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Stress the arts to promote health

The arts play an important part in our lives and health. Creative expression and art appreciation connect us to the world and help us learn, teach, and communicate. Growing research indicates that art promotes physical and mental well-being and helps the body and mind heal and unwind. Music, dance...
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Xylazine: Approved for Animals, not Humans

Substances, such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl are all ones that the public may know can be bought and consumed illicitly. Recently, though, another substance has emerged as one of concern for public health and other officials: xylazine. Xylazine (a.k.a “tranq” or “tranq dope”)...
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Spring Forward with a Plant-Based Diet!

As New Year’s resolutions start to fade and the approach of summer suddenly comes into view, it is easy to get discouraged with trying to eat healthier. Instead of throwing in the towel, how about throwing on the broccoli?  Why not try embracing a plant-based diet to add some spring to your...
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Embrace the end of the year compassionately

As we approach mid-December, you may feel the hustle and bustle of the season weighing you down. For some, it may be the stress of extra social engagements; others might be feeling the financial pinch of purchasing gifts; many can relate to the added responsibilities of wrapping up commitments...
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Celebrate a healthy Halloween with these 5 tips

October is the official start of the holiday season. Many children love dressing up and trick-or-treating for Halloween, but Halloween can also be a challenging time. For families with youth who have food allergies or who follow special diets for health or religious reasons, it can feel difficult...
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Reset your palate to lower your added sugar intake

One simple (yet not so simple) thing we can do to improve our health is to lower our added sugar consumption! Many of us consume more added sugars than we realize, which inadvertently causes us to consume extra calories with zero nutrients. According to the...
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Connecting with others is beneficial to our health

It is commonly known that food and water are vital for human survival. While someone can go a day or two, or even a few without either, the body will require them soon enough. Food provides the body with energy and water hydrates the body to function properly. Another element that is essential for...
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Less is more when it comes to your mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chose the slogan More Than Enough to highlight the value every one of us holds regardless of diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background, or ability. NAMI reminds us that “showing up...
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We all have a part to play in supporting youth mental health

Adolescence is an exciting time of notable milestones, growing independence, and responsibilities relished by both caregivers and youth. Despite that, adolescence can be challenging. On top of the physical, cognitive, and emotional changes, today’s social demands and circumstances- think tech use...
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