Living Well In The Panhandle

Is Your Family Immunized?

Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in worldwide. Make sure that your family and friends are up-to-date on their immunizations. With children enrolling in or returning to school, older students entering college, and adults and the health care community preparing for the upcoming flu season, this is …

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Are You Packing?

Use colorful foods and interesting shapes to make lunches fun!Photo credit: Jen Bradshaw Lunch, that is. Yes, it’s back to school time. Whether the words “back to school” make you happy or sad, it is that time of year. One thing we can agree on, though, is that a healthy, safe, attractive lunch our kids …

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Back To School ~ Healthy Lunchbox Hints

It’s time to start getting backpacks ready, lunches packed and kids off to school. Back to school time is the perfect time to start packing a healthier lunchbox. Packing your child’s lunch may contribute to the difficulties of getting out the door in the morning but it does not have to. You know your child …

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Have a Wonderful Summer in the Water

Have a Wonderful Summer in the Water With the recent official start of Summer water related activities are in full swing. When you and your loved ones are around the water it is important to know the basic safety and survival skills. Water-safety survival skills: floating or treading water for one minute without a flotation …

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Picnics: A Great Change of Pace Outdoors and Indoors

A picnic is a pleasure excursion for all ages, a delightful expedition away from the normal day. Whether at a park, at the beach, right outside under a tree, on the porch, or on the living room floor, picnics are a great way to slow down and enjoy. Try some of these ideas for a …

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Helping Young Children Understand the Meaning of Math

Simple sorting games teach pre-math skills to young children. Children are born curious and are constantly learning about the world around them.  Children learn basic math skills through daily activities and interaction.  They practice basic math skills as they notice differences between things, how events happen the same way every time, and how they can make …

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Summer Camp is Almost Here: Preparation Tips for Campers (and Parents!)

Summer camp teaches children independence and leadership skills. Summer is here and summer camp is on the horizon. Maybe this is your child’s first time to an overnight camp or they are “old pros” at this thing called camp. Many parents and children will have camp anxieties, but here are some things you can do …

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KIDS DON’T FLOAT: Swimming Pool Safety

Going to the beach or pool is a popular summer activity but did you know a child can drown in as little as one inch of water?  Drowning is usually quick and silent.  A child will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring should the child survive.  According to the Consumer …

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Simple Ideas for Fun in the Sun

“School’s out!” Time to head outdoors to play. In their Physical Activity Guidelines, the Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.health.gov, recommends at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day for overall better health. No worries, though. You don’t have to do it all at once and what you and your …

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Quench Your Thirst to Beat the Heat

“Whew, I’m thirsty!” As temperatures rise, you may be saying that more frequently and for good reason.  Better than one-half of our body weight is water and we lose water daily in sweat, urine, and feces.  Water converts food into energy, regulates our body temperature, protects and cushions vital organs, and promotes regular bowel movements.  …

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