Mired in a mess?
...continued from the Home Page
- Get rid of excess and broken things
- Stop storing someone else's stuff
- Deal with sentimental clutter...use it, or take a picture and let it go
- Stop impulse buying
- Make clutter clean-up a daily habit
Take a head trip
Exercise your brain...use it or you will lose it!
- Read, play games, go to a lecture, visit a museum, learn a new language
- Learn a musical instrument; it's never too late to start
- Mix things up - drive different routes, use a difference hand, challenge your senses
- Work out - it keeps your mind sharp
- Choose a healthy diet with good fats
- Watch the alcohol
- Stay involved with friends/community; relationships sharpen the mind
- Reduce or manage your stress - try a little calm
- Sleep! Your brain needs sleep to process and store new info from the day; sleep improves focus and memory
Eggs-actly what you need to know
...about Easter Eggs! From little known facts, to proper storage, to food safety!
- Fascinating Facts About Eggs
- 10 Amazing Facts About Eggs
- Easter Egg Safety
- Egg Storage Chart
- Salmonella and Eggs
- All you wanted to know about eggs...
- Simple & Easy Egg Recipes
Do you know?
A hen lays an egg approximately every 25 hours.
"The entire time from ovulation to laying is about 25 hours. Then about 30 minutes later, the hen will begin to make another one." (Source: USDA, Shell Eggs from Farm to Table)
Have you tried food dating?
Use by, Sell by, Packaged on, Best by, Use before...!!!
- What is Food Product Dating?
- What Types of Foods are Dated?
- Can Food be Donated After the Date Passes?
- Dates on Egg Cartons
- And more...
Nutrition got you stumped?
- Season Your Foods Without Salt Tips for Using Herbs
- Cooking with Herbs and Spices
- Food Product Dating
- Processed Foods: What's OK, What to Avoid
- Vegetarian? Food Sources of Five Important Nutrients
- 25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
- Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips
- Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens
- Get the Facts on Food Labels
- Marketing "Myth-Conceptions"
- Fruits & Veggies More Matters
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020
- Understanding Nutrition Facts Labels
- Where's the Sodium? CDC
- Salt Shockers Slide Show: High Sodium Surprises
- Spend Smart, Eat Smart
- HungryGirl.com - Free e-newsletter
- BAM Food and Nutrition, CDC
- The Portion Size Plate
- Healthy Diabetes Plate
- DASH Diet Eating Plan
- Lowering Your Blood Pressure with the DASH Eating Plan
- Rethink Your Drink
- Cutting Calories
Other Nutrition Resources...
- The Essential Kitchen Toolkit
- Quick Picks On the Go
- Safe Food Handling
- USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning
Nutrition Tracking Tools
- MyPlate Calorie Tracker
- My-Calorie-Counter.com - Free
- Fitness and Exercise Calorie Counter - Free
- MyFitnessPal.com - Free
- Interactive Menu Planner, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Super Tracker
Water, Water, Water!
- Fit Facts - Healthy Hydration
- Water & Nutrition
- Rethink Your Drink
- Can Water Help You Lose Weight?
- Water in Diet... Perspiration, Dehydration & more
- Calories Blue Cross of Idaho ...how many do you need?
- Body Mass Index BMI, CDC
- Aim for a Healthy Weight BMI, NHLB
- Fats and Oils: My Fats Translator
- Smash your food
Family Issues Newsletter
Check out the latest edition of the University of Idaho Extension Office Newsletter, Family Issues, for March/April. It is packed with great information including springing forward with fruits and veggies, info on pre-diabetes and how to avoid diabetes, and the importance of protein in your diet.
Alcohol. Do you know your limits?
Refresh your knowledge about alcohol content. Make healthy choices and be safe. A "standard drink" is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in...
- 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
- 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
- 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
- 1.5-ounces or a "shot" of 80 proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor such as gin, rum, vodka, whiskey
Winter Weather Resources
- Be prepared!
- Interactive Winter Weather Infographic
- Driving Tips great for new drivers/new car owners
- Weather Definitions: Winter Weather Warnings, Watches, and Advisories
- Dealing with Hypothermia
- Dealing with Frostbite
Dream Your Health Into Reality
Dream Boards, or Vision Boards, may help you reach your wellness goals. Read more about how to make one...and get dreaming!
Biking, Walking, Sharing the Roadways
- Water Intake
- Blood Pressure and Weight
- Exercise & Activity Levels
- Body Measurements
- Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Levels
- SMART Goals examples
- SMART Goal Card write your own
- Staying Sharp: Understanding & Maintaining Your Brain
- Brain Health Center
- Brain Games: Test Your Memory, Attention, Language Skills
Struggling to provide healthy foods at your meetings/events? Don't reinvent the wheel; check these resources.
- Tips for Offering Healthier Options and Physical Activity at Workplace Meetings and Events (CDC)
- Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Worksites (CDC)
- Healthy Food Service Guidelines (CDC)
- Meeting Well (ACS)
- Eat Well, Meet Well, Live Healthy (YMCA)
- Healthy Meetings, Conferences, and Events
- Healthy Meeting Guidelines
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
- What's CAM all about?
- Key Points
- Be an informed consumer!
- Dietary and Herbal Supplements
- Herbs at a Glance
Blue Extras - Fitness Club Discounts!
Check out Blue Extras - discount programs for Blue Cross Members including fitness clubs, hearing, vision and orthodontia services, and safety and natural medicine. You’ll find information on the Blue Cross website.
Network of Care Idaho
Check out this new resource sponsored through Idaho's Public Health Districts. The site is for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with public health. It is rich with information and resources including a library, links to organizations, and a personal health record you can complete and store securely. Read more...
Consumer Online Health Resources
Looking for a health topic for a wellness meeting or a health resource? Check out the online Health Information, Consumer Health Complete through the Idaho Commission for Libraries at LiLi.org. It's free and offers everything from fact sheets to videos to images and diagrams.
Additional online health and wellness resources are available on the Blue Cross of Idaho website