What should you do when candy treats are brought home? Parents or a supervising adult should inspect all Halloween treats before children eat them. When in doubt, throw it out! Halloween is the perfect time to teach children moderation in eating. Help kids include their treats in a healthy eating plan, set limits on when … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthy Halloween – Part 2”

Who doesn’t remember the thrill of trick-or-treating on Halloween and coming home with a bag full of candy? The once-a-year candy marathon of year’s past has morphed into multiple fall festivals at churches and schools, as well as the traditional door-knocking on October 31st.  All with candy treats that trick our youngsters into consuming too … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthier Halloween – Part 1”

According to Health.com, depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles.  But it can also be brought on by small choices we make every day that suck the happiness out of daily life, choices that we may not realize are impacting attitudes. … Continue reading “10 Worst Habits for Mental Health”

You probably knew exercise was good for lowering blood pressure–after all, it’s hard to find something that exercise doesn’t impact in a beneficial way! But did you know how, how much and what types of exercise can give you the biggest bang for your efforts? Thankfully, almost EVERY kind of exercise is good ammunition in … Continue reading “Keep Moving to Lower Your Blood Pressure”

A new study from the Journal of the American Medicine Association found that nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients and overdo moderate levels with others. Researchers identified 10 dietary habits with strong evidence for providing … Continue reading “Just Do It! Ten Dietary Habits to Stop Today”

  A recent survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic that included over 1,000 men and women revealed some alarming facts.  Approximately 74 percent of Americans are not worried about dying from heart disease, and 32 percent are not taking any steps to prevent the condition.  Even among those with a family history of heart disease, … Continue reading “The Truth about Heart Disease”

  Did you get the memo?  Are you wearing red?  Friday is the 3rd National Wear Red Day in recognition of women and heart disease.  Heart disease is not just a women’s health issue.   Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control: Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women. Each … Continue reading “February is Heart Disease Awareness Month”

  My family has them, and yours does too—delicious treats that show up only for the holidays.  Part of the temptation to overeat is wrapped up in knowing they are here for a short time.  Thankfully, that works to our benefit.  Sometime in early January, the frenzy of cooking stops, and we return to more … Continue reading “Holiday Traditions That Outlast Food”

  There are some extras that go along with the holidays—parties, gift-buying, travel and pulling off family traditions.  When you add these to the rush of normal daily life, it can leave a major case of stress.  Did you know that stress can be aggravated by your diet?  Did you also know that many holiday … Continue reading “Eating to Reduce Holiday Stress”

Navigate to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, and in heavy bold letters at perfect eye level are these words, “The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.” Flu shots are one of the most effective and least expensive preventative health measures available.  They are recommended … Continue reading “Got Your Flu Shot?”