10 Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat

10 tips for exercising safely in the heat

Whether it’s summer or you live in a warm climate, there are different rules for exercising in the heat. Your body has different needs and dehydration is a real risk. Typically when you exercise, your body is warmer than the environment, but when it’s not, your muscles regulate heat by releasing sweat, which allows the… Read more »

Healthy Grilling – Hold the Char

Healthy Grilling Foods

Whether it’s burgers and dogs, a juicy steak or tender chicken that’s been marinating all day, everyone loves a good cookout.  However, that charbroiled goodness might come at a cost to your health. A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois, found that cooking methods that produce crust on food, such as grilling, pan-frying… Read more »

Spoiler Alert – What NOT to Pack on a Picnic

Healthy Foods For Picnics

Who doesn’t love spreading a blanket in the great outdoors and enjoying a delicious meal?  Picnics evolved from the elaborate traditions of outdoor feasts enjoyed by the wealthy. In Europe during the 14th century, the earliest picnics were medieval hunting feasts in England. Renaissance-era country banquets, and Victorian garden parties lay the foundation for today…. Read more »

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose

woman awake in bed

We get it—you’re busy. Maybe you’re swamped at work, or the only time you can squeeze in a workout is early in the morning or late at night. Maybe you’re caring for your children or your parents and there’s little time left for you. Something has to give and usually it’s sleep. You might find… Read more »

Lack of Sleep in Infancy Linked to Childhood Obesity

childhood sleep

Parents who enforce an early bedtime can take heart—they may actually be reducing their child’s risk of obesity. A new, comprehensive study has found that lack of sleep in infancy and early childhood increased the risk of obesity and overall body fat by age seven. The study, which was just published in the June 2014… Read more »

Five Ways to Beat Insomnia

5 ways to beat sleeplessness

We’ve all been there—lying awake in the middle of the night when we should be asleep. It’s frustrating to say the least. Do you turn the light on, read a book and “give in?” Or do you just lie there with your eyes closed wishing and hoping you’ll fall back asleep? If only it was… Read more »

Vacationers Beware – Drowsy Drivers are Everywhere

drowsy driving dangers

According to a new government survey, it’s not just drunk drivers and texting behind the wheel that you need to be wary of on the road; 1 in 25 drivers said they had fallen asleep at the wheel in the past month. Numbers from the AAA Foundation for Safety, estimate that as many as 7500… Read more »

Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

signs of alzheimers

As is generally the case with most diseases, early detection and treatment can make a huge difference. The Alzheimer’s Association has published the following warning signs and symptoms that everyone should be aware of: 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages, is… Read more »

Cases of Traumatic Brain Injury on the Rise

skiing and traumatic brain injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injury is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a large number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010, there were 2.5 million cases of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused… Read more »

Study Finds Cognitive Activity Battles Brain Lesions

brain lesions and cognitive activity study

What if you could take actions today that would keep your mind sharp decades into the future, despite harmful physical changes in the brain? Recent research published in the journal Neurology suggests that it’s possible to mitigate the effects of physical brain deterioration with brain-boosting activities. Many previous studies have suggested a link between cognitively… Read more »