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 put 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 advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Exercises That You Can Do Anywhere

    If you’re among the people looking for an excuse not to work out, it won’t take very long to find one. Two of the favorites: “I don’t have time to work out” and “Gym memberships are so expensive.” The fact is that a good workout doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. Just 30 minutes a day of physical activity can help to improve cardiovascular health as well as help to prevent heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

    Should you or someone you know have a reason for not working out, it’s good to remember the one much greater reason to start exercising: the prospect of a longer, healthier life.

    Here are 10 exercises to help you get moving, in addition to walking, walking, walking: 

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  2. Sitting or Standing At Work: Which is Better?

    The rise of computer-centric office work has produced a routine of too much sitting and not enough movement and physical activity throughout the day. To promote better health, the American Medical Association announced a 2013 policy change to encourage employers to provide options for employees so that they can avoid sustained sitting.

    Should you work sitting or standing for better health? You decide. Here are some facts:

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  3. Take the Stress out of Mealtime: Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthfully

    Whether it’s lunchtime and your child prefers French fries and chicken nuggets instead of hummus and veggie sticks, or at snack time wants a doughnut instead of a yogurt, you are not alone. Many parents struggle to figure out how to get kids to eat healthy foods, especially when unhealthy, overly processed foods are often more convenient.

    All kids face different challenges and circumstances, but, in general, if you want to get your kids to eat better, then consider these proven tips:

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  4. Research Shows That Early Births Without Medical Cause May Lead to Infant Health Complications

    Newborn Laying in IncubatorMedical researchers have found that the number of early births without medical cause is on the rise, as is the number of studies linking health complications to babies delivered before 40 weeks of gestation (pregnancy), compared to babies born after the full gestation period.

    According to a journal article in Medical Care, published by the American Public Health Association, a study found that 7.3 million babies were born before their full-term was complete.  

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  5. Is It Safe to Co-sleep with Your Baby?

    Mom & Baby Co-sleeping New parents often find themselves losing sleep over late-night wake-up calls, whether to feed a hungry baby or lull one back to sleep. It follows that moms and dads may turn to co-sleeping with their baby to make nighttime feedings easier or to help a nursing mother and her baby get on the same sleep cycle.

     

    Is co-sleeping with your baby safe? Evidence-based research and experts say no.

     

    Co-sleeping puts babies at risk of suffocation and strangulation, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Although research is ongoing to determine if there’s a connection between co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it has been shown that co-sleeping increases the likelihood of accidental death.

     

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