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An Unexpected Benefit of Red Wine

May 24th, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
Mommies rejoice, there may be weight loss benefits in that glass of red at the end of a day.
An Unexpected Benefit of Red Wine

Okay, so we don’t usually don’t chat wine on this site, but we think this study warrants an exception. For those of you who aren't expecting, we’ve got some good news – especially if you like to treat yourself to a glass of red wine at the end of the day.

What Mom Really Wants

May 7th, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
Why you should forget the store-bought gifts this Mother’s Day and just give mom a break.
What Mom Really Wants

What does a scented candle or bouquet of flowers really do in terms of showing mom how much you love and appreciate what she’s done? When it comes down to what most moms really want, it’s not something you can pick up at Homesense. Mom just wants a break.
 
A break from making three healthy meals a day that no one wants to eat. A break from begging her kids to just get along and be nice to each other. And, a break from planning.
 
By both necessity and nature, moms are planners. While dads might be behind the bench, it’s mom who remembers to sign kids up for activities on time and moms who get kids to the games on time. We remember to finish homework and get our little ones to yet another birthday party. If you want to give mom something she really loves this year, give her a break from all the scheduling and plan a fun, active day that the family can share together – no brain power from mom required.
 

Should Kids Exercise After a Concussion?

May 3rd, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
New research could change post-concussion protocol for kids.
Should Kids Exercise After a Concussion?

Concussions are a worry for every parent. Whether your child decides to play sports or not, chances are high that your kid will experience a head injury at some point growing up. When kids are young, it’s more likely to get injured in the school playground or a random accident than on the field or rink.

Do You Still Need to Worry About BPA?

April 13th, 2016 | By: Nancy Ripton
Sadly, yes. Find out why there's still so much BPA in the food we eat and what you can do to avoid it.
Do You Still Need to Worry About BPA?

Bisphenol-A (BPA) may have been banned from sippy cups and other baby products, however your child may still be getting this endocrine-disrupting chemical in the foods she eats. A recent report by a coalition including the Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Healthier Solutions found that BPA is still present in two-thirds of canned food.
 
It appears that most companies still use BPA to line the cans of their food. In this particular study, researchers analyzed the interior linings and lids of nearly 200 canned foods. Among the worst offenders was Campbell’s who had BPA-based epoxy in 100 per cent of their tested cans, even though the company claims to be making significant progress in the transition away from BPA. Seventy-one per cent of Del Monte cans tested positive for BPA, and 50 per cent of General Mills cans. Many of the smaller companies faired just as bad, they just has less cans tested. Private food labels were equally to blame with Target, Walmart, Dollar Store, and Loblaws each having BPA present in at least 80 per cent of their canned goods. Even Whole Foods canned goods were heavily laden with BPA.