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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

"I'm exhausted because my baby doesn't sleep through the night."  "I don't think my 3 year old is EVER going to be potty-trained."  "If my 2 year old doesn't start eating something besides macaroni and cheese, I'm going to throw his plate out the window."  "I can't get my baby to sleep - he must not like me."  Sound familiar?  These and other situations like them have been identified a...

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Stress–Less and Your Brain Will Thank You!

When you think of the word stress you can probably easily identify the areas of stress in your daily life - from balancing your family and work, to dealing with finances, to handling family and relationship issues – daily stress is all around us! It is also likely that you can effortlessly identify how stress affects your physical and emotional well-being. You may th...

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Socialize for a Better Brain

"What did the grapes say when they got stepped on? Nothing – they just gave a little w(h)ine." Just a little brain teaser in honor of Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22), which we have dedicated all of our posts to this past month. We have covered how sleep, a nutritious diet, physical exercise, decreased stress and challenging your brain all contribute to optimal brain health. But just as impor...

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Feed Your Brain for Sleep and Health Benefits

Today we have a guest blogger, Leia Kedem, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, talking about the impact nutrition has on brain health. We eat to nourish and fuel the body, but how often do you think about feeding your mind? More and more studies are demonstrating the im...

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Brain Awareness: Why You Need a Good Night's Sleep

To continue this month's highlighting of Brain Awareness week (March 16-22), this week's topic is on the benefits of slumber. Sleep affects both mental and physical health. According to Dr. Merrill Miller, a sleep expert and neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual...

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Challenge the Noggin!

What do you do the stay intellectually engaged?  Do you complete the daily crossword puzzle?  Do you watch trivia game shows on television?  Do you help your grandchild with her "times" tables?  Whatever it is, it is important to keep doing it! Current research indicates that challenging the brain is one of several things you can do to contribute to your own brain health as you age.  So...

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Give your brain a boost - Get Moving!

One of the most renowned researchers in the area of brain health is Dr. Art Kramer, Director of Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. When he was asked what are two to three lifestyle habits that we can execute to improve our brain health his reply was to: Be active by engaging in 30-60 minutes of aerobic activity three days a week Participate in intell...

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