With longer days comes a little more time, a bit more energy and, often, a lot more “oomph,” propelling you off of the couch and onto the workout bandwagon to get back in shape. No doubt about it: Starting a workout (after talking with your doctor first), along with cutting back on the foods you may have overindulged in over the winter months, can jump-start you back on the road to good health, both physically and mentally. In addition to building up your stamina and helping you burn calories to lose weight, exercise also elevates your mood and lowers blood pressure and stress, not to mention boosting your immune system to help prevent you from getting sick.
It’s “every parent’s nightmare” to lose a child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that 29 people die in cars each day as a result of drinking and driving. Underage drinkers age 12 to 20 drink 11 percent of all alcohol in the U.S., with more than 90 percent of it consumed by binge drinking (drinking to excess). But whether someone underage starts drinking because of peer pressure or depression; whether they get behind the wheel while impaired and hurt themselves (or someone else); or die due to alcohol poisoning, another accident, or suicide, talking to kids about alcohol’s dangers can help avoid tragedy.
Smiles reveal a lot about mood, and personality. But the American Dental Association says that the teeth we display to form those grins can also clue people in to how old we are, what kind of food we eat, whether or not we use tobacco products, or what kind of environment we live in, now or previously. For both dentists and doctors, our teeth and mouths can offer hints about our overall health.
This quick-prep dish just says “Spring,” and would be lovely with a salad, steamed asparagus, or sugar snap peas. It comes in at just 196 calories and only nine g of fat (2 saturated), with only 5 g of carbs, 76 mg of cholesterol, and 229 mg of sodium. A great source of protein (229 mg), too, salmon also provides those fantastic omega-3s!
Panzanella comes from the Italian words for bread (pane) and small basket (zanella). Traditionally, this savory Tuscan salad is made with anchovies, chopped veggies, and day-old bread soaked in olive oil, but here’s a lighter version, sans the soaking. 170 calories, 10 mg cholesterol, 11 g total fat (3 saturated), 160 mg sodium and just 3 g sugar. Just toss and taste. Buon appetito!
Almost everyone experiences dry eyes sometimes, especially during colder, drier months. Spring also has its share of dry eye symptoms, when seasonal allergies kick in, and prompt the urge to rub eyes for relief. (That only makes dry eyes worse!) Computer users deal with dry eyes almost daily — especially when they don’t blink for longer periods of time, or break free from their screens!
If you’re a parent, you may find yourself in a tug of war with your kids about food. That includes what you’d like them to try, and what they’ll actually eat. This battle of wills can be frustrating, especially when you’ve exhausted all methods of persuasion.
Bribing picky eaters with dessert isn’t the way to go, either. Treats are okay once in a while, but the idea is to get them used to eating healthier food overall. Having them try healthier choices (many made in a way that they’ve never had before, and might like) is the goal.
You may already know that the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its former colonoscopy screening guidelines from age 50 to age 45 for those of average risk and no family history. But you may not know why.
The disease has seen a marked increase among young adults in the U.S. under age 55 at a rate of two percent each year since the mid-1990s. A study by the American Cancer Society, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that millennials* born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer, compared to people born near 1950.
Got leftover chicken and veggies? This Irish classic is as easy as pie! With a prep time of 40 minutes and a cook time of just 10 minutes, it’s a lighter recipe, too (just 336 calories per serving, 32 mg cholesterol, 4 g of total fat, 24 g of protein, and just 302 mg of sodium), using chicken (instead of beef or lamb). Set your table for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
Turn off your oven — no baking needed for these chewy treats! Perfect with that cup of tea or glass of skim milk, you’ll love this combo of peanut butter and whole grain oats, with just 120 calories per serving (two cookies!), 18 g of carbs, 5 g of cholesterol, 5 g total fat, 1 g of fiber, 2 g of protein, 15 g of sodium, and 12 g total sugar (using granulated sugar).