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Grace Summer Safety Tips: Medication and Heat-Related Illnesses

Everyone is anxious to spend time outdoors when warm weather rolls around. However, too much of a good thing can lead to a variety of heat-related illnesses. You can reduce your risk of conditions like heat exhaustion or heatstroke, and the first place to look is in your medicine cabinet. According to a recent report in HealthDay, some medications contribute to an increased occurrence of these summer illnesses. Check out these tips to help your family practice sun safety this season.

A Hot Background

Heat-related illnesses are directly related to the body's internal thermometer. Under normal circumstances, when body ...

Grace How to Go Organic without Breaking the Bank

Organic has become the new buzzword of the 21st century – and for good reason. Choosing organic food means eating fare that is free of chemicals and hormones that may raise your risk for a host of diseases. You may also enjoy more nutrients and bask in the satisfaction that your organic food is leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

However, delving into the world of organics can be complicated and costly. Thankfully, we have a few important tips to help you go organic without breaking the bank.

Count the Costs
Yes, organic food is often more expensive. But isn't your ...

Grace Keeping Your Cool during Summer Workouts

Sunshine and warm temperatures inspire many of us to get outside and get active. However, exercising in the summer heat is not always the healthiest choice. If your body isn't ready for the hotter temperatures, you can put yourself at risk for heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

The good news is that you can enjoy fun in the sun and get your much needed workout at the same time. By following these sun safety tips, you can keep your cool and your buff body throughout the season.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!

Drinking fluids before, during and after workouts ...

Grace Health Care Reform Continues Despite Concerns over Rising Costs

Health care is on the Congressional table, with the Senate taking the first stab at reform under the Obama administration. The situation has become more desperate with nearly 50 million uninsured Americans, as well as a continued increase in already astronomical health care costs.

However, comprehensive health care reform won't come cheap, and this appears to be the first of many stumbling blocks in a bipartisan agreement over how the nation's health care issues should be handled. We've created a synopsis on some of the possibilities Congress is currently considering as part of the reform.

Individual Mandates ...

Grace Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The “Official" H1N1 Pandemic is Here

Last week, the world saw the first declaration of a global pandemic in 41 years. While the World Health Organization's announcement did not send people into the streets in panic, it does cause some concern, especially among those with already stressed immune systems.

What is a pandemic, and more importantly, how will it affect your family?  Learn more about pandemic information that will help you put H1N1 in the proper perspective.

What is H1N1?

H1N1 is the latest flu strain to circle the globe. The outbreak appears to have started in Mexico, although estimations of when the virus began ...

Grace The Only Secret to Losing Weight

Most of us know that the only weight loss secret is not a secret at all!  The best way to drop pounds is to eat less and exercise more. It makes sense that burning calories faster than they are consumed would result in leaner, meaner bodies. However, researchers have recently finished examining the question of which comes first; a low calorie diet or a more rigorous exercise program?  The verdict is out, and according to the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Obesity Prevention, it appears that eating less is the key to faster, more effective weight loss.

From Fat ...

Mark Jolley InsureMonkey.com Launches!!!

The website officially launched yesterday! We had great coverage from our announcement, including Yahoo! Finance, the Las Vegas Sun, and the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, among others.  The NBC affiliate had this to say:

"Finding health insurance will soon be a lot easier, thanks to one local company.  Some Las Vegas entrepreneurs are launching a website called InsureMonkey.com that will help folks shop for health insurance options.  It works like Travelocity and Expedia, but instead of airline flights you can compare the nation's top health insurance providers.  The site, InsureMonkey.com, debuts today."

We'll have the video ...

Grace New Study Shows More Babies Born to Unwed Mothers

A new American study shows that births among unwed mothers across the globe are on the rise, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The pace of the increase has also quickened as more women abandon the ideas of traditional marriage and have children outside of that context. The report was issued this week and commissioned by the CDC's National Center of Health Statistics.

Out of Wedlock – In with the Trend?

The study, which first focused on statistics within the United States, showed 40% of mothers in the US were not married when ...

Mark Jolley FDA Unhappy with Cheerios?

First, we were told to eat our Wheaties every day to grow up big and strong like the athletes gracing the cereal's boxes. Today, General Mills is suggesting that a daily consumption of Cheerios will lower our cholesterol levels and keep our hearts healthy.

However, the FDA is not happy with these Cheerios claims and has taken their concerns public this week with a warning letter.   What is the uproar regarding this seemingly harmless breakfast cereal? Apparently, it's all in the advertising.

The Showdown between the FDA and Cheerios

The bigwigs at the Food and Drug Administration are ...

Grace Walk Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of Americans more often than any other condition. Fortunately, there are steps to take – quite literally – that will keep our hearts healthy and strong.

Walking is an excellent way to keep your cardiovascular system and the rest of your body in top condition. Any type of walking is beneficial, but researchers have found that some walking programs are more effective than others. If you want to treat your ticker right, check out these four steps for starting a walking program that your heart is sure to love.

Talk to Your Doctor

This is particularly important ...

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