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Let's walk! Take the first step to improve your health

Spring has sprung and now that the days are longer and the temperatures are warmer, there is one simple thing we should all be doing – walking! Walking is a simple habit with big benefits. Whether you’re walking the dog, walking during your break at work, walking your kid to school, or walking in...
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Cancer awareness

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Illinois saw nearly 66,000 new cases among adults in 2020 for all cancer types. Let's learn about what cancer is, symptoms, risk factors, and prevention. What is cancer? It is a...
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5 tips to decrease S.A.D.: Light therapy, vitamin D, sleep routine, exercise regularly, reduce caffeine and alcohol

Overcoming SAD: Preparing for darker mornings and later sunsets

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a kind of sadness that often manifests itself in the late autumn and early winter. This is because the reduced quantity of daylight at certain times of the year influences the body's circadian clock and, in turn, serotonin production. Depression, fatigue, and an...
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What You Should Know About Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in the United States. It is also the second leading cause of death among all cancers in women. Are you or a loved one at risk of breast cancer? Let's learn about the symptoms, risks, screening...
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Fueling for fitness

Get the most out of your workouts by fueling your body with the right nutrients before and after exercising. Fueling Before and After Exercise Everyone should aim to eat well-balanced meals that follow the MyPlate guidelines for...
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Supporting middle school children’s mental health needs

Middle school is an important time in a child's life since as they change physically, emotionally, and socially. Navigating these transformations may be difficult, which is why it is critical for parents, teachers, and society to prioritize the mental health of our early adolescents. Developing an...
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How do I feed my active teen?

A nutritious diet is important for teens to ensure proper growth and development. For teens that play sports or engage in regular exercise, additional calories and nutrients are needed to fuel and recover from exercise without compromising growth and future health.  Participating in school sports...
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Childhood obesity: A growing concern

Engaging in physical activity together as a family models healthy behaviors, strengthens relationships, and leads to numerous mental and physical benefits for children now and for years to come. Learn how to incorporate family-based physical activity into your family’s routine. September is...
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