Self-Improvement Month

Family Wellness | September 6, 2013 | By

As kids head back to school this September, create a fresh start for yourself as well by participating in National Self-Improvement Month. Whether you set a health-related goal or attempt to learn something new, September is a great time to make changes before the end of the year.

assembled-meal-bagTo get you started, we want to help you improve your dinnertime hour with some simple tips to keep your meals organized, stress-free and fun.

– When assembling your dinners in our store, make sure to squeeze all the air out of your bags and keep the cooking instructions visible from the outside. This will save you time and headache later!

– At home, store your meals flat and stacked on top of each other in the freezer. If you have any meals left over from the month before, make sure to rotate those to the front of the freezer so they get used first! Keep any extra sides or desserts separate, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

–  Pull out dinners from the freezer every Sunday so they can thaw in your defrost bin in the fridge. Have your kids help you so they can get excited about what you’re eating that week.


April is Stress Awareness Month

You may have heard of national cancer awareness, heart health awareness, or a myriad of months dedicated to helping draw attention to a public health concern. Stress Awareness Month is no different. It is a national effort aimed at informing people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions that are prevalent in our society.

For a snapshot, go to the official website at Check out the free downloadable short guides on how to manage stress.

For dinner hour stress, that’s something we can help with! Each month, our team works hard to bring you real solutions, no matter if you have a picky little eater, a big athlete in the family or a simple shortage of time and new ideas.


New MyPlate icon helps families plan meals easier

The Federal government’s MyPlate icon was created to help everyday consumers think about eating healthier at dinner time. This icon provides a visual representation of what your dinner plate should look like in the way of protein, vegetables, dairy, fruits and grains.

“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom,


Don’t let the holiday food scene overwhelm you!

Family Wellness | November 10, 2010 | By

Does the thought of holiday gatherings and parties make you cringe when you consider what is likely to happen to all your hard work at dieting or eating healthier?  If the answer is yes, you are not alone.  The holidays pose challenges for those of us trying to lose weight or eat healthier  but there are things we can do to stay on track.

Follow these tips for a healthy holiday.


The Power of Ginger

Family Wellness | August 25, 2010 | By

Ginger is a spice with great health benefits. One of the active ingredients in ginger is called gingerol – said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to also contain a high amount of antioxidants and is used to help relieve nausea.

Ginger is an extremely versatile root that has a pungent spicy taste. Ground ginger, mostly used


Get motivated with a little help from your friends

If you want to lose weight or change your eating habits, let your family and friends know what you are doing, and be specific about how they can help you. Let them know how important, as well as how challenging, this is for you, and that you need their help.


Quick stress Rx

Write the word “breathe” on a sticky note. Put the note where you will see it often; on your computer, dashboard, workstation, cash register, or cell phone. Or program it into a pop-up e-mail or PDA reminder.


Every little bit helps – lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

Frequent breaks to stretch and stand may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes for desk workers, couch potatoes and other people who sit for long amounts of time.


What to do when you have too many things on your plate

Don’t know where to start?

One way to reduce the stress and anxiety produced by an overcrowded schedule is to complete things systematically before you start new projects.

Review your calendar for the week, the day or even the hour. Then pick one item you need to get done or one decision that you can make in five minutes or less. Make a phone call? Send an e-mail? Decide what to have for lunch? Go for a walk?

Once you’ve finished it, cross that item off and say out loud: Done! No matter how small the task, give yourself credit for completing it. As your list shrinks, your sense of control and competence grows. One success sets you up for another.

Source: Recharge in Minutes, by Suzanne Zoglio, PhD, TowerHill Press

Vitamin D and Sunscreen

Now that it’s summer you’re probably ready to lather on the sunscreen. But you may also be wondering about news reports that say sunscreen interferes with the body’s ability to make vitamin D, a nutrient you must have to absorb calcium and build strong bones.

How much vitamin D your body makes depends upon your skin color, the time of year, your age and where you live. Just 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure twice a week without sunscreen may be all you need. Some
experts believe even that may be too much, however. Unprotected exposure to sun increases your risk for skin cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you wear sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15 whenever you’re outside, even on cloudy days. Supplements and food sources can fulfill your vitamin D requirements.

When you buy sunscreen

Buy products that provide broad spectrum protection, meaning they block UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. UVB rays make skin turn red and cause sunburn. UVA rays are longer, penetrate skin more deeply, and cause wrinkling and other signs of aging. Both can cause skin cancer.