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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. When are Health Screenings Required for Life Insurance?

    May 17, 2012

    Health Screening FormsAside from the fear of high premiums, one of the reasons many Americans neglect to enroll for family life insurance policies is the thought of having to take physical health screenings in order to qualify. It seems that to some, the idea of being turned down for family insurance is a thought too painful to consider. But what would you do if you learned that you didn’t have to take a physical exam to qualify?

    The fact is, full health screenings are not always required to be approved for a life insurance plan. And in some cases when it is required, the extent of the exam is limited to the taking of blood pressure, a little bit of blood work, and possibly a urine specimen. Whether a person is asked to take a physical exam is based on certain factors, including:

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  2. Paint Your Kitchen Green – Making Eco-Friendly Kitchen Changes

    May 16, 2012

    Eco-friendly KitchenIf we were to ask you what room in your home you thought was the biggest energy waster, what would your answer be? If you answered “my kitchen,” you’re right on track. The kitchen is where the majority of a home’s power usage takes place, because this is where the majority of our energy-sapping household appliances are located: our fridges, dishwashers, ovens, and stoves. The good news is that if you’re interested in creating an eco-friendly kitchen, there are a number of things you can do.

    Get Your Fridge in Line
    Did you know that your refrigerator is your house’s second least eco-friendly appliance next to your heating and cooling system? Now, at long last, you finally understand why it is that your folks were always shouting at you to close the refrigerator door – they were just trying to teach you how to live green! Now that you know what an energy waster your refrigerator is, what can you do about it? First things first, take a look at your fridge’s age and specs. If it’s an oldie, replace it with a new Energy Star compliant model. Also, be sure to keep its internal temperature set at around 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As for your freezer, keep it at a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but no colder unless you want to waste electricity.

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  3. Tips for Falling Asleep: Say “Hello” to a Good Night’s Rest

    April 27, 2012

    Tips for Falling AsleepIf you or the moms in your life are like many moms, the days start way too early and end way too late. Going from being chauffeur to maid to referee to chef, may make people wish for some time to rest. But when the day ends and it’s your time to fall asleep and recharge for the next day, you can’t actually fall asleep.

    To avoid that frustration, try one of these take-me-to-dreamland tips for falling asleep.

    • Cut the caffeine and sugar – This one can be really tough because you sometimes need a late-afternoon boost to get you through the day, but don’t have too much caffeine or sweets after lunch. After all, the last thing you want is extra energy after midnight.
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  4. Saving the Earth, One Aluminum Can at a Time

    April 18, 2012

    Saving the Environement with Daily RecycleEstablishing a daily recycle plan isn’t just a great way to save the environment – it can also be a fun and educational activity if you get the whole family involved. Here are just a few of the most effective tips for creating a more eco-friendly world, one aluminum can at a time.

    Get Educated
    Your first step in your daily recycle plan should be to get yourself educated on where your local recycling centers are, what kinds of recyclables they accept, and what their particular rules are. The Yellow Pages is a great resource. Of course, there’s always that new-fangled invention called the internet that can get you the same information without having to hoist that hefty phone book onto your kitchen counter.

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  5. Outsmart Spring Allergies: Tips to help keep symptoms under control

    March 23, 2012

    Control Spring AllergiesSpring is a time for warmer weather, outdoor family fun and fl…fl…fl…[ah-CHOO!] flowers to bloom. It’s also a time to nip pesky allergies in the bud.

    Getting your family through allergy season requires a watchful eye and staying in control. Here are some tips for how to stop allergy symptoms in your home:

    Turn your home into an allergy-free castle – Curtains, carpets, upholstery, bedspreads, pillows, mattresses and soft toys are magnets for allergy-triggering dust mites. Frequent vacuuming and regular washing can help reduce dust. So can covering mattresses and pillows with zippered allergy covers. Keep an eye on local weather reports, too. When pollen or mold counts are high, keep windows and doors shut. Mold can hide on houseplants and show up on shower curtains, so check the plants and wash the curtains often. A dehumidifier can help lower moisture levels in your home and control mold, but remember to change the filters often.

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