Resource Roundup for Thyroid Awareness Month

Although January is quickly coming to a close, we want to highlight the fact that this is Thyroid Awareness Month. According to the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease and over 12% of people in the US will develop some kind of thyroid condition in their life. Having an undiagnosed thyroid condition can also put you at risk for other issues, including osteoporosis, infertility, and even cardiovascular disease. There are some excellent resources available to read up on thyroid health, so you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare provider about whether you need to be concerned about thyroid issues. Read on to learn more.

The paisley ribbon signifies thyroid awareness.

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Book Recommendations Based on your New Year’s Resolutions

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 1/12/17.

It’s an undeniable fact that with January comes New Year’s resolutions, and with New Year’s resolutions comes the danger of frustration, burnout, or a lack of motivation. Even if you set resolutions that you’re really passionate about (and we hope you do!), changing your behavior can be hard work. To help you all out, I’ve rounded up some book recommendations based on common New Years Resolutions! Whether your goal is to eat healthier, reduce stress, or get organized, These books are here for you. I believe that books contain a wealth of knowledge and can be one of our greatest sources of inspiration when our own is flagging – so get reading and crush those goals!

Resolution #1: Increase your motivation/find your passion

Read Drive: The Surprising truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

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If you find yourself low on motivation and need to get yourself fired up for a new project, job, or challenge, Drive is a great reading choice. Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on motivation to reveal the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. By understanding the science behind human motivation, this book gives you the tools to better motivate yourself and others towards achieving your goals.

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Donating blood? Know before you go!

January is National Blood Donor Month, so there’s no better time to get to your nearest donation center and do what you can to help! If you’ve never donated blood before, there are a few things you should know – the experience is a little different than having blood drawn for a few routine lab tests. Be prepared by knowing some do’s and don’ts  of what to expect, before, during, and after you go.

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Apps to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 1/5/17.

Happy New Year! Ready to grab the New Year by the horns? If you’ve made a few resolutions for the new year, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are tons of apps out there that can help you on your way to success. To help you achieve your goals, we’ve rounded up apps that will support some common resolutions that people set.

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Set SMARTer New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone! This time of year is when most people focus on changing their habits, improving their lives, and creating New Year’s resolutions. While lifestyle change can be exciting and healthy, it can also be very difficult. If you struggle to set or achieve your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you need to make your resolutions “SMARTer” (not harder)!

Setting SMART goals is a technique that makes it easier to organize your goals, decide on behavioral change, achieve your goals, and measure your success. In this post, I’m going to take you through the concept of SMART goal setting as well as offer some words of advice about setting yourself up for success!

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Tech Talk Thursday: Age Appropriate Technology for Children

In this digital age we live in it is nearly impossible to raise a child without exposing them to technology at a very early age. Even before they are born they’ve come in contact with more sophisticated devices than most of us did in our first decade of existence (those 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds are wild, #amiright #justme). Knowing the rate of your child’s development and what technology to use to foster their growing mind can be a daunting challenge. I’ve attempted to wade through the amalgam of information out there about technology and children and siphoned out a few things that seemed important.

Much like television, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) believes technology use should be limited for young developing minds.  I personally believe in a “everything in moderation” approach. That said, it’s also important to realize that as a parent, it’s solely up to you and what you believe is best for your child. As no child is the same, nor is any parent, you shouldn’t feel pressured to let a magazine or journal tell you how to raise your child –  instead, feel free to look to these mediums for inspiration and light guidance.

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