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As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run be…

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This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity - and local resources.

Many people enjoy the challenges posed by puzzles such as crosswords, word finds and Sudoku, among others. Some even wonder if puzzles are more than simple fun and something that can actually benefit the brain.

When summer sadly comes to an end and fall comes around, there's no reason to give up everything that makes the season so enjoyable. Hang on to that summer vibe by extending some of the best of those warm-weather pleasures with your family and friends. Whether you're hosting a large party fo…

It’s time to celebrate colorful falling leaves and cooling weather with fun seasonal activities. The good news? You don’t have to travel far from home to get your fall fix.

Humans have broken bread together since ancient times. National Geographic says that a circular loaf of bread with scoring marks - baked to be divided with others - was retrieved from the ashes of Vesuvius. Biblical references to "breaking bread" are as old as time, and today the phrase stil…

The right diet is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Once people get into a routine, maintaining a healthy diet can be simple. However, when such routines are interrupted, such as on nights out on the town, it can be much more difficult to stay the dietary course.

Babysitting services today have changed from the days of ringing the resident babysitter and asking if she was free for the evening. Rising rates and technology have changed the face of babysitting.

As a parent, it can be difficult to decide what to buy for your kids. You want clothes that are trendy and versatile, but also items that will last. Even more, you want your kids' unique personality to shine through!

Sitting is a part of daily routines and nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax. However, sitting for a long period of time can ac…

Self-care - the practice of taking care of oneself - has become a hot topic across generational groups, with sleep, stress management and fitness as key areas to build better habits. But where to start? Here are three tips for practicing better self-care.

If you look at most people's calendars, the days that stand out are the big ones - national holidays, anniversaries, graduations - in other words, those occasions that almost require special parties, rituals or ceremonies. But the truth is, it's the everyday moments that people remember, and…

Movement is crucial to a person's health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.

Fall marks the beginning of back to busy - back to school and the office, back to sports and other activities, and back to a season of social occasions with family and friends. Healthy, portable snacks such as fresh California grapes play a key role in providing energy and hydration to help …

Planning a party doesn't have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving wine with a charcuterie board - a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a basic spread can look elegant, while providing your guests…

Summer is over, but it's not too late to plan a fall getaway for some R&R and sightseeing. After all, the shoulder season – those months before and after peak summer travel time – is primed for good deals and smaller crowds. But just remember: Physical activity can be part of the fun, too.

Skip the dehydrating alcohol, artificial flavorings and unhealthy refined sugar to serve up a natural, fruit-based drink - a mocktail - when you're planning your next party. A mocktail not only replenishes your vital fluids, hydrating you and providing important nutrition your body needs, bu…

Sleep is essential to good health. Unfortunately, over a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over time, sleep deprivation can take a toll on one’s overall wellness.

Whether it's the long-awaited premiere of your favorite drama, the return of a hyped reality series, or this season's big award show, there's always a reason to gather your friends around a screen for a viewing party!

People choose a vegetarian lifestyle for a number of reasons. Some individuals have an aversion to eating meat because they're concerned about animal welfare, while others find that a low-calorie, vegetarian diet promotes long-term health.

Riding in a vehicle can be an exciting prospect for children. Such rides provide a chance to see the world outside of the house, and the speed with which scenery is flying by can be exhilarating for young minds.

In today’s workplace, many employers have abandoned strict dress code policies, providing employees with more flexibility to dress casually.

The soundtrack of East Texas' beloved Friday Night Lights is delivered by marching bands that spend hundreds of hours practicing in the summer heat and cool autumn nights, memorizing music, learning drills and coordinating with auxiliary groups such as flags and twirlers.

As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and versa…

From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don't follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters throughout t…

Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body needs.

A new school year means new classes, new teachers and new schedules. At home, you can riff on this theme with new books to be enjoyed outside the classroom, that spark interest in different subjects. To open doors for young minds, consider the following titles:

Firing up the grill is a year-round pastime for many, especially in fall, when tailgating takes over stadium parking lots nationwide.

Honey is perhaps best known for its sweet taste. But beneath that sweetness is a complex, healthy food.

Moms have to-do lists that are never done. From getting the kids to school, prepping family meals and everything in between, it's a 24/7 job and can be hard to find a moment to stop and take a breath of fresh air. While the home should be a sanctuary to relax and de-stress, the reality is th…

Grilling is one of America's greatest pastimes, and if you love grilled meat, chances are you also like hosting cookouts to show off your pit master prowess. Once you've mastered the art of the char, why not take it a step further? Serve wine that blows the lid off the meal, in the best poss…

Whether you're hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there's no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers for another sw…

Summer is a great time to get outdoors, but summer sun can be hard on hair. Days spent diving through the waves at the beach, submerged in the backyard swimming pool or lying out in the hot sun can be particularly damaging to tresses.

As a parent, it's so exciting to see your children grow and develop their own unique personalities and interests. While children are young and exploring the world around them, parents are always looking for ways to encourage their children's growth, and to support them in finding activities …

You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, according to a…

Feeling stressed at work? If so, you're not alone. A recent Gallup Poll on stress, worry and anger revealed that 55% of Americans said they experienced stress "a lot" during the day, up from 46% in 2006.

The summer sun beckons many people outdoors. Soaking up some rays on a warm summer day can be a great way to unwind and get a little color.