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Stay Safe on Foot and Bike

Walking and biking around Denver is a great way to get around, get exercise, have fun and maybe even save some money. There are over twenty miles of dedicated bike lanes in Denver, providing easy access to downtown as well as many miles of bicycle and hiking trails along Cherry Creek and the Platte River.

Enjoy Youth Sports Injury Free

Playing sports is a great way for kids to learn about teamwork, get exercise and make friends. You will want to help them prepare properly in order to prevent injury. It is important to make sure your child is wearing appropriate protective gear for their sport. Talk to your child’s coach to make sure your child gets the right training to safely play their sport. Be aware that high-impact, contact sports like football, soccer and hockey raise the risk of concussion and possible brain injury.

Here are some of the symptoms of concussion:

Mother Knows Best

I remember when I was 13, any advice my mother gave me made me want to cringe, roll my eyes, and say, “I already know, mom!”  Now age has given me more wisdom and perspective on life.  And I have come to realize that perhaps mother did know best.  She was only giving me love and advice so I could avoid life’s pitfalls.  Here is some wise motherly advice that was shared by my teammates in Behavioral Health and Wellness:

Diabetes and Eye Exams

Why do people with diabetes need eye exams?
Diabetes (also called high blood sugar) can lead to eye problems that cause vision loss or blindness. Everyone with diabetes should have eye exams. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you will have eye problems. By the time you notice any vision problems, your eyes may already be seriously damaged. A complete exam can help find symptoms early. Early treatment may help protect your vision.

An eye exam can check for common eye problems that can develop over a period of years.

Perfect recipe for today from Cookie & Kate: Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

This is a perfect recipe for a snowy Colorado spring day from the Cookie and Kate blog.

Vegan Lentil Soup

Author: Cookie and Kate

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This simple vegan lentil soup recipe comes together quickly with mostly pantry ingredients. Be sure to have your ingredients prepped and ready before you start cooking! Recipe yields four large bowls of soup, or six more modest servings.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped

Stop Bullying - Protecting Your Kids

Kids who are being bullied do not always speak up and ask for help. For this reason, it is important for parents, teachers and even friends to notice warning signs that a child is being bullied or bullying others. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only a third of students that were bullied went to an adult for help.

"Can Mindfulness Meditation Reduce Belly Fat?" from VeryWell.com

Interested in learning about whether meditation can help with your weight? Read the article below from VeryWell.com.

Mindfulness and meditation is known to improve psychological health, but how can being present actually change your body fat and help you lose weight? The answer lies in the psychological aspects of weight gain and eating habits. Mindfulness has been shown to lower binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss. Here's some more information about how mindfulness can help you lower belly fat and lose weight.

Research Corner #2

Research Corner – The latest headlines in Health and Wellness Research!

Sleep and soda:
Researchers examined data on 19,000 individuals and found that adults who sleep 5 hours or less per night drink more caffeinated sugary soda than individuals who sleep more than 5 hours per night. Soda and lack of sleep are independently linked to obesity.

"Using Walking Meditation for Stress Relief" from VeryWell.com

Want to learn more about the health benefits of walking? Read this article from VeryWell.com below.

Meditation is one of the great stress management techniques because it carries many varied benefits. However, more than a few people have found it to be challenging at first. Walking meditation provides the benefits of meditation combined with the benefits of exercise, and has the bonus benefit of being easy to learn, thereby making walking meditation a great technique for those new to meditation.

Here's how walking meditation works:

Difficulty: Easy

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