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Beware of fat-free or zero trans fats foods as you could be trading fat for huge amounts of sugar or sodium.
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Keeping your body hydrated allows your organs to function properly and flushes toxins out of your system.

The amount of water each person needs will vary, but you can use the standard formula of “8 by 8,” drinking eight fluid ounces, eight times a day to ward off dehydration.

On average, how much water are you drinking every day?
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Hoping to keep back-to-school stress levels low? Sleep is key.

Lack of sleep in kids can lead to increased anxiety, decreased concentration and irritability. Setting a bedtime can help both you and your little one ease back into your school routines.
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Is your family up-to-date on immunizations and routine exams?

Preventive care is important! Use our guide to keep your family on track.

http://bit.ly/BlueKCPHG
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Words of wisdom Wednesday:

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right." Henry Ford
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Try giving your protein extra flavor by adding a salsa or chutney instead of a cream sauce.
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Are you unplugging enough?

From phones to tablets to computers, screen time can take over quality time. Try making one day a week a technology free day. Or, set aside time each night to catch up as a family and do a screen-free activity like going for a walk or playing a board game.
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Words of wisdom Wednesday: things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.
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Eating while distracted can cause trouble. Avoid eating in front of the TV or at the movies to so you can stay mindful of portion sizes.
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Occupational therapists help patients with physical, developmental, social or emotional issues learn to engage in everyday activities.

For example, they might help a disabled child participate in school, or help someone recovering from an injury to regain independence in daily life.

Find an occupational therapist near you using the Blue KC Doctor and Hospital Finder: providerfinder.bluekc.com.
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A green thumb may be helping you burn calories this summer!

The average 160-pound person can burn between 200 and 400 calories doing yard work.

Routine yard maintenance like landscaping, gardening, mowing the lawn and raking leaves all counts toward your daily activity.

Do you dread or relish working in the yard?
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Dreading another year of packing school lunches? Have your kids help!

It’s a great way to teach kids about portion size and making healthy food choices. Plus, it eliminates work for you!

What are your favorite items to include in your kids' lunches?
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the area's largest health benefits provider, serving one million members in 32 counties in greater Kansas City, northwest Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.