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Protecting Against Germs at the County Fair

Written on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog

Protecting Against Germs at the County Fair

In communities all across our nation, the county fair remains a time-honored tradition for many families to enjoy rides, see farm animals, participate in games and contests – and, of course, eat food. But that can create challenges for moms trying to keep their families healthy. Here are some ways to minimize the spread of germs while at the fair: Preventing Flu Between People and Pigs Moms taking their families to the fair need to be on guard for the risk of picking up a strain of flu by exposure to pigs. This is something we wrote about...

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Is It Okay to Pee in the Ocean vs. Pool?

Written on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Swimming

Is It Okay to Pee in the Ocean vs. Pool?

A popular sign posted by owners at some swimming pools reads: “Welcome to our –OOL. Notice there’s no P in it. Let’s keep it that way.” The sign is humorous, but the message is serious: You really should not pee in the pool. On the other hand, it’s just fine to pee in the ocean. Why the difference? The Water Health and Quality Council has gone straight to chemists, toxicologists and Ph.Ds. to explain why. One reason is that the ocean is so enormous, so anyone peeing in it is adding, well, a drop in the ocean. The size of the...

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4 Popular Swimming Pool Myths… Busted

Written on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog

4 Popular Swimming Pool Myths… Busted

While Labor Day weekend is typically considered the end of “swimming pool season,” many communities across the nation are still suffering from sweltering temperatures—a situation that can be resolved easily with a quick dip in the pool. Over the summer, we’ve seen the Internet swimming with myths about pools. How do you know what’s true and what’s not? Here are four common pool myths and facts that moms need to know. Myth #1: The heavy chlorine smell around a pool tells you that there is too much chlorine in the water. Fact: A...

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Chikungunya Virus: 5 Tips for Avoiding the Mosquito-Borne Illness

Written on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog

Chikungunya Virus: 5 Tips for Avoiding the Mosquito-Borne Illness

Does your family enjoy spending summer evenings outside? While a sunset barbecue or picnic may sound like fun, there’s nothing worse than having your party crashed by a swarm of pesky mosquitoes. In addition to carrying West Nile, these irritating bugs also spread a viral infection known as chikungunya (pronounced: \chik-en-gun-ye). This exotic-sounding disease can cause high fever in addition to joint and muscle pain. According to the CDC, chikungunya is rarely deadly and most people feel better within a week, but for some, joint pain may...

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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Patio and Outdoor Tips

Written on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Patio and Outdoor Tips

With the weather getting warmer, my kids can’t wait to be outdoors in the yard and on the patio – but there are a few things we need to do to get ready for warm-weather outdoor living. Now is the time to clean up your living space outdoors. Here are five areas to keep in mind: 1) Windows  Take the screens off and hose them down gently or wash with a mild soap and water solution. Wash windows outside the house with a squirt of dishwashing liquid and water, or you can use outdoor window detergent that attaches to your garden hose. The pros...

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My Kids Keep Asking, “When Does The Pool Open?”

Written on May 27, 2014 in Blog, Swimming

My Kids Keep Asking, “When Does The Pool Open?”

As a mother of five who endured more than a week’s worth of snow days this year, I’m thrilled that summer is almost here. And I’m not alone. The brutal winter of 2014 caused the worst cabin fever in at least a decade – and the cure might just be a dip in the pool, a new national survey just reported. The Water Quality and Health Council survey found one in three Americans, and more than half of Americans in the Northeast and Midwest regions, said the long, snowy and cold winter caused their worst cabin fever in at least a decade. This...

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Is It Safe to Mix Bleach and…

Written on May 21, 2014 in Blog

Is It Safe to Mix Bleach and…

When tackling household cleaning chores, soap and water and a little bit of “elbow grease” are sufficient for eliminating dirt and grime found on commonly touched surfaces. However, when cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces, disinfectants are needed to destroy harmful cooties like E. coli, norovirus, Salmonella and Listeria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria that can spread illness. Disinfecting surfaces can help ensure a healthier environment for your family, but it’s important to keep safety in...

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5 Indoor Ideas for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Written on May 8, 2014 in Blog

5 Indoor Ideas for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s spring and, after a long winter, many of us have the urge to start cleaning the house. Whether your goal is deep cleaning or a quick power cleaning, you can start now to get rid of dust, grime and germs. For those of us who had stomach or other viruses sweep through the house over the winter or even spring break, now is a good time to clean, clean, clean before the flurry of sports activities and end-of-year school events. Here are some suggestions for  making steady headway — whether it’s in one room or the whole house. 1)...

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5 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Easter

Written on Apr 18, 2014 in Parenting

5 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Easter

For many families, decorating Easter eggs and organizing Easter egg hunts are treasured traditions enjoyed by everyone, from the youngest participants to the older spectators. Of course, if these fresh, perishable eggs are to be eaten afterwards, it’s important to keep a few safety precautions in mind. 1. Buying Easter Eggs Buy eggs from a refrigerated case. Open the carton and inspect for clean, un-cracked shells. The egg carton should be imprinted with a USDA grade shield and indicate a future “sell by” date. 2. Refrigerating Easter...

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Taking Care of Yourself: Wellness Tips for Moms

Written on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, Parenting

Taking Care of Yourself: Wellness Tips for Moms

Mother’s Day is still a long way off, but mothers need to take care of themselves, or the whole family suffers. When moms get sick and take to bed, the family routine can be thrown into chaos. Most moms probably don’t worry about getting sick as they rush from one activity to the next, but the latest CDC stats show the flu hit younger people harder than usual this season. “This influenza season was particularly hard on younger- and middle-age adults,” according to a recent CDC  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Eighteen to...

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