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Posted by Emily Pazel

When thinking of normal daily tasks, such as zipping up a coat or putting on shoes, you might feel like these actions come easily to you or maybe even instinctual, but sometimes they don’t. Occupational therapy (OT) helps people who struggle with completing normal, everyday tasks. From infants struggling to drink while breastfeeding or bottle-feeding to elderly adults having a hard time using an eating utensil. OT benefits a wide spectrum of ages to help improve fine and gross motor skills and activities of daily life.

The benefits of OT have been proven to help, and starting at an early age can be more effective. So, what exactly is OT? And why is it so common that children are encouraged to try this type of therapy?

What is OT?

Occupational therapy (or OT), per the non-profit organization


Posted by Julie Tortorice

Staying out of the nurse's office is always a good plan at school. Watching your diet and being active are great ways to keep from getting sick, so you won't have to visit the school nurse as often. Your food choices play a huge role in how you feel and how well your body fights off germs. Moving your body also helps keep it strong so you'll stay healthier.

Nutrition Tips

Eating well is important for your overall health. The food pyramid is a helpful tool that you can use to make good food choices. The pyramid is larger on the bottom, and this is where you'll find the foods that you should choose more often every day, such as grains, vegetables, and fruits. Next, you'll find dairy products, which contain calcium and protein. Other sources of protein are next, such as chicken, beef, and fish. Near the top, oils and fats sit in a small section because you shouldn't eat too much fat to be healthy. At the very top of the pyramid sits the des


Posted by Emily Pazel

Summer is finally here, and for some that means weekend barbecues, pool parties and endless outdoor activities for kids to have fun in the sun. While having fun is always a high priority, keeping your children safe and healthy should also play a vital role in preparing for summer.   

From water safety to heat-related illnesses, we’ll cover a variety of different topics that should provide you with helpful tips for having a safe, yet fun summer with your loved ones.

 

Water Safety

With scorching hot temperatures in the summertime, it’s always nice to take a break fro


Posted by Kristal Roberts

Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide — and even improve life for people with Alzheimer's.

The effects were modest, but a series of studies reported Thursday found vigorous workouts by people with mild memory impairment decreased levels of a warped protein linked to risk of later Alzheimer's — and improved quality of life for people who already were in early stages of the disease.

"Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain," said cognitive neuroscientist Laura Baker of Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, who reported some of the research at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

Doctors have long advised that people keep active as they get older. Exercise is good for the heart, which in turn is good for the brain. Lots of research shows physical activity


Posted by Norlyn Golez

Kidney patients may reduce their chance of death and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant if they take regular walks, according to a new study.

The study was conducted by Taiwanese researchers from the China Medical University Hospital and published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is the condition wherein you gradually lose control of your kidney function. As it worsens, the kidney may fail to remove excess water and waste from your body. As the waste accumulates, this may cause anemia, high blood pressure, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage, among other health problems.

The final stage of the condition being kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease. This is when the patient would need dialysis or a kidney transplant to prolong life.

Kidney patients usually do not have enough energy and experience fatigue, which can limit their physical ability. H


Posted by Norlyn Golez

It is quite a common misconception that pregnant women should not move a lot, no intense walking, running, or jumping. However, Linda May, an exercise physiologist for expectant women, said that staying active while pregnant can actually be beneficial. Some exercise can actually help reduce risk of high blood pressure caused by pregnancy and gestational diabetes compared to women who do not exercise.

May and her fellow researchers also found out that exercising with a baby on board will also benefit the fetus inside of her for the long haul.

Years ago, pregnancy was considered as a time for the expectant mom to rest for their safety and that of their baby. It was only in 1985 when the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists established some conservative exercise guidelines, including limiting strenuous activities to at most 15 minutes.

Now, studies have shown that exercise is now beneficial for the health of a pregnant mom and her baby. Res