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Tips to help you eat more whole-grain foods

September is Whole Grains Month. Do you include plenty of whole grains in the foods you eat? If not, you may want to consider making some changes. Whole-grain foods are packed with nutrients that can add a “layer” of protection to your health.

Bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals, tortillas and grits are all examples of grain-rich products. Whenever possible, choose whole-grain versions of these foods. Whole grains are healthier than refined grains – providing more protein, fiber and many important vitamins and minerals. Doctors urge adults to eat at least half of their daily grain intake as whole grains. Continue reading → Tips to help you eat more whole-grain foods

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Five habits to keep your mind sharp

Let’s face it. Our lives seem busier now than ever. Do you feel overwhelmed by your daily routine between work and home? Do you forget things throughout your day? Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Mental health and wellness are just as important as your physical health. By exercising your mental activity, your brain produces new neurons which sharpen your mind and strengthen your memory.

Let’s take a minute to focus on five simple habits you can start today to keep your mind sharp:

Get a good night’s sleep

May seem like a given, but making sure you get enough sleep each night is crucial to keeping your mind sharp. Continue reading → Five habits to keep your mind sharp

10 questions to ask when visiting a new doctor

Visiting a new doctor can be intimidating. We may be focused on whether or not we like the doctor, but we should also make sure that person can provide us with information and/or medications to help us lead healthy lifestyles. Doctors want their patients to be proactive and to take control of their own health, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Here is a list of some of the top questions you should be discussing with your new doctor:

1. What can I do to prevent this from happening again? Let’s face it. Our ultimate goal in seeing a doctor is to get over whatever current medical condition we have going on. But what would be better is to make sure you don’t suffer the same problem again. Discuss the preventive measures you can take to avoid another bout of sickness or worse – a lifelong battle.

2. How will I know if the treatment you’ve provided is working? Know what signs to look for as your health improves. Continue reading → 10 questions to ask when visiting a new doctor

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Four tips for packing healthy lunches & snacks

School is back in session! That means it’s time to get back into the routine of building those lunchbox meals and having snacks at the ready. This may seem daunting in your household, especially if you have a picky eater, but don’t fret. Below are four of our favorite tips to help you get back into your routine:

1. The Fab 5 

The National School Lunch Program recommends five food groups be served to create a balanced and nutritious meal: fruits, vegetables, low or nonfat dairy, Continue reading → Four tips for packing healthy lunches & snacks