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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 puts 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 tips for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

    August 13, 2013

    Woman Preparing Healthy BreakfastMom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. As it turns out, Mom was right – and today’s research agrees.

    Recent studies indicate that eating breakfast reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Eating breakfast also helps lower LDL – or “bad” cholesterol – and triglyceride levels, and regulates blood sugar and insulin levels. Other studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be leaner. In fact, skipping breakfast was associated with a 400% greater risk of obesity.

    To reap the many benefits of a well-rounded breakfast, choose healthy meals based on whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruit. For mornings when you don’t have a lot of time, try one of these breakfasts:

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  2. Back-to-School Health Tips for Kids

    August 6, 2013

    School Children Washing HandsSchoolwork should be challenging. Staying healthy at school shouldn’t be.

    The start of a new school year is a perfect time for parents to encourage kids to adopt habits that promote good health. Proper hygiene, good nutrition and regular exercise all play a role in keeping kids in prime shape to hit the books.

    Classrooms can be a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Younger children are particularly vulnerable, since their immune systems are not fully developed. Colds spread easily. A child sneezes and others sitting nearby may get sick.

    Teaching youngsters simple preventive measures can make all the difference for keeping illness at bay. Before the first school bell rings, tell your kids to:

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  3. Avoiding Back-to-School Stress

    August 5, 2013

    Child Experiencing StressHeading back to school at summer’s end can sometimes elicit a stress response, and not just for the kids. School schedules can upend a parent’s routine as well.

    However, this seasonal transition can be smooth sailing with some planning, time management and a little mental preparation.

    Here are some tips to avoid back-to-school stress and ease into the new school year:

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  4. Creative Ideas for Recycling Household Items

    July 8, 2013

    Recycling Household Items“Living green” has started capturing the imagination and commitment of people nationwide. Parents and grandparents have embraced recycling and reusing common household items, realizing that developing the “recycling habit” is easier than they once had thought. They’ve also learned that it’s just as easy to pass on a “green” mentality to their children.

    Creative ways to recycle and reuse items are limitless. Here are some ideas to make the most of common recyclable items in your home:

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  5. Beat the Heat

    June 28, 2013

    Beating Summer BoredomSummer activities to keep boredom at bay.

    Why does summer sometimes prompt children to pout? Experts say it’s almost inevitable for kids’ enthusiasm to wane once the first blush of summer has faded. Helping a child to overcome boredom is not an insurmountable challenge. Look for creative and interesting activities for your child to do, especially ones that promote quality time together.

    Here are some activities that can dispel the doldrums, including some in which mom and dad can take part.