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Have a Safe Fourth!

As anyone with kids knows, few holidays offer as much excitement for the entire family as the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, what makes this holiday so much fun also makes it one of the most dangerous days of the year. Between the fireworks, swimming and hot summer weather, there are plenty of opportunities to sustain serious injuries. The following tips from the American Red Cross will help keep your Independence Day independent from injuries. Be Extra Cautious Around Fireworks The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show organized by your local fire department. If fireworks are legal in your state and you plan on setting them off at home, be sure to follow these simple safety guidelines: Keep a supply of water on hand as a precaution. Don’t let young children light any fireworks themselves, including sparklers. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Always…

Cancer Prevention Tips

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which is a great reminder to put your health first. Fortunately, the majority of known cancer causes are avoidable and related to lifestyle. While eating right, exercising regularly and avoiding tobacco products may constitute your first line of defense, recent research has uncovered a number of small, surprising ways to minimize your cancer risk every day. Not only can these five tips help prevent cancer, they can improve your energy levels and overall well-being in the process.  Filter Your Tap Water A report from the President’s Cancer Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that home-filtered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water. Consumer Reports’ top manufacturers for faucet-mounted filters are Culligan, PUR and Brita. Store your drinking water in a stainless steel or glass container to avoid chemical contaminants like BPA, which is present in most plastic bottles. Don’t…

Summertime Skincare

shutterstock_196917404Fun in the sun is the reason we all look forward to summer. But swimming pools, ocean breezes, and the bright ultraviolet (UV) rays of sun aren’t so much fun for your skin. Dried-out skin is uncomfortable, sunburns are downright painful and the worst risk of all—skin cancer—is no laughing matter. As with many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Follow these steps to take care of your epidermis while enjoying these warm, sunny days.
Avoid Tanning
Lying out in the sun slathered in oil is a time-honored tradition…and one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Besides the risk of sunburn, sunbathing increases the chance of getting malignant melanomas and can even lead to premature aging. If you just can’t avoid soaking up some rays, do it outside of peak hours (the sun is brightest between 10am and 4pm) and always wear sunscreen.

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