"Dear Ask Alison - I'm a new dad and I'm putting together a family emergency plan. Any tips?" - Jake M., Winghaven
It sounds like you are right on track when it comes to your family's safety. My friend Kyle Gaines from the St. Charles County Ambulance District took me through some essential steps to take after calling 9-1-1.
Pick up your free File of Life at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch and be sure to check out the Ambulance District's Free Lifesaver CPR Classes at the Library this summer. Learn more and register here: Lifesaver CPR
The St. Charles County Ambulance District will also host CPR training classes through out the summer. Check the Library's calendar to register!
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"Dear Ask Alison,
I applaud you for taking this big step toward better health. This is no small feat. Some clinical studies have shown that sugar can have the same effect on the brain as narcotics such as cocaine, and giving it up is as much a mental battle as a physical one. Here are 5 ways to keep your body-and mind-on the goal.
4. Don’t deprive yourself. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables react differently with your brain chemistry and aren’t as addictive as the processed stuff. Including naturally low sugar foods such as super dark chocolate, green apples, and unsweetened coconut flakes can satisfy sweet cravings without derailing your hard work.
5. Hydrate. Probably the most important health tip across the board, proper hydration can help with all kinds of ailments, including headaches and fatigue, as well as feelings of hunger and cravings. There are several apps for iOS and Android devices, including Waterlogged, Daily Free Water, Waterlog, and iDrate, which give personalized water intake recommendations and reminders. Good luck to you!
Ahmed SH et al. “Sugar Addiction: Pushing the Drug-Sugar Analogy to the Limit.” Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 16.4 (2007): 434-9
Beyond sugar shock : -- the 6-week plan to break free of your sugar addiction & get slimmer, sexier, & sweeter -- Connie Bennett
Lenoir, Magalie et al. “Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward.” Ed. Bernhard Baune. PLoS ONE 2.8 (2007): e698.
Katherine Meirink, PT
I recommend these websites:
FORE Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education
NOF National Osteoporosis Foundation
I also recommend this book (click title to reserve your copy today):
Walk Tall! An Exercise Program for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis by Sandra Meeks, PT
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