Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life put quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Ways to Childproof Your Home That Parents Sometime Overlook

    baby walking up stairsParents of small children know the importance of childproofing their home. As babies grow, they develop into curious crawlers and toddlers, causing parents to need to carefully secure certain parts of their home. This typically includes putting latches on cabinets and putting a cover on electrical outlets. There are some additional areas of a home that parents can childproof to help keep their little explorers safe:

  2. Car Seat Safety Checklist

    A happy baby in a safe car seatGuidelines for safe car seats for children continue to change in the footsteps of new studies and technology. The latest recommendations and laws are based on what works and what doesn’t.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many people who believe that they have the correct car seat for their child actually don’t. In addition, three out of four children in child safety seats aren’t properly secured or aren’t restrained at all because the seats have not been properly installed, notes the NHTSA.

    Your child also may be at risk if your car seat is outdated or is a hand-me-down because the seat may be damaged, recalled, or missing important parts.

    To help ensure that your child travels safely in a car, refer to the car-seat safety checklist below, based on recommendations from the NHTSA.

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  3. Safety Checklist for Your Child’s Day Care

    child day care center safety checklist

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    Good day care can be a fun, and enriching experience for children, but when choosing the best place for your little ones to spend their day, probably the most important factor for parents is safety. You want to know that safety is encouraged, while the kids are running, climbing, building and singing, and with the same passion that’s committed to their learning and playtime.

    As a guide for parents, below is a safety checklist for children’s daycare that Gerber Life Insurance Company has put together. It’s meant as a guide to the kinds of thing that parents may want to look for to help guard against injuries. A parent’s instinct, senses and research remain best. Walk around the facility to see if there is anything that gives you pause. Does it seem clean? Is it designed for children? Is it unlikely to allow for injury? Are the children always supervised? Check off the following details as you go.

    You’re welcome to print out this guide and take it with you when evaluating prospective day care centers or when visiting your child’s current facility.

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  4. Are you Apt to Be Fit? There’s an App for That!

    woman-jumping-ropeTo achieve good health, you need to eat right and exercise. To make this easier, turn to technology and download some apps.

    Get fit or take your fitness to the next level with these great options for apps:

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  5. Food Fight: School Officials Push Back on Congress’ Healthy Lunch Requirements

    Boy Eating a Healthy School LunchSchools play a vital role in the health of young children. For example, more than 31 million children in the U.S. participate in the National School Lunch Program, according to research by the Pew organization. Now, some public school officials find themselves struggling to find a balance between serving meals that meet the health requirements of Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture and finding food that children will eat. Since making the switch to healthier meals, some school officials have even reported that they’ve seen more food being thrown into the trash than being consumed.

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