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Eat Them. They’re Good for You!


Do you remember hearing your parents or grandparents telling you this at mealtime: ‘Eat them. They’re good for you.’? It was all about eating right, especially your vegetables and not so much meant for punishment. Most often children don’t like eating vegetables, and will fight it to the bitter end. What children don’t understand is that nutrients reside in the small, invisible chemicals in food – chemicals that nourish the body and promote great health and wellness. Since March is National Nutrition Month (sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) it’s about time to get ‘up close and personal’ with these life promoting chemicals.

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United States Presidents and Their Health

Many Americans often only see one side of their president – calm, poised, well-spoken and well-mannered. However, presidents often have ailments, mysteries and personal issues to adhere – a side not often seen by the American people. Whether it be something minor like chronic headaches or more serious conditions like heart attacks and strokes, many presidents in the United States suffered from at least some sort of health-related illness.

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Keep Moving Forward

Inspired by Sam Berns and his battle with Progeria - #prfsam

The remarkable journey of a young man’s life with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, began at the tender age of just 22 months old. Born on Oct. 23, 1996 in Providence, RI, Sam Berns became an inspiration for his parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, to learn more about the genetic disease that was so limited in information. Together they created the Progeria Research Foundation in hopes of discovering treatments to slow down its progression and eventually find a cure.

The fatal genetic condition is the result of a mutation in a gene called LMNA, and causes children to age rapidly, eventually causing heart attacks and strokes. It also drastically changes their appearance while leaving their intellect intact. Unfortunately similar to many adults in their 60s and 70s, children with Progeria often pass away from heart disease. With the disease affecting just one in 4 – 8 million newborns throughout the world, the Berns family set out to raise awareness.

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Summertime Sun Safety

As warmer months come into full swing, more people are spending their time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Though a healthy amount of sunshine is great for the body, too much can have adverse effects on your health.

Prolonged, unprotected sun exposure can cause problems like heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration. These complications can cause certain areas of the body to shut down when left untreated or improperly diagnosed. Further permanent damage can also result from prolonged exposure like cataracts, wrinkles, sun spots and cancer. Even damage to the skin like sunburns can cause internal complications to the body’s nervous, glandular, circulatory and immune systems. In addition, diseases like chicken pox and herpes simplex (cold sores), and lupus and other genetic problems can worsen with sun exposure.
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