Summer is often filled with outdoor parties, warm weather and no school. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can bring stress for many parents as they search for ways to keep their kids happy, healthy, engaged and safe without breaking the bank.
Listed below are a few simple—and inexpensive—summer activities that you and your children can do together this summer.
Fireworks are a staple at festivities for many Americans during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that injuries occur.
In honor of National Fireworks Safety Month, take some time to familiarize yourself with the following safety suggestions to avoid accidents when using fireworks.
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends that you consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables each day. Although this varies by age, gender, and level of physical activity, it is a good recommendation to live by to build a healthy dietary base.
One great way to add variety to your diet and to make sure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables is to look for seasonal produce. Additionally, choosing in-season produce can help save you money, as the abundance of the fruit or vegetable typically makes it less expensive.
This summer, be mindful of what fruits and vegetables are in season near you. Fruits & Veggies—More Matters, a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for better health, has made it easy to figure out which produce is in season. On its website, you can view year-round, winter, spring, summer and fall produce options.
Click here to see what’s in season this summer.
Cigarette smoking is a life-threatening habit, decried by every major health organization across the globe. The tobacco epidemic is so pervasive that the World Health Organization (WHO) supports World No Tobacco Day, held annually on May 31. This day is meant to “demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries,” according to WHO.
The largest threat comes from preventable deaths, with about 6 million people dying each year from tobacco use.
One in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If the trend continues, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is, with sound nutrition and opportunities for physical activity, kids thrive.
Observed on the last week of April each year, Every Kid Healthy is a campaign to ensure that every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn.
The benefits of regular exercise are numerous and include increased lean muscle and bone strength, decreased body fat, a healthy weight, and improved psychological well-being. Children should get a mix of structured and unstructured physical activity each day. Structured activities include sports, games and gym classes. Unstructured activity is the type your child gets throughout the day. Activity needs vary by age:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. These simple suggestions make it easy to start shifting to healthier choices:
All food and beverage choices matter, which is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created MyPlate, a symbol for healthy eating that is designed to provide a simple visual reminder to help us make healthy food choices.
Tax season is fast-approaching, which means big opportunity for scammers. Are you doing everything you can to educate your employees about these risks?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published five common tactics used by scam artists over the phone. Keep an eye out for these strategies in case you’re targeted this tax season.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 610,000 deaths annually. Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in the cost of health care, medications and lost productivity.
In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for life-saving organ donation. And each year, the number of people on the waiting list continues to grow. National Organ Donor Day, observed each year on February 14, is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved.
Historically, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets and weight-loss products to achieve their goals quickly. While fad diets may prove effective initially, research shows that many people don’t find long-term success with these types of diets.
Instead of setting a goal to lose weight fast this New Year’s, set a goal to lead a healthier lifestyle. Common lifestyle New Year’s resolutions include the following: