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Fueling your kids for summer sports camps

Every year I’ve sent my two kids to summer sports camps.  Many are half-day camps, but as kids reach second grade, the camps might stretch to 8 hours a day for 5 days.  Some can be held outside in the 90-degree heat and high humidity.  I’d challenge...

Buzz off Ticks and Mosquitos!

Summertime is quickly approaching and we all know what that means – warmer weather, longer days and of course, bug bites. While protecting yourself from insects like mosquitos, fleas and ticks are always important, this time of year is especially important. Why?...

What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Health

With the release of the new Star Wars movie, our galaxy’s attention turns once again to heroes, villains and the battle against the evil Empire.   The Star Wars movies teach us a lot about courage, friendship, family, even military tactics. But we can also...

Yes, I Have Anxiety but I am Okay

Anxiety, for me, usually starts with a familiar feeling of dread. Some people may notice that their heart begins to beat faster. And then you feel as if you can't breathe. I know these signs all too well. It's not always easy to "go to my happy place" but I have...

My ‘Deep Run’ Dinner Party

I live for a party. Always. So, when I got my copy of celebrity chef Vivian Howard’s Deep Run Roots cookbook, I knew I had to plan a dinner get-together. I’m admittedly a fangirl of Vivian’s. Through her PBS show, A Chef’s Life, she brings respect and attention to...

5 Nutrition Myths Busted

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to nutrition and health. New studies and tips are coming out all the time, authored by research professionals, fitness gurus and bloggers alike. Most of the time, these studies and tips contradict each other! This makes it...

Know Your Numbers For A Healthy Heart

February is most commonly known for the Valentine’s Day, The Superbowl and The Daytona 500, February is also dedicated to heart health. A leading cause of death for men and women Thanks to organizations like the American Heart Association and days like ‘Go Red for...

Are you sick and tired, like me?

I’ve been sick a lot this winter. Minor stuff, but enough to be annoying and prevent me from being my best self. I may get a week or two of good health, but inevitably, I’ll start to feel a tickle in my throat or a pounding in my sinuses – tell-tale signs that I’m...

Up Your Soup game with these 6 easy tips

I have a love affair with soup, hopefully, I'm not alone when I say "I love soup." We make soup in our household at least once a week. Grab your Instant Pot or slow cooker of choice in honor of National Soup Month, and let's cook and eat more soup! I have always...

6 ways to get more sleep

Chances are, you have had a bad night’s sleep at least once in your life. I recently came to understand the definition of “sleep deprived” once I became a mom.  I have had my fair share of sleepless nights and caffeine filled days while embracing...

Urinary Incontinence: You Have Options

We’ve all seen the slightly awkward bladder control commercials on TV. But in reality, those ads are a pretty honest depiction of what it’s like to live with urinary incontinence. Losing control of a bodily function can feel isolating, but if you suffer from a bladder...

5 Ways to Track Your Health at Home

It’s a fact—maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is one of the best ways to stay well. Being overweight or obese can put your body at risk for long-term, chronic conditions. But because each of us is different, our definition of what ‘healthy’ means...

How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?

You’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But do you know what kinds of foods may actually send you to the doctor? Fats? Carbs? Recent data shows that sugar is actually the real troublemaker for your health. Turns out, most Americans are consuming far...

4 Immunization Myths Busted

The recent measles outbreak in North Carolina has reminded us all of how important vaccinations are when it comes to disease prevention. Highly contagious, measles is an airborne disease that can be spread through coughing or sneezing.

7 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight in the Office

Everyone’s familiar with – and fears – the “Freshman 15,” the predictable 15-pound weight gain from overindulging just a little too much that first year of college. But did you know there’s a risk of history repeating itself with the “Office 15” as college graduates enter the working world?

Do the Benefits of Football Outweigh the Risks?

It’s mid-August, and parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers across the country may be having the same conversation – do we let our kid try out for a contact sport? Parents have to weigh the risk of injury against the benefits of exercise and being part of a team, particularly in that American staple of fall sports, football.

Cooking in the Moment — And in Reverse

Ask a novice how to prepare a fancy dinner for a couple hundred people, and you'd probably get a logical response: Decide on the menu well in advance, then go out and find the ingredients for those dishes. But chef Andrea Reusing does just the opposite. She cooks in...

Children today are facing a nature deficit

A boy on his first fishing adventure notices how the wind makes unique patterns on the water; a girl on a hike is fascinated by plants she never knew existed; a father helps his son focus the binoculars on a red-shouldered hawk soaring overhead.  Exercising the mind...

6 effective tips to help you quit smoking

Smoking is a hard habit to kick. Beyond the addictive properties of nicotine, overtime smoking becomes ingrained into your lifestyle, habits and even how you identify yourself. And despite the facts about the negative impacts tobacco can have on your health, for some,...

I survived running of the bulls

If you have always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, but don’t have a trip to Spain planned anytime soon, consider the Bull City Running's annual Running of the Bulls 8K.  This past weekend, 1,411 participants laced up to run a hot 4.97 miles through the...