Bracing for the Boom

If fireworks are a part of your Independence day celebration, make sure to use ear protection. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, long or repeated exposure to sounds greater than 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, and fireworks are capable of emitting sounds between 120-150 decibels.

Rekindle your love for exercise

Developing a love for exercise or maintaining the energy to consistently hit the gym after work can be hard. The American Council on Exercise recommends these five tips to stay focused and achieve your fitness goals

1.Remind yourself of the feel-good mood lifter after a hard workout

2. Don’t guilt yourself if you miss a workout. Guilt can have negative effects.

3. Build your willpower muscle by changing the way you do simple tasks
(example: open doors with your non-dominant hand).

4. Set realistic exercise goals that you can live with and meet each week.

5. Find ways to link the idea of physical activity to something you enjoy.

Sweet statistics

Watermelon is the perfect treat for a hot summer day, providing both health and hydration benefits. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the fruit is constituted of more than 90 percent water and is an outstanding source of vitamin C.

Is your family getting enough DHA omega-3?

DHA omega-3 is an important nutrient that helps support healthy brain development, but it’s not always easy to include enough DHA in your family’s diet. This is especially true when it comes to kids, who may not be fans of common dietary sources of DHA such as fish. Add it to your everyday routine by choosing organic milk with added DHA omega-3, which is available in a variety of flavors and sizes that include on-the-go milk boxes perfect for the lunchbox.

Backpack basics

Back-to-school often means buying a new backpack to transport all of the school supplies required to start a new year. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a full backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a students body weight.