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    • How to Raise a Healthy Eater at Every Stage of Childhood

      3 March 2021

      (Family Features) Daily food choices can have a profound impact on overall health and well-being. Not only do healthy dietary patterns help maintain good health, they also reduce the risk of chronic diseases throughout all stages of life. 

      The United States Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, and nutrition experts agree it is vital to establish  healthy eating habits early and maintain them throughout childhood. 

      “Research shows toddlers who eat a wide variety of foods are more likely to carry those habits into adulthood, so it’s important to introduce and reinforce healthy eating habits from the time a child starts to eat solid foods,” said Courtney Hines, KinderCare Learning Centers’ registered dietitian. “In fact, the first two years of a child’s life are often referred to as ‘the golden window’ because this is when kids are most open to trying new foods and flavors. By encouraging variety and healthy eating early in life, parents and families can dramatically reduce picky eating habits many toddlers and children develop over time while also helping their children develop balanced relationships with food they’ll carry with them into adulthood.” 

      Consider these tips and tricks to try at home with kids of all ages to build healthy eating habits and excitement around trying new foods.

      Babies
      When babies are ready for solid foods, be sure to expose them to a wide variety of whole, unprocessed foods with varying flavors and textures. Start with soft foods like mashed potatoes, avocados, cooked rice and bananas until your children are ready for firmer solids. 

      Toddlers
      Toddlers who turns up their noses at veggies or fruit may be more open-minded if they’re an active participant in mealtime prep. Ask your children to pick one new fruit or vegetable and agree that you’ll both taste it. Asking your children to describe the appearance, texture, taste and smell of the food can also be a fun way to build vocabulary.

      Preschoolers
      Around the 2- or 3-year mark, children become interested in investigating and learning. Engage their natural curiosity in the world around them by planting a small vegetable, fruit or herb garden for your tiny chefs to tend to ─ it can be as simple as a windowsill garden. Gardening helps children understand where healthy, nutritious foods come from. Plus, children are more likely to eat what they’ve grown, which means more fruit and veggies in their diets. 
       
      School-agers
      The kitchen is chock-full of learning opportunities for all ages. School-agers can work on their math skills as they measure ingredients for recipes. 

      “Cooking together also gives parents an opportunity to talk about nutrition in terms children can understand,” Hines said. “For example, carbohydrates, like bread, provide energy for our bodies and brains. When we eat carbohydrates, our bodies store them for later. That’s why we’re having whole-grain pancakes for breakfast, so you have the energy you need to fuel your brain and body all morning.” 

      For more tips about building healthy eating habits with children of all ages, visit kindercare.com.

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    • 6 Ways to Ward Off Headaches Without Medicine

      3 March 2021

      Whether you suffer from migraines, tension headaches or the occasional run-of-the-mill headache, there are limits to the value of over-the-counter meds, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. While they may bring pain relief in the short term, doctors say that overusing such meds can induce more frequent headaches in the long run and may even leave the sufferer resistant to other treatments.

      Chronic headache sufferers and medical professionals offer six holistic tips for getting the best of headaches.

      Stay Hydrated - Dehydration is a known trigger of migraines. Most people need about eight glasses of water per day, so be sure you are drinking enough.

      Kick Stress - Tension headaches brought on by stress typically involve muscle tension. Try closing your eyes and focusing on one group of muscles in your body at a time, such as your hands,  feet or back. As you focus on each muscle group, take a deep breath, tense those muscles, then exhale and release the tension.

      Try a Massage - Massages are another way to release stress trigger points. Pressing on the temple areas or over the ears can help relieve bands of tight muscles. Or have someone massage the trapezius muscles in your shoulders.  

      Take a Screen Break - One of the most common symptoms associated with digital eye strain is headaches. The American Optometrists Association recommends following the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20 second break from your screen to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

      Check Your Caffeine Intake - If you are accustomed to drinking coffee in the morning, omitting it can bring on a headache. On the other hand, too much coffee brings on a headache in some people. Morning coffee drinkers should have no more than two eight-ounce cups.

      Try Vitamin B2 - High doses of vitamin B2 have been shown to decrease migraines, according to medical reviews. Taking 400 mg per day of the nutrient, also called riboflavin, has had a positive effect on adult migraine patients.

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    • Why Cities Are Ideal for Aging in Place

      3 March 2021

      For many seniors, finding the right home to age in place is an important decision. Equally significant, however, is finding the right location. When looking for a home where you can comfortably grow old, it’s increasingly common to look to the city. If you’re still trying to determine the best environment to age in place, here are a few reasons why an urban setting might be the right choice.

      Walkability
      The convenience of being able to walk everywhere has major appeal for seniors. Whether you’re going to the grocery store or meeting friends in the park, chances are you can live your life without having to get in the car. Should the day come that you no longer feel comfortable driving, this, of course, allows you to stay active and continue enjoying everything the city has to offer.

      Culture Abounds
      Speaking of everything the city has to offer, you’ll find endless activities, events and cultural institutions right on your doorstep. While some might think aging in place means spending your days sitting around the house, it’s far from that when you live in the city. You can soak up all the energy of your surroundings and visit exciting art exhibits, eat at the hottest restaurants and spend an evening at the theater.

      Low Maintenance
      As we get older, maintaining a house becomes more difficult. From cleaning the gutters to shoveling the driveway, there may come a time when the house feels like a little too much work. Living in a professionally managed building in the city, however, takes that burden entirely off of you. You’re free to spend your time on your own terms because someone will be readily available to handle repairs and maintenance as needed.

      Quality Healthcare
      It’s no secret that the best hospitals and doctors are often found in the city. If you want to have easy access to the best quality care for you and your partner while aging in place, then living in the city will most likely deliver exactly that. Even for those who are healthy and active, if nothing else, you can enjoy peace of mind. 

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    • Make Your House Feel Like a Luxury Hotel With These Home Collections

      2 March 2021

      We all know the feeling of waking up in a luxurious hotel room totally refreshed. From the bedding to the bath products, everything about the experience is designed to promote relaxation. For those who have spent time wondering how they can recreate a similar experience at home, the good news is that many of today’s luxury hotels are helping to make that a possibility. Here are several home collections from distinguished hotel brands that are available online and worthy of bringing into any home.

      Four Seasons Home Collection
      The Four Seasons is renowned for excellence and their online collection certainly does not disappoint. You’ll find all of the expected items here, like linens, towels and robes, but they go a step further by offering mattresses, cashmere throws and a line of candles inspired by destinations around the world. They even have a stunning coffee table book, The Art of Hospitality, that you can put on display in your living room.

      The Ritz-Carlton Shop
      Similarly, The Ritz-Carlton goes above and beyond with their comprehensive online store, which includes five different types of pillows and seven different linen sets. For those who like to be pampered, you can bring home their signature bath and spa products, like 50 Central Park Bubble Bath, Asprey Purple Water and Spa Fresh Body Butter. If that’s not enough, you’ll be pleased to find dishware, lighting and much more.

      St. Regis Boutique
      You’ll find all of the luxurious bedding and bath products you could ever dream of at the St. Regis Boutique. However, the iconic hotel sets their store apart by teaming up with other high-end brands to create exciting products, like the Frette 1860 for St. Regis Pajamas, the St. Regis Bloody Mary Set by Saint-Louis and Vilebrequin Swimwear for St. Regis. From jewelry to handbags, there are plenty of more collaborations available that are sure to leave you swooning. 

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    • Health Tips to Navigate Year Two of the Pandemic

      2 March 2021

      (Family Features) After months of unfamiliar restrictions and guidelines, pandemic fatigue is affecting how some Americans protect their health. However, experts warn that diligence is still extremely important because new mutations and variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being discovered. The typical cold and flu season also brings added threats to people’s health and wellness.

      “Staying diligent is one of the most important things we can do as we navigate through the cold and flu season as well as the COVID pandemic,” said family medicine physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle. 

      Though you may still be spending more time at home, it’s important to take proactive steps to maintain your health. Caudle offers these practical tips to help protect your health while you’re waiting for vaccination eligibility amid the pandemic this cold and flu season.

      Avoid Exposure
      As COVID-19 continues to impact communities from coast to coast, there’s no better time to avoid getting sick. Even if you catch a less serious illness like a cold or the flu, health care professionals in many areas are stretched thin. What’s more, getting sick could compromise your immune system, making you more susceptible to a more serious infection. 

      Minimizing your risk of exposure means limiting close contact with others outside your household, wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol can substitute for hand washing, if necessary. 

      Practice Self-Care
      Staying healthy isn’t just about avoiding germs. Managing your physical health means keeping your body in top condition by eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and ditching habits that can negatively impact your body, like smoking and excess drinking. It’s also important to monitor your mental health since factors like stress and depression can take a physical toll that impacts your body’s immune response.

      Pinpoint Symptoms
      If you get sick, it’s important to pay close attention to your symptoms. However, this cold and flu season brings a unique variable with the possibility that your symptoms may actually stem from a mild case of COVID-19. Weather may also fuel stronger than usual allergy responses, so distinguishing between cold, flu, COVID-19 and allergy symptoms can be especially tricky. Testing may be necessary to get the proper diagnosis and ensure you’re taking the right precautions to prevent the spread of any infection. If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms or about COVID-19, consult your health care professional. 

      Treat Symptoms
      Depending on your diagnosis, a health care professional may suggest medication to help treat symptoms until your illness runs its course. There are a variety of products available over the counter that are commonly used to treat symptoms of respiratory viral infections. Many provide relief from multiple symptoms in a single dose. For example, an option like Mucinex DM lasts 12 hours when used as directed and contains dextromethorphan, which helps to control cough, and guaifenesin to help thin and loosen mucus. 

      You can identify the right formula to provide relief based on symptoms you are experiencing by using the online tool at Mucinex.com, where you can also find more information regarding self-care remedies.

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