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A Frightening Number of Parents Believe the Flu Vaccine is a 'Conspiracy'

Don't fall for these dangerous myths about the life-saving shot. Right as flu season ramps up, a new survey shows that a disturbingly high number of parents harbor some pretty big misconceptions about the vaccine that helps prevent it. According to a national survey of 704 U.S. parents with children under 18, conducted by the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, 30 percent of parents feel the flu vaccine is a “conspiracy,” while another 28 percent of parents believe...

Now is about the time that the annual flu shot reminder articles start popping up. It’s rarely on people’s minds in late August or even in September, but that’s actually the perfect time to get vaccinated. It takes a few weeks for immunity to build, so by the time the virus really starts circulating you’re already protected.This year, though, we all have another disease on our minds, and the growing awareness of two overlapping, widespread viruses circulating at the same time has epi...

7 secrets of a working mom with a (mostly) organized Home

I have a confession to make: I am typing right now from the comfort of my clean living room. A living room that stays (mostly) clean. Lest you think that’s because I’m a Type A mom who makes bento box lunches on spotless counters, let me assure you I’m not even a Type A- mom. On my best days, I’d say I’m more of a B+ mom. I’m mainly just a semi-reformed slob who had to clean up my act for the sake of my marriage. My husband is a bit of a neatfreak—cluttered counters send his ...

Healthy Recipes to Make With Your Kids

Looking for a few easy, fun, and healthy (low-sugar) recipes to make at home with your kids? Try these recipes for Peach Mango Fruit Leathers, Chef Salad Skewers, and Quick Ranch Dip. Registered dietitian nutritionist Laura Chalela Hoover shares how to get your family involved in a low-sugar lifestyle, including the best ways to minimize sugar in your child’s diet and how to emphasize natural ingredients in meals. There are 150 kid-friendly recipes here—everything from breakfast to dess...

The Budd Group employee on a laptop

The way you position your laptop can make or break your productivity. A stand can elevate your hardware to eye-level and save your neck and shoulders from the dreaded tech crunch. Here’s how to choose one that’s right for your workspace. Breathable . Better You As laptops become more powerful and compact, they’re prone to producing excess heat. You’ll know it’s happening when the internal fan starts whirling and working overtime. But a ventilated stand can keep your lap...

The Smart Way to Snack

Take the guesswork out of smart snacking with this mix-and-match food matrix — tasty ideas await! Those who abide by the antiquated idea that you should not snack between meals likely assume that those additional calories come from sugary, fat-laden or processed nutrition bombs, but there’s definitely a smart way to snack. In fact, a well-timed and well-chosen snack can curb appetite, build muscle, boost energy and deliver necessary nutrients, and it can be a key player in fortifying a ...

Grow Your Own Immune-Boosting Herb Garden

Gardening has benefits aplenty, from relieving stress to improving mood. One experiment by NASA found working with plants improved psychological well-being for astronauts in the harsh environment of outer space. Another study found gardening decreased levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone, improved mood, and reduced feelings of stress. Other research links gardening with reductions in anger, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and even viewing plants can reduce blood pressure, puls...

Eat Your Zinc

Eat Your Zinc

Zinc isn’t the best-known dietary mineral, but it’s necessary for a variety of essential processes in the body, including proper immune function, cell growth, wound healing, and insulin activity. And because it plays a crucial role in prostate health, testosterone production, and sexual function, zinc is especially important for men. Several factors influence how well your body absorbs zinc. Phytate, a compound found in grains and legumes, inhibits the absorption of zinc and other miner...

Five skills to learn in your spare time, and how to master them

A decade or two ago, if you wanted to learn something new, you’d have to pick up a book or find a way to get some hands-on experience. Now though, educational tools are at our fingertips: there are incredible online resources for everything you could want to learn. It’s literally never been easier to gain new skills—which is why it’s a great use of your spare time. Especially if you have a little more time on your hands for some reason. How to maintain the things you use It should...

Wipe Down: How to Disinfect Your Screens

Brace yourself, because the truth is gross, but here goes: Your electronic devices are a huge magnet for dust, grime, grease and harmful bacteria. In fact, studies have shown that the average smartphone has seven times more bacteria than a toilet seat! Here’s our guide to safeguarding your health and sanitizing your electronics. Protect Your Coating Even though it might look like your screen is covered in fingerprints, many phones and tablets have a fingerprint-resistant coating that cou...

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