Approaches include sensory rooms, classroom materials and new routines
If you have walked by your local Starbucks or any coffee shop during the scramble of commuters trying to get to work, the line around the block is a clear indication that Americans love their morning Joe.
Traversing the twists and turns of the waterslide, perfecting your form on the diving board, and testing your cunning at a game of Marco Polo. These are just a few of the ways to steer clear of boredom and ensure a fun day at the pool.
If coffee has long been your go-to morning and afternoon boost, it might be time to switch things up. Consider squeezing a few of these natural energy alternatives into your daily routine.
Exercise, eating right and overall healthy living are key allies in keeping cancer at bay
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is caused when an individual witnesses or experiences a tragic event. Though they may not surface for months or years, symptoms include sleeplessness, depression, a heightened state of anxiety, flashbacks to the event and avoidance of places, people or activities that are reminders of the trauma. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 7.7 million adults in the U.S. live with PTSD, though women are more likely to develop this condition.
Ian McNichol was about 13 or 14, playing shortstop for his baseball team, when he sustained his first serious blow to the head. He lost a pop-up in the sun, and the ball struck him square in the right eye. Four years later, he was hit in the face again while playing baseball. Both incidents resulted in concussions.
It’s said that a positive attitude is essential to health and wellness. Keeping a positive attitude in the face of great obstacles — tragedy, anger, violence, illness or hardship — is life’s toughest challenge. Hank Commodore has a simple, unfailing solution: Humble yourself with wisdom, and practice love and kindness to humankind.
James Decker, 51, jokes that he “won the big grand prize” when he learned he had both diabetes and heart disease. But thanks to prompt and attentive care from Indiana Regional Medical Center, Decker is doing amazingly well.
Once again, millennials — anyone born between 1981 and 1996 — are in the news. This time, unbeknownst to them, it’s a plea for help.
March 26 is a significant day for various reasons, but why depends on who you are. In 1958, the United States Army launched the Explorer 3 artificial satellite.
With spring finally in the air, most of us can’t wait to get outside and soak up some sun. With May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it's a great time to be reminded about the importance of skin care, particularly when it comes to protecting it from damaging and potentially cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation.
Junior high school is a critical time of growth and development for students. Whether they’re trying to make new friends, join an extracurricular activity or sport, or navigate a homecoming dance, youths within that demographic are full of emotions they might not know how to express or cope with.
An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 people younger than 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia. It’s a disease that Amy Losak of Teaneck, New Jersey, knows all too well.
As cliché as it may sound, it’s also a fact: Doing good is good for everyone. Altruism is beneficial to your mental health, physical well-being and sense of belonging. A recent study revealed that volunteering for as little as two hours every week can be instrumental to your health. The same study found that out of all the do-gooders who spent their free time helping others 93 percent reported an improved mood, 79 percent reported decreased stress levels and 88 percent felt a boost in their self-esteem.
Experts weigh in on effects that have less to do with the planet — and more with you
Recent estimates have shown that about one in six American children between ages 3 and 17 have one or more developmental disabilities — impairments in learning, language, physical or behavior. These conditions begin during the developmental period, can affect everyday functioning, and generally last throughout a person’s life.
Community College of Allegheny County English professor Stephen Wells started running for exercise 11 years ago because his pants didn’t fit him anymore.
Studies show the benefits of living an active, outdoor lifestyle are endless
It’s safe to assume everyone has heard the phrase “learning is fun” at some point in their lifetime. It is also safe to assume that most rolled their eyes or shrugged their shoulders in response.
3.196 billion. That’s the number of social media users worldwide in 2018, which is up 13% according to The Global Digital Report. In today's culture of #followforfollow and #life4like it's as important as ever to interrupt the mindless scrolling and look up. Social media, which was designed as a tool for connection, has become a replacement.
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Jody Rainey, principal of Homer-Center High School, admits his viewpoint on academics might sound to some a little radical for an educator.
Speech — even in this age of social media — is still humanity's most important means of communication. The spoken word is the way the vast majority of people on our planet express their wants and needs.
Make no bones about it: Since its inception, orthopedic medicine has come a long way. And Bonnie Clendening is among the millions of Americans who have undergone an orthopedic surgery and witnessed its evolution firsthand.
This type of hearing loss is common and preventable, but not always easy to detect
The mass-shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and schools around the nation last year ignited a debate on mental health and the need to prevent young people from slipping through the cracks.
More Americans than ever before in are legally taking prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical prices are increasing about 8 percent per year – more than four times the rate of wage growth and inflation. Consequently, if you want the top brand name pharmaceuticals, you may, depending on what your health plan covers, be paying a hefty chunk of change to get them.
For individuals keen on planning for a financially comfortable future, it’s a no-brainer to invest in a retirement plan like a 401(k).
Mass shootings have been an unfortunately common occurrence in the U.S. for some time now - media outlets report new tragedies on what seems like a weekly basis. But with every new case, many still look to the past for reference, the massacre at Columbine High School being one of the most frequently cited. The insurmountable emotions of these situations can be cause to create more anger, more hatred and more violence; it’s a vicious cycle with seemingly few solutions. But even the people directly affected by these tragedies have the ability to overcome and create an opposite reaction. One spurred on by hope and kindness.
As the wintry atmosphere has settled outside and the heat gets cranked up indoors, the dry air can wreak havoc on the body — particularly your eyes. Your sight is an especially important sense; it’s important during these cold months to keep up on the health of your vision. If you’ve noticed that your eyes seem redder than usual, you have blurred sight or watery eyes, or you have a hard time making tears, the culprit could be something a bit more serious than the dreary outdoors.
Health insurance plans provide a number of preventive services that many employees don’t know are available, and some simply don’t use.
A large part of aging gracefully calls for accepting and adapting to our maturing bodies. Let’s face it, the older we get, the more we find ourselves modifying our activities of daily living—including our fitness routine. But, just because we don’t move quite as quickly or have the same stamina and endurance we once did, doesn’t mean it’s time to kick our cross-trainers to the curb and take up residence on the couch.
As part of an effort to keep students front and center regarding plans for preparedness, staff at Seneca Valley School District recently participated in the first “Stop the Bleed” training to learn the basics of bleeding control, how to use dressings and how to use a tourniquet properly.
Gather round the table, it's time for a lesson in kitchen safety
Should a sprained ankle or chest pains send a person to the emergency room, or is an urgent care center more appropriate? The choice is difficult, to be sure, particularly for someone like me, who travels a lot.
Here's what usually happens when we get sick.
As the winter weather settles in, there’s one phrase that sends chills down the backs of teachers and parents.
Native to New Zealand, Manuka honey has recently become the love child for all things healing. Those who love it not only refer to it as the champagne of honey, but they tout it as a medicinal elixir. It has been said to ward off inflammation, bacteria, viruses and keep your gut healthy, as well as being akin to antibiotics. “Its significant antibacterial actions may be related to its low ph level and high sugar content, which is enough to hinder the growth of microbes,” says Isabelle Abrams MA, NNT, BACH expert, a private nutrition service.
Scrolling through Instagram, you might notice a few “armpit selfies.” It’s usually a wellness blogger flaunting an armpit, covered in what looks like a charcoal face mask. Not sure why we’re suddenly masking our pits? Armpit detoxification is the latest trend taking over the wellness community. It stems from the thought that traditional antiperspirants that block sweat actually clog the sweat ducts, stopping them from secreting. The purpose of armpit detoxification is to rid the body of toxins that build up over time, particularly in the sweat glands. Armpit detoxification may help reduce the amount of sweat and odor these glands produce.