Get a Jump on Your Summer Garden!  Growing your own produce is not just good for your pocketbook, its good for your health too!  Gardening burns approximately 250 to 350 calories an hour.  For optimal health benefits, garden three times a week for an hour at a time.  Remember, anything that makes you sweat…mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, hauling mulch…qualifies as exercise.

Use the Spring Months to get Ready for Summer Safety! Sign up your kids for swimming lessons.  Drowning is the leading cause of accidents and deaths in children.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids aren’t ready for formal swim instruction until they’re 4 years old.  As always, talk with your child’s pediatrician when making a decision.  Until then, never allow babies or toddlers near a pool unsupervised, even for a minute.  Most drownings occur in kids under 2 years old.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Drawer!  Like most products, cosmetics expire.  Most between 3 months to 2 years.  Makeup can carry bacteria and other critters you don’t want to put on your skin.  This spring, while you’re cleaning out your medicine cabinet, toss out that tube of mascara, powders, and any other makeup that has expired.

Consider Becoming an Early Bird! Studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than those night owls who snooze the morning way.  Taking advantage of the morning light, enjoy some quiet time before starting your day.  Waking early also gives you a chance to get out and exercise-giving a good dose of needed vitamin D!

Take a Walk During Your Lunch Hour!  Not only will it give you a chance to stop and smell the daffodils; a walk will also get you from your desk and provide the moderate exercise the doctors keep recommending.  If you take advantage of our pet-friendly policies here, this is a great way to get your pet some exercise as well add some fun into your day!

Trade Your Flip-Flops for Foot Friendly Kicks! Wearing flip-flops makes wearers more susceptible to injuries like stubbed toes, rolled or sprained ankles, tendinitis, blistering, arch pain, and stress fractures.  If you are providing direct support, remember, close-toed shoes are a required part of the dress code.

Get Dirty!  And let your kids get dirty, too! Getting dirty isn’t just fun, it created an opportunity for exposure to common bacteria.  When common bacteria routinely inhabit our bodies, they can produce vitamins and proteins we need and help make our immune and gastrointestinal system work.

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