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Pets! Woof! Meow! What are They Good for? A Whole Lot, it Turns Out

Anyone who knows me should know that I have a dog. I sometimes refer to her as my "dogter." It's a little bit disgusting how obsessed I am with her, but I am not ashamed of my love for her. My dog's name is Pippin, and she's a charming, lazy mutt that I rescued two and a half years ago. While I find the phrase "I didn't rescue my dog, he/she rescued me" a bit nauseating, it turns out that having a pet (cat or dog or…?) has some awesome benefits for its human's health and wellbeing. This may be… [Read More]

Ice Bucket Challenge: When Public Health Awareness Campaigns Work

I'm sure that by now you've heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Maybe you've been challenged. Maybe you've dumped ice water on your head. Maybe you've just seen the myriad of posts on social media of others doing this. Quickly, for those who have somehow missed what's been going on for the past few weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge consists of having someone dump ice water on your head. Alternatively, you can donate $100 to the ALS Association. Some versions of the challenge include the ice wate… [Read More]

Tips to End the Summer without the Stress

The transition from summer to fall can be a big ball of stress for everyone involved. Kids go back to school, young adults are college-bound (maybe for the first time) and adults, well, everything just continues to be stressful (September doesn't change that). Parents and guardians may lose the anxiety of finding a way to entertain their children all summer during the school break, but gain the new task of helping their loved ones manage homework, chores, part-time jobs, and new environments. … [Read More]

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