Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life put quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Barbecue Grilling Safety Tips

    Safety Tips for Grilling on the BBQAmerica loves to barbecue. A 2009 study by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association shows that 82 percent of all households in the U.S. own a grill, and 97 percent of grill owners use it at least once a year. But grilling can be dangerous, and not just because you’re cooking with fire. More common—and sometimes more powerful—dangers can be the ones we can’t see, smell or taste.

    The following grilling safety tips can help you enjoy a safer and healthier Father’s Day cookout:

    • Take cover—The only time that your grill should be uncovered is when you’re using it or it’s cooling down. Why? To start, rodents can sneak in and dine on what they would consider a “grate” restaurant. Or, dirt might blow on to the grilling area. That’s a crunchy treat that nobody wants.

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  2. Eliminate Three Common Household Irritants

    Man Cleaning Kitchen SinkWe expect our houses to be safe, happy places in which our families can relax and grow, not hotbeds of dangerous carcinogens. To help keep the air your family breathes safe and clean, watch out for these three common household irritants.

    Indoor Air Pollutants. The EPA recently stated that indoor air pollution might pose a greater risk to a family’s health than pollutants in the air outside. Oil, gas, kerosene, tobacco smoke, damp carpets, heating and cooling systems, and household cleaners are all health hazards that can release harmful or toxic chemicals into the air in your home. To help protect your family from these household dangers, eliminate toxins over which you have control (e.g. tobacco smoke), and increase ventilation when possible by opening windows or operating attic fans. (To learn more, read the EPA’s booklet here.)

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  3. Staying Fit at Home

    Woman Doing Yoga at HomeWhen you have young children at home, getting outdoors for a run or bike ride can be close to impossible. Luckily, home exercise can be both fun and effective with a home exercise machine. The trick to finding a home routine that works for you is knowing which exercise machine will best complement the daily exercise you love most.

    Are you an avid runner? Try bringing home an elliptical machine or a treadmill. Either exercise machine will give you the great cardio workout you’ve come to love with new challenges and options. Most in-home treadmills allow you to pick your preferred level of incline, and elliptical machines have a number of built-in options that let you vary your workout each day.

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  4. Tips to Keeping Your Family Safe from Unnecessary Health Risks

    Healthy Family Eating at a ParkFamily life insurance coverage is something that a lot of people don’t like to think about. Can you blame them? It’s probably not something you like to ponder yourself. But as unpleasant a thought as it is, there are some positive things that can come about from calmly facing the practical need for family life insurance coverage. One of those things is the decision to take action to ensure the long term health and well-being of yourself and your family. Avoiding risk caused by bad habits and lifestyle choices should be your chief concern.

  5. When are Health Screenings Required for Life Insurance?

    Health Screening FormsAside from the fear of high premiums, one of the reasons many Americans neglect to enroll for family life insurance policies is the thought of having to take physical health screenings in order to qualify. It seems that to some, the idea of being turned down for family insurance is a thought too painful to consider. But what would you do if you learned that you didn’t have to take a physical exam to qualify?

    The fact is, full health screenings are not always required to be approved for a life insurance plan. And in some cases when it is required, the extent of the exam is limited to the taking of blood pressure, a little bit of blood work, and possibly a urine specimen. Whether a person is asked to take a physical exam is based on certain factors, including:

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