Sun safety is never out of season. Summer's arrival means it's time for picnics, trips to the pool…and a spike in sunburns. The need for sun safety has become clear over the past 30 years, with studies showing that excessive exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Harmful rays from the sun, sunlamps and tanning beds may also cause eye problems, weaken your immune system, and give you unsightly skin spots, wrinkles or "leathery" skin.

Neck and shoulder pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome—how can working at a desk job make you feel like you handle a jackhammer for a living? The answer is ergonomics, the science of coordinating physical working conditions to workers. Proper ergonomics can ease job stress and prevent chronic injuries and disabilities, such as:

Workplace wellness programs help you
and your employees improve their health,
overall wellbeing and quality of life. To help
organically incorporate workplace wellness
programs into your business, you may want
to take the lead from health observances
throughout the calendar year. There are several each
month, each with simple ways to institute a healthier,
more mindful workplace. Here are just a few to get your
wellness program started:

January – Healthy Weight Week

You forget names and faces, appointments and anniversaries,
where you left the car keys, what you read, what you said,
what you were doing before you were interrupted, not to
mention all the numbers you have to memorize nowadays:
PIN numbers, passwords and user IDs, which five of those
500 cable channels you actually use, etc.
How does your memory handle it all? And how can you get it to be
more reliable?


If you doctor said, "Take two jokes and call me in the morning" would you laugh?  You should--laughter is good for you and your child's mental and physical well-being.

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What you need to know about Diabetes

Diabetes is when insulin is produced in insufficient amounts, or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work right, leading to high levels of blood sugar.  When uncontrolled, this can lead to a number of other problems.  Diabetes is the one of the fastest growing diseases in America.

Is Diabetes preventable?

More than 45 million Americans smoke cigarettes, despite the evidence that tobacco use is the single biggest cause of preventable disease and premature death in the United States. 

In addition to cigarette smokers, there are 13.2 million cigar smokers and another 2.2 million who smoke tobacco from a pipe.

The benefits of quitting—on a timeline

What is cholesterol?

  • Cholesterol is a fatty chemical that is needed for the outer lining of cells.
  • The liver makes all the cholesterol we need—all the rest comes from food sources.
  • There are a number of different kinds of cholesterol, but the main two are LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein).
  • LDL is known as the “bad” cholesterol.  It is the main carrier of cholesterol in the blood, and deposits cholesterol in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease.
  • HDL is the good cholesterol.  It removes chole