1. What Are “Growing Pains” and their Symptoms and Causes?

    Mother comforting daughterIt can happen all of a sudden, perhaps like this: Last night you awoke with a start. Your child was crying in pain. During the day, nothing had seemed out of the ordinary. When you rushed to your crying child, you found him or her holding the lower leg area. What could this mean?

    One possibility is that your child could have what is commonly referred to as “growing pains.” According to the Mayo Clinic, growing pains in children often occur during the evening and are characterized by discomfort in the lower extremities.

    For parents who may have had a child experience this, it can undoubtedly be frightening. To help explain the issue, we’ve compiled the following information about what’s known so far concerning this strange phenomenon.

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  2. Heat and Exercise: Stay Cool During Hot Summer Months

    Woman-stretching-before-outdoor-workoutTo stay fit, it’s important to commit to a routine, rain or shine. During hot and humid summer months, however, it becomes all too easy to stop working out. One strong reason not to: Experts say that inactivity for a period of four to six weeks may cause you to lose the key benefits of exercise.

    Follow these tips to cool down and keep your fitness up during hot summer months:

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  3. How to Help Build Confidence in Children

    Young Girl Playing FootballYouths today often struggle with self-confidence and body-image issues. In a recent survey by the NYU Child Study Center 59% of girls in 5th to 12th grade responded that they were dissatisfied with their body shape.  However, negative body image impacts young boys, too. The media, peers and pop culture are all influencing factors in a child’s personal development, but it’s still the parents who play the greatest role.

    Here are some ways you can help your children to believe in themselves:

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  4. Is Marriage Good for Your Health?

    Man and Wife Figurines on Wedding CakeDespite marriage jokes to the contrary, marriage can actually be associated with good health. Don’t laugh!

    For years, research has tied marriage to a lower risk of cancer, heart attack, and of being diagnosed with dementia. Various newer research, however, has found that the picture is not as clear-cut and that various factors can play a role in the relationship between marriage and health, such as stress and the quality of the marriage.

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  5. 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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