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Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress.

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Stress is a normal part of life, but long-term stress can lead to digestive issue, headaches, sleep disorders, and other health issues. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health notes that relaxation techniques can help release tension and reduce stress. Recommended relaxation techniques include the following: deep breathing, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, meditation, and yoga.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, July 2019

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Keep Your Teen Driver Safe.

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Safe Kids Worldwide reports that six teens are killed in motor vehicle accidents every day in the United States. To help prevent these accidents, the organization encourages parents of new drivers to do the following: be a good role model when driving; always use a seatbelt; set clear expectations about your family’s driving rules; define zero-tolerance rules for speeding, alcohol, and texting; limit the number of passengers allowed in the car with your teen; make sure your teen gets enough ...

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Play It Safe with Lightning.

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Though it’s safer to be indoors during a thunderstorm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that you can still be at risk for lightning-related injury in the home. To keep safe, the CDC recommends avoiding contact with tap water, electronic equipment, corded phones, windows, doors, porches, and concrete.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2019

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Beware of Signs of Heat Stroke.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the following signs of heat stroke: body temperature higher than 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius); hot, red, dry, or damp skin; headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion; a fast, strong pulse; and loss of consciousness. If you think you or someone else is experiencing heat stroke, call emergency services and move to a cooler place. Do not give them anything to drink.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2019

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Reducing Risk of Foodborne Illness

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Most foodborne illnesses can be prevented by washing hands with warm water and soap after dealing with raw foods, using two or more cutting boards to help prevent cross contamination, cleaning items with hot water and soap that are used to prepare meat, never drinking out of the carton, reheating food at 165 degrees Fahrenheit (~73.89 degrees Celsius) or higher, and defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator or microwave.

Wake Forest University, July 2019

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