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Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During the School Year

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School is a place where kids learn and grow, develop social skills, and become independent individuals. It can also be a place where they pick up germs and illnesses and bring them home. At school, children spend a lot of time in classrooms where they can easily transfer infections to one another. But by helping kids establish some important habits, …

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Back to School Tips to Get A Great Start to the New School Year

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Summer is officially coming to an end, so it’s time to think about school again. As you pick out new clothes and backpacks, here are some back-to-school preparations that can make a real difference in your child’s health and academic success this school year. Get your child on a good sleep schedule – During the summer, we often let our …

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COVID Vaccine Update

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Are you protected? Covid’s not over yet… If you or your family members are not yet vaccinated, your vaccine doses are still out there waiting for you, free of charge. To claim them, goto https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/ and find the nearest location to reserve yours now. 70% of U.S. adults have had at least one shot of a Covid vaccine, according to …

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COVID Update – Delta Variant

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The bad news: The highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus now makes up the majority of COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).(1) Although almost all hospitalizations and deaths are occurring with unvaccinated people, even some vaccinated people are picking up breakthrough infections, and can become carriers in spreading the …

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The Best Foods for High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is a common and preventable risk factor for heart disease. Medications, including angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, are commonly used to reduce blood pressure levels. However, lifestyle changes, including dietary modifications, can help lower blood pressure levels to optimal ranges and reduce your risk of heart disease. Following a nutritious, heart-healthy diet is suggested for all people with …

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Fireworks Safety Tips

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On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the weeks before and after the July 4th holiday. (1) Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 30 percent); legs (an estimated 23 percent); eyes (an estimated 15 …

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Summer Camp and COVID-19

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Before sending children to summer camp this year, parents should ask themselves a few questions. Parents should learn about their child’s individual risk factors for COVID-19 and how children’s involvement in a summer camp program impacts the safety of other family members. If you’re wondering whether summer camp is safe, you’ll need to compare it with what your child has …

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Protect Your Skin in the Sun

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The summer is the perfect time to enjoy some fun in the sun with your friends and family, but the sun can be harmful to your skin if you don’t use proper protection. Skin cancer can be caused by injury to skin cells that result in damaged DNA, due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds or from the sun. …

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Germs on a Plane

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Now that we are all starting to travel again and taking flights to our destinations, we need to be aware of the most infectious spots on the planes we board. Most flyers are aware that air-borne germs are often in circulation because of the recycled air that is constantly flowing through the plane. However, because mask-wearing in close quarters is …