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. Can Sign Language Improve Your Baby’s Communication Skills?

    Baby Learning Sign LanguageYou’re sitting with your baby, and out of the blue your child starts crying. Even though your child can’t talk yet, you start asking questions, as if your son or daughter can give you an answer. “Are you hungry?” “Did you hurt yourself?” “Does your tummy bother you?”

    Imagine how surprised you’d be if your baby actually answered. For many parents, it’s not surprising at all. It’s just baby sign language in action. With programs like Baby Signs®, more and more parents are using sign language as a tool to help toddlers and young children express themselves and communicate with others before they can speak clearly.

  2. Exercise and Fitness: Surprising Health Benefits of Exercise

    Group Exercise ClassMost fitness professionals will encourage adults and children to spend at least a half hour daily engaging in vigorous exercise to improve or maintain health. Active people, after all, feel better, live healthier lives and enjoy the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight. However, you may be surprised to learn about some health benefits of exercise that may be less obvious but are still highly important to our overall well-being.

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  3. Give the Gift of Fitness

    Group Fitness ClassGet your holiday list in shape with these unique gifts.

    Even fun and festive gift items can grow tiresome when you purchase them for loved ones year after year. Why not take a fresh approach this season and brainstorm unique holiday gift ideas that will truly keep on giving -  such as better health and fitness?

    Consider the following fitness gifts for kids who spend too much time texting, for a husband who works hard but doesn’t play enough with his kids, for grandparents who may need more exercise, or for friends who do everything for everyone but themselves. You can even make your participation in the activity part of the fitness gift. These unique holiday gift ideas are certain to warm up the hearts – and muscles – of everyone on your list this season:

  4. Healthy School Lunches

    Young Boy Eating Healthy School LunchEnticing and healthy school lunch options are among some of the most often sought parenting tips online and off — and for good reasons. According to an online U.S. News & World Report article on Aug. 30, 2010, 20 percent of kids and teens are overweight and school lunch staples of pizza, chicken nuggets and French fries just add to the problem. Unsurprisingly, kids who bring their lunches from home have been found less likely to be obese and more likely to include veggies and fruits as regular parts of their diets. Healthy school lunches require fresh foods, protein for learning and complex carbohydrates for energy.

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  5. Holiday Stress Tips: Making Room for Small Bites of Relaxation

    Woman Relaxing OutsideFinding time to relax, even for a few precious moments, is just as important during the hectic Thanksgiving period as any of the tasks on your to-do list. As Thanksgiving approaches, with the December holidays right on its heels, it brings along a lot of holiday stress. And nothing ruins festivities faster than catching a cold or getting a migraine.