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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. Barbecue Grilling Safety Tips

    June 1, 2012

    Safety Tips for Grilling on the BBQAmerica loves to barbecue. A 2009 study by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association shows that 82 percent of all households in the U.S. own a grill, and 97 percent of grill owners use it at least once a year. But grilling can be dangerous, and not just because you’re cooking with fire. More common—and sometimes more powerful—dangers can be the ones we can’t see, smell or taste.

    The following grilling safety tips can help you enjoy a safer and healthier Father’s Day cookout:

    • Take cover—The only time that your grill should be uncovered is when you’re using it or it’s cooling down. Why? To start, rodents can sneak in and dine on what they would consider a “grate” restaurant. Or, dirt might blow on to the grilling area. That’s a crunchy treat that nobody wants.

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  2. Eliminate Three Common Household Irritants

    May 29, 2012

    Man Cleaning Kitchen SinkWe expect our houses to be safe, happy places in which our families can relax and grow, not hotbeds of dangerous carcinogens. To help keep the air your family breathes safe and clean, watch out for these three common household irritants.

    Indoor Air Pollutants. The EPA recently stated that indoor air pollution might pose a greater risk to a family’s health than pollutants in the air outside. Oil, gas, kerosene, tobacco smoke, damp carpets, heating and cooling systems, and household cleaners are all health hazards that can release harmful or toxic chemicals into the air in your home. To help protect your family from these household dangers, eliminate toxins over which you have control (e.g. tobacco smoke), and increase ventilation when possible by opening windows or operating attic fans. (To learn more, read the EPA’s booklet here.)

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  3. How Quitting Your Bottled Water Habit Could Save the Earth

    May 25, 2012

    Woman Throwing Away Plastic Water BottleEven people who recycle daily, ride the bus to work, and use only environmentally friendly products can do more to further their efforts at sustainable living. Are you constantly on the lookout for more eco-friendly practices that can help make the world a better place to live? Here’s a living green tip you might not have thought of before: install a water filtration system in your home.

    This may sound more like a money saving move than an eco-friendly contribution, but if you’re a die-hard bottled water drinker, moving from bottled water to a water filtration system can make a pretty significant environmental impact.

    • Plastic water bottles take forever to biodegrade. Actually, the current estimated figure for how long a plastic water bottle will sit before it eventually biodegrades is 500 years. That’s not to say that you’re the type of person to toss your used water bottles into the nearest trash bin, but even if you recycle daily, giving your business to the bottled water industry is about as bad as not recycling
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  4. Staying Fit at Home

    May 21, 2012

    Woman Doing Yoga at HomeWhen you have young children at home, getting outdoors for a run or bike ride can be close to impossible. Luckily, home exercise can be both fun and effective with a home exercise machine. The trick to finding a home routine that works for you is knowing which exercise machine will best complement the daily exercise you love most.

    Are you an avid runner? Try bringing home an elliptical machine or a treadmill. Either exercise machine will give you the great cardio workout you’ve come to love with new challenges and options. Most in-home treadmills allow you to pick your preferred level of incline, and elliptical machines have a number of built-in options that let you vary your workout each day.

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  5. Tips to Keeping Your Family Safe from Unnecessary Health Risks

    May 18, 2012

    Healthy Family Eating at a ParkFamily life insurance coverage is something that a lot of people don’t like to think about. Can you blame them? It’s probably not something you like to ponder yourself. But as unpleasant a thought as it is, there are some positive things that can come about from calmly facing the practical need for family life insurance coverage. One of those things is the decision to take action to ensure the long term health and well-being of yourself and your family. Avoiding risk caused by bad habits and lifestyle choices should be your chief concern.