summer

  • BBQ the Right Way

    When barbequing this summer, it’s good to have all your favorite foods available to toss on the grill or to accompany a feast. Of course, all those summertime favorites, like chips, pies and beer, really load on calories and fatty substances. Not to mention your body will see the effects of months of this eating habit!

    Healthy and easy items for the perfect grill-out.
  • Beat the Burn

    Red, irritated, and burnt skin—once the damage has been done, there’s no turning back. This being said, choosing the right sunscreen for your needs is important. Here are a few quality sunscreens.

    Kid/Baby Sunscreen

    Never get caught unprepared in the sun again!
  • Breaking Away

    Summer is finally here, and the warm weather invites you to venture out and explore the outdoors. While lazy days by the water might appeal to your inner beach bum, integrating some physical activity while you’re away can make you feel good inside and out.

    Explore these bike-friendly destinations for a summer getaway full of fun and fitness.
    By Cara Lucas, Brooke Holmgren, and Amy Vergin
  • Shed Some Light: Protect Yourself From Harmful Rays

    Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It serves to protect your internal organs; houses nerve endings that provide sensation; regulates heat; controls evaporation; stores liquids; and absorbs oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When the sun’s ultraviolet rays shine on this sensitive organ too long, bad things can happen.

    Protecting your skin is important for more than one reason. Whether the motive is vanity, health, or a combination of the two, looking after your skin should be a priority as sun damage is a serious risk to the unprotected.
    By Cara Lucas
  • Summer Over-Exposure

    On warm summer days spent outside at the beach, by the pool, on the court, or in the garden, it’s all too easy to forget to reapply (or even apply) sunscreen. While the resulting damage can’t be reversed, it is possible to lessen the aftereffects of too much sun in order to take the ache away.

    Heal sunburn and damaged skin the natural way.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Take a Summer Break

    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to plan a much-needed vacation. It doesn’t matter if your vacation includes boots, tents, and backpacks, or flats, swimsuits, and beach bags … there’s fun for everyone somewhere.

    Vacation boosts your mind and health.
  • Spring Greening

    While temperatures slowly begin to rise and the snow has melted away, for many people, it’s time to start planning this year’s garden. And really, is it ever too early to begin planning for an abundant harvest? Whether you view gardening as a necessity for healthy, sustainable food, or as a pleasant past-time activity, gardening truly is for anyone and everyone!

    The many benefits of gardening.
  • Taste of Summer

    What is your “Taste of Summer”? Hot dogs at the ballpark while watching a game? Barbequed hamburgers at the beach or a 4th of July picnic? A wonderfully ripe peach? Watermelon?

  • Sunscreen Primer

    Choosing the best sunscreen can be tougher than finding the perfect swimsuit. With hundreds of options available, should you reach for a product labeled “nano-free,” “all-day protection,” or “SPF 700”? Plus, terms like SPF, UVA, and UVB can have you swimming in a sea of acronyms before you even hit the water.

    What you need to know to have a burn-free summer.
    By Lindsey Galloway