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Ancient Form of Exercise Offers Numerous Health Benefits

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

Yoga was developed in the 5th or 6th century BCE in India. The term “yoga” has been applied to a variety of practices and methods. Well-known Hindu schools of Yoga include Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Laya Yoga. In India, it traditionally encompasses meditation and spiritual core. Yoga came to the attention of the educated western public in the mid-19th century along with other topics of Indian philosophy. There was a second “yoga boom” in the 1980s as the West connected the practice to heart health, legitimizing yoga as a purely physical system of healthy exercise. The West, in the early 21st century, typically associates the term “yoga” with Hatha Yoga as a form of exercise.Everyone can practice yoga. It improves flexibility, makes you feel less stiff and tired, and improves strength and endurance, as nearly all...

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Tips to Eliminate Distracted Driving

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

A recent AAA study has found that driver inattention is a factor in over 1 million accidents a year and has an economic impact of over 40 billion dollars a year. Most of us are familiar with the causes of distracted driving. These would include texting, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading a map, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting the radio. If you watched any television in the last few years, you no doubt have seen public service ads about the serious problems with texting and driving. Studies now show that texting and driving is actually worse than drinking and driving. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a...

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Know the Signs of Dyslexia

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Did you know that one in five students, or 15-20% of the population, have a language-based learning disability with dyslexia being the most common? Significant numbers of students with dyslexia go undiagnosed and their symptoms unaddressed. Dyslexia is sort of an invisible problem. It’s not an illness like chicken pox or a cold. Because dyslexia affects some people more severely than others, your child’s symptoms may look different from those in another child. Some kids with dyslexia have trouble with reading and spelling. Others may struggle to write or to tell left from right. Some children don’t seem to struggle with early reading and writing. But later on, they have trouble with complex language skills, such as grammar, reading comprehension, and more in-depth writing.Dyslexia can also make it difficult for people to express themselves clearly. It can be hard...

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Basic Tips for Improving Your Odds of Surviving a Tornado

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

We have already experienced some severe weather in the Midwest, despite the fact that we are just beginning to enter what many consider to be “peak season.” May, June, and July have historically witnessed the highest number of tornadoes in the Midwest and Upper Midwest. There is plenty of safety information from a variety of sources, some very basic and some very detailed. I think what follows is a happy medium of good, easy-to-follow safety information. You and your family should take a moment to review these tips to maximize your enjoyment of the otherwise great weather that lies ahead! BASIC TORNADO SAFETY TIPSIn Homes: Go to the basement or a small interior room or hallway on the lowest level. In a small room or basement, get under something sturdy such as a heavy table or the staircase. Avoid...

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Couch to 5K—Are You Ready?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

With summer just around the corner, how would you like to get in shape and feel better about yourself? There are many activities that can help you achieve this goal, but I personally like the Couch to 5K beginners running program. This program is for all types of people, whether you are already active or you are just getting started, and it does not require any expensive gym equipment. Running has many benefits and is a great way to improve your overall health. It is known to lift your mood, raise your levels of good cholesterol, reduce the risk of having a stroke, and boost your confidence, and it’s an effective way to burn off extra calories. To get started, you will need to set a goal. The best way is to register for a 5K race, but make...

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Tips for Improving Teen Driver Safety

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

When a teen gets his or her driver’s permit, it can be one of the most exciting and exhilarating feelings to experience. While some teens experience excitement and exhilaration, others experience anxiety and fear. These are all valid feelings. With this new opportunity will be great responsibility and the need for continued learning and safety. These teens still have a lot to learn about driving, and it really takes practice in order to get better at it.We can equip our teens to succeed on the road and continue to learn through some basic, yet valuable, safety tips. When teens follow these tips or rules, they will be able to drive with less stress and anxiety while enjoying the freedom of the open road.Teens struggle with distractions and learning to manage them as new drivers; therefore, focusing on the road...

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