Daily Serving of Wellness
Realistic goals are key in sticking to healthy resolutions
Many times, people will make unrealistic goals that make it difficult to stick with them. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you're able to stick to your plan.
Is it more than the winter blues?
It's common to feel a little sluggish during the shorter days of winter. For some, though, the change in seasons causes a much more serious condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a subtype of depression.
Vitamin D - meeting your needs in the wintertime
There has been a lot of information in the media recently related to vitamin D, also referred to the "sunshine vitamin."
Avoid those extra holiday pounds
With holiday treats everywhere you look and holiday parties to attend, it can be difficult to avoid overeating. There are things you can do to keep from putting on extra weight during the holidays.
Now is the time to learn more about your family history
If you are like most families, you probably have a shoe box full of black-and-white photos of people that you don't recognize.
Healthy ways to deal with sadness
Here are some ways to experience normal sadness in healthy ways and to allow this emotion to enrich your life.
Don't forget safety when decorating for the holidays
Make sure you read these tips before setting up and decorating for the holidays.
The gift of volunteering
Looking for a way to give back this holiday season without writing a check? Consider donating the gift of time and service.
Don't let Mother Nature put an end to daily exercise
If you aren't thrilled with redundant treadmill or elliptical workouts, consider other activities to keep moving in the winter months.
Keep your kitchen bacteria free
Your kitchen can turn into a bacteria breeding ground if you're not careful.
Creative tips for handling difficult relatives
Is there someone in your family who gets on your nerves? Rather than letting your unresolved family conflicts continue to eat away at your insides, try the following:
Develop an attitude of gratitude
Scientific research has confirmed the benefits of gratitude, which you can think of as any time you feel appreciation, wonder or thankful.
Not a safe alternative to cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes--also known as E-cigarettes--have been gaining in popularity.
Are you prepared?
If you got stranded in your vehicle in the cold, snowy winter weather, would you be prepared?
Sunglasses aren't just for summer
It's important to protect your eyes all year long. In fact, the UV rays that people worry about in the summer are just as damaging in the winter.
Abs, hips and gluts...oh my!
Exercising and strengthening your abs, hips and gluts, will improve your overall stability, reduce back pain, improve hip mobility (especially important for climbing stairs or even getting out of bed) and improve overall energy.
7 ideas to become a happier, healthier you
Studies have shown happy people tend to get many positive benefits in life. The benefits include living longer, having better health, bouncing back from difficult events faster, being able to solve problems more quickly, and being helpful to other people.
8 reasons to make time for family dinner
If you're finding it difficult to get together with your family at the dinner table, here's a little inspiration.
Five healthy habits for you and your family during the Halloween Season
These safety tips are offered by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center.
Medicine cabinet cleanup
It is important to schedule a medicine cabinet cleanout every six months to prevent poisonings, abuse, misuse, and to protect the environment.
Make your bedroom really relaxing
Want to retreat to a completely relaxing space? Here are some tips that may help.
Calcium scoring helps predict risk for heart disease
Are you at an increased risk for heart disease or stroke because of family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and/or other factors?
Create at home workouts
Not enough time to exercise outside? Try using these tips to workout at home.
Enjoy the benefits of a book club
Belonging to a book club can provide a break from everyday life, and may even enhance your social and intellectual health.
Too hot or cold? Don’t adjust the thermostat just yet!
Is your home or office leaving you hot, cold or simply uncomfortable? The next time you crank up the space heater or turn on your fan, find out where the nearest thermostat is located first.
Ideas to keep anger from controlling you
Anger is one of the many feelings we experience as humans. It is a response related to the interpretation of being offended, wronged or denied.
Mindful breathing is healthy, relaxing and beneficial
What do you do about 20,000 times a day, can be done anywhere, is absolutely free and can increase your well-being? Breathe.
Beware of health claims on food packages
Claims on food labels that are well regulated and truthful can be misleading. Below are examples of foods that might have you believing they are healthy when in reality they are sugary treats.
Natural sweeteners
Myth: Are natural sweeteners, like honey and agave nectar, better than sugar?
Stay healthy while you travel
There are many things that travelers must do before setting out on an adventure. One of the most important tasks to be completed is receiving your immunizations and attending to other medical preparations.
Be a healthy eating role model for kids
Research has shown that parents and other caregiver's have the most significant influence on the lifestyle habits children develop.
Tips and tools to help you create a healthier work-life balance
Work-life balance does not mean equal time spent on work versus home, and it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Finding balance is a continuous challenge that varies depending on the priorities in your life.
Getting back on track with your goals
Don't give up on your goals. Resolve to make progress and if you get off track, learn from it and try again.
Fall color tours in the Midwest
Check out the fall colors while riding your bike, taking a hike, or if riding in the car, stop and take walking breaks.
Packing nutrition when packing lunches
When kids head back in school, many parents wonder what to pack for lunches.
The true story on vaccines
A recent survey showed that nearly one third of U.S. adults agreed with the statement, "vaccines cause autism."
Keep safe this hunting season
With hunting season upon us, it's a good idea to brush up on your firearm safety.
Calories burned walking a flight of stairs
Burn a few calories by taking the stairs whenever you can.
The twist on trash
Have you ever thought about the amount of trash you create? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans created an average of 4.43 pounds of trash per person, per day, in 2010.
Ways to keep guilt from eating away at you
We have all had moments in our lives when we were not feeling particularly proud of something we have done. The feelings that go along with these types of transgressions can be incredibly painful to bear.
Easy tips to save on your energy bill
Opening your electricity bill can be frightening, especially with soaring energy prices.
Make tailgating a healthy event
Fall offers great weather for sports fans to enjoy tailgate parties, which often get a bad reputation for being unhealthy. However, tailgating doesn't always have to follow the tradition of hot dogs, chips and cheeseburgers.
An empty nest can be full of opportunities
When your children move out of the house, you might experience Empty Nest Syndrome.
5 ways to keep paperwork organized
Is your paperwork getting out of control? Don't let it get the best of you. Here are some ways you can keep it organized.
Do good for yourself by doing good for others
It turns out that acts of kindness not only make you feel good, but may actually improve your health and make you live longer.
Backpack tips to share with your student
As the summer comes to a close, students of all ages will need to stock up on school supplies. But most important is the bag or backpack in which to carry everything.
Eco-friendly back-to-school shopping
This year, help your children and the environment by making more eco-friendly purchases when buying back-to-school supplies.
Making the healthy choice
We all know that to live well we need to eat well, meaning "make the right choices," but not all of us know how to do this.
Rules for a fair fight
The main purpose of a discussion when there are two people arguing is to have the other person understand your opinion and your feelings.
Take control of your finances
At some point in our lives, we've all been stressed out about our finances. Just like other ongoing stressors, financial stress can negatively impact your health and your relationships.
Feeling stressed at work? Take a deep breath
Stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. It can come in good forms, such as a promotion at work, or in bad forms, like financial worries. No matter what kind of stress we're dealing with, we need to find ways to cope with it.
5 tips to win the healthy-eating battle with your kids
Getting kids to eat right can be a constant, frustrating battle for parents. These tips can help children develop good lifelong eating habits.
Dreaming of a good night's sleep?
New research is revealing that sleep provides more benefits than just rest and recovery from everyday life.
5 ways to keep your mind sharp
We often hear about the importance of being active to keep our muscles and bones strong, but it's also important to exercise our minds to help ensure good brain health.
Hydration hints
When you are hot and sweaty, your thirst mechanism can shut off too soon, tricking your body into believing that you are not thirsty and placing you at risk of dehydration.
Reward yourself
When you were a kid and you did something well, every now and then you got a reward. Motivating, right? Use that same logic to make your journey more pleasant -- and your goals more attainable.
Relaxation techniques to control stress
Stress can lead to serious health problems. It can raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke and speed up the aging process.
How to deal with a workplace bully
When the behavior is unreasonable and offends or harms you, then workplace bullying exists and should not be tolerated.
How to become more assertive
Assertiveness is the appropriate expression of thoughts, feelings and opinions that communicate respect for others as well as yourself.
How I found better balance in life
As a health educator, I am reminded on a regular basis about the importance of life balance.
Smart snacking for kids
Fiber from whole grains, fruits and vegetables provides lasting energy, while protein promotes a greater feeling of fullness, keeping hunger at bay.
Work smarter: Understanding workplace ergonomics
Most working adults spend 40 hours a week or more on the job so it’s important to have proper workplace ergonomics.
Eat right when money is tight
There is a common misconception that eating healthy foods is more expensive, but eating healthy on a budget isn't as difficult as you might think.
It's simple...clean hands are better
Cleaning your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. It's easy, too.
Family fitness: Act like a kid again this summer
The summer is an ideal season to act like a kid again and join your entire family in physical fitness activities.
20 things to say…and not say…to your partner
A healthy relationship is a safe haven where we can relax and recuperate from the tensions of life. We need to hear positive things from our partner.
Healthy summer grilling
Grilling can be a healthy way to eat some of your favorite foods. Follow these tips.
Buying local and organic food
You may be thinking about opportunities to eat fresh, local or organic produce, but where do you get it?
5 daily practices that will help energize you
In a world where everything comes right to us and we have endless opportunities to fill every minute of our day, it can be easy to overlook the task of caring for yourself. Do you remember to take time to fuel yourself up as you bustle through your day?
Fuel your summer activities by snacking smart
A well-balanced snack contains a combination of fiber-rich carbohydrates and protein.
Stay hydrated as the weather heats up
Adequate hydration is important all the time, but with increasing temperatures and higher humidity, it is crucial to stay well hydrated. Many people venture outside to exercise and expose themselves to potentially dangerous conditions.
Help save water this summer
Water is one of the Earth's most precious resources. Here are some tips to help save water this summer when taking care of your lawn and garden.
Family time: A great investment
Today's family is very busy, but quality time spent together as a family is an important investment that can have lasting effects.
Nuts can help you lose weight
Nuts are relatively high in fat and calorie dense, but that's where proper portions are important.
Bug off!
As you get ready for another season of outdoor fun, remember to protect yourself from bug bites. Biting insects not only ruin outdoor activities, but they can also spread viruses or bacteria that cause serious illnesses such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease.
Move away from the screen
A lot of kids spend more time in front of a screen than they do reading, talking with family and friends, or playing outside. Screen time can have a negative effect on a child's health.
Understanding SPF and what it means to you
Understanding SPF and what it means to you. As the summer months are upon us and you are spending more time outside, here is some basic sunscreen information to help you be a better sunscreen consumer.
Feeling stuck? Try a vision circle to help you move forward
Deciding to change our lifestyle, improve body weight and eat healthy can take a lot of hard work and diligence but most importantly, require true lifestyle change.
Go ahead, soak up a little sun!
Ever notice how time in the sun can make you feel so good? The vitamin D production that happens in your body on a sunny day is one of the reasons for this.
Healthy habits to age well
Most people want to live a long and happy life. By making healthy choices, you can sustain a better quality of life for a longer period of time.
Sleep for better health
Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble sleeping, make changes to your routine to get the sleep you need.
Relaxation techniques
Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Now is the time to start your own relaxation practice and make it a priority in your life.
Practice good dental habits to keep your teeth in top shape
Your smile may be the first thing many people notice about you. Proper preventive care can help you and your family avoid dental disease and tooth decay.
Keep your mind sharp with word puzzles
Just as physical exercise reverses muscle loss and improves function; mental exercise improves mental functions and increases your chance of avoiding memory loss and dementia.
Not so empty nest
Just when you have started getting used to the empty nest, they're returning home again.
Enjoy more super foods
Super foods are nutrient-dense foods that contain a plethora of vitamins, minerals and health-promoting properties (antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc.).
Know your numbers
All adults should know their blood pressure numbers just like they should know their weight, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers.
Managing anxiety and stress
Mild anxiety symptoms are not uncommon from time to time, but if such feelings are recurrent or severe, it's important to seek help. How do you know if you're suffering from anxiety?
Positive parenting techniques
As a parent, you know that parenting can be challenging at times. Recognizing that even the best parents can use a few tips, we asked our experts to weight in.
Snack smart at work
Snacks help tame hunger between meals and prevent us from becoming ravenous at mealtime. They should be well-balanced, healthy mini meals.
Take care when riding your bike
Every year, more than 550,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries.
Four-legged friends offer beneficial therapy
Coping with an illness or a life-changing event can be challenging for children and adults. While dogs provide companionship to their owners, they can also provide healing and comfort through pet therapy to patients.
Get the facts on yogurt
Greek yogurt: You've seen it stacked high in the dairy cases at your local grocery store, which seem to have a hard time keeping up with demand. But what is it?
Don't let allergies spoil your spring
Spring has sprung, so that means green grass, blooming flowers and all the sniffles, sneezes, stuffy noses, coughing and itchy eyes that go along with seasonal allergies.
Be well, go green
Wondering what you can do to help the environment? Even the smallest things can make a difference. Here are some tips to help preserve the environment for your family and community.
10 ways to reduce your refrigerator's energy use
Even if you own an energy-efficient refrigerator, there may still be better ways to run it -- at home and at work.
Find motivation to keep moving
Knowing what motivates you on a daily and weekly basis is the key to staying active.
Tap into your body's natural relaxation response
There is a way to experience relief and, best of all, you can do it without the use of medication.
Do you eat mindfully or mindlessly?
Mindful Eating is eating with intention and attention. Cornell professor Brian Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating," has some tips to reduce mindless eating.
Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet
The traditional American diet is very low in omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in our diet may decrease our risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, bipolar disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia and cancer.
Calories burned walking a flight of stairs
Burn a few calories by taking the stairs whenever you can.
Walk your way to better health
If you've been "hibernating" through winter with little exercise, here are some tips to help you ease into a walking routine that can benefit your health.
Exercise tips for the time-crunched
If the thought of fitting exercise into an already busy day is overwhelming, don't despair.
How to become more assertive
Assertiveness is the appropriate expression of thoughts, feelings and opinions that communicate respect for others as well as yourself.
Parenting your parents
How do you know when it is time to become more involved in the affairs of your parents? The simple answer is when they ask.
10 tips to keep your stress under control
One major factor in feeling stressed is our perception that we've lost control. Some tips to try to maintain that control can be simple.
The 10 essentials - How to be prepared for emergencies
Accidents happen. You can't prevent them, but you can be prepared for them.
Cash in by going green
Here are some ideas for going green and the estimated savings you could see.
Uncover your six-pack
A big myth is that ab exercises are all you have to do to get that six-pack. But, the key to toned abs is the combination of strength exercises, aerobic activity and proper nutrition.
Three conscious breaths for your well-being
Our lives ask us to do, do, do, and we feel valued for what we accomplish. Spirituality has more to do with BEING than DOING.
Find balance between work and family
As a working parent, you face the challenge of trying to succeed at two full-time jobs-work and family. People often get so wrapped up in work and children, they forget to take care of themselves and their relationship with a spouse or partner.
Humor, for the health of it
Laughter has been known to improve your health by relieving tension and reducing stress which helps you keep things in perspective.
Take the time to protect your identity
Always safeguard your personal information. Help avoid identity theft with these easy steps.
Fight flabby arms with exercise
The triceps area, the back of your upper arms, is a common place for fat. But by taking a little time each week, you can have more toned arms.
Breaking through a weight-loss plateau
You've started making healthy lifestyle changes, eating well, exercising and seeing those numbers move on the scale. And then it happens... the dreaded weight-loss plateau.