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Healthy alternatives to the Easter basket

We all love those big chocolate rabbits that we bite the ears off and eventually get the whole thing eaten by supper on Easter! Well, that is what I did as a child and thought nothing of it. Now I am like, “I can’t believe I ate all that chocolate; I wonder how much fat [...]

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Calling all Easter bunnies!

Coloring Easter eggs is such a fun family activity. Trying new methods of decorating is always a good time, maybe messy, but always fun. I always loved to do this and I wish I would have had this idea to try with my son. Check it out! Rainbow Nest Eggs What You Need Cheesecloth Hard-boiled [...]

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Defining alcohol consumption

Moderate Drinking There is no one definition of moderate drinking, but generally the term is used to describe low-risk or responsible drinking. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, drinking in moderation is defined as having no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men. [...]

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Keep your kids on the move: Part One

Part One: Why movement is key You and your siblings snickered when your parents told you stories about having to walk three miles a day to school through a raging blizzard. You had no idea the challenge you would face many years later shooing your own children off the couch. Physical inactivity is a major [...]

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Eight reasons women should lift weights

Many women fear “getting big” from lifting weights and just stick with cardio.   However, women do not have the testosterone levels that males do, making it virtually impossible to put on huge quantities of muscle.  Large increases in muscle mass are due to: Lifting heavy weights with minimal repetitions (for example, bench press 100# 3 [...]

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Family history: facts or folklore?

Part two of three If you’ve ever tried to track your ancestors, you know that family history is a complex puzzle with many missing pieces. Constructing your family medical history is an even more complex process, but if you persevere and do it right, you can gain important information that can affect your own health [...]

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distraction can occur three ways: visual – taking your eyes off the road; manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and cognitively – taking your mind [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 4

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. How to Keep a Healthy Attitude Learn what you can about your loved one’s disorder. This may mean taking classes through [...]

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How many calories should I be eating?

For a simple way to calculate the number of calories you should be eating, take your body weight and multiply it by 10. This amount will maintain your current weight. If you are not happy with that weight or need to lose a few pounds, read on.  These guidelines are approved by Heather Schmidt, DO, [...]

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In The Springtime of Your Grief

It has been such a long winter this year, the never-ending snow, subzero weather reports and the gale force winds. I have never looked forward to getting spring fever as much as I have this year. I long to stand in my kitchen window and see the first flowers of spring peek through the brown [...]

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