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Dump the Junk: How to Pack a Nutritious Lunchbox that Makes the Grade with Your Student Every Time

Dump the Junk: How to Pack a Nutritious Lunchbox that Makes the Grade with Your Student Every Time

Written by Sarah Kavlich, RD, CLEC
on Wednesday, 01 August 2018

With back-to-school season approaching, a familiar foe for many parents is also returning from summer break: school lunches.

Most parents would love to send their children off to school every day with a healthy and nutritious lunch. But, many are stumped about what to pack to ensure kids get the nutrients they need and that the carefully prepared meal doesn’t get tossed for cookies and chips.

Fear not: What follows are the building blocks of a healthy school lunch, that when combined will offer flavor, color, nutrition and fun for children of all ages; some tips that will make packing school lunches less tedious for parents; and a recipe that kids will surely love.
Keeping Kids Safe as They Walk to School

Keeping Kids Safe as They Walk to School

Written by Amy Frias
on Friday, 27 July 2018

Soon, sidewalks nationwide will be dotted with the familiar sight of children and their backpacks navigating their way to school in the early morning hours.

Allowing a child to walk to school alone can be a healthy option for both parents and their children. It teaches children independence and responsibility, and provides an opportunity for physical activity. 

That said, safety is critical when it comes to heading to school or anywhere on foot. After all, unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth-leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Every day, 44 children are hit by cars while walking in the United States.

So, before your children sling on their backpacks and head out to door, introduce them to the “rules of the road.”
Why Stress Is a Beauty Buster

Why Stress Is a Beauty Buster

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Friday, 20 July 2018

Stress. We all have it but some of us deal with it better than others. 

If you look at any recent United States President from their first day in office until their last, you will see that all aged appreciably in only four years. 

Why? Because carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders took its toll on their appearance. Even if you’re just an everyday lady boss or Mom trying to make her way in the world, stress can cause you to age before your time. 

Here’s how and why according to New York Neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez.
Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Written by Jess Walter
on Monday, 09 July 2018

Intermittent fasting is one of the latest weight-loss plans to hit the Internet, promising fast results without the rigor of more strict diets. 

With intermittent fasting, you are encouraged to eat normally most of the time while severely restricting calories once or twice per week. Some plans include a splurge day, allowing participants to eat their favorite high-calorie foods guilt-free. 

While around half of participants drop out of popular weight loss programs, intermittent fasting has only a 38% dropout rate. This eating pattern is thought not only to encourage you to take in fewer calories than you burn but also to slow the metabolism and decrease appetite. 

However, intermittent fasting isn't without its pitfalls. Here are the pros and cons of cutting back on calories a couple of times a week.
How to Pack a Summertime Picnic

How to Pack a Summertime Picnic

Written by Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
on Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Simply moving a meal from the kitchen table to a blanket on the ground magically makes mealtime more fun.

That is the power of a picnic! 

Whether you choose to set up close to home in the yard or while out and about at the pool or park, be prepared for a safe and tasty picnic with these tried-and-true tips.
How to Beat Swimsuit Season Anxiety: 7 Hacks for Body & Mind

How to Beat Swimsuit Season Anxiety: 7 Hacks for Body & Mind

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Since January, we’ve been bombarded with ads urging us to slim down and “get your body in shape by summer” or “lose weight by Memorial Day.” 

While some women manage to meet their weight loss goals in time to feel confident in their swimsuit, the majority of us don’t. 

We can disguise unwanted pounds in heavy layers during winter, but in summer there’s nowhere to hide when you’re invited to that pool side BBQ. 

Why should we have to hide?
7 Blurry Vision Eye Problems & How to Address Them

7 Blurry Vision Eye Problems & How to Address Them

Written by Aaron Barriga
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Today’s lifestyle has become much more competitive and fast-paced. We don’t even have enough time to do the things we want to and 24 hours in a day just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Our stressful jobs and long working hours seem like the norms of an average working person. But, this lifestyle often has some serious consequences to your health. 

One of these consequences is blurry vision.
FDA-Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method Helps People Shed Up to 50 Pounds

FDA-Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method Helps People Shed Up to 50 Pounds

Written by Stanley Poulos, MD
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Americans spend almost 60 billion dollars annually in pursuit of weight loss with gastric bypass surgery being the most common type of weight-loss surgery; an option that isn’t for everyone. 

Like any major procedure, gastric bypass has significant health risks and side effects. In addition, to be a candidate for the procedure, one must have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher. 

The fact is, a huge percentage of the population are only between 15 to 50 pounds overweight without any other options besides diet and exercise. 

Dr. Stanley Poulos, a San Francisco board certified plastic surgeon is an early adoptor of the nonsurgical balloon weight loss method approved by the FDA in 2016. Following the two-part program, patients lost an average 3.1 times the weight compared with diet and exercise alone.
Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Less than a decade ago, the standard treatments for acne included salicylic acid, retinols and, in severe cases, antibiotics –- medications which are not without side effects and which had consumers yearning for a safer, more effective approach. 

One treatment that is producing what beauty writers are calling ‘insanely good results’ is fractora: a fractional radio-frequency microneedle device that first burst onto the scene in 2011. 

Beauty writer, Megan McIntyre, notes, “I have been fighting moderate acne since my late teens. And I have tried literally every single one of those treatments with not one of them providing a lasting result.” Her testimony is just one of many independent reviews of a treatment that takes a ‘shortcut’ to clear, smooth skin.
3 Ways to Weed Out Gardening Pains this Summer

3 Ways to Weed Out Gardening Pains this Summer

Written by Ken Redcross, MD
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Summertime is the peak of gardening season, and whether you consider this a pleasant pastime or necessary chore, it is easy to forget that this can put a serious strain on your body. 

Recent studies show the most common source of neck and back pain during the warmer months is largely due to yard work. 

Gardening often involves digging, lifting and moving heavy objects while standing in unfamiliar positions that can cause pain or injury. The aches and pains can be easy to overlook until the pain problem escalates. 

It’s best to first identify triggers of muscle pain and soreness and to try lifestyle modifications and remedies from Mother Nature before turning to numbing pain medications.
The Emotional Toll an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Brings & How to Overcome It Together as a Family

The Emotional Toll an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Brings & How to Overcome It Together as a Family

Written by Rozzie Brilliant
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

My cancer story begins after a long walk around my neighborhood in 2012 when I noticed I had terrible pain in my leg. 

Many doctors’ appointments and CT scans later, I learned that I had ovarian cancer. 

It took many appointments with many doctors to develop the treatment plan that was right for me. But, I was so lucky that I had a great relationship with my oncologist -- she made me feel so comfortable. 

After a few appointments, my doctor suggested genetic counseling. My daughter, son and I went to the appointment and tests revealed that I was indeed carrying the BRCA mutation which explained some family history of cancer. After reading up on ovarian cancer, I realized I had all of the symptoms. 

Not surprisingly, my daughter’s tests also came back positive for the BRCA mutation.
Cancer Doesn’t Have to Mean the End: It Can Also Be a New Beginning

Cancer Doesn’t Have to Mean the End: It Can Also Be a New Beginning

Written by Lucia Mauro
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

There’s no question that receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2012 made me terrified, especially venturing into the great unknown of surgery and chemo. 

But, even after treatment and stabilization, another kind of fear set in: Being cut loose by my medical team and thrust back (without a net) into my “normal” life. 

How could my life ever be normal again...at least how I once defined normal?
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