National Program Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence Smile Again

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? Maybe you or someone you know has already experienced this violence at the hand of a loved one. Around 75% of physical assaults are to the head, neck and mouth, resulting in substantial dental injuries. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program restores damaged front teeth for survivors of domestic abuse.

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Preparing for an Emergency: Composing an “Emergency Information” Sheet

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were in a car accident and could not speak for yourself? Sure, the emergency personnel would look at your driver’s license to see who you are, but is that all they need? No, not at all! In order to give you appropriate emergency treatment, they’ll need more information than just your name, address, and birth date.

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Taking a Holistic Approach to Fit Living

Is the holistic approach the way to go when it comes to your own and your children’s health? That’s certainly the advice of a variety of experts who say that a more big-picture view of “fit living” — meaning, beyond the usual warnings to, say, exercise more — can actually help improve your overall quality of life. Among those weighing in: WebMD and Sanford Health, which created the “Raising Fit Kids” informational guide.

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Healthy Living Is All in the Family

Warm weather means barbecues and social gatherings focused on food, but it also provides more opportunities to get outside with your family and make good on your goal to lead healthy, active lives. Getting outdoors together for a regular activity or sport increases both fitness and your bonds as a family. The following simple tips may help you think about other ways your family can get active and work together on healthy eating.

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Teen Depression and Anxiety: The Difficult Road to Happiness

At 14 years old, my oldest daughter developed depression. To this day, we still have no real idea why. She has talked a lot about this with me over the years, as dad is her go-to for this one. That has to do with the fact that too battled this when I was younger, so I know how it feels. It has been a rough ride for my girl through this. Not knowing what is happening. Feeling like life doesn’t matter. Pulling herself away from the world. All the things that happen when dealing with depression. Emotional changes and puberty made things way worse.

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The Health Perks of Our National Parks

Most Americans agree that spending time outdoors can enhance their physical and mental health. A recent online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Humana among over 2,000 US adults, reveals that Americans believe spending time outdoors can reduce stress (75 percent), benefit mental well-being (74 percent) and lead to living a longer, healthier life (63 percent).

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A Traveler’s Guide to Avoiding Bed Bugs’ Bite

At bedtime, it’s common for parents to sweetly send their children off to sleep by saying, “Sleep tight — don’t let the bed bugs bite!” But could you imagine the reaction if that was said to vacationers by hotel staff? People wouldn’t be able to check out fast enough. Unfortunately, travelers will never be given such a clear warning about bed bugs in real life, but there are steps they can take to prevent an encounter while enjoying a trip away from home.

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Say Cheese! How What You Eat Affects Your Smile

Face it: We live in a selfie-centric society that, combined with our health-driven lifestyles, makes a smile more important today than it has been in the past. And while your smile speaks volumes to the world around you, it should also mean a lot to you since it can boost your self-esteem and confidence. That’s why it’s so important to look at what you eat and learn how it can help or harm your teeth.

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Student Backpacks Are Literally a Big Pain

Consider this: “The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission calculated that carrying a 12-pound backpack to and from school and lifting it 10 times a day for an entire school year puts a cumulative load on youngsters’ bodies of 21,600 pounds,” The New York Times reported, “or the equivalent of six mid-sized cars.”

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