How Sleeping Better Can Save You Money

Why can't I sleep?Did you know that getting more sleep could improve your health and help you save money? We all know that getting enough sleep is important for good health and productivity. But do you realize just how important it is?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list lack of sleep along with smoking, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition as risk factors that cause major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

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Five Foods That Help Reduce Pain

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Recent research suggests that some foods can pack as much pain-fighting power as common pain medications like ibuprofen. What you eat can help — or hurt.

The list of pain-fighting foods might surprise you. From fruits such as red grapes and cherries, to herbs and spices such as ginger and turmeric, to fish, soy products and even coffee, there’s relief in quite a number of readily available, healthy foods. Here are five pain-fighting foods to put on your plate.

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Can You Cure Your Cold?

Taking care of sick co-workerChew on vitamin C. Brew echinacea tea.  These might seem like natural reactions when you feel a cold coming on. But they may not actually help wipe out your sneezes, sniffles, scratchy throat and cough. Despite what you may read on the Internet, there’s often little science to back up the healing claims of alternative cold treatments. Here’s a quick run-down of what researchers do know.

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Stay on the Healthy Side of Snacking

Healthy snackingIf you spend most of your day in an office, you’re used to snacks being there to tempt you. And at this time of year, there’s usually even more unhealthy temptation from leftover Halloween candy, and heading into the holidays with all the delicious food that comes with it. There seem to be sugary, fatty foods everywhere. Here are some tips to help you stay the course.

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After Trauma: How to Help Your Child Cope

Helping your child cope after traumaAs a parent, you want to keep your child from harm. Yet, in spite of your best efforts, your child may have faced a traumatic event, such as a fire, an earthquake or a shooting. Knowing that your child was in harm’s way is upsetting. You want to comfort your child, yet you may not know how. The tips below are a starting point.

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It’s American Diabetes Month

AFAM 3 generations menThe chances are good that you – or someone you know – has diabetes. That’s because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of diabetes has more than tripled since 1980.  If that disturbing trend didn’t catch your attention, consider these sobering statistics that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is sharing as part of November’s American Diabetes Month.

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Ahhh…mazing Gifts to Soothe Stress

Enjoying relaxing time togetherSo, you’ve made your list, checked it twice, but still don’t know what to get for your closest friend? Between a rocky relationship or late nights at work, you know the last few months have been stressful for her. How about offering her a soothing gift - something that will calm and relax the senses. But your mind is blank – what will she like and how can I think of just the perfect gift for her?

Read on for some ideas to help relieve her stress and bring you both closer.

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Enterovirus D68: What Parents Need to Know

dr older child examIt’s made headlines lately—and grabbed the attention of more than a few understandably anxious parents. It’s a respiratory illness called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), and it has sickened children around the nation. What do parents need to know about EV-D68?

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Living With a Chronic Condition?

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Living with a chronic condition? Take charge of your health by talking to your provider about co-occurring conditions.  Are you living with a medical condition – such as diabetes – or a behavioral health condition, such as depression? (Or, perhaps you know a loved one who is.)

Did you know that chronic medical conditions often occur with behavioral health conditions? For example, people with diabetes may also have depression. Often, the depression goes unseen and untreated. That can make both the depression – and the diabetes – worse.

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