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Adults aren’t the only ones who get stressed out

It’s tempting to romanticize childhood as a time where the biggest concerns are who to sit with in the cafeteria, what your summer plans are, and what to spend your allowance on. Reality during childhood can often be a lot different than the ideal.

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Michigan Bucket List: Hot Air Balloon Festivals 

Hot air balloons offer the chance to see the breathtaking sight of different colors flying through the sky and learn about the physics of the balloons. There are plenty of opportunities across the state to see these spectacles. We have a list of a few different locations and dates where you can see a hot air balloon festival in Michigan.

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Is My Water Bottle Straw Clean?

Water bottles are traveling everywhere with you and collecting the germs from places you go. From errands to work to an outdoor soccer game on the weekends, your water bottle straw is picking up bacteria in those areas.

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Creative Ways to Thank the Father Figure in Your Life

Every year it can be a challenge to come up with something new and exciting to celebrate the father figure in your life. What to do for a man who has done so much for you? We’re here to help you come up with ideas to honor the father figure in your life.

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Recognizing and Managing Learning Disabilities in Students

Hear from Dr. Amy McKenzie on how to recognize and cope with students who are struggling with a learning disability.

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9 Healthy Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Looking for something fun and healthy to do this weekend? Check out these ideas to usher in the unofficial start of summer.

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Guide to Michigan Memorial Day Parades

Do you have plans this Memorial Day Weekend? Stop by one of the many parades and celebrations happening all over Michigan. Find a Memorial Day celebration near you.

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2 Bite-sized Tapas Recipes to Spoil Mom for Mother’s Day

Making something for mom is special - you don’t have to break the bank to make her feel celebrated. Alongside something crafty, preparing some special dishes for mom is a great way to celebrate her.

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Grilled Shrimp Watermelon Bites with Jalapeño

These refreshing shrimp bites combine a balance of sweet from the crisp watermelon and spicy from the jalapeño. Simply prepare a sauce, marinate the shrimp and cook for a short time before assembly.

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Sundried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Grilled Zucchini

These savory roll-ups are easy to make and are loaded with nutrients. Zucchini slices are grilled until grill marks appear and softened for rolling. They’re then filled with a mixture of ricotta, sundried tomato, fresh basil and lemon

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Ideas for a Healthy and Happy Mother’s Day

It’s time to get those Mother’s Day plans in order. Here are some food and activity-based ideas that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Simple Acts to Show Appreciation

May 6 to May 10 is Teacher Appreciation Week this year. It is common to celebrate teachers during this week with events, gifts, and an outpouring of appreciation and respect for teachers and their work. Here are some examples of acts that students and parents can use to show their appreciation for teachers.

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Immunization 101: The Vaccines Your Child Needs to Stay Healthy

Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year and protect not only those receiving the vaccine, but also everyone around them, particularly those with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Autism Awareness Month: Jonathan’s Story

A Michigan mom shares the story of her family’s journey with autism and how she wants more understanding for people like her son.

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Sensory Spaces for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, spaces that are too-bright or too-loud can be painfully overwhelming. Sensory-friendly activities can help.

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Mindful Parenting: Celebrating Inchstones

We're used to celebrating our children's big milestone moments. But it can be valuable for both the parent and the child to celebrate the smaller triumphs, too.

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Signs of Feeding and Eating Disorders in Children

Feeding and eating disorders are considered mental health disorders and medical illnesses. Understanding the types, signs and symptoms is important, regardless of an individual’s age and gender. 

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Leading Causes of Cavities in Children

Limiting certain foods and teaching dental hygiene habits at a young age can lead to a lifetime of healthy behaviors while preventing cavities in the process. 

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Sledding Hill Safety Tips

The thrill of whooshing down a sledding hill is fun for all ages. But sledding comes with risks, too.

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How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Eating Choices at School

How can you help kids make healthy choices when they buy lunch? It’s important to educate children on nutrition and how to make healthy decisions on their own.

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How to Have Difficult Conversations with Aging Parents

Are you caring for an aging parent? Here's how to approach difficult topics like caregiving and end of life planning.

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Activities for Holiday Fun with Your Kids

Children make the holidays brighter. Make sure you set aside some special activities just for them, like the five ideas listed here.

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Natural Home Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

Ready to make your own natural cleaners? We’ll show you how.

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When to Take Down Your Christmas Tree

Do you love to let the holidays linger? When is the right time to take down your Christmas tree?

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How to Start an Indoor Winter Garden

If your green thumb needs a new project, try starting an indoor winter garden.

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The Stress-Free Way to Host a Huge Family Gathering

There's a lot to juggle when setting out to host a family gathering. Before you host yours, give these five tips a glance.

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Caregiving During the Holidays: Tips to Navigate Gatherings

Contributor Julie Edgar of the AAA 1-B offers advice on how caregivers of older adults can navigate holiday family gatherings to make them fun and manageable.

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How to Raise the Humidity in Your Home

Cold weather means your furnace is kicking on, and drying out the air in your home.

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Healthy & Affordable Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Stressed out over holiday gift-giving? Fear not: We’ve brainstormed healthy finds that fit all budgets and personalities.

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Real vs. Artificial Trees: What’s Best for You? 

It comes down to personal choice, but there’s a lot to consider when deciding between a real Christmas tree and an artificial one.

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4 Tips to Handle Halloween Candy in a Healthy Way 

The average kid is likely going to consume between 3,500 and 7,000 calories from candy on Halloween. This is the equivalent of up to three cups of sugar. -- and can be hard for kids to brush off of their teeth. Here are some tips to navigate the sugar rush of Halloween, and how to keep kids' teeth clean and healthy.

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Safety Hacks for Pumpkin Carving

Knife-related hand injuries soar around Halloween for kids and teens. Here are some safety hacks for pumpkin carving.

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Navigating Conversations with Children About Obesity 

Building healthy habits at home is a great way to teach children and teens behaviors that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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Top 10 Scents to Make Your House Smell Good Naturally

Think about the signature scent you would like to create – or even a different one for each room.

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Simmer Pot Recipes for a Fresh-Smelling Home

Simmer pot recipes are an easy, affordable and natural way to have your home smelling good. Check out our recipes.

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Introducing Our New Look on A Healthier Michigan

Welcome to A Healthier Michigan! We’ve got a fresh new look and new design features that are ready to help everyone in Michigan get healthier – from the inside out.

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5 Insider Tips on How to Shop Smarter and Healthier at the Grocery Store

Registered dietician Shanthi Appelö shares five tips for how to shop smarter and healthier in the grocery store.

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6 Signs Your Child Needs Glasses

Children can react to vision problems with signs and symptoms like distractibility and hyperactivity that could be confused with those of ADHD.

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5 Fun and Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in Cooking

Want to sharpen your child’s cooking skills early? These easy, creative tips can make for a fun family experience in the kitchen.

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How to Keep Kids Healthy During Summer Sports Practice 

Summertime can be a busy season for kids and sports. Here’s a few tips to keep active kids healthy.

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How to Show Your Dad Appreciation

There are 72 million fathers across the U.S. Here’s how to show appreciation on Father’s Day.

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Caregiving Can Be Stressful. Here Is How to Ask for Help.

Often unpaid caregivers sacrifice their health and well-being to meet the needs of a loved one. Here are some tips from the experts on how to ask for help.

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How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. Here’s how parents can stay ahead of them.

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Mother’s Day 2023: Michigan Events to Celebrate with Mom This Year 

From Detroit to Holland to Kalamazoo, there are Mother’s Day markets, outdoors events and live shows happening all over Michigan in 2023.

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Support Groups for Parents of Children with Autism 

Parents of children who have autism may feel the need for some extra support. Here’s how to find it.

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Ways We All Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity 

One of the most common chronic illnesses in children is obesity – affecting more than 14.4 million children in the U.S. today.

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Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds Around the State 

Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds Around the State

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Easy Ways to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy 

Cravings come and go, but healthy eating during pregnancy is easy to accomplish.

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Fun Family Activities Perfect for Spring 

Warm weather is a great time to get outside with your kids. Give these age-group specific activities a try this spring!

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Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Calm Kids’ Anxiety 

About 7% of U.S. children between age 3 and 17 have diagnosed anxiety. Rates are rising, but mindfulness-based coping techniques can help.

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Benefits of Family Meals

People are cooking more and eating in. Research shows there are many benefits associated with eating together as a family.

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Plan a Healthy ‘Yes Day’ With Your Kids

There are plenty of ways to take the carefree “Yes Day” concept into summer for a healthy way to connect with your kids. Here are some suggestions.

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Two Easy and Kid-friendly Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for kids. Here are two healthy breakfast ideas for children.

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Do I Need to See a Doctor if I Have a Cold?

Most bouts with a cold can be handled at home, but other times your body may send warning signs that professional medical help is needed.

Do I Need to See the Doctor if I Have a Cold?
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How to Deal With the Loss of Your Pet 

Losing a pet can be very difficult. They’re more than just animals. Often, they are beloved members of the family.

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5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Speech at Home

Practice speaking clearly with these 5 easy speech techniques to help you feel more confident.

Improve your communication skills at home with these 5 tips
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How to Get Your Kids Excited About Produce 

Getting your kids excited about produce has a lot to do with how parents approach it, and how you add in the fun.

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How to Teach Kids Easy Container Gardening in 4 Steps 

Teaching kids container gardening can help them create a great relationship with fresh foods and healthy eating.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Preschooler Healthy

Keeping your preschooler healthy can be difficult. Check out these simple reminders to help strengthen their immune system and teach healthy habits.

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Race to Recess: How Unstructured Play Helps Kids

One-third of children are overweight or obese, leaving room for a host of other health complications. So what can be done to help?

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A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

Knowing how to talk to a child about their health is key to empowering them to make smart choices. Here are tips on how to start a dialogue.

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Postpartum Depression: When to Seek Help 

When it’s not the “baby blues,” certain symptoms following childbirth could be postpartum depression. Here’s how to tell the difference.

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Best Gifts for Kids & Babies This Year

Dr. Angela Seabright advises on the best toys for children and babies this holiday season to help them grow and learn.

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Preparing to Get Pregnant? 5 Things to Do 

Preparation for a healthy pregnancy starts before conception. Here’s how to get your body ready.

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Who’s Caring for the Caregivers?

Taking care of a sick or elderly family members is an extremely noble act. But be careful not to abandon your own self care.

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New Safe Sleep Guidelines for Infants 

Thousands of babies die in sleep-related circumstances annually. New sleep guidelines are meant to advise parents and caregivers on ways to keep infants safer.

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Fight Childhood Obesity with Go, Glow and Grow Foods

The typical American diet favors convenience foods over health. The “go, glow and grow foods” concept can help kids make healthier choices.

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What You Need to Know About Measles

Cases of the measles have been down in the United States since 2019, but the infectious viral disease should still be taken seriously.

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Healthy Halloween Snacks to Make with Your Kids

Want to take some of your kids’ focus off of candy? Try these fun Halloween-themed snacks, all built around fruit.

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Simple Tips for Getting Your Kids Reading Ready for School 

If you feel like your kids were in the “summer slump” when it came to reading, here are tips to get them on track this school year.

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Pregnancy Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore 

Women can experience physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, but some warning signs should not be ignored.

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How to Bond with Your Baby Without Breastfeeding  

Breastfeeding is not the only way to connect and reinforce that bond with your baby. Learn about other ways to bond with your baby.

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The Truth About Breastfeeding and Weight Loss

Breastfeeding does burn a lot of calories, but expecting weight loss can set unrealistic expectations and get in the way of your relationship with your baby.

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Breastfeeding Basics for New Moms  

There are numerous benefits to breastfeeding an infant for both mom and baby. Here's what new moms should know about breastfeeding basics.

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Helping Children Get Acquainted with a New School

A new school can be a hard transition for children, tweens and teens to navigate. Read up on ways to help your child build confidence this school year.

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Essentials for Pumping and Storing Breastmilk

Pumping and storing breastmilk does take additional supplies and planning – but can help provide infants with many of the same benefits of direct breastfeeding.

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When is it Too Hot for Kids to Play Outside?  

Children cannot regulate their body temperature the way adults can, so parents should be proactive this summer when kids play outside.

The National Weather Service (NWS) states that a heat index at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit poses a significant health risk to children.  
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Table Talks: Discussing Dad Life

Fatherhood poses unique challenges for men. From raising children to keeping themselves healthy, parenting is unlike any other experience.

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Cheap or Free Summer Activities for Michigan Families 

If you want to create family memories at every turn this summer without breaking the bank, here are 12 family-friendly activities you can enjoy on the cheap:

The weather is about to heat up and the kids are about to be home from school, so parents may want to start filling up the calendar with fun things to do this summer.   
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Strawberry Picking in Michigan: Why You Should Go & Tips For When You Do

Fresh Michigan strawberries are a wonderful summer treat, especially when you pick them yourself!

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Add a Personal Touch to Mother’s Day with DIY Gift Ideas

Whether you’re someone helping a child prepare a gift or you’re in need of a DIY project for your own mom, we’ve got you covered with two ideas.

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What is Alopecia? 

For a lot of people, sudden hair loss can be traumatic. Here are the causes of alopecia, and how it can be treated.

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Five Danger Zones in Your House for Pets and Children  

Are you aware of the danger zones in your home? Areas like the laundry room, medicine cabinet and garage can pose serious threats if not properly secured.

Are you aware of the danger zones in your home? Areas like the laundry room, medicine cabinet and garage can pose serious threats to your family if not secured.
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Baby Sleep Safety: What Parents Need to Know

It's important for parents and caregivers to take steps to keep their babies as safe as possible. Here are the do's and don'ts of baby sleep safety.

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What Age and How Often Should Kids Get an Eye Exam?

Visiting the eye doctor may seem intimidating, especially to kids, but it could make all the difference when testing for visual development and abnormalities.

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How Cold is too Cold for your Pet? 

Your pet’s size, weight and ability to store body fat should be considered, along with temperature, when taking your fur baby out into the winter cold.

How Cold is too Cold for your Pet?
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Ways to Teach Your Kids Sledding Safety 

Before they step into a sled, hop into a saucer or snow tube, here are ways to teach your kids sledding safety.

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How to Explain Diversity to Your Kids 

From simple observations to weighty explanations, there are lots of ways to explain diversity to your kids.

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Tips for Talking to Children after a Traumatic Event 

Chatting with your child about traumatic events can be tricky. Discussing such a sensitive topic requires patience and an open line of communication.

Tips for Talking to Children after a Traumatic Event 
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Six Tips to Manage your Child’s Epilepsy

An open line of communication and plenty of encouragement are two of the many ways your family can help manage a child’s epilepsy condition.

Six Tips to Manage your Child’s Epilepsy
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Toy Safety 101: Kid-Friendly Checklist

Are your child's toys safe? Each year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized due to toy-related injuries.

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Holiday Travel Tips During the Pandemic 

The U.S. has seen a boost in travel since COVID-19 vaccines rolled out. Here are some travel tips as we approach the holidays.

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Getting Married? When to Switch to a Family Health Care Plan 

Getting married means lots of decisions lie ahead. Health insurance is one of them. Here’s how to know when to switch to a family health care plan.

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Spooky and Safe Ways to Celebrate Halloween 

This Halloween, there are more health considerations to keep in mind beyond the usual sugar rush. Here are some safe, healthy alternative ways to celebrate.

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What to Do if Your Prescription Costs Too Much 

List prices of hundreds of medications have jumped in the past year. What should you do if your prescription costs too much?

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Back-to-School: Backpack Health

As kids bring more and more home in their backpacks, make sure their backs stay healthy and strong by following these guidelines.

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How to Clean a Home If You Are Worried about Lead Paint, Dust or Chips   

Lead-based paint and fixtures can be a danger to kids living in older homes. Here are some cleaning tips to help keep your family safe.

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Breastfeeding Benefits Beyond Just Keeping Baby Fed 

From bonding to healthier teens, there are lots of breastfeeding benefits beyond just keeping a baby fed.

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Ways to Help Your Kids Transition Back to School for In-Person Learning

After virtual classes, video lessons and hybrid learning, here’s how to help kids transition to in-person learning.

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Keep Ticks Away: New Apps to Keep Those Tiny Bugs at Bay 

Hikers, campers and people working in their yards are reporting a tick explosion this summer. New apps can help keep these tiny bugs at bay.

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