Author: LifeWork Strategies

Back to School

As summer comes to a close, many of us are preparing to send our kids back to school. Whether it’s the first day at a new school, or just the first day of a new grade, the school year can bring feelings of both excitement and nervousness for children and parents alike. Before summer ends, there are a few steps you can take to calm any first day jitters and prepare your child for a successful school year. Your child’s summer routine, especially meal and bed times, may look vastly different than their school year routine. Try setting a...

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How to Disconnect from Technology

Are you always on your phone or email regardless of where you are? It happens to many of us. We are sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for an appointment or eating lunch in the break room and we instinctively pull out our phone to pass the time. Before even realizing it we are scrolling through emails or social media. Smart phones have changed the way we live our lives. Emails, texts, and calls are always at our fingertips. We can get directions and even get the news on our phone with just a few clicks. More often than...

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Insects of the Great Outdoors

Warm summer weather is perfect for spending time in the great outdoors. Most of us know to practice sun safety by staying hydrated and applying sunscreen. However, we sometimes forget to protect ourselves against bugs and insects until a bite has already occurred. Although most bites are relatively harmless, sometimes these little creatures can deliver more trouble than just a pinch on the arm. Be proactive this summer by keeping insect safety at the forefront of your mind. Most mosquito bites are irritating but otherwise harmless. However, it is important to keep in mind that some mosquitoes can transmit...

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World Breastfeeding Week

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, created by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). This observance aims to increase awareness on the benefits of breastfeeding and help continue building support for breastfeeding across the globe. According the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it is recommended that infants are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life and that breast feeding (mixed with other stages of solids) are continued until minimally 12 months. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients as well as antibodies that boosts a baby’s immune system and protects them from disease. Breastfeeding has...

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The Skinny on Electrolyte Beverages

With summer heat at its high point, you may be tempted to reach for a cold electrolyte beverage to quench your thirst. With so many brands of sports drinks on the market claiming they are essential for hydration, it can be challenging to determine if and when to consume these beverages. When is water enough to hydrate you and when might you need to think about including a beverage containing electrolytes to refuel? Water vs Sports Drink Water is generally the best way to replace fluids in the body. Use this rule of thumb when you are considering drinking...

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