Stress Awareness

Since 1992, April has been designated Stress Awareness Month. This year, Americans are more stressed than ever. But do we need stress awareness? Maybe we should just put on a happy face and move on. What is stress awareness? Stress awareness doesn’t mean that we should wallow in stress and feel bad. It means we […]

Understanding Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a hereditary auto-immune disease that causes the body to identify gluten, a protein found in some grains, as an invader. The body mounts an immune response when people with the disease eat gluten. This causes damage to the small intestine. This damage can result over time in a failure to take in […]

National Doctors’ Day

National Doctors’ Day falls on March 30. It is a special day to honor and recognize doctors for their service to the community. National Doctors’ Day was first celebrated in 1933. Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, wanted to have a national day to celebrate doctors. The Barrow County Medical Auxiliary […]

Exercise and Your Immune System

Regular exercise has more benefits for your health and wellbeing than just about anything else you can do. Add one more to the list: a stronger immune system.  Moderate exercise and COVID-19 A recent study confirmed what researchers have been observing for years: regular, moderate exercise strengthens the immune system. This study was looking specifically […]

Camping During the Pandemic

Most of us, most of the time, should continue to wear masks in public, maintain social distance, and wash our hands frequently. But a year after the pandemic, we’re ready for some recreation. Is camping during the pandemic a low-risk option? Location, location, location Camping sites in Northwest Arkansas tend not to be crowded. Your […]

Nutrition for Teens

March is National Nutrition Month. As a parent of young children, you may have heard that it’s your job to serve healthy food and your child’s job to decide what to eat. Feeding your teens can bring up new challenges, though. You are no longer their only source of food, and they expect to have […]

Understanding Bruxism

Bruxism is a fancy word for gnashing, grinding, or clenching teeth. That’s not very complex, but diagnosing and treating the disorder can be complicated.  In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, we’re explaining this common but confusing problem. Read on for the details. You might not be aware that you grind your teeth while you’re […]

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Families are adopting pets at much higher rates than normal during the pandemic. Shelters were reporting double the demand for dogs and cats last summer, and some are running out of puppies completely.  Between more time spent at home, a need for something safe and special to do, and the growth of loneliness, there has […]

High-Impact and Low-Impact Exercise

Back in the heyday of aerobic dance, people often chose between high impact and low-impact exercise classes. Now, with the pandemic encouraging more of us to work out at home, you might need to make that decision for yourself again. What’s the difference between high and low impact exercise? High impact exercise involves running and […]

6 Potty Training Tools

You can begin potty training whenever your child is ready. Most kids are ready by age three. But children are different from one another. Your 18 month old might ask to use the potty and be dry during the day after a few months, or your two-year-old might resist potty training as though it’s just […]