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Vaccinations for Children–What you need to know

vaccinations for children

As our children head off to school, the topic of childhood vaccinations is always high on everyone’s list. Certain vaccinations are a requirement for school enrollment in virtually every school district in the United States. Why are vaccines so important? In the United States and Canada, vaccines have almost completely wiped out several serious childhood diseases such as measles, mumps, whooping cough, smallpox, polio, diphtheria and haemophilus infections.   What is a Vaccine? Vaccines contain killed or weakened disease organisms (typically inactive bacteria or weakened viruses) that are administered to... Read More

Healthy Kids need Healthy Vision

healthy kids need healthy vision

Is an Eye Exam On Your Child’s Back-to-School List?   It’s nearly time to send your children back to school. Did you know that good vision is one of the key factors in school success? It’s true. As much as 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, both in the classroom and at play. Children who have poor vision skills often avoid reading and other close visual work (like math) as much as possible. They are also likely to tire more quickly and easily and have a shorter attention span. Vision... Read More

How to Survive the Summer Heat

summer heat

Summer is finally here and we are sure feeling it in Colorado. While we all love to get outdoors and take part in summer fun, summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, don’t let the summer heat get the best of you and spoil your summer fun. Here’s what you need to know to recognize, treat and avoid the twin threats of summer heat: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke   Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion occurs... Read More

Five Simple Tips for a Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend

Five Simple Tips for a Safe & Fun Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the summer fun season. It’s a great time for a weekend getaway, a backyard barbecue or fun with family and friends. Make sure you get your summer started on the right foot—and have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend, as well as the rest of the summer, by following these five easy tips. Food Safety Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before handling food and after handling raw poultry or meat. To guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away... Read More

How to Start an Employee Wellness Program

Spring is here and everyone is ready to be outdoors and active again after being cooped up inside for the winter. No doubt your employees are starting to talk about diets and exercise and getting ready for summer. This makes now the perfect time to start an employee wellness program. Next month is Employee Health & Fitness month, so getting started now will put you and your company ahead of the game. Employee wellness programs can be great for morale, great for employee health and great for the financial health... Read More

Accident Insurance: Luck is Not a Strategy!

Why You Need Accident Insurance

What will you do if you have an accident next week? How will you handle the medical bills? What if you can’t work? Have you thought about it? Or, are you just hoping your luck holds out? When it comes to your health, your money and your life, luck is not a good planning strategy. Unexpected accidents (are there any other kind?) can wreak havoc on your savings and your life. An accident insurance plan can give you a cushion to help cover medical and living expenses if you do... Read More

Laughing Makes You Healthier

Laughing Makes You Healthier

Who doesn’t love a good belly laugh? You know the kind that makes your stomach ache, your cheeks hurt and your eyes water? Well, not only is laughing fun, laughing makes you healthier. What happens when we laugh? A good laugh can give you many of the benefits of a mild workout. William Fry, a pioneer of laughter research, claimed that one minute of hearty laughter raised his heart rate to the same level it reached after ten minutes on a rowing machine. Laughing stretches our muscles, speeds up our... Read More

How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for a Healthy New Year

How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for a Healthy New Year

The New Year is upon us and the most frequently made (and broken!) resolutions involve health and fitness. Whether you plan to shed some extra pounds, exercise more or ditch unhealthy habits this year, setting realistic and specific goals is the first step on your road to success. Setting good goals means setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. Using the S.M.A.R.T. method can help you make sure you’re working toward goals that can succeed and not just leave you feeling discouraged and frustrated. Here are the five steps of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. Specific... Read More

9 Myths About Flu Vaccines

9 Myths About Flu Vaccines

Have you had your flu shot yet? This year is shaping up to be a bad year for the flu in Colorado and across the country. And even though the flu shot doesn’t offer complete protection against all of this year’s flu strains, the flu vaccination does offer at least partial immunity and the hope that, should you be unfortunate enough to fall ill, your case will not be as severe as it might otherwise be. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone over the age of... Read More