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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. Eat, Drink and Be Healthy This Thanksgiving

    November 11, 2011

    Healthy Eating Tips for ThanksgivingThe center of attention on Thanksgiving Day is always the food. Sure, there are some families where a crazy uncle tries to steal the spotlight, but the real star of this holiday is the seemingly endless supply of turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pies and other goodies.

    With so much great food, many of us think it’s impossible to stay healthy on this special day, but it’s not. Here are five tips to help you enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving and still eat plenty of delicious food. Now, that’s something to be thankful for!

      1. Lay off the skin – Even though turkey skin is tasty and hard to resist, eating even two ounces will tack an additional 220 calories onto your meal. By comparison, two ounces of mashed potatoes made with whole milk and butter total 70 calories. Two ounces of turkey breast are just 29 calories. So, before adding that turkey skin to your plate, ask yourself if it’s really worth the extra calories. If you’re still tempted, think about this. It takes roughly 50 minutes of raking leaves to burn off 220 calories.
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    1. Get your Kids Moving to a Healthier Lifestyle

      September 21, 2011

      Healthy Lifestyles for ChildrenGetting a child to exercise can be a real challenge for some parents, especially if their son or daughter doesn’t like sports, isn’t athletically gifted, or prefers watching TV or playing video games. Still, this is one battle that’s worth fighting, as reports a study earlier this year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The study found that students who exercise regularly miss fewer classes, are less likely to engage in risky or antisocial behavior, concentrate more, and attain higher test scores.

      In this tough economy, when many school districts are trimming their budgets by trimming gym classes, and with more children overweight than ever, finding creative ways to get your children up and about has never been more important.

      Here are four simple steps to get your kids moving to something other than the couch, refrigerator or game chair:

    2. Saving Energy Is Everyone’s Responsibility

      July 18, 2011

      Saving energySaving energy is not obscure science—it is a wonderful and indispensable habit. As researchers and companies large and small seek to discover renewable and alternative energy sources that could work on a prodigious scale, all of us should do our part to practice everyday conservation.

      Similar to the theory that “it takes a village to raise a child,” there is no one entity that can solve the rapidly disappearing sources of fuel and other energy. However, orchestrating the components of individuals, businesses, governments, and researchers, everyday conservation achieves not one, but two critical goals.

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    3. Regular Exercise Offers More Than Just Physical Benefits

      July 15, 2011

      Regular exercise physical benefitsThe physical benefits of regular exercise are obvious. However, you’ll enjoy additional bonuses outside your dazzling annual physical exam.

      Some of the lesser recognized benefits are just as important as the physical quality of your body, effective weight management and control, and cardiovascular development. Understanding some of these extra features should help motivate you to adopt a regular exercise program, however modest, that fits your lifestyle. Regular exercise—

      • Brightens your personality. After a long day at work or facing other issues, your mood and naturally sunny personality can suffer. However, a gym visit or just a long walk will clear away the clouds and restore your positive personality.
      • Minimizes stress. Whether your stress is from career, budget, or health issues, regular exercise reduces this condition, stimulating beneficial chemicals in your brain and relaxing your body.
    4. Avoiding Risk in Your Home Requires Common Sense

      July 1, 2011

      Avoid risk in your homeAvoiding risk of injury, health, illness, and harm to family members involves many potential household dangers. Your inherent common sense can eliminate or, at least, reduce many imaginable risks to you and your family.

      Many people often don’t realize that they face a higher risk of injury while in their home than most other places they spend their time. Just working in the kitchen, getting out of bed, or taking a shower present more risk than most other places you visit.

      Lower Your Risk in Kitchens

      Kitchens can be the most dangerous rooms in a house. They are fraught with hazards, including sharp knives, slippery flooring, unpleasant chemicals, and sharp edges on cabinets, countertops, and appliances.

      • Pay attention to fire dangers. Stoves, ovens, and other appliances can be sources of fire and burn injuries. Young children are particularly at risk when you’re cooking. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy and staying alert at all times when cooking reduces the risk of injury.
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