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Kansas City Farmers Market Guide: 2014

Kansas City Farmers Market Guide: 2014

Kansas City is home to over thirty farmers’ markets. They range from small markets selling exclusively organic produce to The City Market with over 140 local vendors. You can purchase fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, homemade soaps, baked goods and even live animals.

Tick Bites

Tick Bites

Though most tick bites are harmless and pose no risk of disease, www.CDC.gov offers precautions you can take to prevent possible exposure:

Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers

Knowing your numbers, in part, pertains to knowing your cholesterol. Surprisingly, cholesterol isn’t all bad. In fact, our bodies make all the cholesterol we need to keep us healthy.

Kids and Caffeine

Kids and Caffeine

About 73 percent of kids and adolescents consume caffeine daily, according to a 2014 study published in Pediatrics. And although there have been studies to calculate the prevalence of caffeine consumption in our society, the long-term effects that caffeine has on a child’s health have not been adequately studied.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There are four recommended vaccines that preteens should get when they are 11 - 12 years old. Plus, it’s not too late to get any shots they may have missed.

School Lunch vs. Sack Lunch

School Lunch vs. Sack Lunch

Teaching children to eat healthily is easy when they are at home and only face the choices we stock in our own pantries and fridges. Away from home, things become a little trickier.

Flax and Chia Seeds

Flax and Chia Seeds

Flax seed and chia seeds have been showing up in the news, on our grocery store shelves and in our everyday recipes.

Summer Safety

Summer Safety

Summertime! Time to send the kids outside to wear themselves out! For parents with younger children, which season takes more time to get the kids ready to play outside is debatable.

Destination: Healthy Vacation

Destination: Healthy Vacation

With summer vacation in full swing, many families are taking that much needed vacation. Although it is certainly time to relax, let your hair down and maybe sit by the pool, no one wants to come home from vacation sick or injured.

Healthy Skin Care

Healthy Skin Care

A skin care regimen with young children is fairly simple and basic, but as they grow, challenges may arise. However, teaching our children the importance of a good skin care regimen does not have to be difficult. Here are some tips for educating your children to deal with their acne.

Dental Health

Dental Health

Dental care, of course, prevents problems such as tooth decay, but the latest research suggests that gum disease can lead to other problems in the body, such as heart disease. Fortunately, there are ways to keep teeth strong and gums healthy from birth to old age.

An Ingredient for Life

An Ingredient for Life

As any chef will tell you, a recipe is only as good as its ingredients. Some of those ingredients are less important than others, while a dish can be ruined without one certain element that is vital to its success. For the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City, that vital ingredient never changes—blood is the one element that is always needed to complete the recipe for a saved life.

Healthy Homemade

Healthy Homemade

My healthy living goal this month is a little simpler. Instead of cutting certain items from my family’s diet, I am letting them eat their “normal” diet. But instead of buying prepackaged items, I am making those meals myself. Here are my kids’ favorite everyday snacks and meals that are so easy to make I’ll never buy again!

Women’s Health at Every Age

Women’s Health at Every Age

May 11-17 is National Women’s Health Week. Let’s use this observation as motivation to continue our lifelong quest for health.

Self Respect Deserves More Respect

Self Respect Deserves More Respect

Healthy self-respect is an admirable trait in any adult. So is understanding that when we inevitably fail, we can get back up, dust ourselves off and move forward without compromising what we believe in or losing our core sense of self.