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. Get your Kids Moving to a Healthier Lifestyle

    Healthy Lifestyles for ChildrenGetting a child to exercise can be a real challenge for some parents, especially if their son or daughter doesn’t like sports, isn’t athletically gifted, or prefers watching TV or playing video games. Still, this is one battle that’s worth fighting, as reports a study earlier this year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The study found that students who exercise regularly miss fewer classes, are less likely to engage in risky or antisocial behavior, concentrate more, and attain higher test scores.

    In this tough economy, when many school districts are trimming their budgets by trimming gym classes, and with more children overweight than ever, finding creative ways to get your children up and about has never been more important.

    Here are four simple steps to get your kids moving to something other than the couch, refrigerator or game chair:

  2. Regular Exercise Offers More Than Just Physical Benefits

    Regular exercise physical benefitsThe physical benefits of regular exercise are obvious. However, you’ll enjoy additional bonuses outside your dazzling annual physical exam.

    Some of the lesser recognized benefits are just as important as the physical quality of your body, effective weight management and control, and cardiovascular development. Understanding some of these extra features should help motivate you to adopt a regular exercise program, however modest, that fits your lifestyle. Regular exercise—

    • Brightens your personality. After a long day at work or facing other issues, your mood and naturally sunny personality can suffer. However, a gym visit or just a long walk will clear away the clouds and restore your positive personality.
    • Minimizes stress. Whether your stress is from career, budget, or health issues, regular exercise reduces this condition, stimulating beneficial chemicals in your brain and relaxing your body.
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  3. Avoiding Risk in Your Home Requires Common Sense

    Avoid risk in your homeAvoiding risk of injury, health, illness, and harm to family members involves many potential household dangers. Your inherent common sense can eliminate or, at least, reduce many imaginable risks to you and your family.

    Many people often don’t realize that they face a higher risk of injury while in their home than most other places they spend their time. Just working in the kitchen, getting out of bed, or taking a shower present more risk than most other places you visit.

    Lower Your Risk in Kitchens

    Kitchens can be the most dangerous rooms in a house. They are fraught with hazards, including sharp knives, slippery flooring, unpleasant chemicals, and sharp edges on cabinets, countertops, and appliances.

    • Pay attention to fire dangers. Stoves, ovens, and other appliances can be sources of fire and burn injuries. Young children are particularly at risk when you’re cooking. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy and staying alert at all times when cooking reduces the risk of injury.
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  4. The Three Types of Daily Exercise

    Mention exercise to some people—particularly devoted couch potatoes—and you’ll receive looks of horror, disbelief, and the always dependable, “deer in the headlights.” Those to whom the thought of exercise conjures disturbing images of overweight or muscle-bound people, sweating profusely, and pumping heavy iron, need to take a deep breath and just calm down.

    While you can certainly choose to spend your off-hours at a state-of-the-art gym working on your abs, arms, legs, etc., to create a sculptured body, it is not a necessity to feel healthier. You can even exercise with your baby or young child, implanting wonderful, healthy habits at their young age.

    Types of Exercise

    1. Flexibility. Stretching and range of motion exercises help everyone and can be done daily without consuming large blocks of time or risking injury. If you have arthritis or worry about getting “long in the tooth,” stretching will help you loosen up those annoying stiff joints upon rising in the morning. Among the more effective flexibility exercises are yoga and tai chi, but just stretching your arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (quads, calves, and hamstrings) are wonderful to keep you healthy and trim.
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  5. Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Help Dad Enjoy a Longer, Healthier Life

    One doesn’t have to look too far to find a news story about a “crazy” dad who screamed at the umpire or threw a tantrum on the sideline. The more powerful sports stories, however, are those that aren’t in the newspapers: the father who plays catch with his son every night until it’s too dark to see the ball, or who encourages his daughter to keep skating even though she has fallen down more than she has stood up, or who puts an arm around his child after losing the big game.

    These lessons in hard work, patience, perspective and love may not be front-page news, but you can celebrate them this Father’s Day. So, if your dad understands what it means to build healthy character in his kids, give him a gift that shows how much you appreciate his healthy attitude – one that says, “We want you to enjoy a long, healthy life!”

    Here are a few ideas:

    • Set up a basketball hoop in the driveway, and then challenge your dad to a game of one-on-one. If you’re feeling really generous, let him win.
    • Turn off the TV. The typical dad may want to relax on Father’s Day but that doesn’t mean he has to sit on the couch and watch television. Turn off the TV and take him somewhere to do something active. For example, if he likes watching golf, go with him to the driving range. If he enjoys baseball, take a trip to the batting cages. Maybe the activity is as simple as just going for a walk together.
    • Cook a healthy meal. For some families, figuring out what dad would like for dinner is a tough decision. This year, make sure the meal is healthy and made from ingredients that you know he likes. You can find lots of recipes online, but don’t stop there – buy him a healthy-cooking cookbook to tempt him to eat healthier all year long.

    If none of these gifts are quite right for your dad, find one that is, and make sure to give him a big hug as you give him his gift. Studies show that hugs can reduce stress, reduce heart rate, improve moods and lower blood pressure.

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