Dr. Jennifer Collins, M.D.

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Dr. Jennifer Collins, MD has been an Assistant Professor and physician specializing in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary since September 2009.

Dr. Collins is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and Internal Medicine. She completed her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in June 2009. Dr. Collins studied internal medicine at the Department of Medicine Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City in 2007. She received a Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Collins graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University with a degree in biology in 1997.

Dr. Collins has published several papers and abstracts as well as oral presentations at national allergy and immunology meetings. Her research interests include the prevention of asthma in young children, chronic urticaria, chronic sinusitis and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. She is an active member of the chronic sinusitis committee for the American College of Allergy and Immunology, as well as a member of a number of professional societies including the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the America Medical Association.

Dr. Collins maintains a personal blog titled, “Itchy & Scratchy” where she provides medical on fighting allergies and asthma to her patients in New York City.

Expert Articles by Dr. Jennifer Collins, M.D.

Colds, Flus, and Sickness

Treat the common cold by strengthening your immune system with zinc
And there you have it. Making sure you keep a healthy and strong immune system is key in fighting your cold off for good. Not doing little things like smoking or drinking alcohol can greatly reduce th...

Expert Articles Sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Collins, M.D.

Nutrition

Eating at the right time during the day affects your overall health
Eating right is about so much more than just what you put in your mouth. Eating the majority of your day’s calories in the first part of the day not only more natural for your system, but it is also...
Maintain a healthy voice for singing, speaking, and vocal health
The best news about following this simple advice for maintaining a healthy voice is the positive benefits it can have on your overall health. Being hydrated, getting enough rest, and keeping a consist...
Healthy choices to reduce toxins and exposure to harmful chemicals
The social tide is changing and many more individuals are conscious about the impact that toxins present in our everyday lives have on our health. To minimize our exposure it may require significant s...
Stay healthy and eat nutritiously in a high pressure desk job
Use these tips to help you get through your busy day with more energy and less stress. Here’s to many vacation days and a big raise!...
Enhance your quality of life with proper exercise and nutrition
Consistent exercise and a balanced nutrition program are necessary for all people, for their entire live to help defy the aging process. Our body is like a battery; the only way to naturally recharge ...
Detoxify and cleanse your body to lose weight and become healthier
A detoxification and cleanse diet might take some getting used to, but sticking with it has many positives. You will find you have more energy, improved sleep, better digestion, clearer, bright skin, ...
A plant based diet is a great way to enhance your overall health
The most perfect diet we have available to us that improves vitality, decreases risk for chronic disease, and enhances energy is a whole food, plant-based diet. When transitioning to eating this way, ...
Plant-based dietician's food guide pyramid
Living healthy means watching your diet and consistent exercise
Healthy living does not need to drastically alter how you live your life. By just implementing healthier food choices, physical activity, daily relaxation exercises, getting the restorative sleep your...
Healthy snacking can help maintain metabolic and overall health
It is a great idea to choose snacks wisely. But many foods that seem to be of a great nutritional value, are not. Bran muffins and cereal bars can be packed with unhealthy fats and added sugar. Fat-fr...
Incorporate dried chickpeas into a balanced diet
Chickpeas are a welcome addition to any kitchen. After properly preparing and cooking chickpeas, these tender, flavorful legumes can be embraced into a variety of dishes to add a nutritional punch whi...
Advice on maintaining a healthy digestive system
While it may seem difficult to maintain, good digestive health can be achieved by following a few simple rules, such as incorporating healthy foods like a nonfat or lowfat yogurt with probiotics into ...
Difficulty swallowing pills or vitamins? Follow this advice
Swallowing your medication doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though for some people it is. Take comfort in knowing that patience and practice can be key to learning how, but there are thankfully o...
Before buying dietary supplements, follow this advice
Dietary supplements have become very popular in recent years as consumers have become more interested in leading healthier lives. Looking for certified supplements takes the guesswork out of choosing ...
Incorporating wheatgrass into your diet has many health benefits
Wheatgrass is a tender green powerhouse full of nutrients that can be easily incorporated into any diet. While disease claims in the media are not strongly supported by scientific studies, consuming w...
Pack healthy snacks for a work conference or long meeting
Long conferences and meetings don’t have to mean dietary sacrifices. Whole food snacks can be easy to make with a little preparation, and the benefits are significant. Not only do natural snacks pro...
Reduce advanced glycation end-products to slow aging and prevent degenerative diseases
Eating and living well can stop the progression, and in many cases, reverse the damage of AGEs. And through simple things like avoiding processed, overcooked, caramelized, high-sugar and high-fat food...
Create a simple menu plan that’s healthy for you and your family
Having a healthy and simple menu plan for you and your family can make mealtime a breeze. It not only keeps your budget in check, it reduces food waste and time spent at the grocery store. And, don’...
Energy drinks are not sodas or sports drinks: Consume carefully
If you choose to consume energy drinks, carefully read labels and thoroughly research the contents. Understand that these products are not like other beverages, but rather are considered dietary suppl...
Multivitamins and nutritional supplements: What you need to know
This is not the first time we have seen a study or opinion attacking nutritional supplements, and there are countless studies and evidence to counter each assertion. The fact is simple: premium supple...
Restore neurotransmitter function with brain healthy foods
Neurotransmitter deficiency is very common - 80% of people in the US suffer from low serotonin. Proper brain nutrition can correct these deficiencies even more effectively than an antidepressant. Ther...
Spring detoxification can help reduce toxins and lose weight
Springtime detoxification for body and mind is a great way to shed off the extra weight gained over the wintertime, recharge one’s energy levels, clear one’s mind, lose weight, gain beautiful glow...
Mothers can eat to cultivate well-being, self-love and gratitude
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., (founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) says that mindfulness is abou...
How to start a plant based diet for more energy and vitality
Embarking on a plant based nutrition plan will up your energy and your spirits. Remember to keep it simple, try a few new recipes at a time, and to use some of the many resources out there for recipes...
How to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet with ease
Your dietary life and relationship with food is meant to bring you vibrant health, balance and energy. Choosing a plant-based diet brings lots of fresh foods into your life. It also brings more awaren...
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet starts with smart shopping
Healthy food shopping is closely tied to time management, developing strategies, research, and common sense. It just takes practice! And truly, it’s a lifestyle. Shop for health, not for speed. Even...
Minority communities can combat obesity-related health crisis
As a cardiologist, I have seen firsthand the importance of maintaining one’s health, and it all starts with small steps. While it can seem difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with time and bud...
Hire a nutrition counselor to help you obtain your dietary goals
Once you embark on a nutrition counseling program, you will discover how food is related to so many elements of your life and the challenges have just as much to do with lifestyle as they do with food...

Digestive Health

Prevent stomach aches and abdominal pain in your child
Frightening and perplexing as it may be, most types of abdominal pain are not serious and resolve quickly, however parents should be mindful of duration and accompanying symptoms....
Use kegels to prevent and treat urinary incontinence
Your pelvic floor will sag and be responsible for many symptoms. First, be aware that these muscles exist. The pelvic floor and the pelvic floor muscles are invisible, so it is easy to forget about th...
Kegels can help frequent urination and healthy bowel movements
Some habits can be good. Developing a habit to workout your PC muscles, that will effect everything that you do, will stand you in nothing but good stead. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to embed a thought...
Learn how to manage Crohn’s disease both physically and emotionally
Managing and getting treatment for Crohn’s disease can often be difficult, but luckily there is treatment and medication available that can help you feel well. A healthy lifestyle, both physically a...
Get help if you suffer from chronic indigestion, GERD, or acid reflux
Feeling, looking and being your very best isn’t that difficult, but it does require a little time, energy and money. If your car’s carburetor or fuel-injection system isn’t functioning normally,...
Maintain a healthy liver with diet and exercise to prevent disease
Liver disease can be potentially life threatening, but many cases are preventable. Making regular appointments with your doctor, following healthy habits like diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and bei...
Know what to do if you are diagnosed with celiac disease
Celiac disease is a journey and your doctor will be a very important resource in educating you about your condition, helping you to make the necessary lifestyle changes and monitoring your response to...
Bloated, heartburn, or bitter taste after eating? It might be GERD
Sometimes we think that if we wait long enough, whatever symptoms we are having will just disappear. However, there is no reason to suffer needlessly if you have acid reflux that refuses to go away. C...
New treatments for Crohn's disease can help you manage the symptoms
There are many autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases—including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes, autism and psoriasis—whose symptoms researchers think c...
How fitness can help you maintain your overall digestive health
Whether you want to improve digestion, or speed up your metabolism, yoga is an excellent way to do it! Yoga poses like Chair, Childs Pose, and Cat/Cow will ensure that your body runs like clockwork!...
Treat and manage symptoms of GERD to help keep you healthy
For anyone diagnosed with GERD, or for individuals who experience periodic heartburn, it’s important to understand that GERD is a permanent condition whose symptoms will typically progress over time...
Important tools for identifying and monitoring GERD
Preventing heartburn is easy to do with simple lifestyle changes
Heartburn is felt when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. At least 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.It’s better ...
Take control of acid reflux with good dietary and lifestyle habits
There are a whole host of things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to acid reflux. However the most important aspect to remember is that acid reflux is an individualized condition. Meaning w...
What to do and when to seek help when you get kidney stones
Kidney stones can have multiple causes and can present with flank pain, blood in the urine, nausea/vomiting, fever and kidney obstruction. Timely visits to a urologist or Emergency Department can quic...

Dieting

Use hypnosis to lose weight and achieve your weight loss goals
There are many implications of good health. Weight control is one health factor visible to others and determines how others see us. Many studies conclude people who are fit, live longer and are genera...
Avoid weight cycling to achieve long term weight loss
When it comes to permanent weight management, stop thinking in terms of “doing” a diet to lose weight. There is life after weight loss, and a better transformation strategy is one in which you reo...
Use self-hypnosis to satisfy cravings, eat less and lose weight
Self-hypnosis is a very effective and natural method for weight loss without having to diet or go to the gym. There are absolutely no side effects and you can lose up to 5 pounds a week by practicing ...
Advice for the busy mom on healthy eating and losing weight
Busy moms don’t have to sacrifice in order to eat healthfully and be at a comfortable weight. By paying attention to appetite signals and to physical signs of tiredness and stress, they can teach th...
Using self-hypnosis to control cravings and loose weight
When you truly understand the dos and don’ts of emotional eating you get to make different choices. You get to enjoy eating and most importantly create an incredible life where food doesn’t contro...
Stop overeating to more effectively lose weight and live healthier
With a few simple behavioral changes in your eating habits you’ll discover you can eat sensibly, enjoy nutritious foods, and stop overeating. My recommendation is this: instead of implementing these...
Lose weight, feel great, and get rid of the peri-menopausal muffin top
We know more about our computers and our cars than we do about the care and feeding of our bodies. Take time to learn: if you give your body what it needs to operate optimally, you may be surprised wh...
Help your partner lose weight without harming your relationship
Just because there are some behaviors you want to avoid like the plague doesn’t mean that you need to sit back helplessly gnawing at your nails and fretting that your partner will never enjoy the he...
Lose weight with a gluten free diet and balanced meals
Starting a gluten free diet can be overwhelming at first. Once you learn how to incorporate healthy meals then it will get easier. Gluten free diets can be a very healthy lifestyle and is not a fad di...
Deal with physical side effects of weight loss and enjoy your new body
The physical side effects of weight loss will vary from person to person, but there are some things you absolutely can anticipate - the need to take care of your skin, easing into new physical activit...
When losing weight make lifestyle changes to avoid yo-yo diet trap
Healthy, sustainable weight loss is best achieved through small changes to your existing lifestyle. Magic potions, pills, and powders are nothing more than marketing hype designed to lighten your wall...
A vegetarian diet can help prevent child obesity
Transitioning your kids to a healthy, whole foods plant-based diet may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the greatest gift you can give them, as it protects their future health. Takin...
Cope with the mental challenges of weight loss and embrace your new body
By reaching your target weight, you’ve done something to improve your physical health. Your mental health is just as important. Significant weight reduction brings about more changes than a smaller ...
Women: Lose weight the healthy way with this expert advice
Losing weight starts with a decision. This is a rewarding journey that will benefit not only you, but also those who love you. Take some time to review this advice. Choose just one ‘do’ and apply ...
How to lose weight with long-term healthy eating habits
Healthy choices repeated over time will eventually become habit. Making an effort to be aware of the connection between your state of mind, your emotions, and your physical well-being is one of the mo...
Master your mindset for weight loss results that last a lifetime
Mastering your mindset to lose weight is the most incredible way to lose weight if you want freedom and choice. So remember, it’s not about your willpower or your ability to force yourself to do thi...
Holistically lose weight by finding a program that is personalized for you
Dieting is a journey. You will have ups and downs but don’t give up. Exercise and keeping active in any form is important. Find lower calorie foods that you like. You can eat as much of the food you...
How to curb your 9-5 cravings with healthy eating habits
Cravings are clues the body provides so that it can work better for you. It’s in your corner! To stabilize your body’s battery, eat meals with healthy fats at regular times and remember to feed yo...
Men: encourage healthy and efficient weight loss to feel your best
By cutting out bad fats and starches and working out effectively to promote whole body, high intensity calorie burning, you can and will lose weight. If you ever find yourself in need of some extra ad...
Lose weight the healthy way and stop the obsession with being skinny
It is evident that most of the dieting that occurs in our culture is more closely aligned to eating disorders than it is to a healthy form of dieting. This alone should completely change your view abo...
Healthy weight loss will keep the pounds off for the long run
With the right tools, education and support, healthy and sustainable weight loss is achievable and shouldn’t be painful. Set realistic goals, eat clean, natural, whole foods, surround yourself with ...
Skinny habits that easily help you reach your weight loss goals
Fad diets, detoxes or quick fixes won’t give you the long term results you want and need to maintain a healthy body. The 5 Skinny Habits program has helped thousands of people worldwide lose weight ...
Enjoy your life while losing the weight and keeping it off
Life is about more than losing weight. Once you have checked that box and done it be sure to create new goals and create new journeys. Once you are no longer focused on your weight, life is so much mo...

Exercise and Weight Loss

How to burn calories outside the gym to lose weight faster
You just feel better when you move a little bit. And we’re not talking about working out. Just getting up and getting moving a little helps improve your mood and gets your blood moving around. It he...
Cut short cuts and make exercise a priority to loose weight
Write down your goals and your aspirations and review them on a regular basis. Losing weight is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. When it gets tough, just remind yourself that nothing taste...
Get serious about losing weight, getting healthy and into shape
Losing weight, getting healthy, and feeling better really isn’t as daunting as it seems. Just remember to write down your plan, remind yourself why you’re doing it (for yourself, your family, and ...
How to lose the belly fat for a healthier and sexier you
Quick fixes, fads, and short term changes will not eliminate belly fat in the long term. Only a change in your lifestyle that includes consistent cardio exercise, weight training and a balanced diet o...
Hire a personal trainer to help you get in shape and lose weight
If you have trouble getting results on your own, hiring a personal trainer is a very good idea. Too often people want to try it on their own so that they can save money. Personal training tends to hav...
Change your mindset to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals
There is a quote that I live by; “The truth will always set you free. If the thought, feeling or action doesn’t set you free, it isn’t true.” When it comes to mastering your mindset, the easie...
Find the motivation you need right now to workout and lose weight
Can you imagine how much easier this will make things? Once you stop comparing yourself to others and honor the uniqueness of your body, once you set realistic expectations and trust that change will ...
Tight budgets can still afford to lose weight and get in shape
Staying in shape doesn’t have to be costly. Follow these strategies and you won’t have to overspend to find the workout that will keep you healthy in body and wallet....
Lose weight and enjoy your workout routine with Jazzercise
Most importantly, irrespective of what program you choose, take the first step and get started. Your health and wellbeing is important is the most precious resource you have. In order to put your best...
Exercise as a couple for moral support and lose weight together
Some of the happiest and most excited people are couples who’ve decided to get healthy together. There is synergy in the commitment to do so, and both individuals in a relationship benefit from the ...
A 6 week diet and exercise regimen will give you the best results
While the advice here may seem simple, it does require a change in perception regarding how we eat and how we exercise. Fad diets simply do not work, and eating processed foods will cause much more is...
A lifestyle that includes daily exercise has many healthy benefits
Arguably, the best thing that you can do to improve your overall well being, is to add exercise to your life. Remember that exercise can come in many different forms and does not have to take place wi...

Raising Healthy and Happy Kids

Helping kids feel comfortable and safe in the water is key
Time spent at the pool can be some of the happiest experiences in a person’s life. Enjoy these moments, always stay positive, and laugh and play with your children. Pick out fun bathing suits, caps,...
Optimizing brain enrichment through positive digital screen time
MRI studies show that the use of imagination and multisensory experiences increase blood flow to the brain. This is connected to neuronal activity, where new synapses can be created and dormant ones a...
De-stressing doctor visits fosters a lifetime of health for kids
By following this advice, regular doctor visits will be a piece of cake. Remember, it is possible to turn potentially dreadful experiences into fun events for your children. And making a visit to the ...
Being proactive can help emotionally traumatized kids to heal
Children can be traumatized as a result of bullying, violence or threats. However, by being prepared and knowledgeable, parents can help minimize the effects and begin the healing process....
Proper nutrition can improve kids' learning and behavior problems
Providing and encouraging a healthy diet can be a big challenge for busy parents. And in some homes, a child’s diet is non-negotiable because it is so important for health. However, the bottom line ...
Help guide your child’s path to effectively coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans--including children--experience on a routine basis. However, children can experience anxiety to such a degree that it negatively impacts life or causes subs...
Establishing safe, fun and productive bath time for children
Safely bathing oneself is an extremely important skill for children to learn as they develop and become independent. However, bath time tends to be a stressful experience for many parents and children...
Jumpstart your family’s day with a positive morning routine
The morning routine contributes to children’s overall health and happiness. Following a good morning routine can squash speed bumps and get the day started in a positive way for the entire family....
Parents should influence their children to eat healthy and exercise
Don’t let your child be a statistic in the obesity epidemic. Start putting these tips into practice, creating healthy habits for you and your children, who will then be more likely to do the same fo...
Finding a happy medium when enrolling kids in afterschool activities
Before you commit your child to an activity, make sure you examine your needs, your child’s needs and what is best for the entire family. Remember to focus on the big picture when making these decis...
Advice for raising emotionally happy and healthy twins and triplets
Raising multiple-birth children is a challenge. It is important to avoid or diffuse competition and fighting. Additionally, respecting your children’s need for individuality, while respecting the tw...
Creating healthy and happy mealtimes for children and parents
Family mealtime is a crucial time to connect with your children and family--and to truly embrace each other. This is the time to create rituals and togetherness, as well as to serve healthy, nutritiou...
Helping the entire family achieve a stress-free holiday season
The holidays are a wonderful time of year because they encourage families to spend time together. The season also presents the perfect opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of giving, sh...
How you can boost your children’s self-worth and self-esteem
Via positive reinforcement, strength based therapy and promoting socialization along with several group activities, children can become the most productive, capable citizens they can be as opposed to ...
How can parents raise happy children with balanced priorities?
There is no magic bullet that will guarantee your child’s long-term happiness. But the good news is that parents are in the best possible position to help their children develop a skill set that wil...
Family meals foster healthy eating habits and close connections
While many parents understand that family meals are important, they are not making the effort, due to conflicting schedules and the need to multitask. But separate meals result in a lack of cohesivene...
Advice for motivating your kids and supporting their successes
Every child wants to achieve success. No child wants to fail. So it is important to protect your child's motivation. If you see your children becoming discouraged in their school work or in a new acti...
Parents can help kids make a difference in the lives of others
The benefits that kids get from volunteering are quite amazing and life changing. It is important to show children early on that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. While Alex woul...
Help your children develop confidence and a healthy body image
The Girl and Boy World will inevitably attempt to convince your children that they must conform to a specific way of looking and acting. While it is extremely difficult to completely protect your chil...
Teach your anxious child better ways to cope and manage behaviors
Remember that anxiety is a normal part of life, but some children struggle with it more than others. Collaborate with your children to find effective strategies to decrease their anxiety, such as an a...
Helping girls love their bodies and cultivate healthy self-esteem
Girls must stop viewing themselves as imperfect pieces, but rather as unique and a one-of-a-kind creations. They must be taught to practice self-acceptance in each moment, and to stop hating themselve...
How can parents help their children minimize unnecessary stress?
You cannot escape all stress. While it is important to recognize that some stress is good, when your child becomes anxious, weepy and unable to focus, it is time to make changes in your family’s lif...
Parents can teach children to recognize and label their emotions
Young children deal with many of the same emotions that adults do. They feel happy, angry, embarrassed, sad, frustrated and nervous. However, they often do not have the words to talk about how they ar...
Expert advice for parents trying to raise emotionally-healthy twins
Whether it is relationship problems, career concerns or existential dilemmas, if you have a close connection to each of your twins, they will likely come to you for your guidance and input. Understand...
How can you raise body-confident kids in an image-obsessed society?
While body image issues are on the rise in children, parents are not powerless when it comes to helping their kids grow up with the confidence they deserve. By being vigilant of the messages they are ...
Expert advice on raising honest children
Being honest is a lifelong process that begins early. Use every opportunity to nurture and grow your child's honesty....
Broaden your child's diet and establish healthy eating behaviors
Every parent wishes to raise a good eater who is excited to experiment with new foods. But kids are notoriously picky. Instead of giving up and making the same three dishes over and over again, try to...

Poisoning

You can survive food poisoning
Food poisoning is a relatively common illness that usually passes within 24 to 48 hours. If symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps continue for more than 48 hours or get worse, then s...
Protect your family from lead poisoning with this expert advice
Before you risk exposing your family to lead, find out if a hazard exists by following this expert advice. Have your home or business tested for lead paint to avoid the devastating effects of lead poi...
How to help someone who has alcohol poisoning
No one reacts in the same way to a given amount of alcohol. Medications, street drugs, and medical status can affect the person’s response to alcohol. If you think someone has been poisoned by alcoh...

Fitness and Exercise

Women: Work out with the confidence and feel awesome afterwards
Hopefully this advice has changed your mentality about exercise and you feel motivated and ready to try new and tough workouts.Working out is not easy for some women. It takes so much effort to make t...
Use hypnosis to enjoy exercise and create a fit and healthy body
Acquiring a fit and healthy body can actually be fun and easy when you revisit the part of the mind that controls our habits, beliefs and perceptions. That part of the mind is called the subconscious ...
Perform a great massage on your loved one at home the right way
There you go, the first steps to giving a great massage. Remember, be confident, communicate your needs, get a table and some massage cream, and have fun....
Achieve your fitness goals while staying injury-free at the gym
The most important thing to remember when exercising is listening to your body. You’ll be able to tell the difference between the pain you feel when you are working hard and pain that could signify ...
Even with a busy schedule, you can still workout and get in shape
Make fitness a priority in your life to ensure good health and a better quality of life. Many of us lead busy lives that make it a challenge to fit exercise in on a daily basis. However, there are man...
Live healthier by doing yoga with this expert advice for beginners
Yoga is a wonderful way to develop strength, flexibility, and increased balance. It can be a meditative beginner practice or a challenging, sweaty, advanced class. Start with a basic beginner program ...
Cross training is important for overall fitness and to prevent injury
Our bodies adapt to the activities we do on a frequent basis. This can lead to plateaus, muscle imbalances and overuse injuries. Cross training can help increase your fitness level and help prevent in...
Stretching and warming up is essential to a quality workout
Keeping muscles loose and free of injury is part of any important workout regime, so stretching is crucial. You must remember to stretch muscles when they are warm and pliable, like after a workout, t...
Achieve your fitness goals to help you look and feel great
By following these simple tips you will be able to achieve a fitness goal that you can stick with and the results that will make you feel and look your best. But if you need a little motivation to get...
Increase muscle strength and flexibility to help you avoid injury
Preventing sports injuries is a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Safeguards like warming up, eating right, and stretching after physical activity are great ways to protect your body from harm, on...
Integrating technology into your fitness plan to optimize workouts
The best fitness technology does not get in the way of your workouts - it gets behind you and your goals. When you know what you want to accomplish, pick the right technology. Track your accomplishmen...
Stay in shape with a workout designed for your blood type
The biggest thing is to keep exercise fun, social and interesting. Do activities that will respond best to your body and decrease stress as much as possible. This lifestyle approach will be the differ...
Cardio exercise is one of the most important parts of your workout
Before starting any cardiovascular training, it is important to consult a doctor to make sure you are clear to start working out. Remember that exercising to see real results comes down to exertion. Y...
Don't let business travel ruin your exercise routine or your health
Sticking to a workout program is tough as it is without the interruption of work travel. Finding ways to view working out as a reward as opposed to a punishment is often all you need to stay on track....
Find motivation to workout when other obligations weigh you down
One very important thing to remember is that there’s a difference between motivation and commitment. It’s easy to workout when feeling energetic but when it’s cold or you’ve had a long day at ...
No more excuses. Get back on a healthy track with physical activity
Rewards resonate differently depending on the person. Some like the spirit of competition or winning “stuff.” Others like public support and recognition while private, individual feedback works fo...
Workplace workouts can increase health, wellness and productivity
With a bit of creativity and very little time, you can improve your fitness and overall health during the workday. Embrace the mantra that it only takes a minute to get fit. Infusing more exercise int...
Dieting and working out at the same time? This advice is for you
Now it’s time to take these top 10 do’s/dont’s and develop your strategy for success! When you find yourself falling off your plan or frustrated with your results, remind yourself of these 10 ke...
How to stay motivated to exercise and become a healthier you
If this list has made anything clear, it should be to take things at your own pace. Make fitness habits that work for you. Don’t rush into anything; the path to physical fitness is all about gradual...
Find time to exercise and stay healthy even with a busy work schedule
With busy schedules and demanding careers, everyone has to do the best they can with what they have. Hopefully these pointers will help squeeze just a little bit more healthful productivity out of eac...
Increase your strength and balance through exercise
Always seek advice from someone who can guide you on your way to adding strength and balance to your exercise goals. The rewards are worth getting into a routine that fits your lifestyle and personal ...

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

Food Allergies

Do not let food allergies hold you back
Food allergies can feel limiting and frustrating if you don’t know how to manage them. By working with medical professionals, experimenting with new foods and taking your allergy seriously, you will...
Manage your child's food allergies successfully
Food allergies can be overwhelming and confusing to most parents. Education and experimentation will be your greatest tools in managing your child's food allergies. Teach your child about what you lea...
A calcium rich diet with a milk protein allergy is possible
Keep in mind this advice, and remember that a milk allergy is more serious than an intolerance. Knowing which one you have can help you find alternatives for dairy and keep living a healthy and happy ...
Calcium rich diet when lactose intolerant is possible
Educate yourself on what lactose intolerance is, how to identify the symptoms and how to properly test for it. Be sure to know how to appropriately read food labels and identify the presence of lactos...
Advice for managing food allergies and ensuring the optimum health
Managing your food allergy is all about knowing as much as you can about it, what types of foods you are allergic to so that you can avoid exacerbating your symptoms, and being prepared if something d...
How to safely adopt a gluten-free diet and lifestyle
A gluten-free diet is a necessity for many people, so being properly informed and armed with the facts about gluten is a must if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance or sensitivities. Even fo...

Healthy Immune System

How to keep a healthy immune system
By keeping your immune system in tip-top shape, you are optimizing your immune system to perform at peak levels. Be proactive with your health by priming your immune system with a proper regimen of vi...
Boost your immune system with vitamin D to stay healthy
A healthy immune system grows ever more important as we age, and immune status is closely associated with nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction. Older people and people with compromised immune sys...
Vitamins, minerals, and exercise are key in optimizing women’s health
Bottom line is, if women aren’t healthy they can’t help anyone else. Take care of yourself, put yourself on the to do list, and make sure you make you a priority....
Protect your mitochondria to help boost your immune system
Mitochondria, also known as your cellular batteries, are tiny organelles in every single one of our cells. Mitochondria take the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe and convert to an energy source f...
Boost your immune system by practicing yoga on a regular basis
Yoga is great for the immune system. It increases oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, and can help reduce toxins that can lead to sickness. Practicing your normal yoga routine a few times a week...
How certain yoga poses can help boost your immune system
When you feel a cold coming on, try some of these simple yoga poses. They aim at building up your immune system, while also getting your whole body into shape! And don’t forget to stay busy, keep yo...
Massage therapy can help strengthen your immune system
Massage therapy has a profound influence on your immune system. Medical studies show that just one massage has immediate benefits on the immune system and regular massage provides cumulative, long-ter...
Use your mobile device to get in shape and improve your health
By utilizing the technology that is becoming more readily available every day, there is a great opportunity for Americans to improve their overall health and wellness. Technology offers a convenient, ...

Colds, Flus, and Sickness

Treat the common cold by strengthening your immune system with zinc
And there you have it. Making sure you keep a healthy and strong immune system is key in fighting your cold off for good. Not doing little things like smoking or drinking alcohol can greatly reduce th...
Get rest to treat fever and chills and monitor your temperature
At some point, everyone will experience the wave of chills and exhaustion that accompanies a fever as part of a common cold or mild infection. With a cautious eye, routine monitoring, rest, fluids, an...
Treat symptoms and causes of the common cold and flu with Qi
You can eliminate the common cold and flu by treating their symptoms and causes with NBE therapy and balancing the body’s Qi. Contact an experienced acupuncturist or practitioner to help you prevent...
Treat the stomach flu right away to have you feeling better in no time
Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is caused by a number of issues, and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. For most individuals, rest and fluids will help these tummy troubles go...
Beat the cold and flu this season with natural remedies
Hopefully you will find yourself healthy and well this year, but if not, try out some of these tips above to help you get better. Staying hydrated and taking natural remedies is important, but also re...
Prevent and treat the cold and flu to help you stay healthy
Following these simple dos and don’ts for this cold and flu season will assure you a healthy season. You can do your part in not spreading illness by not getting sick at all. Getting enough rest, ea...
Arm yourself against the spread of the cold and flu viruses
Since there is no known cure for cold and flu, prevention is key. While you can’t guarantee that you will avoid it completely, you can take steps to stay healthy and prepare yourself if someone you ...
Natural methods to help treat nasal issues
Overall, nasal and sinus issues can be diminished or avoided altogether without having to resort to conventional medications. Making these simple lifestyle modifications and opting for natural relief ...
How your doctor can help you manage and overcome allergies
If you’re one of the more than 60 million Americans who suffer from seasonal and perennial allergies, don’t wait to take action. Visit your primary care physician today and ask about allergy testi...

Help Your Child Succeed Academically

Supporting your child’s vocabulary development at an early age
By 60 months of age, average children have acquired more than 3,000 root word meanings. However, substantial differences have already developed, with some children knowing at least 1,000 fewer meaning...
Understanding and encouraging your child’s learning style
Understanding and actively encouraging your child’s learning style will open doors to academic success, new hobbies and even future careers. Recognizing and celebrating your children’s dominant le...
Help your child manage homework avoidance and improve study habits
Homework, organization and study skills are life skills, which can take time to figure out. Be patient with yourself, as well as your children, as you learn what works best. At times, you will be able...
Improve homework issues by breaking it down into manageable steps
The key to repetition and consistency is to break goals into manageable steps. It is critical to identify the most important areas of challenge and design goals/strategies that directly address these ...
What to do when you or your child do not get along with the teacher
Sending your child to school is the first step in relinquishing your control. Allowing your child to experience the wonders, joys and yes, even the pains that this world has to offer are important ste...
Parents can encourage a passion for literacy in reluctant readers
Not every child enjoys reading. But parents can help encourage their children to develop a love of reading. This joy is possible when kids follow their areas of personal interest and passion....
Daily exercise and movement helps kids improve learning and recall
We can look at movement benefitting our body and brain in two separate ways: By completing a high-intensity daily workout and by incorporating movement breaks into our sedentary work or school schedul...
How to get the school system to support your child with dyslexia
Early identification and intervention is the best-case scenario for a student with dyslexia. Parents and caregivers hold the key to making sure that happens. By trusting your instincts, doing your hom...
Parents can assist their children in achieving to their abilities
Reversing underachievement is not just about getting good grades. It’s about guiding children toward leading reasonably balanced and fulfilled lives. It is critical for parents to value achievement ...
Looking for a new school? Ensure you find the best fit for your child
There are so many things to take into consideration when looking for a school for your child. The search can get quite overwhelming. By keeping a clear vision of what your values are and being open to...
Video modeling can support early literacy development in children
Teach your child to read initially or provide simple support to help your child catch up to his or her peers using video reading time. This time is always best to add to the early literacy supports yo...
Resources for achieving inclusion in the classroom
Developing listening skills are vital to a child's school success
Your children’s success in school is dependent upon many things, but strong listening abilities are one of the most important. Remember to connect with your children in activities that truly interes...
Advice for transforming your kids into eager, successful readers
The reading process begins with increasing your conscious awareness of the experiences and activities that motivate your child’s interest and enjoyment. This will be your starting point to draw kids...
How can parents help children tackle math anxiety and challenges?
All kids want to succeed in life, and their parents want to do everything possible to help them succeed. If you are among the majority of parents who have negative attitudes toward math, feel your mat...

Weight Loss Clinics

Join a weight loss clinic to see the best weight loss results
Partnering with a weight loss clinic can mean the difference between success and failure. Doing your homework to choose the right weight loss clinic and then trusting and following their program can g...
Join a weight loss support group to help you lose weight
I’ve run many support groups for people with eating problems and find them a terrific asset for troubled eaters. They offer camaraderie, a sense of being understood and validated, and useful advice ...

Eating Disorders

How to stop binge eating and live a healthier life
All in all, trust yourself and listen to your body. All of the above is just an elaboration of that one basic piece of advice....
Support your loved one to help them overcome an overeating problem
The best thing you can do when a friend or family member has an overeating problem is to just be there for them no matter what. Be a ready and willing listener and a constant support. Be the cheerlead...
Treat compulsive eating by taking the power away from food
I encourage you to take a minute and ask yourself, “Does food feel more powerful than me?” If the answer is yes, even sometimes, and you really want to find a way to improve your relationship with...
Expert advice to help you address anorexia and bulimia
Getting help for a feeding or eating disorder can be scary. It requires you to be vulnerable and to ask for help. You will have to face and discuss aspects of your life that may not make you proud. Re...
Navigating insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders
Many people are unsure about what to do when an insurance denial occurs. When your insurance company denies access to health benefits, it only intensifies an already distressing situation. It is imper...
Midnight snacking out of control? It's called night eating syndrome
Night Eating Syndrome is a real problem for many people. If this resonates with you please seek assistance with a licensed professional. Even if you don’t fit the description exactly but you believe...
Overcome compulsive, binge, and over-eating with this advice
Binge eating, like most compulsive behaviors, is merely a distraction from feeling your emotions. You learned this way of feeling a shot of pleasure at an early age and have practiced many times since...
Athletes are more susceptible to eating disorders: Get help now
Eating disorders are life threatening; in fact, they have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. At the very least, they can hamper an athlete’s performance and make the athlete mor...
Advice for avoiding midnight snacking
Late night eating doesn’t have to be a lifetime struggle. The more we understand about the reasons it might be happening, the better chance we have of changing the pattern. Eating regular and balanc...
How to end emotional eating once and for all
Basically, turning to food when you’re upset is less an eating problem and more an emotional one. If you never learned effective emotional management skills as a child, it’s time to learn them now...
Lose weight by breaking free of emotional eating
When you make the decision to never diet again, you let yourself out of the food prison. By focusing back on nutrient dense food choices, you are essentially embracing a ‘Live-It’, a lifestyle shi...
How athletes can beat anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Athleticism is seemingly so positive—especially in our country where obesity is such a growing concern. However, there is a dark side to the world of athletics. Eating disorders are more prevalent t...
Food and sugar addiction: Why you can’t stop eating
Over time, appetite dysregulation and disrupted eating patterns lead to an addictive process wherein the brain becomes chemically dependent on certain foods. Like addictions to alcohol and other drugs...
Control your appetite and binge eating using supplements
Diets don’t work, but appetite control does.Appetite is not an issue of willpower or psychological weakness. It’s an issue of biochemistry. When your biochemistry is adjusted, your appetite can be...

Respiratory Diseases

Recognize the symptoms of COPD and get the help you need
The frequent coughing of a smoker is well known, whether it’s experienced by people who smoke, or overheard by those who don’t. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if this cough is only relate...
Know the differences between COPD and asthma to get the help you need
Asthma is a disease of the lungs marked by hyper sensitivity and chronic inflammation that responds well to treatment. COPD is often caused by prolonged exposure to lung irritants and permanent lung d...
Breathing techniques for people with chronic lung diseases like COPD
Having a chronic lung disease makes it harder to breathe. And when it’s hard to breathe, you may tend to decrease physical activity and become deconditioned, leading to more breathlessness, inactivi...
Advice for treating and managing COPD symptoms during the winter
Severe COPD exacerbations require treatment in the hospital for a few days, while others can be safely treated at home. In some severe cases, people with COPD exacerbations may need to be on a ventila...
How to treat and reduce mold allergies in your home
Mold allergies have many of the same symptoms of other allergies, so it can often be difficult to diagnose. If you suspect your allergies may be more significant than seasonal allergies and allergy me...

Skin Treatment

Advice for those considering a chemical peel
In short, chemical peels are safe, fun, and effective when chosen and applied correctly for each person. You need to do your homework to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible for your ...
Be informed and learn how microcurrent skin treatment works
Microcurrent skin treatment can help you have younger and healthy looking skin
Microcurrent skin toning has been a Hollywood beauty secret for many years. Today, it has become the skin rejuvenation treatment of choice for the growing number of individuals, men and women alike, w...
How to get rid of your unwanted hair with laser hair removal
Laser hair removal should be a dependable, relatively safe procedure with excellent long term results. Doing a little bit of homework and checking out the facility and the provider prior to any proced...
Treat unsightly varicose and spider veins with laser treatment
Lasers, particularly the latest generation, are highly effective in the treatment of unsightly small, reticular varicose veins, cherry hemangiomas, spider veins and telangiectasia for most but not all...
Eliminate puffy eyes and dark circles for healthier appearance
Puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes tend to be a temporary cosmetic concern. Short-term solutions include cold compresses, which can work wonders, as can natural astringents, such as wet tea ba...
Control and attain healthy skin by reducing stress and harmful toxins
Everything is connected.As Plato said, “The part cannot be well until the whole is well.”In the quest to heal our skin, we must look at our entire being – mind, body, and spirit. When we are hea...
Skincare advice to help you achieve beauty from the inside out
Whatever your age or your skin type, remember to enjoy experimenting with new colors and seasonal trends. There are many wonderful and nutrient-rich products that exist to simplify your daily routine,...
Anti-aging and skincare secrets to help you look and feel younger
Don’t be afraid to start your anti-aging routine now. Start it on your kids for them when they are little by incorporating sunscreen into their morning routine. Start a little over the counter retin...
Eating the right types of healthy foods can help cure acne
Now, a good diet alone will not defeat the most serious skin conditions (though there have been cases where a change of diet has caused a huge turnaround in severe cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis)...
Microdermabrasion can help achieve smoother skin and treat acne
Microdermabrasion treatments are extremely popular and effective. As you can see, microdermabrasion is wonderful to help combat the signs of anti-aging, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, blackheads and ac...
Ensure the highest level of hygiene at your nail or waxing salon
A reputable salon should do everything in their power to make sure that their salon is clean and sterile for their clients. Anything less is unacceptable. They should understand how important this is ...
Improve skin and decrease acne breakouts with a healthy diet
The primary cause for breakouts is virtually always gut inflammation and when your gut is inflamed it sends into the bloodstream and tissues inflammatory chemicals, which activate the acne gene in you...
Yoga can help you improve skin and reduce breakouts and blemishes
Remember that the key to better skin is as close as your next Namaste. Yoga gets your heart pumping and blood flowing to help you sweat through your bad skin problems. Another key factor to bad skin i...
Treatment and prevention methods for varicose and spider veins
Cosmetically varicose/spider veins can be unappealing, but you should also keep in mind that they can be a symptom of something worse. Consult with your doctor about treatment options and prevention, ...
Sclerotherapy can help treat spider and varicose veins
Sclerotherapy is a great way for you to treat your varicose and spider veins. Consult with a doctor to help you create a treatment plan that is customized for your needs, and so that you can bring up ...
How teenagers can treat acne and prevent outbreaks
If you are a teenager with acne, don’t despair. When treated properly, acne is 100 percent treatable. If you allow for the proper amount of time and compliance with a regimen, acne should resolve on...

Children's Health

You can survive the NICU
Your infant’s time in the NICU can very stressful. But there are a few things you can do to manage the stress and become more confident as a parent. By actively participating in your infant’s c...
Acupressure is a wonderful, gentle remedy for your child’s ailments
There is nothing esoteric or complicated about practicing acupressure on your children. Anyone can do it with some simple instruction and then it is literally in your hands for whenever it is needed. ...
Teach your children about healthy nutrition and wise choices
Life is all about choices. Some are easy and yield immediate reward, others are more difficult and the benefit is not seen for some time. Making healthy life choices may at first seem difficult for ou...
An acupuncturist can help treat your child's health conditions
If you are struggling with your children’s health issues, be it constipation, cough, teething pain or sleep issues, consider acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a possible alternative treatment. A v...
Ensure the top level of care for your baby’s eye health
Your baby is the most important thing in your life; you constantly worry about your baby's well being; you never let your guard down. You naturally want the best for your baby's health and for your ba...
Parents guide on how to prevent hearing loss in your children
Hearing loss caused by noise can be caused by overexposure to any loud sounds such as fireworks, power tools, machinery, motorcycles, sporting events, gunfire and music. The risk of hearing damage dep...
Maintain your child’s vision and eye health to optimize learning
The bottom line is to make sure that kids have complete eye exams regularly to assure that they are seeing the way that are supposed to be seeing. Remember, they think everyone sees the way they thems...
Prevent childhood obesity by making healthier food choices
Childhood obesity can be prevented and even reversed if the family is willing to commit to living a healthy lifestyle incorporating eating nutritious foods as well as exercising. It is a win-win situa...
Battle obesity in children by fostering an active family lifestyle
A fit and active lifestyle is an important part of maintaining overall health. By encouraging healthy habits at a young age, parents can help children improve academic performance, build self-confiden...
Encourage mental health in children with a psychological evaluation
Doing what you can as a parent to ensure your child’s mental health is essential in helping them develop into a well-rounded adult. Heed this advice to help you understand and choose a doctor to und...
Protect your baby during the winter: Know the facts about RSV
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about the risk factors for RSV...
Cord blood banking can help your children stay healthy
Getting your child interested in sports will help prevent obesity
Kids who participate in sports are more likely to adopt healthy habits, succeed academically, and have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. They also learn skills like group goal setting and teamwo...
Know the warnings signs and symptoms of depression in your child
Symptoms of depression in children can differ from the symptoms associated with depression in adults. It is important to consult with a licensed mental health professional, like a counselor or psychol...
Cooking healthy foods for picky eaters to help them eat healthier
The process of developing a child’s culinary palette takes time and effort, but most children really enjoy variety and the process of exploring food options. If you present cooking well and clean as...
Be proactive when getting your child treatment for scoliosis
Raising awareness of this condition is important so parents know what signs to look for and what to ask their doctors. Early diagnosis is imperative to ensure your child gets treatment right away. Tak...
Why rewarding children with sugar or treats is a big mistake
Rewards are offered with the best of intentions. No one means any harm when giving a piece of candy to a child as praise for a job well done; they believe they are acknowledging their success. Unfortu...

Bites and Stings

Spot and treat an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting
Keep in mind this advice if you are stung by a bee so that you are prepared for anything. Contact your doctor if you are unsure about your allergies or you aren’t up to date with your tetanus shot, ...
Heal your mosquito bite quicker by using ice and antihistamines to relieve itch
Administering first aid treatment for mosquito bites isn’t a hard thing to do and can help get rid of the annoying itch, swelling, and redness. For those who have an allergic reaction or suspect Wes...
Treat your jellyfish sting right away to help reduce pain
The most important thing to do is to wash the affected area with vinegar and salt water, and then remove the nematocysts. If you experience any symptoms of shock, or anything out of the ordinary, cons...
Expert advice to help you prevent and get rid of bed bugs
Having bed bugs can be a nightmare for people given their quick breeding capabilities, biological resiliency to temperature and missed meals, as well as the ease with which they travel from location t...
Know how to get rid of a tick to help prevent infection and disease
Awareness of tick-borne illnesses has increased in recent years, but education has been slow to follow. In the NPMA’s new survey, 60 percent of respondents were using improper methods to remove a ti...
Keep ticks and mosquitoes from biting to protect you and your family
Ticks and mosquitoes are an unfortunate part of summer. However, employing these simple tips can help protect you and your family from tick and mosquito bites. If you think you or someone you know has...
Understanding the medical controversy surrounding Lyme Disease
Not only is Lyme Disease an epidemic--with as many as 1.2 million new cases diagnosed last year in this country--but it is a highly controversial diagnosis. Having a better grasp of the issues will al...
Advice for identifying, preventing and treating spider bites
While some people have perception of fear with spiders, spiders themselves are rarely dangerous to human. In fact, 98 percent of spiders are harmless and the overwhelming majority of spiders do not bi...

Child Safety

Teaching children to be safe, strong and free
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who take care of children can be afraid to talk with them about potential abuse. They worry they might say the wrong thing and make things worse. They worry ...
Navigating the many risks of summer begins with parental awareness
Summer affords a welcome change of pace from the hectic school year. It is a time for families to connect and enjoy each other. However, with increased outdoor time and freedom come unique challenges ...
Keep kids safe outdoors from bees, wasps, ticks and mosquitos
While summer is the perfect time to get your family outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine, it does not necessarily mean you will get eaten alive by the outdoor bugs. These simple tips will help you...
Expert advice for surviving a school shooting
A school shooting incident is dynamic and ever-changing. Actions taken by victims must be based on the information they have at the time of the event, making the best decisions possible based on the c...
Create a safe family home by minimizing your exposure to toxins
To create a safe, healthy and happy home for yourself and your children, it is vital to reduce your family’s exposure to environmental toxins. The first step is learning about the toxins and their e...
Keep children safe and secure during the holiday season
If you have a young child who can crawl, toddle or walk, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. You don’t have to avoid holiday decorations altogether, but in some instances, cutting back o...
Parents must communicate with their children about internet safety
With parenting, nobody gets a second chance. We do the best we can with what we have. If you are a parent of tweens and teens, you need to understand technology and what your child is exposed to via t...
Educating your kids about body safety can help prevent sexual abuse
Knowledge is power, and children need to learn to be assertive over their body from a very young age. They need to grasp the importance of always speaking out if they are touched inappropriately or to...
Sports safety: Make eye protection a priority for your child
It’s important for parents to take the proper precautions to protect their children’s eyes and vision during sports games and practices. Educating children early on about the importance of eye pro...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...

Weight Loss and Supplements

Lose weight with diet pills, exercising, and the right diet
There is nothing wrong with wanting to use diet pills to help you lose weight. You just need to make sure those diet pills are backed up by research done by professionals so that you know the pills ca...
Choose the right diet pill to ensure a healthy weight loss
Diet pills can be beneficial to helping you lose weight faster and more effectively. Be sure that you are taking FDA approved weight loss supplements so that you know that you are getting a reliable a...
Natural supplements and hormonal balance can help you lose weight
You can reach your goal weight. Just follow these tips and stay focused on the long-term results that you want. Keep in mind that this is a process and lifestyle shift, so the changes, while they will...
Vitamin injections during weight loss supports healthy nutrition
Always consult your physician if you have any questions regarding the usage of vitamin injections and if they are safe for you. Most people tolerate vitamin injections well as long as the directions a...
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant to help lose weight
Don’t take any appetite suppressants the first 2 weeks in a diet program. When necessary, follow the advice of a weight loss specialist when taking phentermine and be aware of the side effects, and ...
How to boost your leptin hormone to help you lose weight
The best thing you can do to lose weight is to cut out processed foods, sugars and grains, workout regularly, and get the sleep you need. All of this will help boost leptin levels to help make you fee...

Running

Advice for running ultramarathons
There is something life changing about finishing a goal that you didn’t think you could accomplish. Whether or not that is running an ultramarathon, challenge yourself to take on that one thing you ...
Boost core strength with yoga in your running program
If you’re a runner, yoga is definitely in your best interest. Not only is it a great way to stretch out sore muscles, you’ll also build strength and stability essential for the road. Take things s...
Advice on how to prevent running injuries
While running does generate more injuries than other non-contact sports, it isn’t a given that you have to be injured. Most running injuries fall under the category of “too much too soon, on a bod...
Advice on nutrition fueling for the marathon to maximize energy
Your race performance is about thorough preparation. That includes proper nutrition, hydration and mental approach. A good training plan needs to include a good nutrition and fuel plan. Follow simple ...
Running can heal your heart and strengthen your soul
Whenever there is a stressful situation, whether it is a death or tragedy, running can be the aid that is needed to release, relieve and rejuvenate your mind. Running helps you prepare for your next s...
Advice on how to improve your triathlon time in your next race
As you can see, improving your time in triathlon races must come from a multifaceted approach. You must improve the fitness of your body, but you also must learn to execute a race properly. Time, expe...
Proper hydration for runners and endurance athletes
The effects of mild dehydration have been long overstated. Winners of major running races and triathlons are commonly 5 percent dehydrated, with no apparent cost to their performance. Overhydration ma...
What every runner must know about returning to running after injury
After an injury, returning to running will be different for each runner. Key components of a successful return to running include a sensible plan to gently increase distances, rest days to allow for r...
Muscle strengthening and stretching can prevent running injuries
Preventing injuries while running is all about knowing your limits, adequate stretching, and cross training to help strengthen areas of your body that support you while running, like your core muscles...
Advice for first timers on training and preparing for a Marathon
Running a marathon can be fun, rewarding and exhilarating. There’s definitely a lot to keep in mind when tackling the challenge, though, so make sure you research carefully (and consult with your ph...
Take your running to another level and hire a running coach
With so many things to consider, you may not be sure if hiring a coach is right for you. Don’t worry – you still have options. Many coaches offer free trial sessions, so you can decide if this is ...

Summer Camps

Choose a summer camp that is the best fit for your child
As a parent, you will have the best insight as to what your child may need to be successful at summer camp. Trust your gut and follow this advice to better pair your child with a camp. Each family has...
Prepare your child for the best possible summer camp experience
Preparing for camp is more than stuffing your duffel bag with the amenities of travel. Getting ready for camp, especially for the first time, will require some mental preparation and a bit of coaching...
Important factors to consider when choosing a summer music camp
Summer deserves attention because when school is out for the year, learning ends for many children. More importantly, the summer months represent a unique period of time, when children can learn and d...
Reduce homesickness and stop bullying at your child's overnight camp
An overnight camp experience can offer a child adventures and challenges along with opportunities for developing independence, leadership, human relations and strong values. Parents can guide their ch...

Backpacking

Backpacking tips for your next adventure
Backpacking is a wonderful sub-culture of traveling you will want to experience at least once in your life. You have the tips, now grab a backpack and spin the globe!...

K-12 Education

How to overcome test anxiety
Modern visualization training was developed for cosmonauts in Russia then used with the Olympic speed skating team. Those who spent the most time imagining perfect skating in real time did 25 percent ...
Overcome writer's block
Writers, even the best, have off days and each has to find what works, whether it's standing upside down to get the blood moving in an odd direction, doing jumping jacks, or reading the greats like Sh...
Stay focused while studying
Trouble paying attention and maintaining focus while studying is a common problem that all students face at some point in their academic careers. You can take control of the matter by making some targ...
Keep yourself focused in the classroom
Trouble paying attention in class is common amongst students. After all, school isn’t always the most entertaining place to be. Nonetheless, maintaining a high degree of concentration is imperative ...
How to write a paper
Once you unlock the secrets of how to write a paper, the benefits will last you a lifetime! Not only will your academic standing increase by leaps and bounds as you begin to express your ideas more cl...
Test taking with ADHD
Test taking, above all else, requires extensive preparation and a willingness to try new strategies. Nothing calms anxiety more than a thorough knowledge of the material. When you’re taking a test, ...
Reading, but not getting it?
After teaching speed reading for 25 years, I find there are two main reasons people don’t comprehend what they read: 1) they read too slowly and/or daydream making comprehension challenging or 2) th...
Scoring high on the SAT requires laser-focus and preparation
There are a litany of options with regard to studying for the SAT. A strong one is creating and abiding your study calendar. Because the responsibility to study and perform resides in the person it sh...
Secrets behind successful high school sports fundraising programs
Misperceptions about fundraising only damage the profession and the truly talented practitioners, not to mention the schools and coaches who deserve quality work. By putting some of the most important...
How to score high on the ACT and impress college admissions
No one knows more than you how much you want to get into the college or university of your dreams. The ACT is one of the tallest hurdles that you have to scale to get there. But, you know, clearing th...
How to choose the right elementary school for your child
Increasingly diverse educational alternatives for young students today mean families are able to engage in school choice. School choice provides an exceptional opportunity to steer the desired course ...

Outdoor Adventure

Plan a family outdoor adventure vacation for an amazing experience
A family adventure trip can be one of the most memorable vacations ever, refreshing body, mind, and spirit. Adventure travel enhances family bonding and builds teamwork, all while enjoying an exhilara...
Taking your kids fishing is a great way to spend time together
Fishing is not just about fish during a family fishing trip, rather it is an opportunity to relax and enjoy time together, time in the outdoors and time learning new skills. That’s why taking little...
Go on a guided mountain climbing adventure for your next vacation
Do your due diligence and make sure that you’ve considered all of the aspects of a guide service that will contribute to your safety in the mountains. A mountain climbing adventure is exciting, dema...
Have a safe and fun day trip with the kids on the family boat
A day on the water can quickly go from bad to worse if an accident occurs, so remember to boat safely. Always have life jackets, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, charts and a VHF radio on board. A da...

Cycling

Enjoy an authentic Italian adventure on a cycling tour of Tuscany
Italy is a country that is in love with the bike. On any beautiful day, you will see Italians of all ages, from teenagers to octogenarians, enjoying a ride through the countryside. What better and mor...
Choose the right clothing for cycling and enjoy a comfortable ride
How you dress for cycling is about having the correct type and fit of clothing for your body type and ensuring you have the best equipment to keep you safe. These things will allow you to be safe and ...

Dude Ranch

Discover adventure and relaxation on a family dude ranch vacation
Most good dude ranches create a good balance between activity and relaxation for guests. Be prepared for some of both, keep an open mind and try new activities. Happy Trails!...
How to have a memorable Old West dude ranch experience
No matter what your experience or skills, it is possible to have a memorable Old West dude ranch experience. Just make sure to do your homework, follow some basic guidelines, and set your expectations...

Teacher and Classroom Resources

Get your class to settle down
All in all, students need consistency and clarity in understanding our expectations of them as a class. A non-verbal signal or procedure can help us make great strides in settling a class down in a ca...
How do I get my students to ask questions?
By creating a question-friendly environment, modeling your expectations for questions, teaching students how to ask questions and encouraging the behavior, your students will experience the dynamic of...
How to handle unruly students
These strategies will help put you in a better place, emotionally, to determine the best course of action for the future. The lesson that day may not even be part of the curriculum. Rather it may be a...
Dos and Don'ts of grading discussion boards
The online discussion boards allow students to have deep discussions around the course content. This is a wonderful tool that also builds a sense of community in the class. We need to use it carefully...
Tips for designing a course
Building a syllabus and designing a course can be a challenging exercise. One hint is to start with the institutions goals and outcomes for the program and the course. This guide can be used to sketch...
Dos and Don'ts of teaching non-traditional students online
Adult non-traditional learners are highly motivated to succeed but have different challenges, needs and strengths than traditional college students. These students can be highly successful online, but...
Bloom's Taxonomy
Teachers: Get help communicating with parents
None of these steps is easy. However, if you take nothing else away from the discussion, do make sure you are the first to make contact. That first, positive communication makes all the difference whe...
Advice for teachers on great parent-teacher conferences
By following these few helpful tips, you’ll no doubt have a more productive, enjoyable conference. You can actually concentrate on the student’s best interest and collaborate with the parent, whic...
Make your classroom safe for weather and violent emergencies
Each year schools are faced with a wide variety of school safety incidents ranging from violence to weather emergencies. Classroom teachers can prepare for these incidents by having a proper plan and ...
Meeting the unique needs of gifted children within the classroom
Meeting the needs of gifted students in the general education classroom setting is challenging. Where there are so many different levels of students in the classroom, challenging the advanced students...
Create an inclusive classroom that helps all types of students
Some educators think about students with disabilities when they hear the word “inclusion”. Of course, supporting students with disabilities is part of the work of the high-quality inclusive school...
Advice for teachers to help prevent misbehavior in their classroom
Instead of relying on easy impersonal punishments, what works to prevent student misbehavior is for young people to have to face the real personal impact of their actions. For this to be practiced wel...
Organizing the classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder
Although each child with autism spectrum disorder is a unique individual in terms of strengths, challenges, learning style and support needs, paying attention to these elements of structure will allow...
Advice for creating safe and welcoming schools for LGBT youth
Schools can be hostile environments for LGBT youth. While all young people can become targets of bullying, research shows that LGBT students are most at risk. LGBT youth who experience higher rates of...
Using discussion groups to help nurture growth in gifted students
Discussion groups provide a bond that simply reassures a student that other people care. Students won’t come to a discussion group wanting to unload their innermost feelings, but some may want to ta...
Ensure success in the classroom for kids on the autism spectrum
This advice is an excellent way to prepare your classroom to accommodate a child with ASD. Because educating a child with ASD can be quite challenging for educators, it is important to be aware of the...
Advice for teachers on how to recognize and reduce school violence
Educators must to be sensitive to all acts of school violence and remain on the frontline to protect themselves and the students they serve. By implementing a comprehensive behavior system, teachers w...
How to inspire and motivate students to participate in class
Many students feel unsure about what they’ve learned or should be able to do. Teachers can increase class participation by: designing space to invite participation, assuring students that there are ...

Choosing a Dog

Where to get a new puppy
In summary, look for a breeder who:-Insists you visit where the puppies were born and raised. If they will sell to you sight unseen, walk away.-Raises puppies in a home, not a kennel:Puppies who spend...
Picking the perfect puppy for your family
Choosing a puppy is a big decision with lots of options. Whether your family lives on a farm in Virginia or a New York City apartment, there’s a perfect puppy breed for you. Once you have done your ...
How to get involved with an animal welfare organization
To get involved in an animal rescue near you:Find a rescue organization or shelter near you:Petfinder.com is a national listing of animal organizations, many with foster homes. Some exist only as fost...

Caring for a New Puppy

Considerations when socializing your new pup in a play group
Many of us either have owned or know people who have dogs who “don’t like other dogs.”  The primary cause of this aversion to those of their own kind is lack of proper exposure and socializatio...
How to choose a good veterinarian and quickly establish rapport
The great Will Rogers once said, “The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. They can't ask patients what is the matter – they’ve got to just know.” And good veterinarians learn to “kno...
Advice for choosing your new puppy's interactive toys
There will be a lot to adjust to, for both you and your new pup, during those first few weeks and months of puppy ownership. Exercise, both physical and mental, on a daily basis will help your pup gro...
Understand and budget for the lifetime costs of owning a pet
Budgeting for a new best friend can give you a realistic picture of how prepared your family is to take on a new financial responsibility, and will help avoid costly surprises in the future. Take the ...
Choose a doggy daycare with a well-trained and trustworthy staff
Every dog owner believes that he or she is the best provider for their pet. In keeping with that philosophy, you should expect someone who will offer similar standards of high care while you are apart...
Advice on fostering a pet from a rescue organization or shelter
Fostering animals is a necessary and rewarding experience that helps save thousands of animals from unnecessary euthanization. Fostering animals is a relatively unrecognized act that changes lives and...

Dog Behavior and Training

How to train your dog to stop pulling on their leash
With a little patience, these methods will work well for many dogs, and will also help you to form a close bond with your dog. However, some dogs are a little more difficult and may be a little harder...
Stop your dog from barking you up a tree
For thousands of dog owners, excessive barking can not only be an annoying and stressful problem, but it also often leads many people to isolate and punish their dogs.  By taking the time to understa...
How to choose a dog trainer
You may have spent a great deal of time researching breeds as well as finding the “right” dog for you and your family. The same attention to detail is important in choosing a dog trainer. Dogs are...
Walk your dog safely and enjoyably
By all means walk your dog! They need the exercise, the fresh air and a chance to explore.  Just be prepared and stay vigilant, keeping your pal’s safety and well being in mind....
Training your dog to walk on leash begins with planning ahead
Keep in mind that dogs weren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash, just as we weren’t born knowing how to use one. Similar to operating any tool, it takes practice to gain skills and become comfo...
Preventing dog aggression and protecting dog owners
The state of dog ownership has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. From the dog living outside and eating our scraps to now being valued by their owners as children, dogs have shifted their pos...
Expert advice on training your dog as home and family protection
Home protection dogs are an excellent source of security. Having a properly trained protection dog elevates the feeling of your personal security. There are many statistics out there proving protectio...

Dog Health and Wellness

Our pets aren't property: co-parenting after divorce
I can’t imagine many people going into a marriage thinking it will end. At the beginning it’s nothing but hope, excitement and love. But life has a way of not always working out as we planned and ...
Keep your pet safe during the holidays
With all the hustle and bustle during the end of the year holidays, it’s easy to forget about the impact to your pet’s safety and well-being.  Planning ahead and using these Do’s and Don’ts t...
Your pet is lost....now what?
While no one can guarantee that a missing animal will be reunited with their family, I have been fortunate to be part of many amazing stories about four-legged friends which I assisted. These include ...
Protect your pet when getting lost with a microchip or GPS collar
There are a lot of options available for finding a reliable ID for your pet. Consider all of them and implement at least one of them. Also, keep your information up to date and check them frequently t...
A balanced diet and feeding routine keeps a dog healthy and trim
If we learn to pay attention to the signs, our dogs are pretty good about telling us how they’re feeling and what they want. Whining at the door when they haven’t relieved themselves for a while? ...
Choose a vet for your dog or cat that is respectful and compassionate
Owning a cat or dog is a big responsibility that goes above and beyond feeding, bathing and walks. Make sure you take the time to research different veterinary options in your area so you can make an ...
Dog medication advice to help keep your pet safe and healthy
The odds are that eventually your dog will need some form of medication. And while there is a financial cost involved and it requires a little extra work on our part, you should be thankful that you c...
Know what to ask when choosing a veterinarian for your dog or cat
Protect your dog from the winter chills and keep them healthy
Even though your pet has a healthy coat of hair, they can still get the chills, which also means that they can get sick. To help you prevent your dog from getting sick, and keep warm and safe during t...
Protect your dog from harmful foods during Thanksgiving
Feeding your dog scraps is all well and good, but there are some things you need to be sure you don’t feed your dog so that they don’t get sick. By following this advice above, you can be sure tha...
Dogs with dermatitis: causes, diagnosis, and treatment
Just like children, dogs can be very sensitive to allergens. It is essential to your dogs overall health and well-being that you address allergies before they are allowed to get out of hand. Allergic ...
What to do if your puppy has a parvovirus infection
Infection with parvovirus is a very scary illness. 50% of unvaccinated puppies will die regardless of infection. Odds are worse for Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. The sooner you act the better you...
Prevention and treatment options for canine cancer
Cancer is a very scary diagnosis. To give your dog the best help possible, do what you can to decrease inflammation before the diagnosis, know what your dog is susceptible to and search all avenues if...
Get a handle on flea prevention and treatment for your dog
No one wants to deal with fleas. Yuck! Horrible little blood suckers. Opportunists. They are well adapted to our world. Keeping them out of our homes makes life more comfortable - for ourselves and ou...
How you treat your dog with kennel cough can make a big difference
Usually, kennel cough is a self-limiting, viral infection, just like the human cold. And, just like our cold, there is no medication to make it go away faster. But, if left untreated, and the immune s...
What to do when your dog has irregular urination patterns
Any change in urination pattern in an otherwise housebroken dog is the signal that something isn’t right and should be investigated right away. The sooner you get an answer, the sooner you and your ...
Abnormal poop patterns or color could signal that your dog is sick
Changes in the color, consistency, size or frequency of our dogs making number two is a signal for changes on the inside. Knowing when and what the changes mean helps make a proper diagnosis. ...
Advice when your are forced to find a new home your dog
As you can see, there are many reasons that people may be forced to rehome their dog, but there are also options available, including potential resources to help you keep your dog as well. It is encou...
Keep your senior dog happy and healthy during its final years
For most of us, our pets become members of our family. They deserve to be treated with the same attention and concern we would offer any of our loved ones, especially as they age. Most dogs don’t co...

Traveling Dog Owner

A trustworthy dog sitter will allow you to relax while at work or away
Professional pet sitters can be a godsend to your pets and your life. Not only can they help you when you are out of town, but also when you work long hours, or want to go out after work without runni...
Your dog won't miss you at all when you pick the right kennel
Doing some advance research into the organization and people who will look after your beloved dog will help you feel more comfortable leaving him during your travels. Ask as many questions about a fac...
Expert advice on choosing a reliable doggy daycare
Whether you're gone for the day or several days, pets need attention and social interaction. Find a pet daycare service that will focus on the mental, social and emotional health of your pet. Find a d...

Dog Diseases and Conditions

Treating bladder infections in dogs and cats
Remember that in order to prevent bladder infections in cats and dogs, these carnivorous animals need a meat-based diet to maintain acidic urine. Consider another prevention method in the form of supp...
Caring for your blind dog or cat
Loss of vision can be alarming and life changing. However, early diagnosis and intervention can reverse some conditions, while alternative modalities can improve quality of life in others. Consistency...

Choosing a Cat

How to successfully introduce a newly adopted cat into a household
Bringing a new cat into your life and home can be a challenge and above all, fun. The whole process is a learning experience, even if you have had other cats. It’s best to prepare early for your new...

Traveling Cat Owner

Avoid complications during flights with pets
As pet owners we can all list the great things our animal friends provide us with. Fun, companionship and loyalty are just a few. But there is another benefit to having a pet and that is the responsib...

Cat Diseases and Conditions

Holistic approach to hyperthyroidism in cats
Once you’ve found out your precious cat has hyperthyroidism, look to the root cause; look to treat the underlying disease process so the treatment will go better. Finding the underlying cause is the...
Loss of appetite in dogs and cats
One of our favorite things to do is feed our four-legged friends. When our friends don’t eat, we wonder - for good reason. As the list of reasons not to eat is long and potentially scary, call your ...
Keep cats healthy by preventing and reducing obesity
Many chronic diseases veterinarians see in adult and mature cats can be prevented by addressing weight management, diet and activity early in life. By keeping feline obesity under control, your four-l...
What to do if your cat has feline diabetes
Feline diabetes is a dynamic condition that must be treated promptly and monitored frequently if you want your cat to be as healthy and happy as possible. Even with this knowledge, know that if you ar...

Cat Health and Wellness

Make moving a smooth transition for your pet
Whether you’re moving across town or across country it’s always an adjustment for everyone, including the four-legged family members. It’s a stressful time for your pet, so you need to be prepar...
Give your cat a long and healthy life with proper nutrition
As is the case with any pet, it’s up to the owner to not only establish the diet but to administer it. And because all cats are different it will take some trial and error to develop a plan that wor...
Choose a veterinarian for your cat who specializes in feline care
Your cat’s health is your responsibility, and you should be an active participant in keeping it healthy and happy. To do this, take the time to find the right veterinarian that is knowledgeable, per...
Kitty training: Advice for properly socializing your kitten
Caring for and raising a kitten may seem intimidating, but with the right socialization techniques it doesn’t have to be that way. Just remember to properly socialize your kitten at the right time, ...
Feeding your cat a healthy diet can help prevent illness
The food you choose for your cat directly affects his total health and wellbeing. There’s a diverse spectrum of cat food choices on the market today, ranging from more processed kibble and canned fo...

Destinations

How to survive Thailand's Full Moon Party
Thailand’s Full Moon Party is one of the biggest beach parties in the world. It can be an amazing experience and your ticket to let loose and celebrate travel with some 15,000 other people. If you j...
Spend a semester at sea and circumnavigate the world on a ship
Whether you’re a college student, a lifelong learner, or just want to take a trip that is as fun as it is life-changing, Semester At Sea is an adventure you don’t want to miss. Where else can you ...
Advice on hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
Regardless of the list of dos and don'ts that you need to keep in mind when planning this historic Inca Trail hike, my best advice is to simply make it happen. Countless well-traveled people have retu...
Careful planning will make your first trip to Italy exhilarating
Traveling to Italy for the first time can, and should, be an exhilarating experience. With proper planning—logistically and mentally—you’ll see why Italy ranks as the fifth-most visited country ...
Your first trip to France will be a joy with proper planning
Traveling to France for the first time can be intimidating, but only if you listen to the negatives (and they’re mostly unfounded). Your proper planning and being mentally set for a great time will ...
Pick the perfect vacation destination for the holiday season
Travel is a personal decision, and choosing the best holiday destination should be determined by what you want to do. Envision in your head the perfect vacation, keep in mind these expert tips, and bo...
Plan a safe and exciting vacation to Mexico
Mexico is a wonderful destination. Learn about the culture, treat the people with respect and they will do the same. Be smart, be prepared and get ready for a great vacation! Buen Viajes!...
Planning and experiencing an unforgettable honeymoon in Paris, France
Paris is a great destination for a honeymoon but may not be for every couple. Now you know what to expect and can decide if this is the right destination to celebrate your new life together. Bon voya...
Advice for making your Las Vegas luxury hotel vacation a reality
Vegas is a great destination with unlimited possibilities for luxury hotels. Do a little research in advance, and decide what you want most out of your vacation. In Vegas, there are so many great choi...
How to plan a memorable and inexpensive destination wedding
A destination wedding can be a very romantic option and usually results in less of a “runaway guest list”. And in many cases, a destination wedding will cost the same or less than a wedding back h...
Travel like a local in Luxor, Egypt to enjoy this ancient city
Spend some quality time in Luxor. Some guide books say you need at least four days to see everything. I’d say that and a heap more than that. It’s also a safe, convenient base from which to strike...
Tour Bordeaux, France and indulge in the finest wines in the world
A visit to the Bordeaux wine region allows you to indulge in some of the finest wines in the world, in a wide range of character. Prices vary dramatically and fit every wine lover’s budget. Not only...
Visit Napa Valley and taste some of the finest wines in the world
Every one who comes to Napa Valley goes home thinking, “I could live here." The countryside is gorgeous. The art and architecture is unique. And of course the wine is some of the best in the world. ...
Expert advice on taking a summer vacation in Telluride, CO
Although it may still be spring in your neck of the woods, and the snows are still melting in Telluride, it’s not too early to start thinking of a summer vacation in southwest Colorado’s San Juan ...
Expert advice on planning a beach getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and oceanview condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each property features modern décor that reflects a c...
Plan the perfect family getaway to Myrtle Beach
Family vacations are the best way to take time and reconnect with your children. What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than to spend some time with your family exploring the...
Plan an amazing and unforgettable vacation to Costa Rica
Costa Rica has so much to offer and has an incredible amount of natural diversity in such a small county. But don’t let its size fool you. The terrain and infrastructure limits how much you can see,...
Traveling to Luxor, Egypt? Visit the Deir el-Shelwit temple
A little gem at the edge of the desert, the Deir el-Shelwit temple is a mini version of the precinct of Isis at Philae, and a once-lost piece of Ancient Egyptian history that you can now easily visit ...

Weekend Getaways

Enjoy a weekend summer getaway in Winter Park, Colorado
The choices for what to do in Winter Park over a summer weekend are almost endless. Deciding on which ones to do may be the greatest challenge. Spending just a little time in planning now will assure ...
Visit Grand Lake, Colorado for a weekend getaway in summer or winter
For more than 100 years, visitors have been returning year after year to Grand Lake for a summer break. Some come for a day, some for a weekend or a week, some for the season – and a few for a lifet...
Plan ahead to get the best deal on a weekend getaway
Weekend getaways are the perfect trip that allows you to get out of town without taking off time from work. By planning ahead and really thinking about what you want the trip to accomplish; you can ha...
A weekend getaway to Lake Geneva, WI can offer year-round family fun
For nearly 150 years, Lake Geneva has been a vacation destination for Chicagoans. Today, Lake Geneva is recognized as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations offering a vast array of lodging opportuni...
Surprise your partner with a romantic weekend getaway
No matter what type of trip you plan, the very act of doing a surprise journey means you care about your partner. Surprise trips can be a great way to rekindle some romance and have some fun out in th...

Cruising

How to handle cruise emergencies
Remember your passport and set up a reliable emergency contact. Make the ship personnel aware of any emergencies, illnesses, or if you need to disembark. Enlist the embassy’s help if you need to. No...
Choosing an Antarctica cruise
Deciding to visit Antarctica is a big commitment - both in terms of time and finances. An Antarctica cruise is a significant investment and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that most travelers will nev...
Cruise etiquette 101
Cruising is an amazing vacation. You pack and unpack once while traveling to many ports of call. You can make it even more wonderful for everyone by following these cruise travel tips. Good etiquette ...
How to save big on cruise shore excursions
You don’t have to miss out on penguin watching or zip-lining just because that activity comes with a big price tag when booked through your cruise ship. Booking shore excursions independently takes ...
Would you enjoy a river cruise vacation?
River cruising is not for everyone. But, now you know what to expect and how to decide if a river cruise is truly for you. If you are ready to hit the waterways you will have a unique, intimate, and c...
How to make your next river cruise an even sweeter deal
River cruising allows you the freedom to relax and enjoy both an all-inclusive luxury vacation and an immersed historical tour experience unlike any other. By knowing what to expect on a longship, wha...
How to enjoy your Disney cruise
A Disney cruise vacation is a wonderful treat for the entire family. Keeping these tips in mind will make your Disney cruise even more magical! Bon voyage!...
Expert advice on luxury cruising
In joyful anticipation of your luxury cruise, don't forget to plan all the luxurious details with a qualified cruise consultant. You are going to meet some great, down-to-earth people, get treated lik...
Professional advice that will assure a memorable first theme cruise
A first time themed cruise or vacation may be overwhelming at first. But with this practical advice, you’ll be well on your way to having the time of your life. ...
Start planning now so that you can relax and enjoy your first Caribbean cruise
The sooner you prepare, the better you will end up. Utilize your travel agent. They will assume all the stress and worry that you would normally feel over planning a family vacation. You will get a gr...
Embrace the local culture for a truly memorable destination cruise
Let your agent find the right vacation for you while you research and learn about the destination you want to visit. Embrace the culture and uniqueness of the destination, and you will have an even mo...
Plan an unforgettable and stress-free family cruise vacation
Remember it’s everyone’s vacation and while you can’t please all the people all the time, if you follow some simple rules you can please yourself because when your kids are happy, so are you. ...

Disney Vacations

How to survive Disney World with young children
There is nothing quite like seeing the looks on your children’s faces when they see Cinderella’s Castle for the first time. Utilizing these simple tips will ensure that your Disney World vacation ...
How to make an Aulani Disney Hawaii Resort exciting and memorable
Disney’s Aulani is a wonderful, new offering for family travel to Hawaii. By planning ahead and utilizing an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, your family can get the most out of this amazing reso...
Enjoy the most of your Disney Park vacation by avoiding long lines
A Disney vacation is meant to be a once in a lifetime family event. By having a plan, using Disney services, and avoiding long lines during peak hours, you can maximize your “fun-time” within the ...
Have a safe and magical Disney World vacation with your toddlers
Going to any Disney park or resort should be a magical experience for the whole family, but especially your young ones. They will forever cherish those priceless memories, and your entire family will ...
Have a cost-effective fairy-tale wedding at Walt Disney World
Planning a wedding should be one of the most fun times of your life, not the most stressful. With this expert advice, you’ll be well on your way to pulling off the Disney wedding of your dreams whil...
How to have a magical Disney World experience with your partner
Disney World is the place where memories are made. Whether you are fresh out of high school, newly retired, or celebrating a momentous occasion, Disney World vacations are enjoyable for everyone. You ...
How to plan and have an amazing Disney World dining experience
Dining at Walt Disney World should be as magical and memorable as the rest of your vacation. With this knowledgeable advice, you will have no problem planning a dining experience you and your family w...
Plan ahead to experience an unforgettable Disney World birthday
This advice will have you on your way to having a magical birthday party at Disney World. With these suggestions, you should save time, stress, and money while celebrating a birthday at the most magic...
How to avoid the crowds on your Disney World spring break vacation
Walt Disney World is a wonderful vacation destination. As long as you do a little planning, you can have a magical trip even during the busy spring break season. By putting in a little time before you...
How to save money on your Disney World vacation
A Disney vacation is an opportunity for families to create memories to last a lifetime, but those memories don’t have to break the bank. Careful planning and following these simple steps will help y...
How to experience a fabulous Tokyo Disneyland vacation
Doing your homework before your Tokyo Disney vacation allows you to be more relaxed while you’re there. If you follow these tips, you’ll be guaranteed to have a good time! (And for a comprehensive...

General Travel

Stress-free airline travel with children
Using a few of these great tips can save you a lot of unnecessary headaches. You might even be able to enjoy the journey just as much as you will enjoy your destination. Now you can sit back, relax, a...
How to select a luxury resort
A luxury resort experience can be pampering, relaxing, and rejuvenating. To make the best choice, understand your values and preferences and research your target destination carefully. With a little e...
Air travel tips for a smooth trip
Air travel can be a pleasant and relaxing experience if you prepare for it by carefully choosing your seat, using frequent flier miles strategically, wearing a stylish and comfortable outfit, giving y...
Advice for business travelers
Business travel is unavoidable at times. To minimize stress, pack smart, travel comfortably, use your time wisely and research your target destination. With careful preparation you can make a smooth t...
Advice for larger air travellers
Get a good night’s sleep the night before your flight and come rested. Expect some minor irritations, but just go with it. Flying is rarely enjoyable for larger flyer but relax knowing you planned y...
Choose the best hotel for the holiday vacation
With hotels, picking the wrong one can literally ruin a trip. Make sure you read reviews and be sure to spot any consistent complaints about cleanliness or housekeeping, both of which are warning sign...
How to survive the hectic holiday travel season
Traveling during the holidays will likely never be a stress-free endeavor. It will always be a popular time to travel, and tempers will occasionally flare. But with preparation and the right attitude ...
How to find the best travel deals using online sites
There are a plethora of online tools that can help with ticket booking that are constantly evolving and changing to meet new consumer needs. Stay on top of them and learn how to best leverage the ones...
How to travel the world on a shoestring budget
Too often, money is the factor that drives people away from world travel. But, in fact, it’s easy to travel on a thimble budget of as little as $15-20 a day, if you pick the right spots. By having a...
Education travel abroad offers an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture
By using your common sense and the suggestions above, you will be able to plan and enjoy an educational experience abroad....
Make maximum use of your precious vacation time by planning carefully
Travel on crack has its inherent benefits for the busy wanderlusts eager to see the world. Approached correctly, it makes the aggressive and daunting itineraries possible. Mountains, partying and beac...
Choose a green hotel when traveling and be environmentally conscious
It’s more possible than ever today to take a trip that maximizes enjoyment and minimizes negative environmental impact. Paying attention to some of these ideas can go a long way toward taking a trip...
Plan a getaway to Colorado’s wine country for a unique experience
At an altitude of 4,507 feet, and with more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction enjoys warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons. Wine enthusiasts will find bed and brea...
Expert advice on preparing your car for the family summer road trip
Start your road trip off on the right foot and prepare your vehicle for the trek – not only will you drive away with less fear of car troubles ruining your trip, but the money you put into preventat...
How to prepare your home for overnight guests this holiday season
It’s fun to have house guests. It’s a time to socialize and show off your home. With a little expense and effort, you can freshen up your living space and not only make your visitors feel welcome ...
Plan a trip that avoids the travel nightmares
Travel is supposed to be spontaneous and fun. Some hiccups along the way are to be expected, and they can even push you into new experiences. However, you want a trip that has as few bumps as possible...
Advice on making the best of an unexpected travel delay and layover
A long airport layover doesn’t need to be dreadful. With proper planning you can make the most of your time, whether it’s working efficiently, taking a nap, or enjoying some regional cuisine. If y...
Find some alone time during a family vacation to help reduce stress
Maybe you're a single uncle that needs a break from your seven screaming nieces and nephews, or you're a mom of three who just needs some time to regroup and get back to having fun. In either case, ta...
Choose the right hotel room to ensure a great family vacation
Despite your desire to get out and explore, you'll still spend a good amount of time in the hotel room when you're traveling with kids. They need a quiet place to sleep, a warm bath, and a little room...
Plan a multigenerational vacation with seniors who have special needs
Multigenerational travel is a great way for grandparents, their children and grandchildren to spend quality, memorable time together. Many baby boomers and seniors may require special needs equipment ...
How to keep your toddler occupied and happy on the airplane
Children can either be the type of child that people love to see on airplane, or the exact opposite, an unruly bear incapable of calming down. It is up to you as the parent to lead them into every exp...

Tackling Family Problems and Conflict

Cooking as a family fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen
Getting kids cooking in the kitchen is beneficial in so many ways. The no-pressure environment fostered by cooking as a family creates fun and creativity in the kitchen.Here’s a great recipe to try ...
Recipe: Black-eyed pea salsa
Embracing and accepting autism can help kids build friendships
Our world is made up of many different kinds of people. Embracing and accepting difference, and being open to friendships with individuals who are unique creates strength and compassion. Remember: nev...
Good parenting can help prevent teens from using drugs and alcohol
Remember that you can influence your teen, even though you may feel powerless at times. Do your best to be supportive, interested and knowledgeable about your child’s life. Talk to your teen about d...
Supporting kids through the healing process after a disaster
As a parent, remember that you know your child better than anyone else. Therefore, if a disaster occurs, you will already have a good sense of how to speak to your child and how to help him or her und...
Manage difficult child behaviors with collaborative problem solving
Parenting kids with challenging behaviors can be exhausting and frustrating when the behaviors result in explosions, meltdowns or behaviors, such as shutting down or withdrawing. Rewards and punishmen...
How can families successfully manage their stress together at home?
Stress can be quite difficult to manage, but is easier when approached as a family. Using easy techniques, such as affirmations, visualizing and mindfulness, you will find success in your stress manag...
How can parents support children when a marriage turns rocky?
Life can be challenging and marriage is difficult. Marriage with children is even harder. It is impossible to agree with your spouse about everything. There are days when agreeing with your spouse abo...
Put an end to clutter and arguments by organizing your playroom
In today’s fast-paced world, getting organized is not a luxury--it is a necessity. By implementing some simple organizing systems and regular routines, you and your child can create a functional pla...
Positive prevention strategies can decrease a child's behaviors
Teaching positive behaviors and decreasing challenging behaviors can seem daunting. But with a few changes to your approach, you can achieve real change. Don’t get bogged down in negative behaviors,...

Golf

Plan the ultimate Hilton Head golf vacation for leisure and recreation
Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 20 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort, and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s southern h...
Expert advice on planning the dream golf vacation with the family
Planning a dream golf vacation can be daunting, but with a little preparation you and your family can have a wonderful time wherever you go. Be sure to research ahead of time to find deals and turnkey...
Playing golf has many health benefits and can help you stay in shape
Getting and staying in shape is fun and easy to do if you actively play golf, which is just another great reason to get out there and play. Walk the course when you can and be patient as your game dev...
Excel at golf by developing a strong mental game on and off the course
It may be helpful to choose one or two of these ideas and attempt to put them into practice on a daily basis. When healthy and productive effort becomes habit, success is not too far from reach....
Plan a fun family vacation at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin is the No. 1 resort on the Emerald Coast (Emerald Coast Magazine), and was recently named one of iVillage’s “Best Beaches for Families.” Guests are invited to a world of 2,400 acres an...
Expert advice on choosing a golf instructor to improve your game
Finding a golf instructor doesn’t have to be a tedious task. The point is to choose an instructor that is in tune with your level of experience, and help you to improve your skills while also having...
Expert advice on choosing the right golf clubs for yourself
Choosing the right clubs for your swing to help you improve your distance and/or accuracy is a wonderful investment to make if you are looking to spend the money. You can custom fit your clubs to fit ...
Spend time at the driving range to help improve your golf game
Working on your game off the course, consistent practice, and having patience are all keys to lowering your handicap. Spend some time on the range and putting green, and focus on obtaining your goals ...
Help dealing with the mental stress of playing in a golf tournament
Tournament play induces stress by challenging golfers to push their personal limits. To improve your game and stretch your comfort zones, get out and compete on a regular basis. Enjoy the challenge, m...
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