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Keep your pets safe in an emergency: 5 things to know

dog with a stick and a bag

Emergencies come in many forms: fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, violent storms and even terrorism. In the event of extreme weather or a disaster, would you know what to do to protect your pet? Many pet owners are unsure of what to do if they’re faced with such a situation. In recognition of National Pet Read More >

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“Surviving” Dadhood: A Practical Guide

Close up of hipster father kissing his little daughter, sunny day

Sunday is Father’s Day—a holiday that is less exciting to my daughter than National Lollipop Day on July 21. Then again, she’s only two. Though I am still learning how to be a father, I’ve made some observations worth sharing. Yes, there are dads out there who have parented for longer, but I also know Read More >

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June is National Safety Month – Stand up to Falls

Senior couple walking together in a forest

June brings summer to our doorstep, along with National Safety Month. This year’s theme encourages us to “Keep Each Other Safe.” One of the best ways to keep each other safe is to “Stand Up to Falls.” Adults 65 and older are the most vulnerable for falls and falls are the number one cause of Read More >

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Why Diarrhea & Swimming Don’t Mix

Two children by the pool

  The summer swim season is here, and millions of Americans will be flocking to local pools for fun in the sun and exercise. However, swimming, like any form of exercise, does not come without health risks. The good news is that we can all take a few simple but effective steps to help keep Read More >

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Think it’s a stroke? 4 reasons it’s better to call 9-1-1 than drive yourself to the hospital

Paramedics

Posted May 22, 2017 by Lieutenant Commander Erika Odom, Ph.D., M.S., United States Public Health Service Stroke—also called a “brain attack”—can happen to anyone at any time. On average one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes. Most strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is blocked, causing brain cells to die. Stroke is Read More >

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“Thank you Mom…for being so prepared!”

Little Girl with Purse

It’s Mother’s Day…which got me thinking about my mom. Growing up her purse was like a small version of Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. Everything was in there. If you fell, she had a first aid kit. If you had a stray thread that needed to be cut, she had scissors. All the answers to the Read More >

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