Health Matters

  • Herbal Ice Cubes

    There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold beverage after a day in the hot summer sun—but drop in an herbal ice cube or two, and you’ve found the perfect way to make your favorite summer drinks even more enjoyable.

    Jazz up your favorite drinks with these cool summer treats.
  • The New Shape of Nutrition

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently changed the Food Guide, better known as the Food Pyramid, for the third time in the past three decades. On June 2nd, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the MyPlate Food Guide, which, like the prior food pyramid, contains five major food groups.

  • The Kardea Gourmet: A Book Review

    Mark Twain sadly reasoned that the only way to good health was to eat and drink what you what don’t like and don’t want. A new book by preventive cardiologist Richard Collins MD, self-described food passionisto Rob Leighton, and Susan Buckley, a registered dietitian, takes the opposite view and shows how delicious foods can be healthy, and even reverse disease!

    Learn how to eat for your health and reverse disease; deliciously!
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Let Rover Relax: Massage Therapy for Pets

    Ah, a relaxing massage….
     
    You lie down on the table, feeling every muscle relax, feeling all the tension and tightness massaged away. This feels better than chasing after rabbits or that bacon flavored bone you chewed on last night.
     

  • Let Rover Relax: Massage Therapy for Pets

    Ah, a relaxing massage….
     
    You lie down on the table, feeling every muscle relax, feeling all the tension and tightness massaged away. This feels better than chasing after rabbits or that bacon flavored bone you chewed on last night.
     

  • Let Rover Relax: Massage Therapy for Pets

    Ah, a relaxing massage….
     
    You lie down on the table, feeling every muscle relax, feeling all the tension and tightness massaged away. This feels better than chasing after rabbits or that bacon flavored bone you chewed on last night.
     

  • Tips for Cooling Your Pet This Summer

    >>HaircutsHave your pet’s coat trimmed. Not only does this cut down on shedding (and cut down on your vacuuming), but it also cools your pet by reducing the added weight of their additional fur.
     
    >>Hydrate!

  • Stats on Cats

    >> Approximately 93.6 million American households have a pet cat.
     
    >> 70 percent of cat owners have a female cat, versus 65 percent who have a male cat.
     
    >> On average, cat owners have two cats.
     

    Some quick facts on feline friends!
  • Summer Ant Problems

    Finding ants in your home, however frustrating it may be, is a sure sign of summer. Ant traps or sprays may eliminate them temporarily, but the key to getting rid of ants for good lies in finding the source of the entry.
     
    Ant Prevention Checklist

  • Plant a Seed, Grow a Community

     

    What better way to integrate yourself into the great outdoors than to join a community garden? Or start your own?
    By Cara Lucas