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. Working Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Dad Biking to WorkWorking Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Between getting the kids ready for school and yourself ready for work, and putting in 40 hours per week, and getting involved in all of your kids’ extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to find time to catch your breath, let alone work out. Getting regular exercise is key to good health, a good mood and a longer life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Working out offers a range of benefits, from weight loss and increased energy to a lowered risk of certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.

    Here are some workout tips to help include that all-important fitness into your schedule:

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  2. Breaking the Junk Food Addiction

    Teenage Boys Eating Junk FoodAn epidemic has been spreading among American children for more than 30 years: childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three children are overweight, and 18 percent of all children between ages 6 and 19 are classified as obese. A lack of physical activity is part of the problem, but access to junk food also plays a major role in weight gain.

    If your kids are hooked on empty-calorie or sugar-filled foods, there are some ways you can break unhealthy habits and set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle:

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  3. Health Tips for Moms

    woman-seating-outdoorsThis Mother’s Day, give your children the best gift of all by staying healthy for them.

    While family members ponder what gifts to give mom on Mother’s Day, let’s turn the tables and ponder what gift mom could give to her family. Her love, of course, but what about her own good health?

    So moms, as you soak in everyone’s love and gratitude this Mother’s Day, think about ways that you can be – and stay – healthy. It’s a gift that you’ll be giving yourself, as well as to your family.

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  4. Establishing an Emergency Contact List

    Emergency Room EntranceAn emergency contact list could prove life-saving when unexpected circumstances arise. No one plans to have an emergency, but every parent should plan for one. You may know to dial 9-1-1 during a serious medical emergency, but your mind may go blank attempting to dig up other emergency numbers during a highly stressful situation. When seconds matter, you’ll be glad that your emergency contact list is not only accessible, but also comprehensive.

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  5. Four Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet

    Father Cutting PeppersEasy ways to start eating healthier – without overhauling your diet.

    Spring is the season of new beginnings, so you’re primed for some positive changes in your life. Wait a minute, isn’t that the way you felt back on Jan. 1 when you made the same lofty resolutions?

    If you failed to make good on your New Year’s resolutions, hope is not lost and spring is eternal, right? Here are some simple strategies for eating – and feeling – healthier in the weeks and months ahead: