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Posted by Donna Coffin on 11/6/2015

Getting healthy can seem like such a big task. Getting healthy doesn't have to be hard, making small changes can make a big difference. Here are some simple things you can do everyday to get healthy: 1. Walk more-Walking has shown to help people lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day. If you are unsure of how much you need to walk wear a pedometer, research shows people who wear a pedometer walk more. 2. Eat more fish-Evidence shows that darker types of fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring) are good for your heart and brain. They have also shown to lower the risk of cancer. 3. Drink more water-Water is an essential for good health. Water  helps maintain the balance of body fluids, reduces caloric intake and helps your organs function properly. 4. Get enough sleep-You really do need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep has many benefits: you will feel better, it decreases the risk for cardiovascular disease, and boosts memory. 5. Reduce sugar in your diet-Decreasing your sugar will actually increase your energy. Sugary foods create highs and lows in your energy levels. There are many more steps you can take to get healthy but these few tips are things you can implement without making major changes to your life.  

Posted by Donna Coffin on 4/17/2015

If you have been packing on the pounds it may be your kitchen that is to blame. New research has shown that it could be your kitchen making you gain weight. Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen from contributing to a growing waistline. No Media The TV in the kitchen is now a media snack station. Parking yourself in front of the TV with food all around you makes snack time a lot easier. Computers in the kitchen can also lead to mindless munching and web surfing. It's too easy to grab a bite when all the food is within arm’s reach. Stand Up Who doesn't love an island prep station? But all the handy seating around the island is an invitation to linger over snacks. So lose all the stools to help resist temptation to gather in the kitchen. Open Invitation The so-called great room isn't so great for your weight. Combination living/kitchen areas make your kitchen the focal point of the home. Add a few partition walls or screens to keep the fridge and cabinets out of sight when relaxing, and watching TV in the living room. Skimp on Storage Pantries, large cabinets are so appealing and offer a great place to stockpile food. They also offer lots of temptation. Too many trips to bargain bulk stores will have your storage full in no time and also create a mentality of surplus. More is always more especially when it comes to food.

Posted by Donna Coffin on 3/27/2015

Allergens, dust particles and pollutants all add up in your home and over time can lead to serious respiratory problems for its occupants. If you notice you are not breathing as easy as you should  or you just want to improve your indoor air quality there are steps to minimize the potential for dust particles in your home.

  • Clean your home regularly.
  • Use an air purification unit to attract dust particles and return cleaner air throughout the house.
  • Using an air-sealing product such as spray foam insulation to insulate and air-seal the home. This reduces  the amount of particles and allergens that enter the home.
These simple strategies will help significantly reduce the potential for respiratory problems in your home and you will be breathing easier in no time.

Posted by Donna Coffin on 7/25/2014

Buying and applying sunscreen has become quite complicated. There are so many rules and numbers to remember. The one thing that you really need to know about sunscreen is that it doesn't matter how high the SPF is, or how "long lasting" the label claims it will be, you need to keep reapplying it. Ironically what breaks down sunscreen is the sunlight that degrades and neutralizes it. Depending on your activity, it may also get washed away with water or sweat. Studies have shown that people do not apply enough sunscreen. So what is the best way to keep away from the sun's harmful rays? The experts recommend fully reapplying over your face and body every two to four hours when you're in the sun. How much should you use? For complete coverage, use one ounce (a shot glass size amount) for the entire body, and a pea size amount for the face. So have fun this summer and stay safe in the sun.

Posted by Donna Coffin on 7/26/2013

Recently there as been an increase in EEE and West Nile cases and health officials are urging residents to be proactive and take steps to avoid contracting either illness. There are some measures you can take to keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses.

  • Keep doors and windows closed, especially during dusk to dawn hours. Check all of your screens to make sure they are free from holes.
  • Remove standing water, look for areas water can pool like trash and recycling bins, flowerpots or any outdoor containers. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Limit skin exposure
  • Stay indoors from dusk until dawn
For more information on protecting your family from mosquito-borne illnesses consult the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.