Author Archives: Susanne Elsebrock

8 Fun Indoor Activities to Beat the Winter Blues

If winter is your least favorite season, maybe you’re just not taking full advantage of all the fun activities you can do while you’re inside hibernating. Let’s face it: sitting inside all winter, counting the days down until spring arrives is depressing. Here are indoor activities and tips for crushing the winter blues and actually having some …

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7 Tips to Avoid Overspending on Gifts This Holiday Season

The Winter holiday season in America has become a monthslong shopping extravaganza. And as the ever-expanding Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales indicate, Americans continue to plan their holidays around their wallets. While it's not uncommon for Americans to rack up some amount of debt during the holiday season, they can use these tips to avoid complications because of …

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Diabetes and Spine Surgery: What You Need to Know

If you have diabetes and will undergo spine surgery, you need to make special accommodations to ensure a successful surgery and recovery. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for certain issues, such as infection and slower healing. Fortunately, you can take steps before and after spine surgery to reduce the potential for these …

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Don’t Let Pregnancy Be a Pain in Your Back

Back pain during pregnancy is no laughing matter, as any mom-to-be with back pain can attest. Many pregnant women are told not to worry and that the pain will eventually pass, which it sometimes does without intervention. However, while it may be common to have low back pain during pregnancy, it doesn’t mean it should …

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How to Help Your Baby or Toddler Clear a Stuffy Nose

When your child’s too young to blow his or her nose, the job of getting out excess mucus from allergies or illness falls to you. (Lucky you!) So it’s time to — ahem —  suck it up and become a mucus removal expert. It’s not a pretty process, but a job well done will help your child breathe easier …

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Cyber Safety over the Holiday Season

With under a month now to Christmas, many people are starting to attend company Christmas parties and social events. As the date gets closer we all start to wind down for a well-deserved break with our families, so we can come back next year to do it all again. However, there is a lurking threat …

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Healthy Eating During the Holidays

One of the biggest challenges we face during the holidays is eating healthy. We are more likely to indulge at this time of year at holiday parties, family meals and Christmas markets. Many of the typical holiday foods and beverages provide us with minimal essential nutrients and are high in added sugar, butter and salt. …

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5 Cozy Ideas for Winter Self Care

Winter is such a love-it-or-hate-it time of year. For some of us, winter is snowflakes, hot chocolate and cable-knit sweaters. For others, it’s dry skin, cold feet and getting up early to scrape the windshield. Whether you’re looking forward to autumn leaves turning to frost-adorned branches or counting down the days till spring, it’s impossible …

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10 Core Exercises for Lower Back Pain Relief

Lower back pain is a pesky problem that unfortunately, many of us have experienced at one point or another to some degree. "Lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal ailment in the U.S., and can often be mitigated by strengthening the core musculature," Blake Dircksen, D.P.T., C.S.C.S., a physical therapist at Bespoke Treatments New York, …

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8 Holiday Travel Tips to Stay Healthy

The holiday travel season is full of headaches. And sometimes those headaches can turn into full-blown illnesses. If you’re planning a holiday trip, here are eight tips to keep your body healthy as you enjoy your vacation. 1. CHECK TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION Sometimes, learning about the place you’re traveling to might involve more than just …

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