpeas 5 small or 3 large carrots, leaves and stem removed 1 head of garlic 1 tsp honey 2.5 tbsp olive oil,… 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Shamrock Smoothie, Serves 2 Ingredients 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks ½ cup frozen mango chunks 1½ cup oat milk ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach 4 fresh mint leaves Garnish: shredded coconut Instructions Make a template of a shamrock cutting out the shape using a clean, thick and hard paper so that it does not… 

How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.9 million children under age 18. This equates to one in 13 children suffering from food allergies. Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. These signs, which were once isolated, are now commonplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the prevalence… 

Customize Nutritional Needs with Creative Cultural Cuisine National Nutrition Month Eating patterns are not one-size-fits-all because people have a variety of personal food and exercise preferences, schedules and cultures. Trying food from other cultures can open doors to nutrition and awareness. Cultural nutrition pitfalls Foods considered “good” or “bad” often vary among cultures. Food choices may be influenced by availability,…