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Hand Hygiene

A “handy” way to stay healthy. When should kids and grownups wash their hands?

Help your children maintain proper hygiene to stay healthy and prevent unnecessary illness by getting them into the habit of washing their hands frequently and properly. When should kids (and grownups) wash their hands?

  • When they are visibly dirty
  • Before preparing and immediately after handling food
  • Before eating
  • After using the toilet
  • After contact with contaminated surfaces (e.g., garbage bins, cleaning cloths)
  • After handling pets and domestic animals
  • After wiping or blowing one’s nose, handling soiled tissues, or sneezing into one’s hands
  • After contact with blood

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If a Dog Was Your Teacher

Your would learn stuff like: When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • When it’s in your best interest — practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting, when a simple growl will

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back pain

5 Powerful Steps to Diagnose, Understand, and Treat Your Ailing Back

By Jack Stern, M.D., Ph.D.

Ending Back Pain: A totally new paradigm for treating back pain from Dr. Jack Stern, a neurosurgeon and professor at N.Y. Medical College.

Virtually every American will suffer from back pain at some point. Dr. Jack Stern, a neurosurgeon and professor at N.Y. Medical College, brings relief to these millions of sufferers (including himself) who literally ache for help. Based on the latest scientific data, Dr. Stern developed a five-step approach with a multidisciplinary, holistic perspective that’s been missing from conventional back pain wisdom: 

• Step One: Unlock your back’s unique pain code, because everyone’s back pain is different.

• Step Two: Prepare to work with …

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What Are Carbs And Why Do We Need Them?

Good carbs are broken down slowly, trickling a steady supply of fuel into your tank. High GI carbs can cause your blood sugars to soar then come crashing down. 

Who doesn’t love a carb? Our bodies crave them for good reason. Carbs are one of the most important sources of energy for our bodies and are a key fuel to power our brain. And they make us feel good!

Carbohydrates are a macronutrient that comes in two forms – starches (e.g. potatoes and grains) and sugars (e.g. sucrose, lactose, and fructose). They are found mainly in plants (fruits, vegetables, grains …

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Food Safety for Adults Ages 60 and Over

Most people who get food poisoning can have a full recovery. But for older adults, serious longer-term problems can be more common. .


What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or food-related illness) is caused by eating food that has been contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites.  Food can become contaminated by these microorganisms at any time before you eat it, including at home during:

  • handling
  • storing
  • cooking

There are many signs of food poisoning, but most types cause one or more of the following:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain and cramps
  • fever and chills


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5 Steps to Declutter Your Home

Decluttering is a simple way to simplify your life that makes it easier to relax and enjoy sharing your home with friends and family.

Stuff is like dust. It multiplies when you aren’t looking, and before you know it, you can’t turn around without bumping into something. Whether you’re selling your home or not, decluttering is a perfect opportunity to get rid of your excess stuff and enjoying a simpler, more relaxed life.

Use these five easy-to-do decluttering tips to help you keep your home clutter-free all year long. 

  1. Start Slow and Build Up Speed
    It can be hard to

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Top Tips To Go Low GI

There are some simple things you can do to help you on your way to eating a low GI diet.

  1. Swap those spuds: If you’re a big potato eater and can’t bear the thought of giving them up, you don’t have to – just switch to a lower GI potato such as Carisma™. Another option when making potato mash is to replace half the potato with cannellini beans, or swap to other lower GI options like sweet potato.
  2. Go grainy: Instead of buying bakery foods made primarily with white flour (e.g. white bread, crumpets, pikelets),  choose grainy breads (where you can actually

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mental health

Protective and Risk Factors for Mental Health

Learn about the factors that can help protect your mental health. Also find out about the factors that can put it at risk.
What can help protect your mental health?

Regardless of your age, you can have better mental health if you:

  • eat a healthy diet, which supports a healthy body and brain
  • are physically active, which reduces stress and helps with concentration
  • get enough sleep, which makes you more alert and able to cope with stress


Certain life circumstances can also help protect your mental health. These include:

  • living in a safe community that is accepting, supportive

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7 Tips to Prevent a Burglary in Your Home

A burglary happens every 15 seconds in the United States. Use these seven tips on how to prevent a burglary in your home.

It is now up to you, rather than your landlord to protect your home against dangers like burglars. According to Nationwide Insurance, a burglary happens every 15 seconds in the United States. Use these seven tips on how to prevent a burglary in your home.

  1. Invest in a security system – A good security system is an excellent deterrent to would-be burglars. According to Nationwide Insurance, homes without security systems are two to three times more likely

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How to Avoid Big Financial Mistakes in Retirement

There are also a number of other mistakes that people sometimes make as they near retirement or are in retirement.

In today’s digital world, people have the opportunity to work well past age 65. If it is possible for you to do so, even if it’s just part-time, this can go a long way toward protecting your investments as you’ll dip into them later. This helps them to go the distance.

There are also a number of other mistakes that people sometimes make as they near retirement or are in retirement. Let’s take a look at them so you can …

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renting property

Why Renters Should Do a Background Check on a Potential Landlord

If your landlord is breaking the law, an attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant law may be able to help you terminate your lease early without losing your security deposit.

As renters, we’re all used to getting our backgrounds investigated, whether through credit checks or letters of recommendation. They help protect landlords from taking on a tenant with a history of bad behavior.But who’s protecting the renters? Most of us have never considered doing a background check on a prospective landlord before signing a lease, and that’s a mistake that can cause headaches and cost time and money.Here’s how to quickly …

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selling a house

7 Things You Should Never Say When Selling Your Home

It’s important for you to understand what not to say when selling your home. Learn how to maintain your leverage and avoid scaring off buyers.

Most times when selling your home, it’s better to let your real estate agent do the talking with potential buyers. However, there may be moments when it’s just you, the buyer, and the buyer’s agent having a conversation, so it’s important for you to understand what not to say, as well. Most buyers will be looking for an edge in negotiations, and that edge can come from seeking out information that the seller’s side would …

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Cyber Risks

Real estate wire transfer fraud is just one example of the many common and devastating cyber risks we face. Cyberattacks are growing and evolving at a staggering rate.

William and Nancy Skog had cherry-picked an impeccable, perfect, river-front residence in Wilmington, Illinois. Exhilarated by the thought of moving into their dream home, the Skogs could practically see their new lives—watching the tranquil riverboats cruise by and listening to the water birds sing. There was one final step needed to finalize their purchase—wire $307,000 in closing costs to their real estate attorneys. Having received an email with payment instructions sent from …

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defrosting foods

Safely Defrosting Foods

Don’t let your food defrost on the counter. Defrosting food at room temperature allows bacteria to grow, which could increase your chance of getting food poisoning.

Proper defrosting reduces your risk of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when you eat food that contains harmful bacteria.

Meat, poultry, fish and seafood must reach a safe internal cooking temperature to kill bacteria in the meat.

If food is not thawed properly, bacteria that may have been present on their surface before freezing can begin to multiply.

If raw meat is partly frozen when you cook it, it can lead to uneven cooking. …

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Fulfilling Our Potential

Fulfilling our potential is core to being human. It has been a constant for centuries and across our existence.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to delve into your own story, to understand the twists and turns of your life in a way that makes you not only more successful but happier? It’s rare that any of us has time to truly reflect on what makes us who we are—and I don’t mean the kind of naval gazing or introspection that leaves us feeling miserable and questioning what life is all about. Rather, I’m talking about a …

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