Preventing Illness

Help Your Kids Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

When children are young, parents and other caregivers are responsible for providing an environment that helps them maintain a lifestyle that is beneficial to their health.

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health.

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  • Preventing Illness

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    Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN, FAND

    Although exposure to lead has reduced within the last two decades, it is still a concern and caution is advised, especially for children who have access to toys with lead-based paint or individuals who live in older homes. Read More

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  • Preventing Illness

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  • Preventing Illness

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  • Preventing Illness

    Eat Right for Life

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    Build your best, healthiest body by adjusting your diet and eating habits to address the specific needs of each decade. Read More

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes and Diet

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  • Preventing Illness

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  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

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    National Minority Health Month

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  • Diabetes

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    Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that diabetes can be managed or prevented with a few lifestyle changes. Read More

  • Preventing Illness

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  • Preventing Illness

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