Caught in the Middle: Caring for Kids AND Parents

Should you take your dad to the doctor or pick up your daughter at school? Do you check on your mom who isn’t feeling well or watch your son’s soccer game?

These are the kinds of challenges you face when you care for aging parents and your kids too. If you’re trying to do both things, you’re part of what’s called the sandwich generation. And along with caring for everybody else, you’ve got to take care of yourself. If you don’t, you’ll wear yourself out. You might even get sick.

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Six Foods That Add up to Lower Cholesterol

You probably already know this equation: Too much LDL (the bad cholesterol) + not enough HDL (the good cholesterol) + high triglycerides (another blood fat) = potential trouble for your heart.  Check out the following chart for what’s good, why it’s heart-healthy, and how to slip these six foods into your diet.

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Vision Check: Why Regular Eye Exams Matter

A dazzling sunset. A stunning bouquet. A baby’s heart-melting smile.

These are some of life’s special joys. And one thing holds true for all of them: To enjoy each to its fullest, you have to have good vision.

That’s why eye exams are crucial. An eye doctor can help to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you’re seeing well. He or she can also catch vision problems early, when they may be easier to treat.

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Is it a Match? Find The Right Family Doctor

You want a doctor who knows you well—and one who can keep you well too.

A family doctor may be a great match for you. A family doctor will listen to you and really get to know you. He or she can even treat your entire family. That helps everyone in your family make the right choices to stay healthy.

But how can you find the best family doctor for you?  Here are a few tips.

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Personal Health: Protect Your Back

Strategies to help safeguard your spine

 

How’s your back? If it’s fine, that’s great news. But if you’re like many people, you’re all too familiar with back pain. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly everyone gets a sore back at some time in life. In fact, maybe your back hurts right now.

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Reduce Stress: Starting at Home

Health Net Offers Tips to Reduce Stress at Home

LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2014 – As many Americans will attest, “home, sweet home” isn’t always a stress-free zone. With April being Stress Awareness Month, Health Net is offering tips designed to reduce stress at home. Homegrown stress can be traced to numerous sources – a noisy environment, an unhappy spouse, financial worries, or even mundane domestic duties such as doing the laundry or mowing the lawn.

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Your Kids

Quick tips for parents

National surveys suggest kids’ snacking has nearly doubled since the ’70s. Thirty years ago, kids ate roughly 250 calories a day between meals. That jumped to over 400 calories in the ’90s and now to about 500 snack calories per day. Unfortunately, the extra snacking has contributed to overweight kids.  But there are ways to provide healthy snacks that give kids important nutrients and help control hunger between meals.  Here are some ideas:

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Help Your Teen Become a Healthy Adult

Long ago you held a tiny hand—and your baby took that first step. Now you have a teenager who will soon step into adulthood.

You may not hold your teen’s hand these days. But you can still help your “baby” avoid stumbling into trouble. Teens may look—and try to act—like adults. But to stay healthy, they still need a hand from mom and dad.

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Depression Facts: Helpful Information for You and Your Family

Do you feel very tired, helpless, and hopeless? Are you sad most of the time and take no pleasure in your family, friends, or hobbies? Are you having trouble working, sleeping, eating, and functioning? Have you felt this way for a long time?

If so, you may have depression.

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