Send Your Kids Back To School Healthy! #GoBackHealthy @MinuteClinic #Ad

    Back to school is right around the corner here in New York City.  It's about a little over a week away, to be exact.  This year, my sons are entering fifth and eighth grade so we are fully committed to having both our kids in middle school.  It's so important that they start the school year off on the right foot so we are making sure that they have all of the vaccines that are required for their age.  Some of the back to school vaccines that schools require for kids their age are the Meningitis, Pertussis and HPV vaccines.     The meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. Many colleges and boarding schools require it to protect students living in dorms. It is recommended that 11–12 year olds be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine with a booster dose given at age 16.  Since my older son just turned thirteen in June, he received this vaccine for school before his … [Read more...]

Find The Cure For The Common Wait At MinuteClinic! @MinuteClinic #Ad

      Let's face it, most of us are running around from place to place trying to get everything accomplished throughout the day.  In our home, we are always juggling a number of different responsibilities so when one of us gets sick, it definitely throws a monkey wrench into the program.       These days, we want to be seen by a doctor right away so we really appreciate the convenience of being able access health care effortlessly.  MinuteClinic now offers the cure for the common wait!     The walk-in medical clinics at more than 1,100 CVS Pharmacy stores in your state -- and 32 others and the District of Columbia -- have a new digital tool to curb waits and make health care more accessible and convenient.     At MinuteClinic.com, you now have the option to observe wait times and get in line ahead of time from the convenience of your computer or smartphone...all before arriving at the clinic.  As you can … [Read more...]

Are You Suffering From A Cold Or Allergies? #BeatSpringAllergies @MinuteClinic #Ad

    This past week, I had to keep my younger son home from school because he was really sick.  It started at the beginning of the week with a stuffy nose which progressed to a sore throat and a bad cough.  He didn't have a fever the whole time that he was sick so it was really hard to tell if he had a bad cold or if he was suffering from seasonal allergies.  The reality is that his symptoms are pretty much the same for both, as far as I have observed.  Either way, it always turns out badly for him because all the congestions usually triggers his asthma so it's important that we nip it in the bud early.     We are not alone because  50 million Americans suffer from allergies and probably don't even know it.  Colds and allergies have very similar symptoms and treatment so it is hard sometimes to be able to tell the difference between the two.  Since my son is allergic to things that are around during every season, my husband and I … [Read more...]

Step Into A Healthier Life, We Dare You! @myUHC #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Leukemia Survivor since 2007 and being proactive about my health is extremely important to me.  The truth is that my life depends on me striving to live a healthy life and it is a responsibility that I take very seriously.       We Dare You is a campaign UnitedHealthcare has been running for a few years that dares people to live healthier lives every day, one step at a time. The dares focus on encouraging healthy living as well as on taking control of your health care.     Most families that have members who live with chronic medical conditions like I do, spend quite a bit of money on health insurance and copayments.  As a result, being frugal and mindful of health expenses can be a real cost saver.       By educating yourself about health care and learning how to navigate the complex health care system, you can save a little money.  UnitedHealthCare wants to help you save and … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Use Vitamin E Oil

    Vitamin E oil is one of the best products to keep in your bathroom cabinet. You will find that it can help solve and soothe many common health and beauty issues, and using it is typically as easy as dabbing it onto your skin. You can find vitamin E oil at most health and beauty stores as well as drug and big box stores, and once you work it into your beauty routine you may never find yourself again without it. If you are curious about how vitamin E oil can help you, take a peek below at 7 ways to use vitamin E oil in your own home. 1. Moisturize your skin.
 You can actually use vitamin E in place of your daily moisturizer. You can dab the oil on (a little goes a long way) to your face concentrating on especially dry areas. Once a day should be more than enough, and once it starts to work you can even skip a day between uses. If you wish, you can even add a few drops to your daily moisturizer to help boost its power. 2. Lighten up dark spots.
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Get Quality Medical Care Right At Home! #TransformHealthcare @GetPager #Ad

    Most of you who are long-time readers know that I have been a Leukemia Survivor since 2007.  Being proactive about my health and the medical care that I receive are very important to me.  After all, when it comes to health care, we are our own best advocates.  Recently I have become aware of Pager which is redefining the traditional doctor house call in San Francisco and the 5 boroughs of New York City.     Pager connects you with high-quality care in your home, office or hotel.  If you are like me and you live with a chronic medical condition, having access to doctors who can evaluate and diagnose common infections and illnesses right in the comfort of your own home, is extremely convenient. It saves me time finding a reputable doctor, waiting for a scheduled appointment, and tackling the crowded emergency room whenever I get sick.  Also, all of their doctors are board-certified so I can be confident knowing that … [Read more...]

Face Winter Head On And Enjoy Outdoor Activities! #PassThePuffs @Puffs #Ad

    You wouldn't know it from the weather we have been having this week in New York City but it can get pretty cold here during the winter.  Freezing temperatures and a lot of snowstorms are usually the norm around these parts during this time of the year.  Unfortunately, along with the change in weather, we also spend a lot of time dealing with colds and the sniffles.      Both of my boys have asthma so I worry about them heading outdoors to enjoy winter activities due to the cold air that they will experience.  Often times, they get red and sore noses from blowing their nose every five minutes when they are sick.  Puffs Plus Lotion allows our family to face the cold and participate in our favorite winter activities.  Although I'm not a big fan of the snow and cold, I do enjoy watching my family having a good time outdoors.     Despite living in the city, my husband and sons really love going snow tubing and having … [Read more...]

Put A Healthy Twist On Holiday Traditions! #FuelGreatness @FUTP60 #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 en español and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always our opinions are 100% our own.     The holidays are right around the corner and, let's face it, most of us are more excited about all the delicious foods that we are going to eat than we are about receiving presents.  Well, at least that is what I am looking forward to enjoying.  You see, food has been at the center of our family celebrations from as far back as I can remember.  It's no secret that Hispanic family gatherings usually involve mountains of yummy foods and our family is no exception.     Along with the glamorous side of eating during the holidays, there are also common issues of overconsumption and overindulgence.  This becomes obvious when you hear people at work saying that they plan on wearing pants with elastic waists to make sure they stay comfortable as they stuff … [Read more...]

Is Your Family Protected Against The Flu This Year? #NoTimeForFlu @MinuteClinic #Ad

    The past couple of weeks have been extremely stressful in our household.  Our younger son has sever asthma and it is usually aggravated by the change of seasons or any weather changes.  I had to run with him to the emergency room two weeks ago when he had an acute asthma attack and then again last week when he tested positive for strep throat.  Those of you with kids know this all comes with the territory when kids go back to school in the fall and are exposed to all those germs from other kids.     I've been waiting for him to get better so I could take our whole family to get our yearly flu shots because I'm concerned about all of us being protected during flu season.  We've had the flu in this house years ago and, believe me, it was horrible and we were all very ill for a long time.  Since we are all asthmatics, I worry even more about any of us getting sick and having our breathing problems triggered.     A flu … [Read more...]

Be Involved In Your Kids’ Education And Health! #FuelGreatness @FUTP60 #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 en español and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always our opinions are 100% our own.     I have a confession to make, being a Working Mom is not easy at all.  It is extremely challenging to be involved in my children's education and health while juggling a full-time career.  One major obstacle is just not having enough time in the day to get everything done.  This includes time for planning and preparing healthy meals and making sure that our boys get enough physical activity.       Despite these difficulties, my husband and I understand the importance of modeling living healthier lifestyles for our kids by practicing good nutrition and getting enough exercise.  This is why we were very excited to find out that Fuel Up to Play 60 has launched new Spanish-language resources to encourage healthy lifestyles among Hispanic youth and communities around … [Read more...]