Weekly Meal Plan #73 – Add a Pinch

Sharing our Weekly Meal Plan with make-ahead tips, freezer instructions, and ways make supper even easier! Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend! We have a special meal or two planned throughout the weekend to spend time together at home with family. Saturday: Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, Grilled […]

Ready for any Emergency: Disaster Preparedness

Are you and your pet prepared for an emergency? May 12 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, and it is a great time to make sure you and your family are prepared for any emergency. Create a list of what you need, or refer to the disaster preparedness checklist available on our website. Make sure […]

Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2018

May 11, 2018 — Despite concerns about chemical sunscreens, they protect you better from the sun than “natural” sunscreens, Consumer Reports’ latest sunscreen report finds. No natural sunscreen — products made with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or both as active ingredients — made its list of 13 recommended products this year. The magazine tested […]

7 Mistakes That Boost Your Blood Pressure Reading

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mum’s the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked. Talking while the cuff is on can boost your blood pressure reading. So can a full bladder or crossing your legs, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. […]

Tick Bites: Prevention + Safe Tick Removal

I can handle childbirth, bodily fluids, and poop… but ticks? Ugh! Fun fact (if there can be anything fun about ticks): they don’t bite but they technically sting. Either way, a tick bite can be very harmful. Here are some of the steps you can take to prevent contact with ticks, and what to do if one […]

Products for Black Women May Disrupt Hormones

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many black women use a plethora of hair care products that contain chemicals that can interfere with their hormones, researchers warn. They noted these chemicals could be a reason why black women have higher rates of certain hormone-related health conditions than other women in the United States. […]

Austin Pets Alive! Follow the Fellow: Update from Sheila Kouhkan

May 11, 2018 • Follow the Fellow: Update from Sheila Kouhkan by maryheerwald • Posted in: General Hi guys! During my time shadowing and training with the experts at Austin Animal Center (AAC) as part of my Maddie’s Executive Leadership Fellowship experience (#ThankstoMaddie!), it has become clearer than ever that Austin’s unique collaborative community model is […]

Depression Striking More Young People Than Ever – WebMD

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans are fast becoming a very depressed lot. New research shows there’s been a sharp spike in cases of major depression in the United States in recent years, especially among teens and millennials. The Blue Cross Blue Shield […]

Deadly Falls On the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Across the nation, the rate of deaths from falls among those 65 and older increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 — from about 18,000 to nearly 30,000, […]