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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,… 

Jumping for Heart Health

To Mary Amsbury, a physical education teacher with Comstock Public Schools, February means one thing: time to jump rope. Jumping rope is a staple of the Kids Heart Challenge, a nationwide effort by the American Heart Association to teach children about the importance of their heart health and to raise money for children with special hearts. The week-long event looks different at every… 

Cook a Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Instead of flowers and chocolates, why not make a heart-healthy meal for your significant other or family? The following recipes should give you some inspiration. This three-course meal is tasty, easy to make and is good for you too. Here are some details about each course and you can find the recipes below! First Course:… 

Using a Plant-Based Diet to Improve Heart Health

There are many reasons to consider shifting to a plant-based diet. A big one is heart health. Even people who have eaten poorly much of their life can dramatically reduce heart disease risks by shifting to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Even without becoming a vegetarian or vegan, shifting eating habits to include more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and other plant… 

Fitness Trends for 2021

When the pandemic hit, gyms closed and — just like toilet paper — fitness equipment became scarce online and in stores. As COVID-19 disrupted people’s fitness routines of working out at gyms or in groups, there has been more of a focus on home-based exercise equipment. There are many options for interactive home workout equipment. Many companies put out their… 

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, become an advocate to help protect the women you love

Every year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is almost always preventable and when diagnosed early, it is nearly 100 percent curable. January is the perfect time to talk to the women in your life about getting screened, but the conversation shouldn’t end there. Learn more about cervical cancer awareness and become an advocate because protecting the…