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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. 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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  2. The Three Types of Daily Exercise

    June 17, 2011

    Mention exercise to some people—particularly devoted couch potatoes—and you’ll receive looks of horror, disbelief, and the always dependable, “deer in the headlights.” Those to whom the thought of exercise conjures disturbing images of overweight or muscle-bound people, sweating profusely, and pumping heavy iron, need to take a deep breath and just calm down.

    While you can certainly choose to spend your off-hours at a state-of-the-art gym working on your abs, arms, legs, etc., to create a sculptured body, it is not a necessity to feel healthier. You can even exercise with your baby or young child, implanting wonderful, healthy habits at their young age.

    Types of Exercise

    1. Flexibility. Stretching and range of motion exercises help everyone and can be done daily without consuming large blocks of time or risking injury. If you have arthritis or worry about getting “long in the tooth,” stretching will help you loosen up those annoying stiff joints upon rising in the morning. Among the more effective flexibility exercises are yoga and tai chi, but just stretching your arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (quads, calves, and hamstrings) are wonderful to keep you healthy and trim.
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  3. Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Help Dad Enjoy a Longer, Healthier Life

    June 8, 2011

    One doesn’t have to look too far to find a news story about a “crazy” dad who screamed at the umpire or threw a tantrum on the sideline. The more powerful sports stories, however, are those that aren’t in the newspapers: the father who plays catch with his son every night until it’s too dark to see the ball, or who encourages his daughter to keep skating even though she has fallen down more than she has stood up, or who puts an arm around his child after losing the big game.

    These lessons in hard work, patience, perspective and love may not be front-page news, but you can celebrate them this Father’s Day. So, if your dad understands what it means to build healthy character in his kids, give him a gift that shows how much you appreciate his healthy attitude – one that says, “We want you to enjoy a long, healthy life!”

    Here are a few ideas:

    • Set up a basketball hoop in the driveway, and then challenge your dad to a game of one-on-one. If you’re feeling really generous, let him win.
    • Turn off the TV. The typical dad may want to relax on Father’s Day but that doesn’t mean he has to sit on the couch and watch television. Turn off the TV and take him somewhere to do something active. For example, if he likes watching golf, go with him to the driving range. If he enjoys baseball, take a trip to the batting cages. Maybe the activity is as simple as just going for a walk together.
    • Cook a healthy meal. For some families, figuring out what dad would like for dinner is a tough decision. This year, make sure the meal is healthy and made from ingredients that you know he likes. You can find lots of recipes online, but don’t stop there – buy him a healthy-cooking cookbook to tempt him to eat healthier all year long.

    If none of these gifts are quite right for your dad, find one that is, and make sure to give him a big hug as you give him his gift. Studies show that hugs can reduce stress, reduce heart rate, improve moods and lower blood pressure.

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  4. How to Stay Fit and Fabulous When You Have Kids and Oh So Little Time

    June 7, 2011

    The kids, the laundry, the job, the bills – when is there time to exercise? Fact is, if you don’t exercise, you won’t be able to take care of the kids, the laundry, etc… Here’s how you can do a squat here and some cardio there, when you seemingly don’t have even a minute to call your own.

    • Walk around the neighborhood. Bring your child along in a stroller or carry your child in a baby carrier or sling.

    • Jump rope or jump on your kid’s trampoline. It’s great cardio and great “together time.”

    • Dance. Gather the kids, put on their favorite music and shake those hips.

    • Do squats, lunges, calf raises and crunches. You can do one exercise while watching TV, another while brushing your teeth, and another before showering.

    • Take the stairs whenever you can. Ten minutes a day of this and your legs and glutes will thank you.

    Try to make it a habit to do something good for yourself – such as exercising. Even with little time on your hands, you can aim to fit it all in, so you can be fit and fabulous.


    “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
    —Tenneva Jordan, author

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  5. Daily Recycle Habits Save Money and the Environment

    June 3, 2011

    Learning to adopt a daily recycle habit is easier than many other beneficial behaviors. Compared to quitting smoking, becoming a thoroughly positive person, or going back to college after years away from school, helping to create a healthy environment is a walk in the park.

    Establishing the Recycle Habit

    You may have heard that new habits can be formed in as little as 10 to 14 days. Everyday conservation and recycling can fit into this fast and easy time frame. These few tips will make it even easier and successful.

    Simple Recycling Suggestions

    • Get everyone involved. If you have a spouse and/or family, get them all involved, even small children. After a short period, everyone in your household will be consistent recyclers.
    • Locate a good area for recycle bins. While you needn’t prominently display your recycle bins, put them in a convenient place to promote the recycling habit and make it convenient to regularly (daily is good) deposit your goodies.
    • Learn to identify types of plastic (marked on bottom of containers). Many plastic products are recyclable, but some are not. Plastic containers come with their “code” number at or near the bottom. Learn which are recycling candidates and which are not. If possible, reuse those that cannot be recycled.
    • Do it daily. Like most habits, daily recycle activities must be practiced. Urge all family members to perform their particular recycling task daily. This keeps your home neat and hastens recycle habit development.
    • Recycle newspapers, magazines, and junk mail. These items can all be recycled, but keep them dry whenever possible. Newsprint and ink can degrade and “run” when wet. Even newspaper stock can break down when saturated. If possible, tie up these items with a piece of biodegradable string for easy handling.

    To further a healthy environment, opt out of receiving junk mail (, which reduces your paper recycle volume, saves trees, and requires less fuel to transport your donations to the dump or recycling collection station.

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