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Sports Safety and Football

Sports Safety Tips

This week on social media, we gave you some important tips for sports safety and keeping your kids healthy and safe this year. Accidents do happen, but there are some ways to protect them!

First up, makes sure they get a sports physical, or PPE, that can rule out conditions that could put your young athlete at risk.

Make sure they and their coaches always have their emergency contact info and anything they need to treat a condition, like asthma inhalers.

Make sure that kids have time to warm up and stretch major muscle groups for at least 10 minutes before practices and games.

Always send your kids with a water bottle. It’s good to hydrate 30 minutes before and every 15-20 minutes during activity.

Learn the symptoms and signs of a concussion. Sideline the player and get help from a medical professional right away.

Rest should be a priority. They should have a day or two off from their activities each week. If they’re hurt, they shouldn’t play to give them plenty of time to heal.

Be supportive parents. Go to a sports safety clinic in your area to learn more and make sure that you support them if or when it hurts too much for them to play. And of course, be their biggest cheerleader!

Healthy Tailgating Without the Fat

Healthy Tailgating Recipes

Football season is upon us! And this week in food on social media, we helped with healthy tailgating and cutting calories.

First up, from Men’s Fitness’s list of 10 healthy tailgating snacks, try this Salsa and Black Bean Guacamole Dip with Baked Lentil Chips.

Salsa and Black Bean Guacamole Dip with Baked Lentil Chips

 

If you love having chili on a chilly tailgating day, we have the best turkey chili for you.

Best Turkey Chili

 

Today we have Eating Well’s lightened version of Chili con Queso for your next tailgate.

Chili con Queso

 

Make these Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers for an easy-to-carry tailgating treat. Much better for you than a hotdog!

Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers

 

Try these Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs, at just 83 calories, for a healthier tailgating bite.

Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs

 

Make this Spicy Black Bean Hummus for game day. Only 148 calories.

Spicy Black Bean Hummus

 

Make these delicious Barbeque Pork-and-Coleslaw Hoagies on the grill for your next tailgate.

Barbeque Pork-and-Coleslaw Hoagies

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Fall Favorites

Healthy Fall Favorite Recipes

Fall is fast approaching, and this week in food on social media we gave you some hearty recipes fit for the season.

First up was Beef and Butternut Chili that takes some time, but is worth it for the rich 308 calorie meal.

Beef and Butternut Chili

 

Try this recipe for Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade, only 181 calories a serving.

Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade

 

Bucatini and Mushrooms is a recipe with rich fall flavors that doesn’t hurt your diet at just 393 calories.

Bucatini and Mushrooms

 

Try this take on a classic and make French Onion and Apple Soup, just 254 calories a serving.

French Onion and Apple Soup

 

Serve with Savory Baked Apples, a new take that brings this recipe from dessert to main course.

Savory Baked Apples

 

Save this Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup for special Saturday morning breakfasts all fall long:

Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup

 

Make Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions for a delicious 240 calorie meal.

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions

 

Make Beef Filets with Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Popovers for a tasty 405-calorie Sunday dinner.

Beef Filets with Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Popovers

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Baby in a Clean Home

Healthy and Clean Home

This week on social media each day, we gave you tips and articles on how to keep your clean home healthy.

First, we helped you find and clean trouble spots in all the different rooms of your house. Did you know doorknobs are one of the most dangerous bacteria spots in your home?

Looking for the best way to clean something? Check out Real Simple’s guide on cleaning A-Z for the best ways to tackle your messes.

Take a virtual tour of a home to learn about the health danger zones and to make a clean home today.

Check out this Health Magazine list of how best to keep a super clean home and clean in every room:

House plants can be great for your home by cleaning the air. Learn about what kinds to keep.

Check out Real Simple’s list of 66 All-Natural Cleaning Solutions and skip the chemicals.

Food safety is one of the most important parts of keeping your family and home healthy. Refresh yourself on the basics.

Make Ahead Meals

Healthy Make Ahead Meals

This week in food on our social media, we had easy recipes that you can make ahead of time and freeze for your busy fall schedule.

First, this Pork and Herbed White Beans recipe is a savory soup that is perfect for your fall and winter recipe collections, and it’s only $2.37 per serving.

Pork and Herbed White Beans

 

This Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti makes pasta good for you at just 292 calories.

Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti

 

Freeze these Sweet Potato & Black Bean Empanadas for a tasty 209-calorie meal.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Empanadas

 

Watch this Cooking Light Magazine video for Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf with Ketchup Topping.

Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf

 

For a cookie dough you can make a giant batch of and freeze, try these yummy Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies.

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

 

At just $2.49 per serving, Green Chile Chili is good for your waist and  your wallet.

Green Chile Chili

 

This Beef and Guinness Stew is a hearty meal you can make ahead and freeze for later

Beef and Guinness Stew

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Yoga for Stress

Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

This past week on social media for Yoga Awareness Month, we connected you to some poses and workouts to help you relieve stress.

It’s a relaxing activity that’s also great for exercise. There are many poses that can help you relieve stress, and this slideshow features 10.

Relaxation Through Yoga

 

Studies show that yoga can relieve stress, boost immunity, and fight food cravings. Try these beginner moves today.

Beginner Yoga

 

These 10 easy poses can reduce stress, ease lower back pain, and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Rejuvenate Through Yoga

 

The focus on your breathing makes yoga good for stress and anxiety, the most common mental illness in the U.S. Try these 10 calming poses today.

Calming Lotus Position

 

Daily programs are a great way to prevent headaches. Remember to breathe deeply and relax the muscles in your face. Try these 13 poses to relieve tension.

Yoga to Relieve Tension

 

Meditation is a cornerstone of yoga that makes you focus on the moment and can calm your mind. Find poses for headaches.

Yoga for Headaches

 

These 9 easy moves can help erase your day of chaos and calm your nerves.

Yoga Pose for Stress

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Best Sports for Asthma

Athletic with Asthma

You can’t keep your kids with asthma from being active, but you can help them choose the right activities.

While football can be a rough sport, it is actually one of the best sports for those with asthma. The many breaks between downs let you rest and can reduce the chances of an attack.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis is one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was diagnosed with asthma at 15, after passing out at a high school football practice. He went on to play for the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame, then in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

A recent study found that walking 3 times a week for 3 weeks improved asthma control, and overall fitness.

Yoga is great for asthma because it requires good breath control. One study found that some who did yoga 2.5 hour a week for 10 weeks could cut down on their meds.

Baseball’s spurts of running with plenty of down time gives kids exercise without raising their breathing rate for too long, making it great for asthma sufferers.

Golf, with its delayed activity, is good if you struggle catching your breath, and the focus it requires is great for your mind. Just beware of outdoor allergens!

Tennis and other racquet sports let you exercise with regular rests and water breaks.

Swimming is the ideal activity for those with asthma because you breathe in warm wet air the whole time, and being horizontal can help loosen and clear your lungs.

As a kid, Amy Van Dyken’s couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs because her asthma was so bad. At just 6 years old, she took up swimming when her doctor told her breathing humid air might help her lungs. Swimming was hard at first, but with the help of her meds and support from her family and friends, Amy swam her way to 4 gold medals at the Athens Olympics and another 2 at Sydney’s.

The important thing to remember though is that your asthma should never hold you back from going after your dreams.

Look at Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who broke into track-and-field star, even though she had asthma. She is a four-time Olympian with 3 gold medals. She was diagnosed as a freshman at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). In an interview with Sports Illustrated, she said, “I finally learned I had to respect asthma as much as I would an opponent.”

Knowing your triggers, using your meds and action plan, and working with your doctor can make amazing things possible.