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Get Creative to Celebrate a Coronavirus-Free Holiday

Get Creative to Celebrate a Coronavirus-Free Holiday

Loving your family and protecting them go together like turkey and gravy. In fact there’s probably nothing you wouldn’t do to save a loved one’s life.

This holiday season, with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiking at concerning levels, families are being asked to make hard decisions about get-togethers which are known to spread coronavirus. In fact, gathering can put the very people whose company you cherish at risk.

Flu Season Adds to Coronavirus Fight

Flu Season Adds to Coronavirus Fight: Steps You Should Take

Health officials are sounding the alarm about the coming flu season because they’re concerned about the potential of having both COVID-19 and influenza - each with serious and sometimes deadly complications - circulating at the same time. This is especially concerning as hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are on the rise.

Tricks for Treating the Kids to a Pandemic-Safe Halloween

Every Midwesterner has a memory of a Halloween that wasn’t. An early snow storm, subzero wind chill or a driving rain can occasionally upend trick-or-treating in this part of the country. This year, with COVID-19 cases rising as we also go into flu season, the public is being asked to act responsibly to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. The good news is you can plan ahead for a safer Halloween season and still treat the kids to fun.

Breast Cancer Screenings Still Important During Pandemic

Don’t Skip This Test: Breast Cancer Screenings Still Important During Pandemic

Every two minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. An estimated one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and it’s the leading cause of cancer death in women around the world. If it’s someone close to you, just one is too many. That’s why we can’t let our guard down against this disease, even as we fight COVID-19.

Early detection is essential because most women have no symptoms and 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history. Delaying screenings can allow a cancer to grow undetected and become more difficult to treat.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, isolating at home and social distancing is encouraged to protect our communities. Unfortunately, home may not be a safe place for many families experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence. Recognizing violence as a social determinant of health CHI is honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month during October 2020.

Backpacks

Backpacks

While a backpack is still one of the best ways to tote homework, an overloaded or improperly worn backpack will get a failing grade. Worn correctly and not overloaded, a backpack is supported by some of the strongest muscles in the body: the back and abdominal muscles. They work together to stabilize the trunk and hold the body in proper postural alignment.

However, improper backpack use can cause injury, especially to children with young, growing muscles and joints. The American Physical Therapy Association recommends a child’s backpack should weigh no more the about 10 percent of his or her body weight.

Back to School with Balance

Back to School with Balance

Regardless of how early families start preparing for the start of a new school year, there never seems to be enough time to stop back to school stress from affecting kids of all ages and their parents. Articles typically abound this time of year with stress-busting tips and strategies. As a psychologist, I’ve written more than a dozen of these articles, and although I do believe traditional stress reducing strategies (e.g., breathing, relaxation, and pacing) are helpful, we all know that the stress facing our kids and parents this year is different. I doubt you need a psychologist to tell you that there’s no magical stress-busting strategy that can make starting school in the midst of a global pandemic easy. Instead, allow this psychologist to offer a different strategy: Stop wasting time trying to kick stress to the curb.

Outdoor Buzz: Take the Sting Out of Insect Bites

Outdoor Buzz: Take the Sting Out of Insect Bites

Whether you’re in the backyard or the back country, you may encounter nature’s smallest locals: bees, mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers. While usually just an annoyance, some bites and stings can hurt, itch, spread disease, or even be deadly. The first step to protecting yourself is taking preventive measures to keep these pesky creatures at bay.