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8 steps to getting healthier sleep

Woman Sleeping

Sleep is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Though sleep needs vary from person to person, the National Institutes of Health recommends adults get 7-8 hours of sleep a day. Sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and depression. In read more

Stay safe around fireworks

Firework Safety

Thousands of Americans, many of them children, are injured each year in incidents associated with fireworks, according to the National Council of Fireworks Safety. Most of these injuries occur during the Fourth of July holiday and include serious burns, loss of fingers, and blindness. Though the most disabling injuries occur with read more

Helmet safety

Buying the right helmet    Although helmets can cost between $13 and $50, they can save money  by possibly preventing a visit to your child's healthcare provider or  the emergency room. They also may save lives. When shopping for a  helmet, take your child with you—a child will be more likely to read more

Is Your Gut Bugging You?

fermented food collection

Do you know what prebiotics and probiotics are? Nutrition science has identified that prebiotics and probiotics are “bugs/bacteria” and “bug/bacteria promoters” that are known to improve health. They do so by first targeting the health of your gut. While many benefit from prebiotics and probiotics in a supplement form, most don’t read more

6 ways to reduce stroke risk

BE FAST for Stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading to 1 of every 20 deaths. Stroke is also the leading cause of long-term disability and the leading cause of preventable disability. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood read more

Monthly self-exams can help catch skin cancer early

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Finding it early, when it’s small and hasn’t spread, makes skin cancer easier to treat. That’s where you come in. The American Cancer Society recommends doing a skin self-exam once a month to check all over your skin. To perform the exam, read more

Blog: Avoid Injury Around Barbecue Grills

Friends making barbecue and having lunch in the nature.

The act of flipping a row of sizzling burgers on a barbecue grill  is one of summer's simple pleasures. However, there is danger lurking in  those glowing embers, and the potential damage is far worse than a few  charred cheeseburgers.    Because barbecue grills are operated in a casual, relaxed  atmosphere, they read more

Blog: It’s Time for a Pantry Makeover

pantry makeover

Cooking healthy meals and eating smart snacks is so much easier when your pantry is fully stocked with healthy staples. “If you’re like a lot of people, you probably have a variety of healthy and unhealthy foods in your pantry,” said Eva Powers, RDN a registered dietitian and advisor with the Centegra Healthy Living read more