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How to Conquer Gardening Pain

(NC) The long, sunny days of summer are returning, and that means it's time to dust off those gardening tools. But if you experience long-lasting body pain, yard work might be easier said than done.

Gardening and weeding involve a wide range of motions, including kneeling, squatting, twisting and lifting, engaging many muscles and joints. These movements can exacerbate existing pain, including arthritis pain, if not done right.

Try these tips to minimize pain when gardening:

4 tips to help your kids stay active this summer

(NC) During the school break, most parents are looking for ways to get their kids enjoying the great outdoors. Before the final bell rings, here are four tips to keep your little ones active this vacation.

5 tips for easy summer sun safety

(NC) Summertime brings longer days, warmer weather and the need for a sun safety refresher. Keeping your entire family sun safe while outdoors is the key to making this summer your best one yet.

Follow these five tips to make sure you stay protected all season long:

1. The sun doesn't discriminate. Sunscreen should be applied even when you're not in direct sunlight. Whether you're driving in the car, sitting outside on a cloudy day or spending time in the water, your skin is still susceptible to sunburns.

Keep Kids Safe from Everyday Household Chemicals

(NC) Did you know that household chemical products, including laundry and dishwasher pods, are among the top products responsible for injuries and deaths in children under the age of five? Young children are naturally curious and have a habit of putting things in their mouth, but even a small amount of a chemical product can be harmful. Bad taste and odours often aren't enough to keep kids away, so put safety first when you have little ones around by following these tips.

Tips for maintaining a healthy home for seniors

(NC) As we age, our immune systems become less effective at fighting disease, which can increase our risk of developing health complications. Older people are more likely to develop heart or respiratory illnesses and are more susceptible to the potential health impacts from a variety of exposures in our day-to-day lives.

The following simple steps can help you stay healthy as you age:

Spring cleaning checklist for a healthy home

(NC) Welcome the season with this handy checklist for making sure your home is in top shape.

Ventilate your home. Take advantage of warmer temperatures to make sure you have enough fresh air coming in. Open your windows when using products that may release chemicals into the air, including cleaning products, paints or varnishes. Remember to follow the manufacturer's directions for safe use. Reduce moisture, odours and pollutants by installing exhaust fans in bathrooms and above the stove. Remember to turn them on when showering and cooking.

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