Taking Care of Your Life

This summer, plan a “staycation” to remember

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Summer vacation usually involves embarking on a flight or road trip to a favorite—sometimes far-flung—destination to “get away from it all” and experience entirely different cultures, activities, and scenery. This summer, however, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic complicating travel, many families are staying a little closer to home by substituting a “staycation” for the traditional family getaway.

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Eating Well - Healthy Father’s Day

Written by Laurie Syring, RD/LD. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

In honor of Father’s Day this month, let’s take some time to make Dad feel special, and nothing says “love” like giving him the gift of good health. While it’s not possible to bestow good health upon someone else, we can, perhaps, encourage our fathers—whether they’re our actual dads or our husbands/partners, brothers, sons, friends, or neighbors—to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Make sure your child is dog-safety savvy

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

With their boundless affection, endearing friskiness, and unconditional loyalty, dogs can be wonderful pets that greatly enrich the lives of their owners. Of course, many kids relish the thought of having a canine companion to grow up with. In some instances, however, encounters between children and dogs can take a decidedly negative turn, with the dog becoming aggressive and potentially delivering a nasty, painful bite.

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A Walk in the Park - Armchair adventures

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Dealing with shelter-at-home and social distancing has provided ample opportunities for reflection, reading, and other hobbies. Plus keeping in touch with friends in Toledo and those who went to Arizona—where Shirley and I were supposed to be. Our winter trip was cancelled not because of the virus (which was not yet an issue on Dec. 28, our planned departure date) but by Shirley’s hip-replacement surgery. By the time she was physically mobile, we were no longer RV mobile because the whole world was shutting down. One reader emailed to suggest that the surgery turned out to be a blessing in disguise as state and national parks closed campgrounds and non-essential travel was discouraged.

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Eating Well - Healthy eating during the coronavirus pandemic

Written by Laurie Syring, RD/LD. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

I had originally planned to write about a different topic for this month’s column, but I think suggestions for healthy eating during the COVID-19 pandemic are more fitting—and likely to be so for quite some time. While I’m writing this in April, somehow I think this information will still be relevant in May (unfortunately) and possibly well beyond if there are rolling lockdowns in our future.

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Enjoy lockdown in your own outdoor living space

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

The current crisis is keeping us all at home, and it’s uncertain when and how the country will reopen so our lives can return to normal. In the meantime, spring has arrived and summer is not far behind, so why not make the most of it? Here are several suggestions for warm-weather leisure-time activities that you and your family can enjoy right in your own backyard—whether you’re obligated to stay home or not:

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