Tips For Having A Healthy School Year! #HealthyHabits #Lysol @KidzVuz #Ad

    The school year is finally in full swing here in New York City and I am excited about how motivated students are to learn.  Another reality when school is back in session is that kids and adults alike sometimes get sick due to the change of seasons.  Unfortunately, I always manage to catch some kind of a cold as soon as I get back into the classroom in the fall.       This year, I've been trying to keep the germs at bay by washing my hands regularly and cleaning the desks and doorknobs in my class.  Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes are designed to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria throughout your home and even in my classroom. Cleaning with soap and water removes dirt, however, disinfecting kills germs on hard surfaces, providing additional protection.  Since my students often sneeze and cough at their desks, this is a great way to stop the spread of colds and infections.     Although I cannot control how germs are contained in my … [Read more...]

September Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! #beBRCAware @beBRCAware @SheSpeaksUp #Ad

    The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 21,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the Unites States in 2015, and that a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 73.  Those are sobering statistics and they highlight the importance of being your own best advocate when it comes to your health.  BRCA status in ovarian cancer affects treatment outcomes, and there are treatment options available specifically for women with BRCA mutations.     This month, we are hoping to raise awareness about ovarian cancer by having conversations with our friends and family members about the importance of BRCA testing and to dispel the misperceptions around it.  There are a number of myths floating around about BRCA testing, such as the misconception that only those with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or who are diagnosed at a young age should be tested. But, family history and age are poor predictors of BRCA … [Read more...]

Find Relief From Seasonal Allergies @MinuteClinic @CVS_Extra #Ad

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by MinuteClinic.      If your family is like ours, you experience seasonal allergies the moment that summer turns into fall.  As a matter of fact, we don't even need the calendar to let us know that the seasons are changing because we have our sniffly noses and watery eyes to let us know this time has come.  The symptoms from seasonal allergies are very uncomfortable and many people struggle to find relief as soon as possible.       There are more allergy triggers in the fall. Typically, weed pollens, like ragweed and mold allergies are those that flare up come fall.  Dust mites are a common allergen in the fall. When you start to close up your house when the weather gets cooler, old blankets and quilts could be hosting dust mites that can be an irritant.  Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headache, sinus pressure are general allergy symptoms and we experience all of them in this home.   … [Read more...]

Let’s Have An Uncomfortable Conversation @TalkHIV #OneConversation #UnaConversación #Ad

    This is not the first time that I am going to broach a sensitive subject on this blog and it certainly won't be the last.  If talking about something that makes us all uncomfortable can help to save your life, or the life of one of your loved ones, I will not hesitate to bring it up here.       If we keep putting off having these difficult conversations, the CDC estimates that 1 in 36 Latino men and 1 in 106 Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.  Those grim statistics are simply unacceptable during these modern times when information is so easily and quickly disseminated.       The problem is that we still consider it taboo to talk about sex, sexual health and HIV and, unfortunately, this is especially true in the Latino community.  Studies have shown rising HIV infections among youth between the ages of 13-24.  Youth between the ages of 13-24 now account for 26% of all new HIV infections in … [Read more...]

Send Healthy Kids Back To School! #HealthyStart @MinuteClinic @CVS_Extra #Partner

    The next couple of weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity with back to school looming in the horizon.  Aside from getting both of my boys ready for school, I will also be returning to the classroom and have to set everything up for my new students.  Another very important activity that we take part in every year at this time is getting physicals to make sure vaccines are up to date and that everyone is healthy.  MinuteClinic has all the services you need, from vaccinations and immunizations to sports physicals.     My older son plays on his school's basketball team every year so it is important to get him cleared by the doctor to go on the court.  His school doesn't require it but my husband and I think that it is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have heading into a new school year.  MinuteClinic practitioners can review your child's health history and immunizations for sports and back to school. … [Read more...]

Feeling Safer Away From Home Just Got Easier! @LifeFone #Giveaway #Partner

    As many of you know, my nine year-old son was diagnosed with epilepsy this year.  This has not been an easy journey because, as parents, we want to protect our children all the time from every potential danger.  Unfortunately, that is not always possible when you are a Working Mom and your children attend school during the day.       Not being able to protect him from having seizures at all times can be very frightening and difficult.  LifeFone Mobile Alert and LifeFone Family Guard are enabling parents across the country to protect their children and families even when they are not physically together.       Through the use of smartphone app enabled services, you can have access to a trained central station professional who can immediately alert First Responders until you or your loved one is safe.  As parents we know that sometimes emergencies arise in the least likely places like the mall, at school, away at … [Read more...]

Tips To Help Prepare Your Child For Summer Camp! #ReadySetCamp @MinuteClinic #Ad

    This past week at school, many of my students have been signing up for the summer camp that is offered through our district.  After graduation, last Monday, many of the parents came up to me to ask me if I could provide them with any advice on how they could prepare their children to embark on this new experience.  A lot of my students will be attending camp for the first time and they are nervous about how they will feel once they get there.     Although many of the kids are excited about being on their own for a couple of weeks, the parents are mostly nervous about being away from their "Babies" for such a long time.  I always tell moms and dads that it is important not to stress their children out with their fears but rather to instill a sense of self-confidence in them that will allow them to truly enjoy the entire experience. Here are some tips that parents can utilize to help prepare their children for summer camp: Communicate Often … [Read more...]

How Can You Get Allergy Relief? @MinuteClinic #SneezeFreeSpring @CVS_Extra #Partner

    Did you know that 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it?  In our home, most of us suffer from seasonal allergies so we know exactly what is causing our stuffy noses and itchy eyes.  Allergies are a result of the body's hypersensitivity to substances in the environment.  Mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and even some foods can cause allergic reactions.     Seasonal allergies are a reaction to small airborne substances. These allergens are small proteins that usually float around in the spring, summer and fall.  Due to this, allergies may last weeks or even months.  Luckily, Symptoms can usually be controlled with treatment. Nasal saline, decongestants and over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines are helpful tools for  relieving symptoms as well.     If you are suffering from allergies, don't despair because MinuteClinic has plenty of relief options at your disposal!  Their knowledgeable and trained nurse practitioners and physicians assistants … [Read more...]

Sleep Better Tips For Tired Moms! #IWasSoTired @Tylenol #Sweeps #Ad

    Let's be honest, despite what some might think, being a mom is a 24-hour job.  There is no time off on holidays and there are certainly no guarantees about being able to get a full night's sleep every single day.  After all, moms are still "on the clock" when their children call out for them in the middle of the night or when kids are up with a fever or an ear infection.  Most of us struggle regularly to get the sleep that we need.     We all know sleep is a necessary factor in our overall health and wellness but knowing this and actually being able to get enough rest can be two separate things for most moms.  Hopefully, the following tips on how to sleep better will help you to start the discussion with your loved ones about how they can support you in having more restful sleep. Tips For Sleeping Better For Tired Moms: Don't work in bed-This is probably one of my biggest downfalls.  Since working and stress go hand in hand, your mind starts to make that correlation as well … [Read more...]

Regain Your Freedom And Get Your Life Back! #Underwareness @Depend #Ad

    It is the embarrassing little secret that most women don't want to talk about because nobody wants to admit that they suffer from it.  The reality is that bladder leakage is a condition that affects millions of people, especially mothers who often experience this after childbirth.  I personally have dealt with this problem since having children and it's not something that other mothers warned me about when I was pregnant.     Truthfully, not only is it embarrassing but it can be really uncomfortable too when it happens in public places.  Sometimes all it takes is a cough or a sneeze to cause some leakage and it is really important to always be prepared for it because it can be absorbed through your clothes and you do have to worry about odors and hygiene as a result of it.  Thankfully, Depend is available for people of all ages which is great considering that more people with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s!     I have to be honest, when I first realized that … [Read more...]