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Tips to Avoid Poison Ivy (And What to Do if you Can’t)

As a kid, I loved being outside. I helped with a tiny bit of yard work, but one of my favorite activities was throwing a tennis ball against the garage and pretending to be my favorite baseball player.

The driveway at my parents’ house was lined with bushes that were knee-high, and on the other side of those bushes, poison ivy would grow every year. Somehow, a ball would always roll into that patch of poison ivy, or I would walk through it while cleaning up sticks and twigs from the yard. The end result was a week or more of me wanting to continuously scratch my arm, hand, or leg, and my mom doing her best to keep me comfortable.

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Staying Sharp with CDPHP Wellness Classes

Ron White has always known the importance of staying healthy.

In 23 years working at the University at Albany, Ron coached swimming, diving, track and field, and cross country. He also taught wellness classes, helping students to make positive lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet. continue reading →

Schedule Those Summer Checkups for Your Kids!

Summer can be a great time to relax, enjoy the sun, and unwind a bit. You might be planning a vacation, or something as simple as a picnic with friends or family.

For kids, the most important part of the summer is…NO SCHOOL!

Since it’s a time without classes, homework, and after-school activities on the schedule, summer is the perfect opportunity to take your kids to the doctor for their annual checkup. This is also known as a well visit.

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Overcoming Barriers – Resources for Healthy Living

Life can be pretty difficult. The kids. The bills. Your job, or even your jobs. Those surprises that pop up each day and take your time and energy.

Getting to the doctor for an annual physical may not be the easiest task to complete when you only have a few free minutes in your day. The same goes for exercising, organizing your medication, or even signing up for health insurance.

Despite these road blocks, finding the time to stay healthy is important for both you and your family. Here are a handful of ideas to consider when focusing on your health.

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Fear Factor – Fear of the Dentist

Look at your to-do list on a specific day. Visiting the dentist may not be at, near, or anywhere close to the top of that list. For some people, it ranks right below wrestling an angry alligator and right above sitting in a traffic jam for five straight hours on the Thruway.

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