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National Back to School Month

If the “summer-ending-and-school-starting” ritual makes you anxious.Then participate in Back to School Month this August — an event that helps parents, students, and teachers prepare for the new academic year. Celebrated since the 1960s, Back to School Month will motivate you to start your back-to-school shopping and get you excited overall. So put away the beach bag and pick up the backpack, because it’s time for Back to School Month events —and we want you to get an “A” for participation.


Host a fundraiser

Celebrate Back to School Month by putting together a fundraising event that raises money to buy school supplies (textbooks, calculators, writing tools, notebooks) — and donate them to schools in need or kids in local shelters.

Set up a fun, but educational, obstacle course

Set up stations that will teach smart driving skills, safe walking practices, and the best ways to wear/pack a backpack. To keep this course within the theme, hide school-related prizes throughout, such as notebooks, planners, pens and pencils, and backpacks.

Volunteer at your local school

Get involved by helping new students. Typically, this entails showing them around their new school grounds — keeping in mind that a friendly demeanor will also help calm their nerves. If you have kids in their school, consider giving them your child’s contact information so they can start to build their friend network.  Read more

National Back to School Month

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Cranberry Tuna Salad on Apple Slices

This simple recipe for cranberry tuna salad on apple slices can be made in about 5 minutes.  It’s perfect as a quick, healthy lunch.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
1 tbsp. mayonnaise Greek yogurt would also work
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (5 oz.) can tuna packed in water, well drained
2 tbsp. dried cranberries
1 medium sweet apple pink lady, honey crisp, etc.
In a small bowl, add the mayo, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir until smooth.
Add the drained tuna and cranberries to the bowl. Mix to combine.
Slice around the apple core to make about 6 sturdy apple slices.
Spoon the tuna salad onto the apple slices.  Read more 
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National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a time to promote the importance of breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend that infants be exclusively breastfed for their first six months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 83% of infants in the United States receive breast milk at birth. At six months of age, only 25% of infants are exclusively breastfed.

Lynley Holman, a physician with Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists, said that breastfeeding provides a number of benefits to the baby and mother.

“Breastfed infants receive antibodies that protect them from some bacteria and viruses,” Dr. Holman said. “Infants who are breastfed for at least six months have fewer ear infections, respiratory infections, bouts of diarrhea and trips to the doctor. They also tend to develop fewer allergies and have lower rates of SIDS.

“In the short term, benefits to the mother include reduced rates of postpartum blood loss and faster return to pre-pregnancy weight. Long term, women benefit from reduced rates of breast and ovarian cancer, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life but can continue as long as the mother and infant desire.

“As a healthcare team, we will support each woman’s informed decision about whether to feed her infant exclusively through breast milk, mixed feeding or formula,” said Dr. Holman.  Read More 

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Milk Thistle

Designs for Health

Milk Thistle is an effective herb for detoxifying the liver by promoting the flow of bile and protecting hepatocytes. Designs for Healths Milk Thistle is standardized to 80% silymarin. Milk thistle may protect the liver from the normal and inevitable exposure to toxins. The inclusion of lecithin provides improved absorption and additional lipotrophic liver support

As a dietary supplement, take one or more capsules daily or as directed by your health care practitioner.  Get it HERE

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and/or concerns! We would like to thank everyone in advance for following our precautionary measures for our safety.  Thank you for your continued support and we wish for your safety!  

As always, Empowered Healing leads to Empowered Health, resulting in an Empowered YOU!