Healthy Living

New Year – New You

2012 is right around the corner and with that is another opportunity to get yourself in better shape and healthier. You don’t have to go on some drastic diet in order to lose weight. It’s all about smart choices.Use these tips to help you start down the path to healthy living:

  1. Grab fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. In season fruits and vegetables are better for you and a healthier choice.
  2. Drink water or no calorie beverages. Water is naturally the healthier choice and better for you to drink. However, if you must have another beverage choose a no calorie alternative. In doing so you are cutting calories.
  3. Bake or grill often. Fried foods are not a good choice for you. Cutting fried foods can assist in lowering your cholesterol levels. By baking or grilling you are cutting the amount of grease in your diet.
  4. Choose healthy snack options… Continue reading

Beware of Dangerous Kid Toys

The holidays are upon us and with that comes lots of children’s toys. did a study and found that over 3 billion toys are sold each year. It’s a fact that kids love to play with toys. While safety guidelines have been put in place to prevent children from being injured the fact is that children are hurt at times when playing with toys. Younger children generally under the age of 4 are at a higher risk for injuries. In a 2002 study it was found that:

  • At least 13 children under the age of 14 died from toy-related injuries. Of those 13, more than 50% of them were under the age of 4.
  • It was estimated that165,200 children under the age of 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries and 34% of these injuries were to children under the age of 4.

The key… Continue reading

Nurturing Your Relationships

Today more than ever it seems as if everyone is part of the rat race. Life is moving fast and everyone seems to have less and less time for one another. Getting with family for dinner is not as common as it use to be. Even the kids are busier today.

photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.netSo how can you keep those family and friend connections close? Remember these simple yet effective tips:

  1. Make an effort to stay connected. It can be through a quick visit to their home or office if you are in the area. Also take time to send a quick email or make a call to them just say hello.
  2. Also take time to forge new relationships with people who share similar interests. This could be a co-worker who you can share lunch with a few times a week. Feeling connected to people outside of work and the chaos of… Continue reading

How to Keep that Healthy Spark in Your Relationship


Relationships are a part of life. We need that companionship. When you find that one person that makes everything seem right, the world is a good place. However, over time, relationships can go through the course of becoming routine. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s in these times that you can see where you may not be as close to the other person as you once were. You m ay not do as much together or take time to talk the way you use to.

We need relationships in our lives. However, these relationships must be healthy and beneficial to our life. Keeping your marriage or dating relationship healthy is essential to the overall life of the relationship. So how do you keep that relationship healthy and thriving? The answer is actually easier then you think. All it takes is some time, dedication and a… Continue reading

Saving for Retirement – It’s Never Too Late

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news, chances are you’ve seen the struggles that the Social Security Administration is under. 30 or 40 years ago, social security was seen as something to look forward to. It would a way to supplement your income when you’re at the age where you cannot work anymore. It was a safety net for those getting older.

Today however, social security has seen cut back. The age at which a person can receive full social security benefits keeps rising. Many people question whether or not there will be any social security funds let by the time they reach retirement age. This is a common fear amongst those currently in their 30’s and 40’s.

This is why there is a strong need to have a backup plan in place when it comes to retirement and your savings. It will take more than social… Continue reading

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