When we start obsessing over every minor change or pain that more serious problems can develop.
It starts with waking up one day and noticing something different with your body. It could be a bump on your foot, or maybe your head feels heavier than usual. Next thing you know, you’re googling different symptoms for hours and diagnosing yourself with rare, life-threatening diseases. Don’t worry; we’ve all done it before. However, it’s when we start obsessing over every minor change or pain that more serious problems can develop….
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In this video, Independence associates Michael Holmes and Kim-Thao Nguyen share more tips on how you can personalize your own first aid kit. Now that the weather is nice, you and your family are probably out and about more than ever — kicking up sand at the beach, lounging at the pool, hiking, biking,…
exercise tips for busy parents
I frequently describe parenting as a 14-hour work day. Parents out there know what I’m talking about. For me, the day starts at 7 a.m. and goes full steam ahead until around 9:30 p.m. My days are filled with chores, joy, frustration, chores, fun, tedium, chores, and all the other challenges and rewards of working to support a family of five….

Lay It on Thick…With Sunscreen

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How to apply sunscreen
One gallon. We can all picture what this looks like, right? One of those big, plastic jugs of milk with the handle? One gallon is the same as 128 fluid ounces. If you have a family of four, this means you should be emptying a one-gallon jug of sunscreen about every month if you’re poolside daily….
Philly hiking trails - Valley Forge
Pictured: Valley Forge contains 19.5 miles of marked hiking trails and 21 miles of authorized biking trails, with connections to both Montgomery County and Philadelphia. Photo credit: David MacFarlane Want to unplug and explore nature without straying far from the city limits? With summer right around the corner there couldn’t be a better time to hit the trails….
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If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, you’re familiar with the list of items recommended for you that appears when you log in. And you may have noticed that this feature is oddly spot-on. How many times have you glanced at the recommendations just to think to yourself “Hmm, I could use that,” and end up buying the item?…
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps regenerate tissue, protects against heart disease, and can decrease cholesterol. When you think about the best sources of vitamin C, you naturally think of oranges, right? No disrespect to that morning glass of OJ, but vitamin C is abundant in lots of fruits and veggies. As the old knock knock joke goes,…
Improving family nutrition
Sausages fried in butter. Sugar-coated cereal. Strawberry milk. Sometimes a toaster pastry. That was the breakfast that many of us in my generation routinely had each morning, and no one gave it a second thought. And if you did, you were probably in the minority; a “health nut.”

Superfoods: How can anyone stand this stuff?

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Loneliness and aging can lead to depression in seniors.
I read an article recently announcing that May is National Mental Health Month, and it reminded me of my days in medical practice. Dealing with geriatric mental health issues is among the most complex challenges in caring for the elderly. This year’s theme, Risky Business – Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll, is intended to educate the public on habits and behaviors that may increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness or be signs of mental health problems in and of themselves….
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Women Preventive Health
If you’ve ever been on an airplane, you’ll be familiar with the flight attendants’ instructions to put your oxygen mask on first before trying to help others. Now think about this as it applies to your health. As a mom of two kids, I know it often seems impossible to take care of myself when I’m busy making their needs my first priority….
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