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How Focusing on Your Own Habits Will Improve Your Child’s Choices

Anyone who has flown in an airplane has heard the safety instructions to put on your own oxygen mask before helping another passenger. Why is this so imperative? Because parents need to be capable in order to help their child. If parents are deprived of oxygen, they will suffer before they can help any others. This safety tip can also be applied to everyday life, especially for parents. Not only do parents need to remember to take good care of themselves for their own health, but they also need to be healthy in order to take good care of their…

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5 Ways to Love Your Body in Your 50s and 60s

Aging changes us. As we trade our youth for maturity, we may have a few more wrinkles, but we often have greater self-acceptance — which brings its own special beauty, especially in our 50s and 60s. At the same time, maintaining healthy habits not only helps us feel young, but also to look our best. Aging is a double-edged sword when it comes to body image, says psychologist Leslie Heinberg, PhD, Section Head for Psychology in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of Behavioral Services for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “On the one hand, we live in a society…

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3 Ways the New Food Label Will Help You Slim Down

America’s food has become super-sized, and we have the waistlines to prove it. Now that the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food label is finalized, all that should change. The new food label takes effect in July 2018. The old food label has been around since 1993, well before our food portions grew larger than the rest of the world’s. And well before the incidence of obesity and diabetes skyrocketed, along with risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. A side-by-side comparison The new label (on the right) offers quick, at-a-glance information about exactly what you’re eating and drinking. Calories per serving are boldly displayed. Serving size and servings per container…

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Summer Safety Tips: Sun and Water Safety

Fun in the Sun Babies under 6 months: The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area. SeeBaby Sunburn Prevention for more information. For all…

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Back Pain and Summer Heat

Most of the country is currently experiencing high summer temperatures. For some people with back pain, the warm weather means relief, while others struggle with the effects of the heat. Whether or not you love the heat, here’s how the hot weather may affect your back pain. How weather affects pain levels Pressure. Changes in barometric pressure are commonly linked with pain. When there is high pressure in the atmosphere, it pushes on your skin and the liquids in your body to be smaller. Low pressure causes a slight increase in volume of those liquids. This increase in volume will push on…

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5 Little-Known Tips for Lumbar Herniated Disc Pain Relief

A lumbar herniated disc can create sciatica pain that’s often described as a searing, burning, or radiating along the path of the sciatic nerve and down the leg. No single treatment option works for everyone, so it’s best to learn about everything available and see what works best for you. Here are 5 tips to help you on your way: 1. Heat can help relieve your muscle spasms. Many people think of muscle spasms as a minor problem, but spasms in the large muscles of the lower back can be extremely painful. Try placing a heating pad or hot compress against your lower back…

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Is My Pain Sciatica or Something Else?

Sciatica is a term for symptoms of pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from your lower spine and down the back of the leg. Sciatica is diagnosed when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed by some type of problem in your lower back. Sciatica is nerve pain When any of the nerve roots in your lower back are irritated, pain travels from the nerve root to the sciatic nerve, down to the buttock, and sometimes down the back of the leg and into your foot and/or toes. Sciatica pain is often experienced as a shooting, searing pain that radiates…

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How to Sleep with Sunburn on Your Back

Anyone who has experienced a harsh sunburn has also gone through the hell of trying to sleep with the burning pain. Even if you do not sleep on your back, it can be difficult trying to figure out how to sleep with sunburn on your back. To help you with this, I have put together this guide. How Did You Get in This Position? First of all, the best way to deal with sunburn is to not get burnt in the first place. This means using protective clothing and sunscreen when you are in the sun and avoiding the sun during…