You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in Hot Cars

portrait of mother and little daughter driving in car togetherIf you’re rushing around as the family’s “taxi driver” between activities, appointments, and errands, you might just be taking precious cargo for granted. Don’t: In 2018 (the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years, according to the National Safety Council [NSC]), 52 children in the U.S. died when left in a locked, hot car. Pediatric vehicular heatstroke or PVH (also known as hyperthermia) was the cause of almost 800 kids dying since 1998. Continue reading

Ticks: Unwelcome Guests Who Pack More Than One Disease

Concept of healthy lifestyle with dog and man hiking outdoorRoughly 300,000 people may get Lyme disease annually in the U.S., but only about 30,000 even get reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year. The bug responsible? The black-legged (formerly deer) tick. These small, blood-sucking bugs that live outdoors in grass, leaf piles, trees, and shrubs like to hitch a ride on you, your dog, or your cat. Unlike other bugs, ticks like to stick around by remaining attached to your body after they bite. Most tick bites are harmless. But there are almost 60 different tick species known to bite and transmit illnesses to people. Diseases (like Lyme) or bacterial infections (like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and others) often cause symptoms within the first few days or weeks. Continue reading

Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip

Fresh-fruit kebab, shallow depth(Serves 4)

Kid-friendly, but satisfying for any crowd, these refreshing fruit “kebabs” are a welcome addition to the breakfast, brunch, or picnic table. Pretty on a platter, use as an “anytime” fruit starter or light dessert because this recipe can easily multiply. And with each serving of two fruit skewers with 1 ½ tablespoons of dip adding up to just 71 calories, plus zero cholesterol and fat, you can indulge a bit! Low in carbs (18 g) and sodium too (10 mg), you also get 2 g of fiber, 1 g of protein, and 174 mgs of potassium. Continue reading

Leave Fireworks to the Pros and Enjoy the Show

Crowd watching fireworks and celebrating new year eveIf any month screams summer, it’s July: amusement parks, baseball, beaches, outdoor concerts, parades, picnics — and along with July 4th celebrations, fireworks.

Fireworks light up the sky with a spectacular view. But these figures should give you pause: The most recent figures  from the Consumer Product Safety Commission say that U.S. emergency rooms saw almost 13,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2017. Children younger than 15 years old accounted for 36 percent of those injuries. Fireworks also start roughly 18,500 fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And before you think sparklers are safe (they can burn as hot as 2,000 degrees to melt some metals), fireworks burns, in general, were the most common injury to arms, fingers, and hands. Continue reading

Is Your Car Road-Trip Ready?

Young black family in a car on a road trip smilingThe whole family is psyched to hit the road and escape. But whether it’s a day trip or a week-long jaunt, “safety first” means always having a few items on hand for an emergency on wheels.

Some items (like ice scrapers) can be seasonal, depending on the part of the country where you live. But others should be the ones that are go-tos, all year long, so leave room in the trunk: Continue reading

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Crash Your Party

Mosquito sucking bloodAlong with the joys of summer, comes rising temperatures and humidity. It’s the perfect playground for mosquitoes, who are all too happy to crash-land into your outing or picnic. Now is a good time to review the dangers of the diseases these insects carry, provide some updates, and know how to protect yourself and your family, especially with a long mosquito season, from summer right into fall. Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflowern Chou-Fleur Rôtie au Four(Serves 6)

From cauliflower “rice” to cauliflower pizza crust, this versatile veggie is a good-for-you choice, even in its simplest form, whether raw, grilled, steamed, or roasted! This option is easy, and the cooking time (just 15 to 20 minutes in the oven) makes this a go-to side for any gathering, at only 75 calories, and just 5 g total fat. It’s a good source of potassium, too (420 mg).   Continue reading

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Carrots

(Serves 6)

Talk about a time saver! Grilling season is in full swing, and if chicken is a fave of family and friends, you may have leftovers on hand. This recipe includes some savory Asian influences, like peanut sauce and scallions, but putting this together couldn’t be easier or faster. It’ll just look like you spent more time on it! Check out the “light” factor, too, coming in at just 65 calories, with 2.5 g of total fat. (Using lean, white meat instead of dark cuts the fat as well.) Carbohydrates come in at 2 g, cholesterol is 25 mg, and sugar just 1 g, with 9 g of protein.
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