Health June 2013

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Melissa Marciano

Safe Fun in the Sun

Protect skin from the sun with the UV Skinz Sun Blocking Clothing, which blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays. Babies to adults are offered an array of garments, including onesies, hoodies and hats, in different prints and colors. Shop the line at www.uvskinz.com.

Online Medical Assistance

Wondering what to do when your child is up all night from being sick? Get help and health questions answered right from NurseLineMD. The online community was designed by a mother who wanted to help parents of sick kids, creating ways for patients, doctors, and nurses to communicate. With 24-7 availability, patients can submit important or urgent questions and quickly get direction from the medical staff. To get linked in, visit www.nurselinemd.com.

Perfect Yoga Essentials

Yoga is a great way to relax and unwind. But before your next downward dog pose, make sure you are protected from germs and safe from slipping. The Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Yoga Mat blocks moisture, body odors, and germs from absorbing into the material. The mat is 100-percent biodegradable and recyclable, and it’s slip resistant, too. Thanks to its lightweight material, the accessory can be carried with ease. Order it from www.gaiam.com.

Summer Skincare

Skin needs to be replenished and revived after prolonged exposure to the sun. A stellar option for face and body is Scientific Organics Grape Stem Cell, White Tea and Seaweed Body Butter. The lotion contains vitamins A, C, and E; shea butter; green and white teas; and other natural ingredients. It’s available at www.emerginc.com and leading spas such as Trump, Miraval and Caesars.

Stress-Free Complexion

Sometimes anxiety and aggravation can wreak havoc on our faces. But Heal Everything Balm by Miracle Skin Transformer is formulated to hydrate irritated skin and enhance the natural repair process. The balm is composed of more than 30 different moisturizers and ingredients that are designed to soften, smooth, and calm the skin from the effects of stress. Get yours at www.sephora.com, www.nordstrom.com, or www.miracleskintransformer.com.

Beach Body Workout

Get ready for beach and pool season with Acacia’s new total body workout video Kenya Moore’s Booty Boot Camp DVD. Former Miss USA and Real Housewife of Atlanta, Moore has created a regiment with three, 20-minute sweat sessions that are designed to sculpt, lift, and firm the backside and lower body, as well as shrink the waistline, and flatten abs. Check out this and other Acacia titles at www.acacialifestyle.com.

Sweet, Healthy Treats

Vegans and vegetarians can now experience the sweetness of gummy treats with Goody Good Stuff. The all-natural candies come in a variety of flavors, including Tropical Fruit, Summer Peaches, Cherry Cherries, and more. The fat-free snack boasts real fruit juices and provides long-lasting energy. For more information, visit www.goodygoodstuff.com.

Smart Food Choices for Kids

SuperKids Nutrition and AICR team up to create Toolkits, which contain smart food choices to help kids start and maintain optimal diets. Part of the Healthy Kids Today, Prevent Cancer Tomorrow campaign, the kits are found in schools in more than 40 states. Each one contains downloadable recipes, safety tips for cooking, and a lesson plan for educators. To encourage your kids develop active lifestyles, visit www.aicr.org/healthykids or www.superkidsnutrition.com.

Hold the Dairy

Sometimes, substituting real dairy makes you feel as if your sandwich or grilled cheese is missing something. But with lactose-free GO Veggie slices, you can still get that great grilled cheese or yummy tuna melt taste. Available flavors include American, cheddar, provolone, and Swiss. To see all that GO Veggies has to offer, visit www.goveggiefoods.com.

Eat and Live Right

Everyone one wants a perfect summertime physique. But fitness alone won’t yield results. To get that coveted beach body, incorporate eating right and managing a healthy diet into your everyday life. With Precise Portions, you can follow a program with meals and snacks designed for weight loss and management. Precise Portions is considered to be an effective nutritional tool by many nutritionists, dieticians, physicians, and health organizations like the American Diabetes Association. For more information or to get started, log onto www.preciseportions.com.

This column appeared in the June 2013 issue.