GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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•  Local Museums

Learn some history by visiting a local museum. Let your children engage and educate themselves on a particular subject, period or area. Experiences such as a museum visit can become a meaningful part of a child’s identity and contribute to successful socialization. Many museums offer free or discounted admission during certain hours or on certain days.


•  Zoo or Aquarium

Explore wildlife by visiting the local zoo or aquarium. This is a wonderful learning experience that allows children to study animals in a simulation of their natural environments.


There are many amazing places in your area your family can go explore for free or at a low cost. Check with your local chamber of commerce or visitors center for more ideas. This summer, make it your goal to get out of the house to learn about and explore your local area. Your children will have fun, and you will, too, as you watch them expand their horizons. The opportunities are limitless.

With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for family friendly activities in which everyone can participate. Instead of planning a big family vacation, you could choose to take a few fun day trips. These trips are usually less expensive and less time consuming than a full-out vacation. Enjoy a full day of activities provided by some of the local attractions in your city.


To discover what is within your area, go online and search TripAdvisor or other Web sites that provide similar content. Look for discounts – a certain day of the week might be cheaper to go visit an attraction than another. Be sure you have all your necessities ready before you venture out: your tickets, snacks for the drive there and back and clothing suitable for whatever activity you may be doing, such as swimwear, hats and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water, especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. You need to stay hydrated.


Here are a few attractions you can visit that are in most cities or just a short drive away:


•  Fire or Police Station

Many fire and police stations offer free tours. Call your local fire or police department, tell them about your interest in touring the facility and set a date and time. This will allow children to have an educational

FUN DAY TRIPS TO TAKE WITH YOUR CHILDREN

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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experience as well as learn safety tips.


•  Library

During the summer, many libraries have programs for children that entail storytelling, movies and crafts. Children can get their own library cards and check out books themselves. A weekly trip to the library can form a lifetime habit of reading.


•  Waterpark or Amusement Park

The local waterpark or amusement park is the perfect place to go to let loose and have some fun, especially when it gets hot. Again, you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen and hats when you go and also bring water.


•  State Park

Enjoy nature at a local state park. This is a wonderful way to bond with your family in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic and have lunch outside. Embark on a nature hike or bring your fishing poles if there’s a lake. You can even enjoy fun physical activities such as soccer or football or you can bring a board game or play cards.