The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones, but family and friends aren't always nearby. Although you may not be able to spend the holidays together in-person, there are still plenty of ways to show out-of-town loved ones you care. With a thoughtful approach, you can find easy ways to spread some holiday cheer, whether your nearest and dearest live across the street, across the country or even across the globe.
Fun or fantasy? How to know if a video game is right for your child
If you are like most Americans, you have computer and video game fans in your home. However, as a parent, it is not always easy to decide if a popular video game is right for your child. That is where ratings and parental controls can help. Here's what you need to know.
Lighten the load: Open up valuable free time by organizing the laundry room
Laundry is always on the to-do list, and in busy households across the country, it seems that the hamper is always full. Running a household doesn't have to be a chore, especially when it comes to laundry.
Actress Rose McGowan is on a personal mission to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Actress Rose McGowan, best known for her leading role in the TV series, Charmed, is sharing her story in a new leading role: raising awareness for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. After her father was diagnosed with IPF, she became determined to honor his memory by bringing attention to this widely unheard of lung disease.
The FLUgitives Campaign encourages more Americans to get their annual flu shot
Since the single most important thing adults can do to help prevent spreading the flu is to get their annual flu vaccination, people who haven't yet been vaccinated against the flu this season should not wait.
Parents urged to get kids vaccinated against meningococcal disease for new school year
Moms do all they can to prepare their kids for a healthy transition from summer vacation to the new school year, which brings new teachers, homework and demanding sports practices. But, when gearing up for the transition, there is one thing moms might be forgetting to protect their children against: potentially fatal meningococcal disease.
Lunch box 101: 10 nutritious tips and tricks for parents
Lunch box nutrition has come a long way from bologna on white bread with a juice drink pouch. As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, an easy lesson on lunch box nutrition may be just the thing to help kids get to the head of the class. Packing a winning lunch is not only about health and nutrition, but also about keeping food fresh and appetizing for kids.
What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the country. More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, according to DoSomething.org, a social issues advocacy group. Every day, nearly 160,000 children miss school because they are scared of being bullied, notes the National Education Association. What's more, many incidents of bullying go unreported because kids are afraid to report them.
Thwarting the safety threats that can lurk in kids' lunch boxes
When it comes to back-to-school safety, you cover the basics vigilantly, such as teaching kids to avoid strangers, buckling them in the car and providing appropriate safety gear when they play sports. But have you considered taking as much care when it comes to packing lunch boxes?
A single mom's million-dollar idea to kill lice with salt
For Wendy Langley, a nightmare ordeal with head lice has turned into a multimillion dollar dream. With sheer determination and passion, the Oregon mother has turned the head lice industry on its head with a product that kills lice with, of all things, salt. And it's all because she was trying to protect her child, and millions more just like her.
From supplies to volunteering, parents can find ways to support teachers
Parents know educating their children is a collaborative effort between families and teachers. Each new school year, parents look for ways to make that effort as fruitful and positive for their children as possible. By supporting their child's teacher, parents can help ensure kids get the best education possible every year.
Caring for a loved one with an ongoing health condition can be a time-intensive and emotional journey. And while small successes and tiny triumphs can be treasured moments, daily tasks can take time away from sources of support, such as interactions with colleagues, spouses, children, friends and groups or clubs, resulting in a sense of isolation. Taking time to maintain friendships, connect with community and take care of oneself can help caregivers find strength to enjoy the milestone moments.
Don't let food allergies dim school kids' enjoyment of holiday treats
The holiday season means lots of fun, celebrations, parties and treats in schools across the country. Everyone looks forward to these events, but it's important to keep in mind children who have food-related allergies. Extreme reactions to food allergens can spoil holiday enjoyment for kids, so take steps to ensure food allergic children don't come in contact with trigger foods.
Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age
As smartphones and tablets are more frequently finding their way into kids' hands, many parents may wonder about the implications of increased screen time, and question what role traditional toys should play in their children's lives.
Your go-to guide for elevator and escalator safety during the holidays
November and December are arguably the busiest months of the year for traveling and shopping. Millions of people descend on the nation's airports and shopping centers looking to create that perfect holiday memory. With all the excitement surrounding this time of year, the last thing Americans should worry about is escalator and elevator safety while navigating through the crowds. But while you may be more focused on your holiday to-do's, you need to remember some important safety tips about the elevators and escalators you are using.
Surgery insight: What happens while you're under anesthesia?
Preparing for surgery can create anxiety for some patients. It is not uncommon for patients to be particularly nervous about undergoing anesthesia. Have you ever wondered what happens during surgery and anesthesia? You're not alone. Knowing you will receive the highest quality and safest medical care throughout your surgery can help ease any worries or concerns.
Why Americans are cutting the cord and saving money
Frugal Americans know how to save money, not only by keeping it in their pocket but by making wise purchasing decisions. As many have found, a frugal lifestyle does not mean going without. One way many people have saved money is by cutting the cord and eliminating cable or satellite TV from the household budget. By taking that step, frugal consumers can save up to $1,200 per year.
Survey: Teens not as cyber savvy as parents might think
While some parents may not know a gigabyte from Google, they still need to help their kids stay safe and protect personal information online. A new survey finds that some of today's young people don't understand the dangers of their tech-heavy lifestyles.
New Resource Introduced for Families Living with ADHD
Many families relish summer, weekends and holidays as opportunities to reconnect with each other through vacations, special events and relaxed schedules. But changes in schedule and travel can often be disruptive for children and make it difficult to get back in the swing of things for school, particularly children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who typically need routine and structure.
Fresh for fall: Top budget-friendly wardrobe trends
As the weather outside evolves to a fresh season, wardrobes are evolving too. Whether you're back-to-school shopping with your kids or you want a few new pieces for you and your spouse, incorporating some of the season's top trends into your look is an easy way to stay stylish. The good news: fall 2013 is full of trends that are not only comfortable, but affordable too.
Better-for-you snacks to satisfy all your holiday guests
The holiday season is a time for everyone to indulge in delicious foods but doing so shouldn't be a guilt-ridden experience. There are several options available to satisfy your taste buds while still staying on track. The following are some snack options that not only embrace the latest food trends but are sure to please your guests as well.
A can-do attitude in kids makes a world of difference
Raising children can be a daunting task. As parents, one of our many jobs is to equip our offspring with knowledge and abilities that can help them enjoy learning about the world around them, and ultimately, become successful in life. One important tool we can help instill in kids is a can-do attitude.
Does your back-to-school to-do list include vaccination?
Back-to-school time for parents of preteens and teens often involves purchasing school supplies, coordinating extracurricular activities, and organizing fall schedules. However, this time is also a good opportunity to talk with your health care professional about vaccines that may be recommended for your preteen or teen.
Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success
While healthy activities and proper nutrition benefit physical health, they also impact mental health and children's success in school. A nourished body means a nourished mind, and several studies show children who don't get the proper nutrition can experience difficulties focusing, socializing and learning in the classroom.
Fun and creative kids' activities just in time for fall
Each year autumn marks a time for change - leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school. The new season brings with it a shift in rhythms and patterns, including a new weekly routine for families as children go back to school.
New itineraries, ships and offerings draw more cruise travelers to European rivers
Europe continues to attract the attention of American travelers, and travel on river cruises is one of the best ways to see many of the continent's sights and explore much of its history. In response to strong demand, cruise lines are offering many new and expanded services to accommodate this growing travel interest.
Safety checklist: a new and expecting mom's best friend
Whether you're expecting or already have a baby, now is a great time to make sure you're fully prepared when it comes to safety. It's important to take the time to re-evaluate your home and daily routines to ensure that you're doing all you can to provide a safe haven for your little ones.
Seniors and driving: The importance of having early and frequent conversations with senior loved ones
The U.S. population aged 65 and older is estimated to increase from 47 million in 2015 to 72 million in 2030, according to U.S. Census data, meaning more senior drivers will be on the roads. This also means that more adult children may need to have difficult conversations with their aging parents about driving.
Parents are the ultimate multitaskers. But with today's busy schedules, they can always use a little help - especially when it comes to providing their kids with quality, nutritious snacks. Here are some tips and tricks that can help even the busiest of parents.
Stop the spread of cold and flu viruses this school year
A new school year is starting and as many parents know, kids are likely to bring home more than their homework at some point. Many catch cold and flu viruses from their classmates, which can then spread to other family members at home. When kids are sick, they miss out on valuable learning experiences and social interactions in the classroom.
You're all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you'll get healthy.
What Gen Z knows - and should learn - about saving for college
Many members of Gen Z (people born during the 1990s) are either already facing, or are on the verge of facing, their own college funding challenges. Fortunately, a variety of college savings plans can help better prepare parents and their kids for the future.
Simple steps to improve your backyard safety all year
Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family - from running around with your kids in the fall leaves to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It's a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to ensure your backyard is safe as well.
Rate of pregnancy and childbirth complications on the rise in the United States: How we can reverse this trend
Pregnancy and childbirth should be a time of joy. But, today alone, 800 women around the world will die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth, according to a WHO report. It is shocking to learn that most of these deaths are preventable.
Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care, too - like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changing weather conditions, and getting regular veterinary care.
Essential tools for parents to navigate teen health issues
Parents of teenagers face a delicate balancing act between taking care of their teens and allowing them freedom to make their own decisions. However, when it comes to handling health issues, parents need to remain in the driver's seat.
Making wellness programs work for your wallet and lifestyle
Staying well through preventive steps is cheaper, healthier and easier for everyone than waiting until a health condition becomes an issue. From the government to your own employer, many organizations spend millions of dollars every year on wellness programs aimed at supporting individuals' efforts to stay healthy. These programs can be a great tool if they are easy to use, engaging, and provide reliable, understandable information on wellness.
Advice for parents and caregivers: Managing transition of care for children with severe epilepsy
Epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder, yet public understanding of it is limited - so much so that federal agencies and nonprofit organizations recently asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study and report on the public health needs of people living with epilepsy.
Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep.
Pet ownership is more than just a privilege - it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets' lives.
Once temperatures start to drop, keeping kids active can be a difficult task as weekends migrate away from park visits and Little League games to more time spent indoors. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do in your own home to keep children engaged and help limit their video game and TV time. One of those things is cooking together, which reinforces math, science and reading comprehension skills while building great memories.
Movie nannies might work for a spoonful of sugar, and hugs and kisses, but in the real world nannies - no matter how loving and attentive they are - need to get paid a salary. When you're ready to hire a nanny, you can go through the most rigorous background checks, confirm references, interview extensively and hire the caregiver of your dreams - and still find yourself in the middle of a nanny nightmare if you run afoul of tax laws. Fortunately, online payroll services can help take the confusion out of paying your nanny, and ensure he or she gets paid on time and according to the law.
Your game plan for disaster-free, tailgating success
Tailgating is an investment in having fun-42 percent of tailgaters spend more than $500 a season on food and supplies. When you're spending that much on your pre-game fun, food failures, cooler crises and other disasters are not an option. Here are a handful of common tailgating disasters and your game plan for avoiding them.
Smart TV smarts: Learning the truth about smart TVs
American consumers are increasingly comfortable with the term "smart" when it's associated with technology. From smartphones to smart cars and even smart clothing, they've embraced the idea of devices that are "intelligent" and responsive to their changing needs. Even though smart TVs have been around for almost five years, many consumers still don't have all the facts.
With the hectic back-to-school season underway, it's time to get back to easy weeknight meals. Preparing a wholesome and delicious dinner may feel extra stressful when time is scarce. That's why many busy families rely on slow cookers to get them through the week. In fact, slow cooking can speed up your meal planning in a big way.
Eight efficient organization tips for your busy life
If you run a small business or you manage your family's household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can't create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient?
Upgrade your home's exterior and achieve the look you've always wanted
If you enjoy spending the cold winter months planning your next spring home improvement project, your creative juices are already flowing. But instead of focusing on the same small home improvement projects again this year, have you considered something bigger? Have you considered a project that redefines your home and showcases your individuality? The one that will make your home stand out in your neighborhood?
Alexis Tkachuk, a healthy 34-year-old, was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first child. After 32 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy, Alexis' doctor cleared her for travel, and she and her husband decided to enjoy a relaxing trip. During the flight, however, Alexis began feeling discomfort, and upon checking into a local hospital, discovered she was in labor - eight weeks early! Only four pushes later, Alexis gave birth to her four-pound baby boy, Jack.
Ten reasons why buying a new car might be cheaper than you think
As your car ages and the miles pile up, it's important to consider your options before you're left on the side of the road wondering why you didn't upgrade sooner. But buying a new car these days doesn't have to break the bank, either. With new safety features including crash avoidance technology and anti-theft systems, you can actually save some money in the long run, especially when it comes to insurance coverage.
Think outside the lunch box to make school lunches they'll love
Many parents prefer packing their kids' school lunches for a number of reasons, from cost savings to the confidence of having better control over what their children eat. But packing the same-old, same-old every day can get tired fast - for both parent and child. By adding a dollop of creativity to packed lunches, parents can ensure they serve something kids will enjoy throughout the school year.
Competing against the odds: Special Olympics athlete with rare disorder succeeds on and off the track
At a recent Special Olympics Summer Games, one athlete took center stage to receive a gold medal - something that symbolized much more than winning a sporting event. For Ryan Groves, a 26-year-old from Michigan, the award meant he was confronting a lifelong challenge that started when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, right before his first birthday.
Five fun and affordable fall activities your family will love
Crisp air, changing leaves and cozy knit sweaters signify the return of autumn. Fall can be a busy time for most families, juggling back-to-school routines, carpools, homework, after school events and sports practice. Now is a great time to slow down, bring the whole family together and enjoy all of the exciting activities fall has to offer.
Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don't
Most parents know that kids are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are situations when families decide to take a risk by not buckling up their children on every ride. A new survey reveals one in four parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car.
I spy with my little eye: nutrients kids need for healthy vision
The struggle at the dinner table between parents and their picky eaters isn't uncommon. Add in a food jag, when children fixate on a particular food and don't want to eat anything else, and the struggle turns to worry - "Is my child getting enough nutrients in his or her diet?"
More options than ever for families needing elder care
Many families wrestle with decisions for how to take care of aging parents, grandparents and other loved ones. Just 20 years ago, families might have had to choose between putting a parent in a nursing home or having one younger family member quit a job to stay home and care for the parent. Today, options abound and it's important to know what's available before making such an important decision.
Smart solutions for managing hectic family schedules during the school year
School days mean hectic schedules for most families. Older kids head to the classroom, younger ones go to day care, and parents try to manage the early mornings and increased extracurricular activities. How can parents stay organized, reduce stress and stay involved in their kids' education and care?
Kick start the school year with fun, free ways to keep kids active
School days mean long hours studying indoors, exercising students' brains but not their bodies. While classroom learning is the cornerstone of education, it's important to remember that physical activity supports overall wellness. Keeping kids moving can even boost brain function, improving their grades along with their muscles.
How to use the holiday spirit to talk to loved ones about hearing loss
Families may struggle with how to help their loved ones cope with hearing loss. Talking about the problem is the first step toward treating hearing loss, but families may be unsure how to begin the conversation. The holidays, however, present the perfect opportunity to discuss a family member's hearing loss in a supportive, positive atmosphere.
Metastatic breast cancer - also referred to as stage IV breast cancer - occurs when breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Approximately 159,000 women in the U.S. are living with MBC, and this number is projected to increase to more than 164,000 by the year 2015. Since there is generally no cure for MBC, many women focus on living well with the condition while integrating continuous treatment into their lives.
Don't worry, Mom. In this case, it's OK to play with your food. The latest online social media craze features awe-inspiring galleries of edible art, showcasing everyday ingredients transformed into munchable holiday masterpieces.
Community impact: Resetting the perceptions of public housing
Food, water, shelter - all basic human needs. But for millions of Americans, having a secure place to call home is financially out of reach, even if they work full-time. From veteran to teacher to single mom, public housing helps 2.2 million people throughout the country, with half a million more on waiting lists. Despite providing a critical resource to communities, there's still a negative stigma associated with public housing. Here's what you need to know.
The nice thing about cold weather is that it creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmth of family and friends or some quiet time alone. What sounds more pleasant than placing some wood in the fire and curling up in front of the TV with a new movie? When planning a movie night, here are some tips that can help create a comfortable evening for the whole group.
What's for dinner? It's a question most of us ask every day. With evening routines packed full of extracurricular activities, chores and preparation for the following day, we don't always have as much time as we'd like to make dinner. Fortunately, a quick, delicious and healthy meal can still be an option for your family, even when you're short on time. All it takes is a little planning, some common ingredients and one trip to the grocery store.
Tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active through cooler months
As tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they're home during cold weather seasons, it's important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity. Whether your child is a bookworm, an artist or an athlete, here are some tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active.
If you're a new parent, the idea of a full night's sleep probably seems like just a dream. Your world is full of late-night feeds, diaper changes and snuggles in the rocking chair. If this sounds like you, you can take some comfort in knowing you aren't the only one out there dealing with sleepless nights.
How to save big with last-minute vacation planning tips
Sometimes the vacation bug bites without much notice. If you find yourself craving a travel adventure in the near future, you might worry it will be too complicated or costly to plan without adequate time. But the truth is, sometimes last-minute trips offer the best opportunity to score big bargains, if you know where to find them.
Life insurance. Everyone says it's important, but it can be a difficult topic to talk about and even more difficult to understand. However, it is critical to understand this topic because of its importance to building your financial strategy.
Know how to keep young athletes playing safe and strong
Playing sports is great for kids. It teaches them the importance of teamwork, helps them stay physically active and creates positive habits that last a lifetime. An injury, however, can sideline young athletes for the season - or longer. Communities, coaches, parents and athletes adopt four key strategies to help reduce sports-related injuries.
One mac and cheese recipe served 3 ways makes for ultimate comfort food
The chill of the season heralds many changes, including your appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family's favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave. Here are three variations sure to please.
It's not child's play: Buying the right video games for kids
The upcoming holiday season has parents and family members focused on finding the perfect gift for their loved ones. With this year's release of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One joining the new Wii U, video games are bound to once again be at the top of wish lists. With a vast selection of titles and genres, there is something for every player. While choosing the right game may be perplexing to some parents, figuring out which games are suitable for your child doesn't have to be. Remember to ask these important questions before giving video games and other interactive content as a gift.
Romance is in the air: the best holiday gifts for couples
For the love of your life, channeling all of your romantic feelings into a perfect present is a challenge. This year, a surefire way to that person's heart is a gift that celebrates health and wellness and brings the two of you closer.
Winning tips for capturing memorable back-to-school photos
As children across the country gear up with their new backpack, school supplies, clothes and haircuts, parents are reaching for their cameras, ready to capture another milestone: the annual back-to-school photo. This year, capture that memorable shot like a professional with a few expert tips and tricks.
Firearm safety: Tips that can prevent injury and save lives
With hunting season gearing up in many parts of the country, a few important tips can help prevent injury and save lives. Good habits to safely handle and store firearms are easy to incorporate into your routine.
Creating a successful afterschool routine for kids
Experts believe creating a positive afterschool routine can support learning and development. A predictable afterschool schedule can reduce stress and promote a feeling of stability for your children while encouraging individual responsibility. By eliminating conflict and power struggles with parents, these routines allow for more quality family time and can help you keep your family happy.
Make game time a chance to give back this holiday season
The holidays provide the perfect opportunity for family gatherings and gift exchanges. More so than ever, games of all kinds are factoring into a night by the fire or near the tree. If you're hesitant about letting consoles compromise your family time, consider the bonding potential and positive impact gaming can have on you, your loved ones, and even as a way to give back.
Sunday fun-day: How to throw the ultimate football party this season
Football season is here and whether you're a diehard fan or just a fan of all the Sunday parties, chances are you're going to attend or host a get together centered around the country's favorite sport sometime soon.
For patients with rare diseases, awareness can be life-changing
Facing a rare disease diagnosis wasn't easy for Mary Ann Farley of Hoboken, N.J. Family and friends had never heard of the disease, her doctor had never treated a patient with it, and with little information and resources available, Mary Ann felt alone.
Fatigue. Dizziness. Irritability. Millions in the United States are experiencing these symptoms, but few know they may be the signs of a condition called iron deficiency anemia (IDA). IDA is most common among women of childbearing age and in those with special conditions, such as chronic kidney disease or gastrointestinal disorders that can cause bleeding.
Kitchen fires spike during holidays: Keep your family safe
During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. In fact, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day than on any other days of the year, yet many Americans aren't practicing basic kitchen safety. This holiday season, follow these simple fire-safety tips.
Tips to help kids stay dry and confident through overnight occasions
For the estimated 6 million-plus American children who experience bedwetting, sleepovers, sleep-away camp and vacation can trigger embarrassment, not to mention stress and worry for parents. t's important for parents to find coping strategies, and consistently comfort and reassure their children. Here is some guidance on how parents can handle bedwetting during common overnight occasions.
Home renovation for baby boomers: Preparing for the next stage in life
Lived in your home for years? Love your neighborhood? The thought of moving away from your home's comfort, warmth and memories can be unsettling. Instead of moving out, consider updating and remodeling your home to accommodate your future needs.
Alzheimer's caregivers: Tips to take care of yourself, too
Taking care of an ill loved one is never easy, but for the 15 million Americans who provide care for someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD), the emotional and financial toll of caregiving can be overwhelming. Caregivers should keep in mind that helping themselves stay well is also helping the people for whom they're caring. If you're taking care of a loved one with AD, here are some ways you can help both yourself and the person in your care.
Applying to college? Practical advice for finding your dream university
Life is full of landmark decisions. For many Americans, choosing a college is the first life-changing decision they will make. Young people must weigh a host of factors, including how well the school's curriculum meets their career objectives, cost, distance from home, and whether the campus culture meshes with their personalities.
Survey: Americans more likely to seek second opinion for home repair than oral care
Millions of Americans wouldn't hesitate to get a second opinion if their vehicle needed repair, yet a stunning percentage fail to seek a second opinion for important health decisions, a new survey reveals.
Nutritional tips for packing brain-boosting school lunches
Parents know kids can't concentrate when they're hungry. But did you know that what children eat - especially in school lunches - can also affect their ability to focus, learn and behave well in the classroom? Packing your children's school lunches is a great way to manage their nutritional intake and help feed their ability to learn.
Help nurture kids' love of nature with easy, basic, backyard bird-feeding tips
Parents and children enjoy spending quality time together, but it's not always easy to find shared interests. The backyard, however, can provide the perfect place for generations to meet when parents help kids learn the delights of bird-watching and bird-feeding.
Fibroids and polyps: What women should know about a common health problem
Women might be surprised to know that most of them will develop fibroids or polyps as a health issue sometime in their lives. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of white women and 80 percent of African-American women will develop fibroids by the time they are 50. Although these growths are among one of the most common health problems a woman can face, few know what they are, what the symptoms can be, and what treatments are available to them.
Allergies are one gift you don't want to share during the holidays
The holidays are a time when the decorations come out of storage, a live tree is brought inside adorned with lights and tinsel, and holiday scents fill the air. While this sounds like a warm and homey-style holiday, it can also cause watery eyes, runny noses and sneezes. Read on to learn how you can bypass these problems and enjoy a festive holiday season.
National Health Center Week: Recognizing community health centers that help millions of Americans every year
It's National Health Center Week - a time to reflect on the commitment of health centers across the country to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective services, including those that help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The services they offer are critical to the more than half of Americans who suffer from one or more chronic diseases every year and chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. A survey recently released could explain why.
As kids get ready to head back to school, it's time for parents to break out the lunch boxes and start planning for school lunches. The good news is that packing a healthy, nutritious school lunch - that's also kid-approved - may be easier than most parents think. Follow these simple steps to packing a better school lunch.
Before you know it, the chilly weather will be here and so will the dreaded cold and flu season. While even the most avid germaphobes can't control every germ from reaching their family, you can take extra precautions to keep a healthy home this year. Follow these expert tips to get rid of germs - once and for all.
Not home for the holidays: the beauty of holiday traveling
Vocalists from Perry Como and the Carpenters to Michael Buble have warbled about how wonderful it is to be home for the holidays. But who says you have to buy into that belief? Not being home for the holidays offers many advantages, including the opportunity to travel, visit far-off loved ones or just immerse yourself in total relaxation during one of the most hectic times of the year.