For the most part, Vermont is a rather peaceful state. I rarely see our state mentioned in the national news. Days tend to go by at a slower pace than in many other states I've visited. There's little hustle and bustle, practically no traffic, and a lower crime rate than many people have to deal with. Sometimes, Vermont manages to make it to the front page of the national news sites. Tuesday was one of those days. Aid In Dying Passed In Vermont Vermont is the fourth state to pass death with ... Continue Reading
Vermont is the fourth state to allow for “death with dignity.”
Foster Grant provides tips for eyewear protection and the hot sunglasses styles for summer.
Summer is on the horizon and soon it will be time to keep cool at the pool and the beach. You know to pack your bag with sunscreen, towels, snacks, beach toys, and perhaps a book to read. But what about sunglasses? You, and every member of your family, should don a pair of sunglasses when you head outdoors. Keeping Your Eyes Protected I wear sunglasses whenever I'm driving or outside, and now I make my children grab theirs too. Some experts say that because children tend to spend ... Continue Reading
Shake up your workout routine with these three ideas for getting even more fit.
The months between January and June are the most common times for people to hit the gym and get fit. Whether it's part of a resolution for the new year, or the desire to look good in a swimsuit, you are probably hitting the pavement or gym more than before. Go you! So why are you not seeing the results you desire? These three reasons could hold the key to unlocking your weight loss and getting even more fit. Ditch the Snack Attack You trained hard today. You worked up quite an appetite. ... Continue Reading
Learn the history of the H041 strain and what’s being done to prevent the spread of infection.
In the past 24 hours, it feels like the entire world has been talking about the new “sex superbug” originally reported to have been found in Hawaii. Of course, this caused some mild panic - since it really is a serious public health issue. But some of the original stories contained some inaccuracies. Let’s look at what’s really going on. History of the Sex Superbug: A treatment-resistant strain of gonorrhea (HO41) has been identified in Japan but it is not the same one ... Continue Reading
Learn more about the statistics surrounding blood and bone marrow donations.
I have always been a huge advocate of blood donation. Once I turned 18, I was adamant about not only donating blood, but donating consistently. I donated whole blood every 56 days at my local nonprofit blood collection agency - Oklahoma Blood Institute. I felt good knowing that my blood was going to help those who needed it. It was a routine I was proud of. Unfortunately, I am sad to say, when I had my back-to-back pregnancies I got out of the habit of going. Looking at my precious ... Continue Reading
A look at the different types of bariatric surgeries available.
Everyone knows America is getting fatter. The obesity problem in our country has grown so much that many are calling it an epidemic. Diets are notorious for not working - we don't lose much, begin to eat normally again, and wham - we gain MORE weight. What can we do to win the fight against obesity? Diets? They seem to not work for most. Exercise? How many times has exercise been tried only to fail as well? Pills? Another option that seems to fail as soon as things go back to normal. One ... Continue Reading
Three smoothie recipes to get you to your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
They say you need to eat a rainbow in order to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. Eating all those ½ and 1 cup servings can seem hard to fit into your meal planning. There is an easy solution to this colorful problem. It comes in the form of the smoothie. Smoothies, especially ‘green’ smoothies are an excellent way to maximize your fruit and vegetable intake, get energized and fit. Here are some tasty recipes to get you started. Pack a Protein Punch Smoothies are a great ... Continue Reading
Learn what hormone disruptors to avoid and how to keep your family more healthy.
Worried about plastic and chemicals leaching into your skin and body? You're not alone. There is a lot of controversy surrounding hormone disruptors - those chemicals found in skin products, soaps, make-up, water bottles, and cans lined with BPA. They are suspected to affect or harm our health in several ways, especially when used daily. Recently Dateline NBC did an investigation into hormone disruptors. As with most stories, there are 2 opinions and 2 valid arguments to whether we can still ... Continue Reading
Learn the common types of headaches and how to treat them.
Your head is pounding, but you're not sure what it is or how to treat it. It could be a tension headache, a migraine, or even allergies. Find out the symptoms of each type of headache and the best way to deal with them ... now and forever. Tension Headache Probably the most common headache and easily the most curable. The pain feels like an ache or pressure that can become intense as it radiates around the temples or at the back of the head and neck. The cause of this pain is often ... Continue Reading
Add a bit of spice to your next dish – for taste and health benefits too!
It seems everywhere we turn, there's another article touting the health benefits of spices. They've been around for thousands of years but the recent popularity of more "natural" health remedies and whole foods has made the health benefits of spices a subject on shows like Dr. Oz and in health magazines and internet articles. Not only are spices loaded with health benefits, they are tasty and can add a gourmet flare to any meal. While they aren't known to cure illnesses, science and ... Continue Reading