Oatmeal Month Done Right

National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month, so we had ways for you to enjoy the healthy breakfast dish each day this week.

First up were easy Banana Slow Cooker Overnight Oats you can put in ahead of time.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

 

Make this tasty Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut for a weekend brunch.

Morning Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Coconut

 

Peach Cobbler Oatmeal plays on your favorite summer dessert but is perfect for winter.

Peach Cobbler Oatmeal

 

Make Healthy Oatmeal Cups for an easy grab-and-go breakfast:

Healthy Oatmeal Cups
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with surprisingly Healthy Vanilla Cake Batter Oatmeal.

Healthy Vanilla Cake Batter Oatmeal

 

Your kids will love whole grains in these Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The BEST healthy oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies

 

Make your family favorite in advance with Maple, Brown Sugar, and Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

Maple, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Overnight Oats

 

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Becoming a Blood Donor

National Blood Donor Month 2017

January is National Blood Donor Month, and it’s the perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution to give.

Resolve to Give Blood

 

Why do you donate? The mother in this article donates knowing the supply isn’t guaranteed.

Giving Blood to Save Lives

 

Get the facts about the value of blood, giving, and eligibility, and find a place to give.

Learn the value of giving from this woman’s firsthand story. She was saved by blood donations.

Saved by Donated Blood

 

Can’t give? Volunteer or host a blood drive to still give back.

Blood Drive to Save Lives

 

Give the gift of life. Some need blood donations to survive.

 

Go digital with the Red Cross’s blood app to schedule appointments, track your donations, and earn rewards.

Track Your Donations On-the-Go

Take a Break with Tea

National Hot Tea Month

January is National Hot Tea Month. Tea has many health benefits that make it the perfect beverage for chilly winter days.

The antioxidants in green tea can boost your endurance while exercising, and they increase your ability to burn fat as a fuel.

Antioxidants That Help You Move

 

A 2016 study found green tea drinkers lowered their chance of stroke by 35%.

Green Tea's Health Benefits

 

Studies show drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack.

Drinking Hot Tea for Your Heart

 

Tea might help protect your bone health, reducing breaks from falls.

 

Antioxidants in green tea can help protect your skin and reduce inflammation.

Drinking Your Way to Health Benefits

 

Japanese researchers found that tea can decrease tooth loss and doesn’t erode enamel.

Protecting Your Teeth with Hot Tea

 

Herbal teas might help soothe your digestive system, like ginger teas that calm nausea.

Herbal Tea for Your Stomach

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Safe Bathroom Play

National Bath Safety Month

January is National Bath Safety Month. Bath safety for kids and seniors is key.

Never leave children under 4 years old alone in the tub. Accidents can happen in an instant.

Protecting Little Ones at Bath Time

 

Always wait until the tub is finished filling before putting your child in because the temperature can change as it fills.

Safe Bath Temps

 

Beware of sharp edges, especially with kids. Use a rubber cover for the faucet and avoid hard bath toys.

Bathrooms are one of the places seniors suffer the worst falls. Prevent them with no-slip strips or mats in the bottom of your shower.

No Slipping in the Shower

 

Install safety handles in the tub or shower and by the toilet to make getting up and down easier.

Simple Bath Safety Hacks

 

Keep a no-slip rug or bathmat beside the bathtub or shower to avoid falls.

Preventing Slips

 

Vision issues increase your fall risk, so make sure you have bright lighting that’s easy to reach.

Bright, Safe Bathrooms

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Get a Safe Ride

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As you get ready to celebrate the new year, make sure you’re prepared to get home safely, too.

Driving services like Lyft and Uber can get you home safely during the holidays.

Get Home Safe for the Holidays

 

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk. Choose a designated driver before you go out.

Celebrate Smart

 

The holidays raise the risk. On average, 25 people were killed per day from alcohol-impaired driving in December 2010.

Buzzed Driving Stats

 

In December 2010, 21- to 34-year-olds were involved in more fatal alcohol-impaired crashes than any other age group.

11.8% of adults over age 26 drive drunk in a year. Call a cab, friend, or family member instead.

Safe Driving in the Holiday Season

 

19.5% of people 16 to 25 years old drive under the influence of alcohol. Talk to your kids about underage drinking.

Talk Underage Drinking

 

A DUI costs an average of $10,000. Uber rides cost just cents per minute.

Uber Instead

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Protecting Your Pets for Christmas

Holiday Pet Safety

You may not have realized that the holidays can be a dangerous time for your furry friends, but these holiday pet safety tips can help.

Make sure your Christmas tree is anchored so it can’t tip and fall when your pets jostle it.

Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers and is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause upset stomachs in pets.

Christmas Trees and Your Pets

 

Avoid mistletoe and holly. Holly causes nausea in pets, and mistletoe upsets their stomachs and can cause heart problems.

Avoiding Poisonous Christmas Plants

 

Kitties love sparkly tinsel, but when they nibble on it, it can cause blocked digestive tracts, which can lead to expensive surgery.

Protecting Playful Kitties

 

Keep wires and glass and plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach to avoid electric shocks and cuts to feet and mouths.

Curious Kittens and Ornaments

 

Make sure batteries aren’t left in pets’ reach. They can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus when punctured.

Toy Safety Around Pets

 

As you count down to the new year, avoid confetti strings, which can get stuck in pets’ intestines, and noise poppers and fireworks around timid pets.

Fighting Pet Fear

Snack Smart for the Holidays

Healthy Holiday Snacks

This week, we had some healthy holiday snacks for your get-togethers.

First up are simple Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups.

Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups

Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups

 

This Candy Cane Nice Cream is perfect for the whole family.

Candy Cane Nice Cream

 

Whip up these Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Star cookies for Santa.

Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars

 

This Skinny Peppermint Fudge is perfect as a gift or for holiday parties.

SKINNY PEPPERMINT FUDGE

 

If you prefer savory snacks, make these easy Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels.

Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels

 

This Warm Gingerbread Breakfast Smoothie is easy and delicious.

warm gingerbread breakfast smoothie

 

Throw together Gingerbread Glazed Roasted Nuts for party finger food.

Gingerbread Glazed Roasted Nuts

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