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Weight-loss tips for every day of the week

When it comes to weight loss, every day of the week brings unique opportunities and challenges.

How do you boost your chances for slimming down as some of the biggest eating holidays of the year approach? TODAY asked Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian nutritionist and author of “Read It Before You Eat It.”

Here’s your daily plan:


The beginning of the week is a good day to begin a healthy eating regimen and set goals.

“People view Monday as a day for a fresh start… (it) helps them carry out their healthy intentions for the week,” according to The Monday Campaigns, a non-profit public health initiative.

Put your goals in writing and be specific, Maples advised. Instead of “Lose 10 pounds,” write down what you will actually do this week to do it. Your list could look something like this:

  • Four nights this week, I’ll eat a salad before my dinner entrée.
  • I’ll pack my lunch for work twice this week: Monday and Wednesday.
  • Three days this week, I’ll walk the 3-mile loop around the neighborhood: Monday after work, Tuesday after dinner and Thursday before work.

“It’s OK to start slow, with easy, doable steps, then build momentum to tackle harder habits. You’re working on getting better, not perfect,” Maples advised. Focus on how you will benefit, rather than what you will give up.

Monday is also a good day to step on a scale so that you can see if you gained any weight after the weekend and adjust accordingly, Taub-Dix said.


Some surveys have found this day to be the most stressful of the week because after coasting through Monday, you realize how much work is still ahead before the weekend finally arrives. Be ready for stress eating, when the vending machine, your coworker’s birthday cake or the fast food joint may be particularly tempting — even when you’re not truly hungry.

“If you eat for the wrong reasons, you’ll wear the wrong sizes,” Taub-Dix warned. The strategy here is to plan ahead: Have nourishing, satisfying, portion-control snacks readily available wherever you are. A single serving hummus and baby carrots, individual size cheese or a handful of nuts are good examples.

This might also be a good time to go shopping for those healthy snacks: Tuesdays are some of the least busy days at grocery stores, giving you lots of time to explore fruits, vegetables and grains. Stock your kitchen with the good stuff, and banish the chips and sweets. “Don’t rely on willpower — change your environment instead to set yourself up for success,” Maples said.


Track your progress mid-week, Maples advised. Have you been paying attention to portion sizes, food groups, calories and your activity level? Which behaviors do you need to adjust?

If you feel your healthy eating resolve is going down on hump day, try a simple exercise to be more mindful, Taub-Dix suggested: Take a moment to eat with your eyes closed. Notice the taste, the temperature and the texture of your meal. You’ll eat less when you appreciate more, she said.

Wednesday is also the best day to step on the scale for the most accurate result, research has found.


This may be a particularly good day for a workout. Gyms register some of their lowest attendance towards the end of the week, so you’ll have more machines available and fewer people competing for space.

Need some extra motivation as the weekend nears? Wear your two-piece bathing suit under your clothing, Taub-Dix suggested. “Every time you go to the bathroom, you’re going to see that bathing suit and it might make you re-think visiting the vending machine at 4 p.m.,” she noted.

If you’re planning to go out Friday or Saturday night, trim off a hundred calories from food choices today, tomorrow and the next day, so you have some extra calories to enjoy while eating out, Maples said.


The end of the work week is another good day to step on the scale to track your progress, Taub-Dix said. Record the number on graph paper or in an app to see the trend over time.

Acknowledge the successes of the week and treat yourself with non-food rewards, such as buying a new workout top or taking a relaxing bath, Maples suggested.


Plan for slip ups when you go out to eat, both experts advised. If you tend to eat and drink too much at restaurants, especially when you’re with a large group, look at the eatery’s menu online ahead of time to pick out what you’ll order and stick to it.

Once at the restaurant, pass the bread to the other side of the table out of reach and choose a side salad as an appetizer to start filling up, Maples said. Ask your server for a box as soon as you get your entree because the portion size is always more than you need. Alcohol decreases your defenses, so limit how much you drink, Taub-Dix said.


Keep moving: Physical activity tends to plummet on Sundays, so buck the trend and squeeze in a workout or go for a walk.

Plan your menu choices for next week and cook ahead so that you have healthy meals ready to go. If you grill a big piece of salmon on Sunday, for example, use the leftovers in a salad on Monday, setting you up for another healthy start.

Assess what’s been working and what needs improvement, and expect ups and downs, Maples said.

“Don’t be too hard on yourself: Your goal is progress, not perfection. Are you getting the results you want?” she noted. Remember: Monday is your chance to start all over.

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11 safety tips for nursery kids in the UAE

It’s been a week since school started for the new academic year in the UAE, with many pre-schoolers or nursery-age children heading to school for the first time.

Parents of young kids going to nursery face a very specific set of challenges and fears.

As the number of working mothers has risen over the past few decades, nursery and day care centres have come to play an important role in a child’s mental, physical and social development.

Naturally, a major concern for parents and nursery owners is keeping children safe and healthy.

Boecker, a public health company, in cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) – UK, has created the Safe ChildCare certification programme, a globally recognised certification that ensures that day care centres abide by international standards covering all major safety issues, in order to reassure parents and organise the work of child care centres’ owners.

AbdulHadi Chalak, country manager and Boecker Public Health, outlines the major safety issues that parents should look out for:

1. Licensing standards: Meeting at least minimum licensing requirements is the first step to measuring quality and showing the management’s commitment to providing children with the best environment for safe development and growth.

2. Adequate supervision: There should be adequate caregiver-to-child ratios and a specified group size in the classrooms based on the provided space and the age of admitted children, in a way to assure an appropriate level of adult supervision.

3. Qualified staff: Care providers should be qualified and trained on the basics of child safety and health.

4. Childproofing: As children in nurseries are still learning to balance while walking and are curiosity about exploring the surrounding environment, there is scope for accidents and injuries. It is important to make sure that the spaces are childproofed and that play areas are clean and in good condition.

5. Transmission of illnesses: This is expected in day care centres, however, preventive measures can be implemented.

6. Healthy and safe behaviours:  It should be evident to parents that the day care is a healthy and safe place where staff and children wash their hands frequently, surfaces are being cleaned regularly and babies are being put to sleep on their backs. These practices can prevent germs from spreading and keep children and staff safe and healthy.

7. Food safety: Improper handling of food can result in food poisoning incidents and health threatening allergic reactions.

8. Medication and toxic substances: Accidental poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury and death among young children. Always make sure that medicines (when available) and cleaning products are stored in locked childproofed cabinets out of children’s reach and that there’ s a strict medication administration policy.

9. Emergency plan: This should cover all kinds of incidences that may occur during operating hours, including health-related accidents, natural disasters, fire, etc.

10. Staff turnover: Low staff turnover allows children to develop lasting relationships with caregivers. This results from good management practices which focus on teachers’ needs and wellbeing. When teachers are happy, they are more likely to treat children with warmth and positivity.

11. Open-door policy: A safe nursery encourages parents to observe and ask questions, before or after enrolling. This includes checking how teachers wash their hands, how they handle the emotional needs of the children, how staff interact with the children and with each other, etc.

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Meet the marathon scientist whose running tips can turn you from couch potato to champion

If you ever find a bottle of orange squash-infused ­water behind a tree in the Chiltern Hills, don’t take it away: it might well be John Brewer’s, and it might be helping him through a ­difficult training run.

“If you’re getting tired of training or racing,” says John, “having something sweet in your mouth can give you a mental or physiological boost that makes things seem a little bit easier. It’s almost like your body is thinking, ‘Hey, here it comes!’”

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10 Health Tips for Female College Students

Newswise — For young women heading off to college, it can be a time filled with the excitement of living away from home. This new sense of independence should also include taking charge of one’s own health, says Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

As a consulting gynecologist at the Arthur Ashe Student Health Center at UCLA, Sridhar is familiar with the medical concerns of young women, especially when it comes to menstruation, sex, and prevention of gynecological problems.  She offers 10 tips for college students to ensure good health:

  1. Visit your doctor before you leave home Know your health details. Ask your parents and doctors about allergies, medical problems and other important health information. Make sure your screenings, immunizations and prescriptions are up to date. An especially important immunization is the one for human papilloma virus, or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in young adults. “It can cause cervical cancer but can be prevented by the HPV vaccination and screening with pap smears,” says Sridhar. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about screening and vaccination for cervical cancer and HPV.
  2. Know where to get healthcare on campus and what your insurance covers Before you arrive on campus, find out where the closest clinic or other healthcare facility is that accepts your health insurance. If taking the student health insurance, know what services are available to you. Check out your school’s health center website to learn more.
  3. Keep track of your menstrual cycles Problems with menstrual cycles can disturb your school life. By tracking your periods, you can provide valuable information to your gynecologist if you do have issues. “When I ask my patients when their last period was, the first thing they do is open their cell phone. Many women are tracking their cycles through apps now,” she says. Go online to research the variety of mobile apps that help you track your menstrual cycle. Sridhar also recommends tracking your moods, cramps and birth control intake.
  4. Protect yourself during sex If you are sexually active, protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancies. Condoms are the only way to prevent some STDs. Here is a link to fact sheets about STDs from the CDC. Ask your partner to get tested for STDs if there is a concern.                                                                                                                                                         Talk to your doctor about which birth control is right for you. “There is so much incorrect information about birth control on the Internet that it is scary,” she cautions. Your docto can provide information about different methods. Or, you can visit websites such as, which provide medically accurate information. For birth control or condom accidents, emergency contraception available for use up to five days after unprotected sex.        
  1. Follow good hygiene habits Sanitary pads, tampons or menstrual cups need to be changed frequently as recommended. Avoid scented soaps or shampoos in the vaginal area and substitute them with fragrance-free pH neutral soap. Dry the area by gentle patting and use toilet articles without dyes. Women are prone to yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis caused by an imbalance of the healthy bacteria in the vagina. Avoid feminine sprays, douches and powders. “Vaginal discharge is abnormal if you have itching, redness and pain. I recommend patients to see a doctor if they have discharge that is greenish-yellow, foamy or a bad smell,” says Sridhar.
  2. Mind your bladder health When trekking across campus or sitting for long stretches while studying, you may be tempted to delay a trip to the women’s restroom. However, going long periods without emptying your bladder can cause urinary tract infections (UTI). UTI’s are very common in sexually active women. Be sure to empty your bladder every time you have sex to prevent UTIs. “Drink plenty of water to flush out your system and talk to your doctor if you have pain and frequent urination with burning,” says Sridhar. “If neglected, these can lead to kidney infections.”
  3. Own your sexuality Whether you are straight, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, intersex, transgender, queer or questioning, Aparna says know who you are and own it. Find friends and mentors who support you. If you are LGBTQ, check your school’s website for campus resources like UCLA’s LGBTQ Health program.
  4. Do not tolerate sexual abuse or violence One in four undergraduate women experience sexual assault on college campuses. Raise your voice and seek help on campus. Consult your dorm’s Resident Assistant for advice or check your school’s student website for guidance on reporting the assault and seeking medical and psychological services.
  5. Have a reproductive life plan While many collage aged women are not thinking about starting a family, Aparna does encourage her patients to think ahead about their reproductive life plan. When do you see yourself having children? How many kids do you want? “We plan ahead for our careers and where we want to live,” she says. “Women should give equal thought to reproductive planning too.” Take folic acid and calcium to keep your body healthy. And, when you are interested in having children, make a ‘preconception visit’ with your gynecologist.
  6. Keep a sound mind in a sound body Pay attention to your mental health. “The mind is very powerful and plays a big role in how you feel physically,” she says. Find stress-busting activities that you enjoy and get enough sleep—around 8 hours is optimal for most students. Yoga and meditation can help avoid stress and anxiety. Surround yourself with happy people and keep your family close.


Contact; Amy Albin 310.267.7095

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Five Tips for Choosing a Reliable Nursing Home

Do your homework.

Investigate the track record of the facilities you are considering. A federal website, Nursing Home Compare, is the most comprehensive source of data on nursing homes and allows consumers to sort and compare facilities based on geography and other factors. The site includes information about a home’s staffing levels, recent inspection reports and measurements of the quality of residents’ care. Another website, Nursing Home Inspect — run by ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism group — allows visitors to dig more deeply into facilities’ inspection reports and any citations they have received from regulators.

The federal website is not perfect — some key information, like staffing data, is reported by the nursing homes themselves, for example — but changes in recent years have improved the site. Nursing Home Compare also does not always include state-level reports or penalties. To view those, families must search the websites of individual states, such as the one run by the state of Florida.

Taken as a whole, the websites can provide an overview of a nursing home’s quality and identify potential red flags. A facility that has been given only one or two stars on the federal website, for example, should likely be ruled out, advocates said.

Florida officials are still sorting out who is to blame for the death of residents this week when the facility’s air conditioning stopped working, but the nursing home in question — the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — had a federal rating of two stars (out of a possible five). Inspection reports show that in 2016 and 2014, it was cited for problems with maintaining its emergency generators, though this year, a follow-up inspection concluded that the issues had been corrected.

Some experts also recommend asking a nursing home you’re considering for the minutes of meetings of its residents council, which can reveal quality-of-life problems that may not show up elsewhere. Others warned that the nursing homes themselves often run these councils, so the minutes may not be that revealing in all cases.

Even so, try to get copies of the minutes before you visit, “so you can clue in on those problems and see if those have been fixed,” said Brian Lee, who was the Florida state nursing-home ombudsman from 2003 to 2011 and is now executive director of Families for Better Care, an advocacy group based in Texas.


Police outside The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla. on Wednesday. The Hollywood Police Department opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of eight residents of the nursing home in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath.

Jason Henry for The New York Times

Visit all homes you are considering, ideally in the evening or on weekends.

Scheduling a tour or making an appointment is fine, but many also advised visiting during a shift change, a busy hour like dinnertime, or on weekends when staffing levels are lower, to gain a sense of how the facility operates when conditions are not ideal.


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If a nursing home resists — or advises against making an unannounced visit — consider that a red flag, Mr. Chicotel said.

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As you walk through the nursing home, use all your senses. If you smell urine or feces, that is a sign that staff members are not attending to residents’ needs quickly enough. Are residents parked in wheelchairs in the hallway? In front of the television?

“You don’t want them to be potted plants sitting in the corner,” Mr. Lee said.

He also advised eating a meal at the nursing home if there is time. Food is often one of residents’ top complaints, Mr. Lee said. “The quality is bad, the temperature is bad, the choice and selection,” he said. “If people don’t eat, they become malnourished, so you want to be able to sit down, have a meal, and it should be palatable.”

Richard J. Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, a New York-based advocacy group, recommended asking about quality-of-life issues that are often overlooked in the rush to find a nursing home, such as what religious services are available.

To get a sense for how well-staffed a nursing home is — and staffing levels are considered the best measure of a facility’s overall quality — Mr. Chicotel advised looking at residents’ hair, fingernails and teeth. “Those are the shortcuts that understaffed facilities make,” he said. “Those are less visible — those things don’t go in the chart.”

Ask for the facility’s emergency management plan.

While natural disasters are rare, people who live in vulnerable areas like Florida may want to pay extra attention to a nursing home’s emergency management plan. All facilities are required to have such a plan and to file it with local emergency management officials, Mr. Lee said.

The trouble is, he said, the plans often receive little scrutiny and end up gathering dust in a government office. “Many of these plans are just rubber-stamped, and it becomes this bureaucratic paper push,” he said.

Families might also want to ask whether a nursing home has a backup generator to power its air-conditioning system. A new federal rule, set to be enforced in November, requires nursing homes to have “alternate sources of energy” to maintain safe temperatures in facilities, but does not specifically require backup generators for air-conditioning systems.

Asking questions about the plan allows you to evaluate whether it is adequate, but it also keeps staff members on their toes. “It’s a training system for the nursing home,” said Mr. Lee, who weathered four hurricanes during the time he was the state’s nursing-home ombudsman.

Ask for help.

If you’re having trouble sorting out your options, contact the local nursing-home ombudsman. Every state has a network of ombudsmen whose job is to investigate residents’ concerns. Many can also help families evaluate facilities.


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“It’s a free service, they’ll sit down with people, and if there’s a problem, you’ve got someone you know is in your corner,” Mr. Lee said.

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Health Prevention Tips

People listening with earbuds and headphones is a common sight whether on campus, while commuting, or as leisure. In fact, some of us are guilty of turning up the sound so loud that others can hear it despite wearing their own listening devices. We also spend a lot of time using them, which may cause irreparable harm.  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1.1 billion people, from ages 12 to 35, are at risk of hearing loss due to listening to increased volumes of music, further heightened by the extensive use of smartphones and other portable devices. In fact, the incidence of hearing damage has increased over the past ten years, according to WHO.

Unfortunately, once damage to hearing has occurred, it cannot be reversed.

The human ear functions to convert sound waves to electrical waves. Those electrical waves are then transmitted to the brain, which then makes sense of the sound we hear.

Ear damage can occur for many different reasons, though they often center around three main reasons: how intensity of the sound, how close a person is to the source of the sound, and how long a person was exposed to the source of sound.

Noise-induced hearing loss is a term which describes an impairment in hearing due to continued exposure to loud sounds. How loud or intense sound is measured by the unit decibels. For example, a whisper is about 30 db, a normal conversation is about 60 decibels, and sirens are 120 decibels. Listening to sounds less than 75 decibels will not normally do any harm. However, listening to sounds more than about 85-90 decibels over a long period of time can lead to permanent hearing loss.

To put these statistics into perspective, if a person sitting next to you can hear the sound from your listening device, the volume is too loud. Another way to test the intensity of volume is to set the device at your normal volume and hold the device at arm’s length. If you can still hear the sound, the volume is too high.

Another aspect to consider is the impact of different listening devices. Interestingly, earbuds are more harmful to ears than headphones. Because of their design, earbuds are more intrusive as they directly enter the ear canal. This positioning can increase the decibel level of the sound you are hearing.

Even though hearing loss is permanent, there are ways to prevent or at least lessen the damage to ears. To prevent hearing damage, doctors advise wearing larger headphones that cover the ear instead of earbuds, which are more intrusive and directly enter the ear. The WHO recommends using noise-canceling headphones, which may prevent users from turning up the volume too high. Moderation is also key. People should aim to listen for at about sixty percent of the maximum volume for no more than sixty minutes a day and no more than five minutes per day at maximum volume. In general, the louder the noise or sound is, the shorter the time a person should listen.

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Feeling Burnout? Try These Four Tips To Negotiate A Mental Health Day

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Burnout is a very real and growing dynamic in the US and UK workforce. This post explores four perspectives – a CEO, a mental health advocate, a work/life expert and a therapist – and four tactics you can use when negotiating for a mental health day.

Back in June, a set of tweets between a CEO and his employee went viral when the CEO applauded his staff person for taking mental health days as sick days. The popular and mostly positive response on social media signals an important move towards destigmatizing conversations around mental well-being. It’s also happening at a time when at least half of workers in the United States are reporting that they are exhausted and experiencing chronic stress due to work. This isn’t just an American phenomenon. A recent study released in the United Kingdom revealed that in 2016, people between the ages of 40 and 44 had the highest rate of suicide, at 15.1% per 100,000 people. While the statistics are alarming and the cost of stressed out workers is increasingly clear, negotiating a mental health day is still not a standard practice for many organizations.

While culture around mental wellness is changing, this might be uncharted territory for organizations and managers. It’s important to think strategically about your own situation. The reality is that while maintaining mental health at work and managing stress is a critical part of creating balance in life, negotiating successfully involves attention to the nuances of your organization. I talked to a CEO, a mental health advocate,  a work-life expert, and a therapist to find out what their advice was for managing the stress around preparing to negotiate a mental health day.  They suggested four key tactics and other useful suggestions as well.

1. Prioritize your health and draw appropriate boundaries.

The commitment to respect and support employees is an important part of stewarding a healthy and functioning organization, according to one executive I spoke with. “As a leader, I believe that if you don’t encourage people to care for themselves as a part of daily practice, then you can’t expect them to care for the community you’re building together at work—which is what fuels our success,” says Graziella Jackson, CEO of EchoCo, a digital consultancy that helps civic, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. “ We’re whole people at work whether the environment recognizes it or not. “ Jackson also mentioned that at her company, the self-care policy is based on employees asking for what they need in order to thrive and using paid leave structures—sick, vacation, and floating holidays—to accommodate those needs. “Our combined leave policy includes 258-298 annual leave hours, depending on your tenure. We don’t dictate how that is used and we encourage it to be used for self-care, including for mental health.” In addition to this, EchoCo also has paid bereavement leave, a school visitation leave policy that supports parents in attending their children’s school activities, and disability leave and leave of absence policies that address maternity, paternity, and other specific longer-term needs.

When thinking about the challenges of bringing mental health policies into the workplace, Jackson says that, for leaders, it also comes down to drawing appropriate boundaries. “You have to prioritize every aspect of an employee’s health and encourage them to take care of their needs. You also need to be clear with employees that while the space for care is provided by the workplace, the delivery of care still needs to come from trained providers outside of work. That can be a delicate balance to navigate and is essential for success.” Jackson points out that effective leaders who create sustainable organizational cultures can play an active role in preventing burnout. Doing so ultimately ensure the longevity of the organization.

2. Demonstrate how taking a mental health day benefits productivity.

“It’s important to prepare what you’re going to say before you reach out to human resources or your supervisor,” says Dior Vargas, a leading Millennial Latina mental health advocate. She suggests using first person language that communicates how a mental health day can help boost productivity. “It’s important to be in the mindset that you are deserving of a mental health day if you’re overwhelmed. It also helps to word your request as something that would also benefit the company. An example might be, ‘I wanted to discuss taking a mental health day. Since working on our current project, I’ve been feeling that my productivity isn’t at the level that I would like it to be at. Taking a day off would help me refresh and better achieve the goals I have for this position.’” Vargas also suggests follow up over email with details from your conversation after the meeting so everyone can stay accountable.

3. Use open-ended questions to get details that will help you craft a more collaborative request.

Work-life expert Rachael Ellison coaches her clients to be aware of the pain point driving the need for a mental health day, but to not let that be what frames the request. Instead, she suggests considering what your manager might be thinking and feeling. That perspective can help you craft a request that centers on general productivity. Speak from a place of confidence and calm,” Ellison suggests, “because you know it is what you need in order to be your best at work. Frame your request in terms of effectiveness and collaboration — something you know they will appreciate.” Using open-ended questions with your manager can help you get the details you need to construct a truly collaborative request, as well as effectively plan and prepare for your absence.

4. Get clear on what your privacy needs are.

Though the stigma around mental illness might be evolving, each individual person needs to be aware of what their needs are in terms of privacy around any health issue. “Ultimately, mental health days shouldn’t be any different than a day off for physical health reasons,” says Ariane Corcoran, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate. “If people are working in an environment where they have a sense of safety and feel supported by supervisors, they may choose to disclose the reason for needing a day off from their job. But if they don’t feel that sense of safety and support, they may benefit from using less transparency. This isn’t because there is anything wrong with needing and using a day off for mental health reasons. It’s because not all employers may be equally informed and understanding. People should navigate in the way they feel is necessary to allow themselves the care they need.” Protecting your privacy is a judgment call that only you can make, and an important reflection of the values of the organization you work for.


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Oral Health Tips And How To Whiten Teeth Naturally

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There are fewer things more important than oral hygiene but unfortunately it is often taken for granted. In fact most systemic diseases that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems. Hygiene is essential and should not be negated in any case. Always brush your teeth twice a day or even after meals, use floss and mouthwash to keep your mouth clean on a daily basis. Make sure you visit a dentist and schedule regular dental check-ups for good oral health. If you have yellow or tinted teeth, here is a quick solution using baking soda and lemon that you can leave on for a few minutes to achieve the Hollywood star smile. Follow our tips on how to achieve and maintain good oral health.

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Healthy Eating: Back-to-school health tips

Here Beverley Waithe, MA, RD, CDE, a nutritionist and certified diabetes educator, shares a tip for healthy holiday eating.
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Nine mental health tips for students starting university –

“When you’re stressed and worried yourself, it might seem like you hardly have the time or the energy to invest in other people. But you can help yourself by making it a priority, since research suggests helping others helps reduce stress levels. No matter how nervous you’re feeling, you can guarantee there will be others out there feeling the same. Go over, introduce yourself and invite them for a drink; you’ll be helping them and yourself at the same time.”

7. Go easy on yourself

“We can be our own worst enemies when we find ourselves in situations of stress. While it’s good to be self-aware, being overly self-critical will only drive those feelings of insecurity. In fact, experts believe self-criticism can just make us more miserable. So instead of dwelling on your every failing, focus on how and why you value yourself. This shift will help make you stronger, more productive, less stressed, and yes, happier.”

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