While April may bring showers, don’t use the rain as an excuse to lie around on the couch this month. Exercise has many benefits, and regular doses of it are essential. Studies show that adults need two types of physical activity each week: muscle-strengthening and heart/aerobic. So two and a half hours per week of aerobic activity, and 2 or more sessions of muscle- strengthening activities that incorporate all the major muscle groups are a good minimum to shoot for. Don’t have a block of 150 minutes available? Turns out if you can do at least a 10-minute session at a time, you’re good to go!
We may be nearing the end of flu season, but strep throat can strike any time of the year. While strep is most common in children and teens, adults can come down with it, too. Unlike a cold or the flu, which is caused by a virus, strep throat is caused by bacteria. A sore and scratchy throat that comes on quickly, with pain or difficulty swallowing, are tell-tale symptoms. If you or a loved one experience these, get to a doctor so he can run a simple test. If strep is determined, you’ll get a prescription for antibiotics, which will normally have you right as rain in about 10 days. It’s important to finish the prescription, however (yes, even if you’re feeling better after day 5) so that there is no remaining bacteria left. And no heroes, please! Stay home until you have been on meds for at least 24 hours. It’s better to miss a few days at the office than to infect your co-workers.
Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, with nearly a quarter of US households reporting a migraine sufferer. It also tends to run in families, and about 90% of those who experience migraine headaches report a family history of them. If you’re a sufferer and have kids or grandkids around the house, here are some tips to help you get through the day. Manage your triggers (try the “Migraine Buddy” app) in order to avoid anything that sets them off. Adjust your lifestyle so that it includes regular exercise, and consider adding meditation or relaxation techniques, both of which have been shown to be as effective as many medications. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s not your fault you get migraines, and even little kids want to do what they can to help mommy or daddy feel better. Build up a network that includes family and friends; a great side-effect is that caretaking often helps develop strong relationship bonds.
Good manners are much more than just saying “Please”, “Thank you” and “Yes, ma’am/No, ma’am.” As a matter of fact, parents rarely teach these three key aspects of them. Maintaining eye contact is an important skill that can be taught even at a young age using simple games. Knowing how to give a good, strong handshake - even for girls - helps establish a good impression with teachers and employers. And starting a conversation is something that we often assume our kids know how to do, but often don’t. These three skills, while oftentimes easy and effortless for adults, are important ones to help your kids develop. Of course, as with almost everything else in parenting, more is caught than taught, so make sure you’re modeling courtesy, kindness, and good manners, too!
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