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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By addie | August 23, 2016
Sack lunches are a great way to have some fun with your lunch while using healthy foods from home. Below are 2 recipes for quick lunch on the go!
Ranch or Mayonnaise
Cut up Vegetables (cucumbers)
Directions: Stack 2 slices of deli meat on top of each other and lay it on flat on a plate, add a sauce like mayo, hummus, or ranch, top with veggies like spinach or cucumbers, sprinkle in some shredded cheese, and roll up to enjoy!
To complete the sack lunch: Throw in a granola bar or try adding an apple, grapes, or orange for a fruit. You may even want to put carrots in a baggie with some hummus to make this a yummy meal!
1 whole wheat tortilla
1/2 tablespoon low-fat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup or chopped apple (1/2 medium-sized apple)
Directions: In bowl, mix cream cheese and honey. Add in a sprinkle of raisins and the apples. Spread apple raisin mixture over half of the tortilla. Top with some cinnamon and fold tortilla over. Enjoy!
To complete the sack lunch: Add a fruit cup, almonds, or a yogurt to the side. You could even add a baggie of celery and peanut butter.
For more on-the-go snack ideas check out: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/healthy-snack-ideas
Posted By addie | August 16, 2016
Football season is upon us and whether you play football or not it is important to understand the risks and warning signs of concussions. The reason why we take concussions so seriously is because of TBI or traumatic brain injury. TBI happens after a bump, blow, jolt, or cut to the head. Concussions are considered mild forms of TBI and are the most common type of TBI. Depending on the severity of the injury or if the person has had previous concussions can create a more serious problem. Some symptoms of concussion can be present immediately after an injury or they can go unnoticed for days, weeks or even months. This is why it is important to monitor anyone after any type of blow to the head.
- Blurry vision
- Noise and light sensitivity
- Issues with balance and tiredness
Emotional symptoms include:
Thinking/memory symptoms include:
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Feeling slowed down
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering new information
Concussions also affect sleeping patterns so sleeping more or less than usual or difficulty falling asleep are also red flags of a concussion. Individuals should seek medical attention after any head injury but if you see any of these symptoms they should go to the hospital right away: headache that worsens or persists, weakness, numbness, decreased coordination, repeated vomiting or nausea or slurred speech.
For more information about concussions or TBI visit: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/youth-concussions-vin
Posted By addie | August 9, 2016
Summer can be hard on your body. Spending days outside and exposed to the sun’s rays can be damaging, even when you use sunscreen! Surprisingly, Iowa has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country (CDC) and it is important to get yourself checked out. Fall is a good time of year to check in with your doctor for your yearly physical and this is the best time to ask your doctor about skin diseases. Many family doctors will do simple skin examinations, but if they feel it is necessary they will recommend visiting a dermatologist (or skin doctor). If you have a family history of skin cancer or lots of moles or freckles it is recommended that you have regular dermatologist visits.
Here’s what you need to know before your trip to the dermatologist:
- Self-exam before you go: This means checking your skin for any new or changing moles or spots on the skin. You can best determine if something is new or looks different. Point out anything you find odd and your doctor will be able to investigate further. If you don’t know how to self-examine your doctor can show you at your first visit. Just ask!
- Take off any toe or fingernail polish: Under nails is a common place for skin cancer.
- The exam only takes a few minutes!: A general exam takes about 10 minutes so no excuses!
- You may have to get a biopsy: If there’s a spot on your skin that doesn’t look normal your doctor may take a layer of skin to examine further. It doesn’t hurt and that’s how they find cancer.
- Ask questions: Make a list of questions before your visit (do this for any kind of doctor’s visit too). Your doctor can tell you more than the internet or other sources because they can make recommendation specific to your body and family history. Ask anything and everything you can think, don’t be shy!
To learn more about skin cancer visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/melanoma.html
To learn more on how to prepare for your dermatologist visit and what to expect visit: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection/make-the-most-of-your-visit-to-the-dermatologist
Posted By addie | August 4, 2016
You probably have at least heard of Zika either in the news, at school or from family and friends. But what is Zika? Zika is a disease that comes from the Zika virus. The virus is usually transmitted from mosquito to human, but we have found out that it can be transferred from mother to fetus or transferred sexually. Mosquito protection is essential in these areas abroad where Zika is widespread (Central and South America), but it is still very important to protect yourself here in the US because our mosquitos can still carry nasty diseases like West Nile Virus. Plus mosquito bites are just itchy and uncomfortable!
Follow these steps to stay protected against mosquito bites.
- Always use repellent outdoors
- Wear long-sleeves, long pants and hats- Tucking in clothing also prevents the mosquitoes from flying into open sleeves/pant legs
- Try to stay in screened areas when possible
- Permethrin-treated clothes- You can buy clothes and gear already treated to prevent bug bites. How cool!
To learn more about Zika and protection against bug bites visit:
Posted By iamincontrol | July 26, 2016
Oh, the joys of summer! There’s no school, which means there’s plenty of time for other activities. Whether you’re studying for the ACT or your summer classes, babysitting, or commuting to your summer job, there are plenty of excuses to get outside! Instead of studying in the library, study under the shade of a tree at your local park. Instead of watching television with the kids that you nanny all day, take them to the playground. Instead of driving or getting a ride to work, walk or ride a bike! Go on a walk with your pet, some friends, or just by yourself. Many studies have proven the benefits that nature has on the human soul.
On the Daring to Live Fully website, you can read more about the 8 Reasons Why You Need to Spend More Time in Nature but to sum it up, nature improves:
- Your energy– Studies have shown that as little as 20 minutes outside boosts energy.
- Your mental health – Cases of depression are found less in people living in green space.
- Your immune system – Plants release chemicals that actually improve your immune system, which means you get sick less often.
- Your Vitamin D levels – Exposure to sunlight supplies us with an important vitamin, vitamin D. Over exposure is still dangerous and sunscreen is always crucial.
- Your happiness – Individuals who spent 30 minutes outside for 30 days reported an overall improvement in quality of life. Your spirituality – Being in nature is peaceful and calming to the body and mind.
- Your creativity – Studies have shown that there is a link to being in nature and increase in creativity levels.
- Your brain function – The tranquility of nature can actually help boost memory and brain function.
So this summer I encourage you to spend as much time outside as possible. Get creative! Ask yourself: “Could I be doing this outside?” Just don’t forget your sunblock and bug spray!
You can learn more about the science of spending 30 minutes outdoors and join the movement at http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/
Posted By iamincontrol | July 21, 2016
You hear about all the responsibilities that come with having sex, but sometimes you don’t hear about the social pressure to have or not have sex. Having sex is a personal choice each person makes that can be based on serval factors including: religious status, personal reasons, tradition for marriage, or family values, and more. I knew about contraceptives and the risks of STDs but I didn’t worry much about sex until the summer of my senior year of high school when I was getting ready to move away to college. Sometimes, the college culture can be portrayed as people partying and having casual hookups. I never really questioned my status as a virgin until I started college. Something hit me, I realized my virginity wasn’t something to be ashamed of! I realized that I wasn’t less than others because I decided to wait to have sex. I also finally saw that my worth as a woman was not in my sexual status, but the strength in my personal respect for myself.
- You have to have patience: Relationships come and go. You should talk and get to know a lot of people so you know what you like. You’ll know when you like that person and you’ll know when you’re ready. If that is marriage, that’s great. If it isn’t, that’s great too.
- You are desirable: The girl or boy you are dating finds you attractive regardless of your status as a virgin or not. Being in a relationship isn’t just about physical things, they should also respect your wishes and desires.
- You aren’t rushing things: Despite what you see on TV or in movies, sex is a big deal. When you have sex with someone, you physically and emotionally saying there is no one else you would rather be with in that moment. This goes back to patience. The saying is that love is patient and kind, not quick and convenient.
- You can hold a conversation: If it is known you are a virgin, a girl or guy is more likely to hold a conversation with you on the basis of them knowing that you aren’t trying to get in their pants.
- You aren’t making stupid decisions: Being a virgin makes you think a lot more about your choice of partner, if and when you choose to have sex.
I don’t want this to be a post shaming people who choose to have sex. Who knows when I will, I can’t guarantee it will be after marriage but I can guarantee it will be when it feels right.
For more info on safe sex visit: