Independence Day Safety

Independence Day is a feel-good holiday celebrated with exciting events, patriotic pride, and festive food. It also has its dangerous side. Here are some important tips to make sure your Glorious Fourth is fun and safe. Fireworks Consider attending a public fireworks event rather than setting them off at your home.  If you buy fireworks, […]

Spice Up Your Diet!

Spicy food feels just right for summer, when fiery tacos, saucy curries, and peppery pasta are on the menu. You might not realize that spicy food also has health benefits.  Spice and your metabolism Hot spices, including ginger, red peppers, and even cinnamon, can rev up your metabolism. This can make it easier to lose […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The cool, crisp days of autumn may feel energizing and exciting for some. Pumpkin spice, Halloween hijinks, and the prospect of the coming holidays make some people happy. “It’s my favorite time of year!” some say, reveling in colorful leaves and sweater weather. This is not the fall experience of those who have Seasonal Affective […]

Flu Vaccines: 5 Things You Might Not Know

It’s time to get your flu shot! Flu season in the United States runs from October to May, and flu vaccines are available now.  This year, COVID-19 vaccines have been on our minds. But we still need to vaccinate against the flu. Millions of people get the flu each year, and thousands or tens of […]

6 Myths about Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. This is a good time to examine some of the myths that can interfere with healthy aging. Myth #1: There’s no such thing as healthy aging — getting older means getting less healthy. Our bodies change as we get older. Skin loses elasticity, bones become weaker, and the number of […]

Healthy Breakfast 101

You might have grown up hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…but is it? Or would you stick with liquids till lunch? And what exactly do you need for a healthy breakfast? Breakfast has become surprisingly controversial. Do you really need breakfast? Say you eat dinner around 6:00 p.m. and close […]

The BRAT Diet

Have you heard of the BRAT Diet? We’ll tell you what it is and when it can be useful. What is the BRAT Diet? BRAT stands for the main foods in the BRAT Diet: bananas rice applesauce toast If that sounds like it’s not a balanced diet, you’re right. The BRAT Diet is not for […]

5 Ways the Pandemic Has Increased Wellbeing Awareness

The pandemic obviously has not been good for our health. More than 600,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States alone. Some of us have responded to the stress and restrictions of the pandemic with anxiety and questionable health choices, drinking more and gaining weight. Some of us have also skipped regular medical check […]

Chicken Safety in the Kitchen

Chicken is one of America’s favorite protein foods. From traditional Southern fried chicken to chicken chasseur, chicken feeds most of us several times a week. But chicken is also susceptible to food-borne pathogens. Some of the bacteria that can turn up on your chicken: Escherichia coli (E. coli) Salmonella Staphylococcus aureus Listeria monocytogenes Campylobacter jejuni […]

U-pick Safety

Picking your own berries is a beloved tradition for many Northwest Arkansas families. When summer comes around, the whole family heads out to fill pails with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries — and later in the season, you can pick your own peaches, pecans, pumpkins, and more.  The pandemic has made a lot of us more hygiene-minded, […]