Friendswood senior Weston Owens and junior Reid Nickerson each crack a smile when they admit that they’re not the fastest safety duo in District 24-6A.
(Family Features) Parents know there is a small window of time to make a meaningful, positive impact on children and shape who they may become as adults. A large portion of that influence comes at home, but it often also involves school, friends and extracurricular activities, many of which can help families make the most out of childhood experiences.
(Family Features) Just a generation ago, it was difficult to imagine a single palm-sized device that could serve as a phone, camera and day planner all in one. Today, smartphone users are discovering that new technology and sophisticated apps make it unbelievably easy to manage virtually every aspect of life.
(Family Features) With busy schedules and never-ending to-do lists, it can seem like living a healthy lifestyle is out of reach. But, prioritizing nutrition doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are five quick tips to help you and your family eat well, even when it feels like time is not on your side.
(Family Features) Everyone can agree that eating your vegetables is important. Yet only about 4 percent of Americans eat the recommended amount of veggies each day.
(Family Features) Winter is approaching, bringing cold temperatures, salty roads, wet conditions and other challenges for drivers. To ensure your vehicle is at its best, follow these six simple tips to get your vehicle winter-ready. Whether it’s packing an emergency kit and jumper cables or preventative maintenance like getting a car wash to defend against ice, salt, sand and slush; preparation is key to keeping your vehicle going strong throughout the winter months. For additional winter car care tips, visit carwash.org/watersavers.
(Family Features) Although some parents choose to limit the amount of time their young children spend watching television, a few standout shows have earned praise for promoting creative problem-solving and social skills – transforming a moderate amount of screen time into an opportunity for learning.
(Family Features) Prioritizing a baby's needs over their own and a willingness to spend more on diapers than date night is commonplace among today's parents, according to a survey conducted by national retailer ALDI. Parents spare no expense giving their child the best, even if that means spending $200-plus a month on diapers and formula. The findings reveal a need for more affordable baby essentials that don't sacrifice quality for price. The first baby line from ALDI, Little Journey, includes high-quality, affordable baby products like diapers, wipes and organic puree pouches. For more information and parenting tips, visit aldi.us/littlejourney.
(Family Features) New research is giving pain sufferers a dose of good news. With concerns mounting about the prevalence of opioid use and abuse in the U.S., a new study validates the effectiveness of acupuncture and other non-drug health therapies for pain.
(Family Features) Nutrition is one of the most critical factors in healthy child development, but this is especially true for babies born prematurely. For many preemie parents, the early arrival of their baby quickly turns what was expected to be a blissful time into a period fraught with a host of unexpected decisions – including those involving their fragile baby’s nutrition.
(Family Features) As autumn progresses, it’s important to keep your health in mind. Medicare’s fall open enrollment period will allow you to review your plan options.
(Family Features) Next time you reach for a satisfying snack to curb your hunger, choose a treat that fills your stomach and your heart. Support causes that truly matter by choosing foods that make a difference for children around the world.
(Family Features) Temperatures may be dropping, but just because swimsuit season is over doesn’t mean it’s time to let your fitness regimen fall by the wayside. Keeping active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important year-around, so stay on track as the weather cools with these tips and tricks.
(Family Features) Are you ready to celebrate the spooky season? Take this Halloween party quiz to learn which iconic candy is your true candy crush, and make this Halloween season truly bewitching. For more information, visit https://www.hersheylands.com/en_us/halloween/home.html.
(BPT) - Does your exercise routine live and die by the treadmill? Does your workout consist of an hour on the elliptical? While you can’t ignore the positive impact aerobic exercise has on your health, it may not be the dream weight-loss solution you hope for.
(BPT) - It’s something of a stereotype, but it’s true. Latinas love their families more than anything and because of that, they’re often more likely to take preventive actions for the health of their families while ignoring their own wellness needs in the process. If you are a Latina, it is time to look out for yourself! Start with these tips from Colgate Total’s Simplemente Saludable panel of experts – Yudy Arias, Chef Lala and Karent Sierra.
(NAPSI)—According to a recent report by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which tracks the pharmaceutical industry, Americans spend about $424 billion a year on prescription drugs—and the prices for many of them seem to keep on rising.
(BPT) - This article is sponsored advertising content from Amgen, Inc.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As Americans age, one element seems to be key for their mental and physical health: optimism. That's the finding suggested by a new Humana survey, which asked Americans age 60 and over how they perceive the importance of various wellness traits.
(BPT) - By now, kids have settled into their school day routine, teachers know each student’s abilities and potential, and you’re feeling like you have a moment to catch a breath before the holidays arrive. Then, an envelope comes home from school with a troubling surprise: your child is having difficulty seeing the white board in class. The school recommends a full eye exam.
(BPT) - After a recent heart attack, the road ahead may seem overwhelming, with many new medications, doctor appointments and lifestyle changes to navigate. This is a critical time to embrace a proactive role in your health because a heart attack is not just a one-time event—after a recent heart attack, you are at an even higher risk of having another one. In fact, approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer a recurrent heart attack each year.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Women are often the primary health care decision-makers for their families, but they are far from confident about their ability to pay for health care costs and choose the right insurance plan. According to the Aflac 2016 Open Enrollment Survey, more than 1 in 10 women say they live paycheck to paycheck and nearly half have less than $500 saved. The 2016 Aflac WorkForces Report also revealed that only 26 percent of working women feel prepared to pay the out-of-pocket expenses from an unexpected serious illness or accident.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Fitness, dance, MMA studios, spas and gyms looking for the next big trend may start to heat things up with FitBomb's new specialized fitness sauna. The Studio Fitbomb far infrared sauna from Hi-Q Fitness is available for literally hundreds of health and fitness centers after its successful debut placement in Cabana Spas.
(NAPSI)—It’s a fact: Many patients now prefer to use integrative health care approaches, especially to treat chronic pain. This trend has given licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) even greater leverage to push for veterans and others who suffer from chronic pain to have access to the full range of treatments—and physicians.
(BPT) - Thousands of travel-associated cases of the Zika virus have been reported all over the United States, and new cases are being diagnosed daily. They’ve also been reported in dozens of foreign countries around the globe such as Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea and Singapore, among others.
(Family Features) For parents with a picky eater, it may seem that no amount of coaxing or prodding will get that little mouth in motion. A fresh approach may be all you need to make meal time a more enjoyable experience for all.
(Family Features) Life insurance is a valuable asset, but over time you may find that your life insurance no longer fits your situation. You might be surprised to learn that in addition to your home, stocks, bonds and antiques, your life insurance is another asset you can sell.
(Family Features) For leading chefs and casual home cooks alike, a little skill and talent goes a long way toward creating each mouthwatering culinary masterpiece. But as many chefs will tell you, the end result is only as good as the tools you use in the kitchen. Pots and pans that have been treated with care are essential for quality cooking.
(Family Features) As the weather gets colder, it can be harder to motivate kids to step away from their computers and devices and get off the couch. However, it’s essential for kids to participate in active play all year round. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles, promotes psychological well-being and reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
(Family Features) Studies repeatedly emphasize the importance of diagnosing vision problems at an early age, but that’s something many parents assume is being covered by their children’s school system. In reality, an estimated one in four American school-age children have vision problems that – if untreated – can affect learning ability, personality and behavioral developments, adjustment in school and, ultimately, could lead to blindness.
(Family Features) Dogs are up for anything. They’re your “pawtners” in crime, ready to take on new activities or just the standard walk down the street. Every activity is more fun with a four-legged best friend by your side. As fall settles in, it’s a perfect time to try out new adventures. Here are five things you can do this fall with your dog.
(Family Features) Dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that in the United States there are nearly 80 million dogs as household pets1 - that’s about one dog for every four people. One of the easiest ways to keep your pup happy and healthy is through a mix of the right diet and exercise which together can boost immunity and energy, maintain muscle and promote healthy digestion. Below are seven tips to ensure you’re giving your best friend the best care possible.
(Family Features) Becoming a U.S. Olympic athlete requires an extraordinary combination of talent and perseverance, but there are lessons to be learned from these competitors that can help propel everyday athletes to reach the top of their game.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Biotech stocks tend to have their ups and downs among the investment community. However, the biotech industry is enjoying a shot in the arm with news of biologics flooding the wires.
(BPT) - There are myths and misinformation among multicultural communities in America about optimal oral care habits. What really are the right things to do to maintain optimal oral health? In a nationwide Colgate survey conducted by Toluna of multicultural Americans and their oral care habits and beliefs, results ran the gamut from accurate to completely false. Oral health leader Colgate is here to set the record straight and reveal the truth behind maintaining a healthy smile to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month.
(BPT) - Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, sore throat and headache — these are just a few of the common symptoms of seasonal influenza, also known as the flu. While you may think you can weather the storm, the flu can be a major health concern for you and your family, especially for children and the elderly.
(BPT) - Oct. 14 marks the 21st birthday of World Egg Day! Many of us may take the tiny egg for granted but believe it or not, it has a BIG impact on our day-to-day lives. The egg is one of the highest quality sources of protein, vitamins and minerals you can buy. While we all know that protein is a pretty big part of our diet, do we really know exactly what all the nutrition packed into this small wonder can do for us? As a huge advocate for animal welfare in the egg industry and its powerful impact on the world, Merck Animal Health — the makers of important vaccines that keep chickens and their eggs healthy — provides us with some simply "EGGstradorinary" facts about all that eggs contribute to our heath, economy, and every-day lives!
(NAPSI)—Contrary to previous research that suggested that as students’ popularity increased so did their bullying behavior, many parents may be surprised to learn the results of a recent study from Princeton, Rutgers and Yale Universities. It found that popular kids who publicly stand up against bullying may actually help more than school officials’ efforts to curb the behavior. While this new research is hopeful, targets of bullying are more likely than nontargets to consider suicide, which leads to nearly 4,600 young lives lost each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(NAPSI)—Here’s eye-opening news: For most teens, one of the best ways to find success in school is to get enough sleep.
(NAPSI)—Broken bones. It’s without doubt that you, or someone you know, has had a broken bone, also known as a fracture, during their lifetime. The actual time bones need to heal depends on a number of variables, including injury location, severity and patient risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, poor nutrition and some medications. In addition, a good blood supply, which delivers oxygen, nutrients and cells to the fracture site, is critical to healing.
(BPT) - Finding an effective, fast-acting, non-prescription treatment for sufferers of toe and foot fungus is important. Based on a recent study, benefits that ranked most important among consumers were products that act fast and stop the spread of tough fungus infections while killing fungus and restoring the skin. Fungi-Nail(R) contains a nourishing oil base that helps soothe cracked and irritated skin, unlike many OTC products that contain alcohol and dry out the skin even further.
(BPT) - What happens when your daily life becomes challenging because of a serious skin disease? Meet William, a 31-year-old database and mechanical quality engineer who lives with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD), a serious, chronic inflammatory skin disease. Atopic dermatitis is characterized by rashes that can include intense itching, skin dryness, cracking, redness, crusting and oozing,,, and the disease can have a serious psychological, social and physical impact.
(BPT) - From favorite meals to the snacks they ask for daily, you probably have a list committed to memory of the foods your family enjoys most. Wish you could up the nutrition factor on some of those items? With a few healthy twists, you can easily encourage your family to eat more wholesome snacks and meals while still appealing to their taste buds.
(BPT) - - Families Fighting Flu urges everyone to make time to get an annual influenza vaccination to Stay in the Game(TM) this season. Each year, people of all ages – from the very young to the elderly – catch this highly-contagious and potentially deadly disease. In fact, in the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year, which includes approximately 20,000 children under the age of five. Proven safe and effective, the flu vaccine is the best preventative measure available to help protect against this serious disease. For more information about the flu and ways to stay healthy, visit www.familiesfightingflu.org.
(BPT) - A new survey conducted among primary care physicians and rheumatologists found that despite their overall agreement that gout is a serious and chronic medical condition with potential long-term consequences, patients remain at risk.1 Of physicians surveyed, 89 percent agree that achieving serum uric acid (sUA) levels 1
(BPT) - Next time you reach for a satisfying snack to curb your hunger, choose a treat that fills your stomach and your heart. Support causes that truly matter by choosing foods that make a difference for children around the world.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It's been ingrained in our heads since we were little: building strong bones is important. The problem is that these days many children aren't getting the daily recommended diet and exercise needed to do so. And, with technology use at an all-time high, children are spending less time playing outdoors, which increases the risk of obesity.
(Family Features) This year, Halloween will bring tricks and treats, and teachable moments, too, thanks to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Under the guidance of teachers across the nation, thousands of students can learn positive global citizenship values and be empowered to make a difference.
(Family Features) America’s farmers have a unique opportunity to support and give back to their local community.
(Family Features) When a beloved family pet experiences health problems, it can take a toll on the whole family. In some cases, it can take weeks or even months to identify the problem, and more importantly, where the solution lies. In some cases, the answer is as simple as changing what your pet eats.
(Family Features) When fall comes on quick and brings cool weather with it, you can’t afford to be caught with an unprepared wardrobe. With every season change, there comes an opportunity to make sure your closet reflects your unique style.