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Spring 2017

VOL. 6, NO. 2


Home Improvement


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SPRING 2017 VOL. 6, NO. 2

Neighborhood Publications LLC 9337 Spring Cypress Road, Suite #205 Spring, Texas 77379 Editor Leanne Donelson Head Writer Candy Cruz

Assistant Editor Candy Cruz Contributing Writers Candy Cruz, Josh Arcemont

Social Media Editor Madi Wheeler Graphics Photography Mike Reeves Audree Garcia, Kellie Cataldo Publisher Neighborhood Publications

In winter, we plot and plan. In spring, we move. So get moving! Now is the time to work on yourself and on your home. Do it now while the weather is still a cool 80 degrees out! Spring-Klein Magazine has it all from home improvements to self improvements. Take a seat and read all our amazing articles. But, don’t relax too much because the summer heat will be creeping up before we know it!

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Create drama with bold paint colors 20 Free things to do around Houston for Spring 10 Klein Resident, Chef Shayne Wells, Competes for MasterChef Junior 11 4 foods that can boost energy levels 12 How to make existing windows more energy efficient 13 Budgeting home improvement projects 13 You See Me Rolling? 14 Tools of the home renovator’s trade 16 Three tips to prepare to sell your home 17 Did you know? 18 The hidden benefits of water 20 Springing for some Change (Tips and Trends) 22 Recognize and avoid youth sports injuries 23 Did you know? 24 Why dental hygiene is essential for overall health 24 Did you know? 25 Recognize potentially dangerous household chemicals 26 Spring Festivals 28 Simple ways to avoid injuries when working out 32 Save family members considerable heartache with Life Insurance 34 Reducing Stress 38 Kids and sleep


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Create drama with

bold paint colors


ainting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform the look of a space. Paint colors can dramatically change the mood and the design of a home. And depending on a homeowner’s goals, paint can make a statement or blend into the background. Many people are now looking to bold colors to make spaces stand out. But choosing a paint color can be challenging. Homeowners looking to update walls and complement decor may want to look at some of the more impactful colors that Pantone indicates will be popular for the 2017 season. Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Pink Yarrow, and Greenery are some of the more eyecatching selections. Once colors are selected, consider these guidelines for using bolder colors in room designs. Decide how big an impact you want to make. Are you looking for color overload or just a small focal point of vivid color? Remember, using bold color doesn’t mean every wall must be lathered in that hue. Instead, select one wall to serve as an accent

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point and use that spot as your bold color display. Otherwise, rely on bold colors to dress up otherwise mundane areas, such as the back wall of a cupboard or moldings and trim. Try bold in a small space. Many people are surprised at how well bold colors work in small spaces. Powder rooms can be an ideal spot to experiment with paint colors. Try deep colors that can make the area seem intimate and even exotic. Dark, bold hues can be toned down by different accents, such as neutral colored fixtures and towels. Go bold in the kitchen. Incorporate a splash of color in the kitchen without going overboard. Try an appliance or design fixture in a bright shade. Or paint the inside of the cabinets in your favorite color and install glass inserts in the cabinet doors so that everyone gets a peek of the color beyond. A neutral kitchen also can be brightened up with the use of silverware, dishes, pots and pans, and other kitchen items featured in bold hues.

Stick to boldness on interchangeable items. Those who like to experiment with color may find that they like to switch out the colors now and again. Instead of having to repaint every few months, use decorative items in bright shades to make swapping out color that much easier. For example, replace area rugs, throw pillows and draperies. Paint over terra cotta flower pots when the mood strikes. Establish balance. Rely on neutral furniture, rugs, moldings and baseboards if you decide to take bold colors up a notch. This will help create a sense of balance in the room. Painting is a fun way to experiment with color. Many homeowners are not hesitant to use bold shades of color when they learn the right techniques. And because paint is an inexpensive option for making over a room, homeowners who find they do not like a particular color can easily paint over it with a new color.

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20 Free things to do around Houston for Spring 1. Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010 Located in downtown Houston and right across from the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green’s 12-acre urban park offers something for all ages. There are multiple recreation areas, a lake for kayaking, two dog runs and a public art display. 2. Buffalo Bayou 1019 Commerce Street, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002 A beautiful bayou nestled in the heart of the city, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park offers its visitors multiple trails to walk, jog or run. Many people enjoy having a picnic along the banks or taking their dogs to the dog park. Visit the Water Works on Sabine Street to see a beautiful view of the downtown skyline. 3. Eleanor Tinsley Park 18-3600 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019 Many of Houston’s major events and festivals take place at Eleanor Tinsley Park, which is part of Buffalo Bayou. The park was named in honor of the late City Councilmember and activist, Eleanor Tinsley, and has the backdrop of the city skyline. 4. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX 77024 The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is the place to visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The non-profit urban nature sanctuary is meant to educate all ages about the natural environment. They have walking trails that are free to the public. 5. Market Square Park 301 Milam, Houston, Texas 77002 Located in downtown, the historic Market Square Park is the place to take your pooch for a run or ride a bicycle. The park is known for offering live entertainment and open art. There is also a Niko Niko’s restaurant. 6. Tranquility Park 400 Rusk St, Houston, TX 77002 Tranquility Park located in downtown Houston was built to honor the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. The park provides a sense of calm when in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown. There are various walkways and water fountains. 7. The Menil Collection 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX 77006 This museum houses one are of the largest private art collections in the United States. It has nearly 17,000 painting sculptures, prints, drawings and

more. Its founders John de Menil and Dominique de Menil opened the museum in 1987. There is no admission charged and all public programs are free. 8. Heritage Society Museum 1100 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002 The Heritage Society Museum at Sam Houston Park allows visitors to immerse themselves in Houston’s history with tours of authentically restored buildings and exhibitions celebrating Houston’s culture. Tours cost, but the museum gallery is free. 9.Art Car Museum 140 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77007 If you love cars and art, then this place is for you. Their exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday and is always free to the public. They feature art cars from local, national and international artists. 10. Lawndale Art Center 4912 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 The Lawndale Art Center is located near downtown and the Museum District. It is known for its commitment to showcasing art from regional artists. In addition to its exhibitions, the museum offers various performances, lectures, film screenings and events. The center was founded in 1979 and its exhibitions are free to the public. 11. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 This non-profit arts organization opened in 2001 and hopes to advance education around craft. Its exhibit allows you to learn the scope of a creative process and how certain objects are made. You can view their exhibitions, talk with their resident artists, create original crafts or browse its gift shop. Admission to the center is free. 12.Waugh Drive Bat Colony 1019 Commerce Street, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002 (Buffalo Bayou Park) Houston is home of a large bat community, and one of the best places to view them is at the Waugh Drive Bridge near Buffalo Bayou. The colony is made up of Mexican free-tailed bats and they can be seen nightly stretching their wings and feeding on insects. The bat colony is visible year round. 13. Downtown Tunnels 909 Fannin, Suite 1650, Houston, TX 77010 There are a system of tunnels in downtown Houston that expand more than 6 miles long. If you aren’t afraid of going 20 feet under, then explore Houston underground. There are restaurants and shops for visitors to enjoy. There are various entry points downtown.

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14. Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark 103 Sabine St., Houston, TX 77007 This is no ordinary skatepark. The 30,000 square foot park contains one of the biggest cradles in the nation. The park welcomes skaters at all levels. There is also a display of urban art. 15. Anahauc National Wildlife Refuge 4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514 The Anahuac Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 and expands nearly 34,000 acres. The refuge is located east of Houston in Anahuac and visitors are able to explore its many trails free of charge. 16. Sam Houston Boat Tour 7300 Clinton Dr, Houston, TX 77011 Enjoy a 90 minute free tour of the Houston Ship Channel. Once aboard, you can see views of passing international cargo vessels and learn about the port and maritime industry. The 95 foot vessel holds about 100 passengers and offers lounge seating. 17. Mercer Botanic Gardens 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338 Located just north of Houston in Humble, the Mercer Botanic Gardens offers a little over 20 acres of beautiful botanic gardens. The gardens feature bamboo, ferns, gingers and more. There is also an arboretum that offers playgrounds, picnic tables and walking trails. 18. Feed mounted HPD patrol horses 5005 Little York Rd. Houston, TX. 77016 832-394-0399 The Houston Police Department encourages visitors to come to its stables. Visitors are allowed to feed the horses apples, carrots and peppermint candy. 19. McGovern Centennial Gardens 1500 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004 Located in Hermann Park, this 15-acre public park includes everything from roses to fruits and vegetables. Weddings and special occasions can often be seen hosted here. 20. Water Works Underground Cistern 105 Sabine St., Houston, TX 77007 The cistern was the city of Houston’s first underground drinking water reservoir that was built in 1927. After being drained because of a leak, the cistern has been turned into a public space for visitors to enjoy at Buffalo Bayou Park. The park offers free tours on Thursday, but a reservation is required.

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Klein Resident, Chef Shayne Wells, Competes for MasterChef Junior

Klein resident Shayne Wells, center, competes for MasterChef Junior The kids are back for Season Five of the hit culinary competition series MasterChef Junior, which premiered Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Judges Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Tosi welcomed the latest crop of junior home cooks to the MasterChef Junior kitchen. Shayne Wells, from Klein, was there to compete for the MasterChef Junior trophy and the $100,000 grand prize. After a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight and thirteen have been chosen for their final test – a culinary battle in the MasterChef Junior kitchen in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Only the 20 best chef-testants who prove they have the chops to take home the trophy will move forward and earn a MasterChef Junior white apron. This season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including completing a challenge from First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than 50 first responders; MasterChef Junior’s first-ever vegan challenge, from guest judge Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory); and cooking for other VIPs, including Julie Bowen (Modern Family) and Muppets “Miss Piggy” and “Swedish Chef,” until one talented kid is named America’s next MasterChef Junior, taking home the MasterChef Junior trophy and $100,000 grand prize. In the season premiere episode, “The Quest for an Apron Part 1,” 40 junior home cooks, including Shayne Wells, headed to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MasterChef Junior apron. In each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge – from steak, to scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest.

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4 foods that can boost energy levels


iet can go a long way toward increasing or lowering energy levels. No one wants to consume foods that will make it harder for them to get through the day, so the following are a handful of foods that pack an energetic punch.

CASHEWS: Cashews, which are high in magnesium, help to convert sugar into energy. Magnesium deficiency can lead to low energy levels, so nuts that are high in magnesium, including cashews, can provide that mid-afternoon jolt that some people are seeking. Cashews are high in calories, so it’s best for those looking to lose weight or maintain healthy weights to adhere to serving suggestion guidelines.

SKINLESS CHICKEN: A study from researcher Judith Wurtman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research Center found that alertness tends to increase when the brain produces the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone norepinephrine. Skinless chicken contains an amino acid known as tyrosine that helps in the production of both dopamine and norepinephrine. If skinless chicken is not available, other foods that may provide this same effect include fish, lean beef and eggs. In addition, lean meats like skinless chicken contain enough vitamin B to help ease insomnia.

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SALMON: Omega-3 fatty acids can help the body fight inflammation, which has been linked to a host of ailments, including chronic fatigue. Salmon is also high in protein, which can eliminate the mid- to late-afternoon hunger pangs that can derail healthy diets and contribute to weight gain.

BEANS: Beans are loaded with fiber, and that’s a good thing for energy levels. Like magnesium, which can also be found in beans, fiber takes awhile to digest, extending the energy-boosting properties of foods loaded with fiber. In spite of the growing movement to eat and live healthier, many adults still do not include enough fiber in their diets. Men and women can consult with their physicians to determine how to make that happen, but eating more beans is a good start.

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How to make

existing windows more energy efficient


rafty windows make homes less comfortable by allowing cold air in during the winter and warm air in when temperatures rise. But comfort is not the only concern associated with leaky windows, as such fixtures also can have a negative impact on the environment. Leaky windows require heating and cooling systems to work harder to keep home interiors comfortable during times of the year when temperatures can be extreme. In the dead of winter, a leaky window will force a home’s inhabitants to turn up the thermostat, which only increases energy consumption and energy bills. The same scenario plays out in summer, when leaky windows allow hot air in, leading homeowners to lower the temperature of air conditioning units so everyone inside is cool and comfortable. Thankfully, making windows more energy efficient does not necessarily require homeowners to replace existing windows. Before going that potentially expensive route, homeowners can consider the following strategies to improve the energy efficiency of their windows. Hang curtains. Curtains can help

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homeowners cut down on heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly hung draperies can reduce heat loss by as much as 25 percent. In the summer, curtains can block the hot rays from the sun from entering a home, reducing the need to turn up air conditioning units. While curtains won’t fix leaks or block hot or cold air from entering a home, they can serve as a buffer between a home’s inhabitants and the air seeping in through leaks. Caulk or add weatherstripping. Small cracks and gaps around windows, which are most often found around windows in older buildings, might not seem like a big deal, but such breaches can lead to considerable energy loss. The DOE recommends using caulk to seal cracks that are less than 1 ⁄4-inch wide on the parts of the window that do not move (i.e., frames and where the trim meets the wall). Caulk might be less effective at fixing leaks larger than 1 ⁄4-inch in width. Employ weatherstripping to address leaks on movable parts of the window. Properly applied weatherstripping should adequately seal windows when they are closed without making it difficult to open

or close them later on. Weatherstripping is available in various materials and homeowners can visit gov/energysaver/weatherstripping to find the material that’s most suitable for their situation. Install windows films. Plastic window films are another option for homeowners looking to improve the energy efficiency of their windows. Heat shrink film can be cut to fit each individual leaky window in a home and then attached to windows using double-sided tape. A hair dryer can then be used to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles. Low-emissivity, or Low-E, coatings are a more expensive alternative to heat shrink film, and they can be equally effective at improving energy efficiency. Installation of Low-E coatings can be more difficult, as they do not provide as much leeway for mistakes during application as heat shrink film. Leaky windows are bad for homeowners’ energy bills and the environment. But homeowners have options other than full window replacements to fix leaks and improve efficiency.

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You See Me Rolling? designs found only in hospitals. Instead they can really add to the interior design of a home. They can be framed with beautiful curtains and really be a nice focal point in a room. The most popular shades are now made in hues of brown. You can also find them with decorative trims, decorative hems and decorative pulls.




ome improvements can add value and aesthetic appeal to a home. However, to reap the rewards of a remodeled room, home addition or any home improvement project, homeowners will have to invest both their money and their time. Establishing a project budget can be helpful and prevent overspending. According to Visually, a marketing information service, nearly half of the homeowners surveyed said the cost of their renovation projects did not exceed their budgets. However, more than one-third of those surveyed reported going over budget on their projects. To keep costs down, consider hiring a contractor. He or she will have industry contacts and may be able to get materials at a lower cost. While you will pay for labor, working with a contractor greatly reduces both the time spent on the project and the risk of costly mistakes being made. In addition, think about the way you finance the renovations. Industry experts have found that homeowners who finance their home improvement projects with lines of credit end up spending more money on average than those who use their savings to fund projects. While it may be tempting to take out a line of credit for a home improvement project, spending only money you already have may be the more responsible route to take.

What are roller blinds? Basically, they can be defined as window blinds made from a stiffened fabric attached to a timber or aluminum roller. Roller blinds can be springloaded, adjusted with a chain mechanism or motorized. The basic definition of roller blinds doesn’t do them justice, though. There are so many styles to choose from, and different reasons why you should consider them.

SAFETY FIRST The most common reason people choose roller shades for their windows is because the safety they provide. Not only do roller shades block light, but also without any cords they are safe for children, pets and elderly people. There is no risk of entanglement within these blinds. They are simply pulled on at the bottom of the blind to get them down and then pulled on again to let them back up.

FASHION COMES FULL CIRCLE Today’s roller shades are being made in more luxurious fabrics and styles. They are no longer plain

To further take the roller shades into this century, many companies are offering the option to add motorization devices for roller shades. Basically, this consists of a remote control being used to control the blinds. Homeowners can control their window shades with a push of a button. This is used as a luxury method or as a functional method for seniors. With roller shades, you can easily control the amount of natural sunlight in your home or office while retaining the view. Roller shades can be configured as automatic shades, which makes it easy to adjust several shades at once and subsequently reduce your energy costs. Many homeowners and business owners prefer recessed roller shades, which completely disappear when they are opened. If you are looking for roller shades for your meeting room or training room, opt for dual shades, which combine sheer fabric and blackout fabric. Furthermore, roller shades are easy to maintain and clean, which makes them ideal for residential settings, as well as properties in the hospitality and health care industry.

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Tools of the

home renovator’s trade


ome renovation projects can be both exciting and tricky. Do-it-yourselfers are inspired by designs showcased in magazines, websites and their own communities. When DIY enthusiasts see a design they like, it’s understandable that they may want to emulate these looks at home. Remodeling is one of the larger DIY undertakings, and it goes beyond simple carpentry. Considering demolition, reconstruction, electrical, plumbing, and masonry work may be part of the DIY package, homeowners who are thinking about renovations must first stock up on the tools and other supplies of the trade. Having the right tools can mean the difference between a job well done and a job that needs to be redone. CROWBAR OR PRYBAR: Before you can put in new construction, you might have to get your hands dirty with some demolition. Crowbars or prybars can be used to pry up wood slats, remove nails or remove old decking.

TOOL POUCH: A tool and fastener pouch gives DIYers a place other than their pockets to store fasteners and hand tools. Pouches can be attached to tool belts for added storage capacity. STUD FINDER: Invest in a more fool-proof method of locating studs behind drywall then knocking on

the wall. Stud finders can provide a picture of studs, pipes and other hidden items inside an entire length of wall. This is essential to driving nails where they belong and can also prevent sending fasteners into wires or nearby plumbing. LEVEL: A level is an essential tool for everyone from casual decorators to more involved renovators. Whether hanging pictures or ensuring molding is parallel, levels are must-have tools for DIYers. SAFETY GLASSES: Invest in a pair of safety glasses so no one working on a project deals with obstructed continued

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vision. Safety glasses also provide ample eye protection. EXTENSION CORDS: If power tools are part of the renovation picture, extension cords can safely extend power where it is needed. Be sure to invest in a gauge that is large enough to handle the amperage of your most powerful tool. MEASURING TAPE: The “measure twice, cut once” mantra is key to home improvements. To measure accurately each and every time, no tool chest is complete without a sturdy measuring tape. LADDER VARIETIES: Home improvements aren’t always at ground level. Purchase ladders of various heights so you can safely reach various areas of the home and avoid injury. Step stools, a step ladder and an extension ladder all have their purposes on the job. DIGITAL INSPECTION SCOPE: A scope lets you see inside walls, floors and ceilings to find the exact location of pipes, wires and joists. It also can be used to seek out the source of clogged drains or anywhere you desire sight into hard-to-maneuver areas. In addition to these tools, brooms, shop-vacs, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers can complete a DIYer’s basic toolbox.

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Three tips to

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ccording to, spring is the busiest and best season to sell a home. While a good home can find a buyer any time of year, homeowners might find the buyers’ pool is strongest in spring and into summer. The reasons for that are many, ranging from parents wanting to move when their children are not in school to buyers wanting to move when the weather is most accommodating. Because spring is such a popular time to sell a home, homeowners who want to put their homes on the market should use winter as an opportunity to prepare their homes for the prying eyes of prospective buyers. The following tips can help homeowners during the pre-selling preparation process.

Eliminating pet odors, including those associated with pets, can help homeowners prepare their homes for prospective buyers.

Address the exterior of the home.

Winter can be harsh on a home’s exterior, so as winter winds down, homeowners who want to sell their homes should make an effort to address anything that might negatively affect their homes’ curb appeal. A study of homes in Greenville, S.C., from researchers at Clemson University found that the value of homes with landscapes that were upgraded from “good” to “excellent” increased by six to seven percent. If it’s in the budget, hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping or address any issues that arose during the winter. Homeowners with green thumbs can tackle such projects on their own, but hiring professionals is akin to staging inside the home.

Conquer interior clutter. Clutter has a way of accumulating over the winter, when people tend to spend more time indoors than they do throughout the rest of the year. Homeowners who want to put their homes on the market in spring won’t have the luxury of waiting until spring to do their “spring” cleaning, 16 Neighborhood Publications

so start clearing any clutter out in winter, even resolving to make an effort to prevent its accumulation throughout winter. Just like buyers are impressed by curb appeal, they are turned off by clutter. The Appraisal Institute suggests homeowners clear clutter out of their

homes before appraisers visit, and the same approach can be applied to open houses. Buyers, like appraisers, see cluttered homes as less valuable. In addition, a home full of clutter might give buyers the impression, true or not, that the home was not continued

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Eliminate odors. A home’s inhabitants grow accustomed to odors that might be circulating throughout the house. Pet odor, for instance, might not be as strong to a home’s residents as it is to guests and prospective buyers. Because windows tend to stay closed throughout the winter, interior odors can be even stronger come late-winter than they are during the rest of the year. A thorough cleaning of the house, including vacuuming and removal of any pet hair that accumulated over the winter, can help to remove odor. In the weeks leading up to the open house, bathe pets more frequently, using a shampoo that promotes healthy skin so pet dander is not as prevalent. Open windows when the weather allows so more fresh air comes into the home.

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Running on a variety of surfaces instead of sticking to just one surface may help runners reduce their risk of injury. Officials with the USA Track and Field’s Sports Medicine and Science Committee recommend that runners vary their runs so they run on pavement, trails and tracks. While it helps to run on various surfaces, researchers do not believe one particular surface is better than another. In fact, while running on asphalt has long been assumed to increase injury risk because of the presumption that harder surfaces produce greater impact forces on the body, a 2008 study from researchers at the Hannover Medical School Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery in Germany found that running on asphalt surfaces decreased mid-portion tendinopathy risk while running on sand surfaces increased that risk tenfold.

Spring is a popular and potentially lucrative time to sell a home, and homeowners who spend winter preparing their homes for the market may reap even greater rewards. To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email:

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The hidden

benefits of water


ehydration is a dangerous condition that can cause a host of complications and even prove fatal in severe cases. But as dangerous as dehydration can be, many cases are entirely preventable. The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink enough water. When the body does not take in as much water as it puts out, it can become dehydrated. People who live in warm climates or in elevated altitudes may lose more water than those who do not. In addition, water loss is accelerated during strenuous exercise, highlighting the emphasis men and women must place on drinking enough water during their workouts. But water does more for the body than prevent dehydration. The following are a handful of lesser known ways that water benefits the body. Water can help people maintain healthy weights. Dieting fads come and go, but water is a mainstay for people who want to control their caloric intake in an effort to maintain healthy weights. Water has zero calories, so reaching for a bottle or glass of water instead of a soda, lemonade or another caloric beverage can help people keep the pounds off. A study from researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center found that even diet soda enhances weight gain by as much as 41 percent. In addition, soda has been linked to conditions such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. No such association exists with water. Water helps to fight fatigue. The fatigue-fighting properties of water are another of its lesser known benefits. When the body is not adequately hydrated, it can experience muscle soreness. And fitness enthusiasts who do not drink enough water may notice their bodies require extensive recovery time after working out. Each of those consequences can be prevented by drinking enough water, and doing so can even improve performance, as studies have shown that just a three percent loss of body weight due to dehydration can cause as much as a 10 percent drop in performance level. Water can improve the appearance of the skin. Skin that does not

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not have to pull water from stools to stay hydrated, thereby helping them stay regular. Water helps the body in myriad ways, many of which might surprise people unaware of just how valuable water can be to the body.

get enough water can turn dry and flaky and feel tight. In addition, dry skin is more likely to wrinkle than adequately hydrated skin. Getting water to the skin can be tricky, as the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health notes that water will reach all the other organs of the body before it reaches the skin. But the school recommends applying a hydrating moisturizer within two minutes of leaving the bath or shower and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to ensure the skin is getting enough water. Water helps the gastrointestinal tract. Water can help maintain normal bowel function. When the body lacks sufficient fluid, the colon will pull water from stools in an effort to stay hydrated. That can lead to constipation, a condition in which people experience difficulty emptying their bowels. By drinking enough water, people can ensure their colon will To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email:

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(Tips and Trends) Bob says “there are two main reasons to paint: to beautify and to protect.” Despite their similar appearance, not all paints are created equal. They have different formulations, which can yield characteristics that impact both the application of paint and how it performs over time. So, whether you are hiring a professional or tackling your next paint project on your own, it is important to know what properties to look for and what they can do for your space.

Tips to consider : COLOR. This is obviously the most important aspect of your project because adding to or changing the color of a room is an easy and cost-effective way to transform the space. Yet making the right selection requires a bit more than choosing a name you like. • Start by thinking about the mood or atmosphere you would like to create in the room. Local Real Estate Agent Vanessa Muse only takes advice from the best when it comes to home needs, which is why she shops at Ace hardware of Champions. More importantly, Vanessa always consults with Bob Ozenbaugh, the owner, on the latest trends and tips for this season’s paint color. Why? Because when it comes to home repair and renovations, he has all the answers.

• Consider the furniture, carpets and other features that are already there. • Think about whether you want the paint to provide a backdrop for those features or a bold counterpoint. LOOK TO THE LIGHT. Since paint colors can change under different light sources, it is important to carefully consider the light’s impact. For example, south-facing rooms that get the most sunlight intensify colors, and can be offset with softer, cooler tones. On the other hand, north-facing rooms that get much less sun can be cozied up with warmer-colored walls. The warm tones of incandescent lights will have a different influence on the color than the natural light of day. Once you are aware of how different light sources can affect your color choices, you can change your room’s mood to match the pace of your day. LIVE WITH IT. Before embarking on the entire job, sample the contenders in the space and live with them at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. Bob tells us, “We know that selecting color from a one-inch chip can be challenging, so painting a piece of foam core or poster board with a paint sample will take the guess work out of the selection process and make the painting process that much more rewarding and transformative.” GLOSS AND SHEEN. These are classified by the continued

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specular reflection of light on the surface of the paint. Specular reflectance is independent of color but the same color can appear quite different in different sheens. The condition of the surface is important too, higher gloss and sheens will tend to accentuate imperfections, so choose a lower sheen to mask them. So, the sheen or finish of the paint has an impact on how the color ultimately appears in a room. The good news is that you no longer have to consider the old rules about limiting the use of certain sheens to certain areas of the house i.e. using high gloss in bathrooms. Most paints have finishes that are highly durable so that you can use any finish in any room of the house – it all depends on the look you want to create.

Emphasize or Minimize Color can emphasize certain features and minimize others. A long, narrow room will look wider if you use a slightly darker color on the shorter walls and a lighter color on the longer walls. You can make a ceiling appear higher by applying a lighter color, or lower with a darker color. To give a big room a more intimate feel, paint the walls in colors that advance toward you, such as red, gold, orange, and brown. To help a small room seem larger, paint the walls in colors that make them appear to recede, such as blue, green, or violet.

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Bob says, “I always enjoy talking about paint colors because I’ve seen just how powerful a change of paint color in a room can be in transforming a space from blah to beautiful and often for only $50 or less!” Today’s paint products offer homeowners the flexibility to easily change the look and “feel” of a room – or a houseful of rooms, including walls, cabinets, furniture, accessories and trim items – by changing the color of a painted surface or adding paint to achieve a decorative effect. Let Bob at Ace hardware of Champions located at 9001 Spring Cypress Road discuss with you the best options for painting your home and getting other Spring projects set up! Or you can just stop by to say “hello” to Bella, who comes to work with Bob everyday to greet customers!

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Recognize and avoid

youth sports injuries that surrounds bones known as the periosteum, and typically affects people who repetitively jump, run or lift heavy weights. To head off potential pain in the shins, young athletes can gradually build up their tolerance for physical activity. Supportive shoes or orthotic inserts may also help. Incorporating cross-training into a regimen also can work. REPETITIVE USE ACTIVITIES Swimmers, tennis players, pitchers and quarterbacks may experience something called a repetitive use injury. This is pain in an area of the body that is used over and over again. Inflammation of muscles and tendons may appear, but repetitive use injuries also may result in stress fractures, which the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines as hairline fractures in bones that are subjected to repeated stress.


hildren benefit in various ways from their involvement in youth sports. Being part of a team fosters feelings of belonging, inspires collaborative play and strategy and can be an excellent form of exercise. Still, despite the benefits, parents often worry about the injury risk their children face on the playing fields. Those fears are justified. A Safe Kids Worldwide survey of emergency room visits found that a young athlete visits a hospital emergency room for a sports-related injury more than a million times a year, or about every 25 seconds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 2.6 million children 0 to 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports- and recreation-related injuries. Some of the more common injuries young children face have to do with the skeletal and muscular systems of the body. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons stresses

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that children’s bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are still growing, making them more susceptible to injury. Fortunately, with some education, many youth-sport injuries can be prevented. SPRAINS AND STRAINS Sprains are injuries to ligaments, or the bands of tough, fibrous tissue that connect two or more bones at a joint. Strains impact a muscle or a tendon, which connects muscles to bones. Clinical research has linked acute strains and sprains to improper warm-up before sports, fatigue and previous injuries. Preparticipation conditioning and stretching can help reduce the risk of injury. PERIOSTITIS Periostitis is commonly known as “shin splints.” This is an overuse injury that occurs in athletes who are engaged in activities that involve rapid deceleration. Periostitis causes inflammation of the band of tissue To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email:



Make America FIRM Again! The FIRM U is not your typical gym or health facility. We are the only one of its kind. We’ve taken the doctor’s and nutritionist’s office and placed them under one roof in a private personal training studio located on the corner of Spring Cypress and Champions Forest in Spring.

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www.TheFirmU/contact/ or call: 832-755-1949 8714 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 100, Spring, TX 77379 Rest between exercises can help alleviate these types of injuries. Ice, compression, elevation and immobilization may be used if pain is persistent. GROWTH PLATE INJURIES Kids Health says growth plates are the areas of growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in the legs and arms in children and adolescents. A growth plate produces new bone tissue. If the growth plate is injured, it cannot do its job properly. That may contribute to deformed bones, shorter limbs or arthritis. Growth plate injuries most often result from falling or twisting. While there’s no surefire way to prevent growth plate injuries, getting proper and immediate care after an injury can help prevent future problems. An orthopedic surgeon has the expertise to diagnose and treat these injuries. Youth sports injuries are common but preventable. Warming up, being in good physical shape and not overtaxing a growing body can help kids avoid pain and impairment. To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email:

Did you know? Carbohydrates are seen as the enemy by many people looking to lose weight, but that reputation is ill-deserved for certain types of carbs. Carbohydrates referred to as “smart carbs” can boost energy and mood and help people, even dieters, maintain healthy weights. Smart carbs, which can be found in fruits, vegetables, minimally processed whole grain products such as brown rice and quinoa, and whole wheat bread among other foods, contain vital nutrients and fiber. The body takes longer to absorb whole grains than it does processed carbohydrates, stabilizing blood sugar and energy levels as a result. Because the body takes longer to absorb whole grains, feelings of satiety and fullness are extended. That reduces the likelihood of being hungry again shortly after eating, thereby helping people maintain healthy weights. Those who want to avoid carbohydrates should avoid products made with white flour, such as white bread, non-whole grain pastas, potato chips, and breakfast cereals with high amounts of sugar.

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Why dental hygiene is

essential for overall health flossing twice daily and rinsing with mouthwash can remove bacteria and keep gums healthy.

The health of teeth and gums can impact other parts of the body.


he importance of maintaining clean teeth and healthy gums goes beyond having fresh breath and a white smile. Many people are surprised to discover that oral hygiene plays an integral role in overall health. Research indicates that oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Also, regular dental visits can alert dentists about overall health and pinpoint if a person is at a risk for chronic disease. An oral health check-up also may be the first indication of a potential health issue not yet evident to a general medical doctor. HEART DISEASE According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a distinct relationship between periodontal disease and conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Joint teams at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, found that people with bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene could have an increased risk of heart disease. Bacteria from the mouth is able to enter the bloodstream when bleeding gums are present. That bacteria can stick to platelets and subsequently form blood clots. This interrupts the flow of blood to the heart and may trigger a heart attack. Brushing and

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FACIAL PAIN The Office of the Surgeon General says infections of the gums that support the teeth can lead to facial and oral pain. Gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease, as well as advanced gum disease, affects more than 75 percent of the American population. Dental decay can lead to its own share of pain. Maintaining a healthy mouth can fend off decay and infections, thereby preventing pain. PANCREATIC CANCER In 2007, the Harvard School of Public Health reported a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. In the ongoing study, 51,000 men were followed and data was collected beginning in 1986. The Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease. The greatest risk for pancreatic cancer among this group was in men with recent tooth loss. However, the study was unable to find links between other types of oral health problems, such as tooth

decay, and pancreatic cancer. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Various health ailments, including poor oral health, have been linked to a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In 2010, after reviewing 20 years’ worth of data, researchers from New York University concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease. Followup studies from researchers at the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom compared brain samples from 10 living patients with Alzheimer’s to samples from 10 people who did not have the disease. Data indicated that a bacterium — Porphyromonas gingivalis — was present in the Alzheimer’s brain samples but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer’s. P. gingivalis is usually associated with chronic gum disease. As a result of the study, experts think that the bacteria can move via nerves in the roots of teeth that connect directly with the brain or through bleeding gums. These health conditions are just a sampling of the relationship between oral health and overall health. Additional connections also have been made and continue to be studied.

Did you know? Halitosis, or “bad breath” as it’s commonly known, can result from any number of factors. While food can be a culprit, some additional factors may be contributing to mouth odor as well. Poor dental hygiene is a particular concern. According to Colgate and the American Dental Association, failure to brush and floss teeth regularly leads to the accumulation of food particles in the mouth. This food can collect bacteria and begin to break down, causing a bad aroma. Dry mouth is another condition that causes bad breath. Without adequate saliva production, particles of food that may cause odor are not swept away regularly. Bad breath also may be an indication of a medical condition elsewhere in the body. Upper respiratory infections and gastrointestinal disturbances may contribute to halitosis. To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email:

Recognize potentially

dangerous household chemicals


omes are safe havens that people retreat to in an effort to relax and unwind. However, homes may be harboring some hazards that put their inhabitants at risk. Cleaning products and chemicals can be found in every home, but some may be putting people in jeopardy. Even seemingly safe items can prove dangerous when they are used and/ or stored incorrectly. Individuals who make a concerted effort to educate themselves about common household chemicals can reduce the likelihood that such cleaners will hurt them in the long run. The following are some commonly used products that may prove dangerous or irritating with prolonged use. AIR FRESHENERS These seemingly innocuous products may be doing more harm than good. Information published in a 2015 issue of The Journal of Toxicological Sciences linked air fresheners to volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. They also may contain ultra-fine particles of formaldehyde and phenol. In addi-

tion, National Geographic’s The Green Guide states that many air fresheners contain nerve-deadening chemicals that coat nasal passages and temporarily block one’s sense of smell. Many widely available air fresheners use phthalates, which are linked to hormonal and reproductive issues, birth defects and developmental disorders. In lieu of chemical air fresheners, spray diluted essential oils around the house. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANERS Many cleaners list bleach and ammonia among their ingredients. Bleach may be listed as sodium hypochlorite. When used as directed in a well-ventilated space, bleach and ammonia can be relatively safe. However, fumes from bleach or ammonia can cause rashes and skin irritation and irritate the eyes and respiratory tract. Bleach and ammonia should never be mixed because mixing the two can produce a deadly chloramine gas. Vinegar and baking soda can be used as a replacement for many household cleaning products, and these alternatives have virtually no dangerous side effects. DRAIN AND OVEN CLEANERS Many drain and oven cleaners contain lye (sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide), a chemical derived from salt or wood ash that is used to

break down other substances, particularly those that are sticky. Lye is quite caustic in high amounts and extremely alkaline, which can cause burns and skin irritation. Lye is also found in soaps and detergents. When handled correctly in safe amounts, lye can be used safely. However, it can be dangerous if it gets into the hands of children or is touched by pets. ANTIBACTERIAL PRODUCTS Antibacterial soaps, lotions and wipes may contain triclosan, triclocarban and at least 17 additional ingredients that are linked to various negative health effects. In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of these antibacterial agents. These chemicals can disrupt hormone cycles and cause muscle weakness. “There’s no data demonstrating that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water,” the FDA said in a press release issued shortly after the rule was announced. In addition to the aforementioned products, some carpet cleaners, toilet cleaners and other detergents may prove harmful. Always read ingredient lists, use products in the proper fashion and keep any and all chemicals away from children and pets.

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March 25 Woodlands CrawPHish Festival

April 1-2, Houston Children's Festival

Take in the great music and food as well as good times that The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival provides. Various activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. From crawfish races to coloring t-shirts, face painting and snow cones to climbing a rockwall. Spend an unforgettable time with your family while contributing to a great cause – a cure for Pulmonary Hypertension.

Houston's official family celebration is held annually in downtown Houston. The event offers a dazzling smorgasbord of exciting activities, including six entertainment stages, more than 350 games and 10 family adventure areas.

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The Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park kicks off spring as Houston's premier outdoor fine arts event. More than 300 national artists working in 19 artistic media are juried and invited to show and sell their original art at this event.

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March 31-April 2, German Heritage Festival - Tomball Every year, on the last weekend in March, festivalgoers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls and "Go German" for the area's largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area around 1840.

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April 8-9 53rd Annual Bluebonnet Festival The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home dÊcor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more. Downtown Chappell Hill, Tx

April 22 Cy-Fair Wine Fest There will be 30 wine tasting stations, craft beer tastings at the Backyard Grill Beer Garden, culinary tasting stations with food provided by Cypress restaurants & new to this year the Eat Prime Food Market Lounge and lively sounds on the Aruba Tourism Live Music Stage. Hwy 290@ Skinner Rd

April 29-30 Texas CrawFish and Music Festival The 27th Anniversary of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, the largest and most established crawfish festival in the South, returns for one weekend of family-friendly fun featuring live music on three stages, tons of bands, hundreds of vendors, carnival rides, interactive games and activities for kids of all ages, as well as 25 tons of the best Cajun Crawfish.

May 6 Boys and Girls Country Spring Festival A fundraiser for Boys and Girls Country, a home for children whose families are in crisis. A family event featuring games and activities for all age, come out to the festival and help children while having fun. 18806 Roberts Road Hockley, Tx

May 19-21 Pasadena Strawberry Festival A barbecue cook-off, a beauty pageant, arts and crafts, live entertainment, teen battle of the bands and the world's largest strawberry shortcake are all part of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. 7902 Fairmont Pkwy/Pasadena Fairgrounds


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Simple ways to avoid

injuries when working out Five to 10 minutes of light aerobic exercise before working out can help men and women avoid injury.


desire to live a healthy, active life compels many people to include exercise in their daily routines. Numerous studies have shown that regular workouts that include a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise can make bodies less susceptible to injury while reducing a person’s risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Exercising is most effective when it’s part of a daily routine, but that routine can be derailed if men and women are not taking the appropriate measures to avoid injury while working out. While even professional athletes succumb to injury from time to time, there are steps everyone can take to avoid injury when working out. Confirm your technique is the right one. Exercise science is continuously evolving, and that means workouts and fitness machines are evolving as well. When using a piece of equipment for the first time or altering a workout routine, men and women should consult with a gym employee or personal trainer to learn the correct technique. Incorrect technique can lead to minor and serious injuries because muscles are used in ways they are not intended to be used when exercises are performed properly. Research appropriate techniques, taking advantage of online video tutorials if you don’t exercise at a gym, to ensure the exercises you want to perform are done properly. When beginning a new routine, ask a friend or gym employee to observe your workout and let you know if you are doing anything incorrectly. Be patient. Lifting too much weight or pushing yourself too hard on the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine will increase your risk of injury. This is especially true for men and women working out for the first time or after lengthy stretches of inactivity. Men and

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women who are elderly, inactive and/or overweight are likely to suffer from poor balance because their muscles are weak. Those muscles can be strengthened over time, but remain patient and stick to light weight during initial workouts so lack of balance does not lead to pain or injury. Take the same approach with aerobic exercise to prevent muscle strains and pulls. Increase weight and the intensity of cardiovascular exercises as muscles gradually strengthen and become accustomed to exercise. Allow for adequate time to warm up. Failure to warm up is another contributor to exercise-related injury. Before diving into a workout routine, spend between five and 10 minutes warming up your body with some lowintensity exercises. This increases blood flow to the muscles and makes them more elastic and pliable than cold muscles, thereby improving flexibility. Some low-intensity cardiovascular exercise on the stationary bike or treadmill can greatly reduce injury risk during the workout. Vary workouts and exercise regularly. Varying workouts is a good idea because doing so can prevent repetitive-use injuries and prevent overuse of muscles. Repetitive-use injuries such as shin splints and tendinitis require extended rest to heal, and that can derail your routine and nullify your progress. Vary workouts so you are not always working the same muscles, and don’t mistake varying workouts for varying workout schedules. Working out five days one week and one day the next increases your risk of injury. Injuries sometimes happen when exercising. But veteran and novice fitness enthusiasts can employ a handful of simple strategies to greatly reduce their risk of injury while working out.

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Save family members considerable heartache with Life Insurance Few people want to face their own mortality when they are in the prime of their lives. However, thinking ahead and making advanced plans can save family members considerable heartache. Life insurance policies can help men and women make things easier for their spouses, children or siblings. Life insurance provides financial security in the event of a person’s death. Such insurance is a key element of estate planning and something all adults must consider. It’s smart to purchase life insurance at a relatively young age because the cost can be lower. Some people put off the process because it can be overwhelming. But Forbes magazine advises that once a person does a little research and learns the terminology associated with life insurance, choosing a policy is not so difficult. • Determine the amount of insurance you will need. Make a

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list of expected expenses after you pass away. These may include any residual mortgage payments, school tuitions, automotive payments, or funeral expenses. In addition, approximate how much your family will need to live comfortably in your absence. Online calculators can help determine life insurance coverage needs. State Farm Insurance says a quick way to figure out how much coverage you may need is to take your annual salary and multiply it by eight. • Decide on the type of policy. Life insurance policies come in two broad categories: term and whole life. Term life insurance may be less expensive upfront, as it only provides coverage for a set number of years. It will only pay out if the policy holder dies during this “term.” Whole life insurance, also called “cash value,” usually costs more, but accumulates a cash value that can be borrowed against, and it pays out whenever a

person passes away. • Choose among reputable companies. You want to ensure the life insurance company you pick will be around for years and has a strong reputation, so give ample consideration to each company you explore before making a final decision. • Know the waiting period. Many policies establish a period of time on policies wherein there is very little cash-out value and the company will not pay out the full death benefit. This may be a year or two after opening the policy. Discuss this information with the insurance agent. Life insurance can be a smart financial choice, helping men and women rest easy that their families will want for nothing in the wake of their deaths. For more information about life insurance or any other insurance need, please call, Dayna Wilson at (832) 761-7690.

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Reducing STRESS Tips from Master Josh Arcemont Many of us find it very challenging to cope with stress, particularly in the workplace. Resources are limited, jobs are scarce and companies need employees to work smarter in order to meet goals. Instead of feeling alert and relaxed, many people feel frazzled and out of control. While some stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and reduce your physical and emotional health. The solution is to identify ways to reduce stress and help keep your focus on the right track. Here are five tips on how to reduce stress at work: 1. Recognize warning signs of excessive stress at work. When you feel overwhelmed, you become withdrawn and this can lead to less productivity, which means that your role will not be as effective. This can make your job seem less rewarding. If you ignore these signs, this can lead to bigger problems. The first step is to recognize the warning signs: feeling anxious or irritable; loss of interest in work; problems sleeping; trouble concentrating; physical sickness, etc. 2. Reduce stress at home. If you recognize some of the warning signs above, then next step is to take action starting with how you are outside of the workplace. Start by taking care of your physical and emotional health outside of work. When you take care of your personal needs, then you will feel stronger and more equipped to manage your stress levels at work. A few tips include adding at least 30-minutes of heart-pumping physical activity at least 4 times per day; making good food choices; and getting at least 6 to 8 hours of solid sleep per night. 3. Reduce stress at work by re-organizing your role. Most of the time when someone is stressed at work they tend to lose control of their role. Taking action by prioritizing your tasks, set goals for new projects, and seek new opportunities within your workplace that interest you. 4. Reduce stress by breaking bad habits. Another downfall of excessive stress at work is letting bad habits take over. If you can turn around these self-defeating habits, you’ll find your stress level decrease. Habits such as: running late, thinking negatively about everything, trying to control the uncontrollable and not paying attention to your physical appearance are common bad habits associated with excessive stress. If you set a goal to break these bad habits, then your stress levels will decrease immediately. 5. Ask your employer for guidance. Believe it or not, but your employers want you to succeed. Many people that are stress fall into this negative thinking that their employer wants them to fail because they are always “on your back.” The problem is, your employer has goals that they must meet and their job is to manage your efforts. It’s in your employers best interest to help you maximize your role, so don’t be afraid to approach them with an open mind.

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Kids and sleep


chool-aged children are busier than ever before and some may be sacrificing sleep to accommodate their lifestyles. The National Sleep Foundation says school-aged children need between nine and 11 hours of sleep each night to function at a healthy level. Sleep deprivation can be linked to a host of health ailments, including issues affecting the development of the brain. Growing evidence suggests that lack of sleep can cause disturbances in metabolic rates that could affect the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. A recent study from Johns Hopkins University found that, for each additional hour of sleep a child gets, the risk of that child becoming overweight or obese decreases by 9 percent. Children who slept the least, according to the research, had a 92 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese compared to children with longer sleep duration. The NSF adds that poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems and cognitive problems that impact kids’ ability to learn in school. To promote good sleep habits in children, parents and other caregivers can establish consistent sleep/wake routines; ensure children avoid excess caffeine, particularly late in the day; create a cool, dark sleep environment; keep televisions and other media devices out of bedrooms; and help children work through stressors that may impact sleep.

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