Raising Healthy Kids

Explaining The Birds & The Bees in the Digital Age

There are few things that will make you squirm as much as talking to your kids about sex. “The Talk,” as it’s often called, usually involves more than its fair share of blush-worthy moments. But long gone are the days of your parents’ awkward speech about the birds and bees. …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Talking To Kids About Weight & Body Image In The Digital Age

Talking to your kids about weight and body image is hard enough. Now add the information they’re constantly bombarded with every day online, on television and on social media – and your job just got a lot tougher. But for all the complications the digital age presents in having these …

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Preventing Emergencies

Swim Safely: Tips for Being Smart in the Water

For many, summer in Michigan means cooling off in the water. Whether it’s a pool, the lake, or a river, all three have lurking dangers that can turn a fun day into tragedy in a matter of seconds. What’s worse, many drownings occur without any obvious signs of distress, making …

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Understanding Hearing Loss

New Tool Lets You Hear the Way They Do

Until you’ve been there, it’s difficult to understand what hearing loss sounds like. Maybe you’ve even accused a loved one of having “selective hearing” from time to time. If your hearing is in the normal range, you experience the full range of sound, from a whisper to the crash of …

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Healthy Lifestyles

Thirdhand Smoke: More Danger When You Light Up

You may have heard of secondhand smoke, but did you know that smoke can be thirdhand? Roughly 42 million Americans use tobacco, but millions of nonsmokers are being affected, too. Here’s what you need to know to protect you and your family: Secondhand Smoke vs. Thirdhand Smoke: What’s the Difference? …

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Healthy Families

Summer Safety: Protect Kids From Sun & Accidental Injury

Summer’s finally here, and you know what that means! Time to get outside, soak up those rays and enjoy yourself. But with all that fun in the sun comes the need to protect yourself and your family from potential summertime dangers. Here’s what you need to know to keep everyone …

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Healthy Sleep

Is Caffeine Killing Your Sleep?

There’s nothing worse than trying to turn in for the day and not being able to sleep. But while you’re lying there tossing and turning, have you ever considered that your afternoon cup o’ Joe might be the cause of your problems? The link between how much caffeine you eat …

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Safety Tips

Lawn Maintenance Shouldn’t Be Dangerous

The humble lawn mower. It is a common household tool used for a common household chore. So it might be natural that people tend to forget that it can also be a dangerous machine – one that kills or causes serious injury to about 70,000 people each year, according to …

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Family Wellness

9 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activities For Kids

For most people, summertime means enjoying warm weather and fresh air, taking vacations and spending more time with family. But what happens when the littlest members of your family (read: your kids) utter that dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!” But the fact that school’s out for summer doesn’t mean you have …

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Reducing Your Risk

Heart Disease: It’s Still a Guy Thing Too

An excellent nationwide education program to promote awareness of women’s risk for heart disease has been so successful that we now need to ask: Does this mean that men don’t need to worry? The answer is: Definitely not! Everyone needs to be aware of heart disease and the signs of …

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