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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. Support Environmentally Friendly Classrooms for Young Children

    June 26, 2012

    Schoolgirl Painting in a ClassroomThere are many ways to create environmentally friendly classrooms, which help infuse green living habits in young children. If you’re a teacher, create one. Parents should also support environmental awareness in their children through green classrooms.

    Eco-Friendly Classroom Ideas

    Reusable containers for snacks, drinks and lunches. Even plastic containers help the environment if they are reusable. These containers, because of their usability, will not quickly make their way to landfills, where they may remain for hundreds of years. Unlike natural products, non-recyclable plastics, like most water bottles, will not environmentally break down and become useful aids to the environment. Reusable containers, particularly metal or cardboard, will reduce waste in local landfills.

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  2. Summer Social Media Privacy Tips

    June 21, 2012

    Social Media Privacy TipsShare Your Life Without Sacrificing Your Privacy

    Years and years ago, summer plans were talked about. Times sure have changed. Now you can Tweet about your trips, Facebook your photos, blog at the barbecue, and Skype from the surf and sand. With all the new ways to share your summer days with others, maintaining privacy can be a real challenge.

    These four simple summer social media privacy tips can give you more control over your private life and more importantly, give other people less control:

     

    1.    Why did I post that? A great rule to follow when posting a message, video, or photo on a social media site is to ask yourself, “Is this something I want my boss to see?” This will keep you from showing the world too much. Remember, just because you delete a message, photo, or video doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. It could live forever, and another person, sometimes someone you don’t even know, who is ready to share it with the rest of the world, also could have easily downloaded it.

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  3. Avoiding Summer Bummers with Summer Safety Tips

    June 19, 2012

    Summer Safety TipsTimely Tips to Keep Healthy in the Heat

    Summer is supposed to be filled with sun and fun, but if you’re not prepared, even the best day can turn into a bad one. So, take note of these super summer safety tips for a happier, healthier season:

     

    Don’t get sun burned – If you enjoy outdoor activities, summer can be the perfect time for a trip to the beach, pool, playground, theme park, hiking trail or other locales that make for lots of family fun. However, fun in the sun can become uncomfortable very quickly if you or your kids spend too much time under the ultraviolet rays. To avoid painful sunburn, follow these summer safety tips:
    •    Wear a hat and sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet rays.
    •    Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense.
    •    Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and apply it at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.

     

    Stay hydrated – When you’re active in the summer heat and you sweat, your body loses essential hydration, which can lead to heat exhaustion or possibly heat stroke. While you’re playing tennis, tossing around a Frisbee, biking or whatever, make sure you drink plenty of water, about one cup every half hour. Also, try to avoid caffeinated drinks, which can actually dehydrate your body.

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  4. Cut Your Risk of Disease by Stocking Up on These Three Super Foods

    June 18, 2012

    Fresh and Organic BlueberriesHealthy living is all about eating well and exercising, two activities that tend to fall by the wayside in our fast-paced, hectic culture. Luckily, good nutrition can be as simple as loading up on these three super foods.

    Blueberries. These small, antioxidant-rich fruits are packed with fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C. Eating about ½ a cup per day will decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer. Additional benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, which can help control a host of chronic diseases. Added tip: For a breakfast that would make your doctor proud, combine two super foods by throwing a handful of blueberries in your morning oatmeal. Now that’s healthy living!

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  5. Watching TV Can Be Good for Dad’s Health

    June 5, 2012

    Exercise While Watching TVFor many fathers, watching television is the best way to relax, especially after the kids are off to bed. It can be an opportunity to kick back in a comfy chair and turn off the brain after a long day of work. However, sitting in front of the “boob tube” for too long can have a negative impact on one’s health. What to do? Did you know you can exercise while watching TV?

    This Father’s Day, to help dad stay healthy, you can show him some exercises he can do while watching TV. Considering that the average man supposedly spends about 19 hours watching television each week, the special dad in your life may prove to be in the best shape of his life once the season’s TV finales come along.

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