All posts tagged: Preventative Care

How Does Poor Air Quality Affect Pregnant Women?

There are so many things to think about while planning for a baby. It’s simple enough to avoid seafood and alcohol while pregnant, but what about the air you breathe? For years now, researchers have studied how air pollution impacts pregnancy. According to AmericanPregnancy.org, the prognosis looks more serious with every finding. What Is Air Pollution? Air pollution comes in many forms. Vehicle exhaust and building emissions create much of Utah’s pollution, made worse by weather inversions caused by Utah’s unique geography during cold weather months. Symptoms of prolonged exposure to air pollution include: Wheezing Coughing Sinus irritation Emphysema Asthma Bronchitis Lung damage Shortness of breath Chronic fatigue Cancer Although air pollution is unhealthy for all people, it’s especially problematic for pregnant women, babies, children, and the elderly. Dangers of Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Low Birth Weight – Exposure to air pollution has been shown to cause low birth weight. Babies under five pounds eight ounces are considered “low birth weight.” On average, one in every 12 babies in America is born underweight. Exposure …

6 Ways Owning a Pet Is Good for Your Health (+ CONTEST ENTRY)

Has owning a pet improved your health? Share your experience with us for a chance to win a $50 Petco gift card! ENTER OUR CONTEST HERE At mealtimes, you pile your plate with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. You visit the gym as often as you can. You even get a physical every year. But, sometimes you still wonder what more you can do to boost your health. If you can relate to this scenario, the answer might be as simple as adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. While you may be skeptical if owning a pet can actually improve your health, the correlations below are pretty compelling. Owning a Pet Diminishes Symptoms of Depression According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people spanning all ages around the world suffer from depression. In fact, this serious mental health problem is the leading cause of disability globally. Spending quality time with a pet can elevate the levels of the mood enhancing neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Pets can also give …

Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and Benadryl Charts for Kids (Instant Download)

Disclaimer: These over-the-counter medication charts are not substitutes for professional medical advice. They are provided for educational purposes only. With cold and flu season creeping in, it’s a great idea to have over-the-counter medication references on-hand—just in case. For your convenience, we’ve included three downloadable charts for Tylenol, Advil, and Benadryl dosage for children. These guides will give your child the right amount of medicine to help them feel better, faster.

Childhood Obesity: Why It Happens and How to Overcome It

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic that does not discriminate. It affects infants, toddlers, kids and teens; it grabs hold of children from all races, backgrounds and households. In fact, it is making its way into more households than ever before, with childhood obesity being reported to have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

Yoga for Beginners: 6 Styles to Try

“Yoga” can be an intimidating word. Most of us think that we are unable to do yoga because we see these advanced practitioners doing things that our bodies cannot. The thing about yoga is that there are many different ways to practice. One thing I like to tell people who are starting out is that yoga is for every body. Just because you can’t touch your toes, does not mean you will not be able to do yoga. You don’t go to a yoga class when you are already flexible, you go to gain flexibility.