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Immunity-Boosting Foods
By Kara Sibilia
Eat more of these immunity-boosters to ward off colds and the flu this season: Elderberry: Rich in antioxidants, which fight inflammation, extract from these berries also appears to block flu viruses. Button Mushrooms: This power food contains the mineral selenium and antioxidants, plus the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin, which play a role in a healthy immune system. Read More

Ovarian Cancer: Educate Yourself on this Silent Killer
By Kara Sibilia
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States, and is responsible for three percent of all cancers in women. It is called a "silent killer" because the symptoms are usually vague or nonexistent, and isn't caught until it has spread to other areas of the body. Read More

Beat the Heat: Protect Yourself When the Mercury Rises
By Kara Sibilia
Extreme heat can be a big health risk. Illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke are caused from excessive exposure to stifling temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, elderly people (65 years and older), infants, children, and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. Read More

A 12-week online program that can save your life
By Potoula Gjidija
SPEAK UP. Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. One in three women dies of this preventable disease – that’s almost one woman every minute. Read More

Michelle Obama's Childhood-Obesity Plan: Reaching Out to America's Moms
When Michelle Obama became first lady, she stressed that her "No. 1 job" would be "first mom." Following through on that focus, today at the White House she elevated her personal concern for her own kids' health and eating habits into a massive national campaign aimed at solving the U.S. epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation. Read More

2010 Health Tips for Women
By Kara Sibilia
2010 – A new year, new resolutions. We enter into January with newfound optimism, fully committed to our resolutions, whether it’s loosing weight or becoming more organized. Read More

Healthy Holiday Eating
By Kara Sibilia
Overindulgence during the holidays can leave even the most health-conscious eater feeling a little like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man by the New Year. Not to worry, with these stay-healthy tips from the American Dietetic Association (ADA), you’ll coast through the season looking your pre-holiday svelte self – while still being able to indulge in some of your favorite holiday treats. Read More

Rising Lung Cancer Rate in Women
By Kara Sibilia
Lung cancer is something that hits close to home with me. My grandfather, a lifelong smoker, died of the disease when I was 12 years old. Though lung cancer is typically thought of as a “man’s disease”, statistics show that the scale is shifting. Read More

Foods that Fight Breast Cancer
By Kara Sibilia
According to, diet is thought to be partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. Most research on diet and cancer shows that eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains help protect against cancer. Read More

2009 Go Red Women – Key Messages
by Go Red for Women, American Heart Association
Women face choices every day. Some choices aren’t important, while others are life changing. That’s why Go Red For Women held a nationwide search last February to find women who are choosing to live better and making life-saving choices for their hearts. Read More

Love Your Heart: Tips for Daily Living
by Go Red for Women, American Heart Association
Make Easy Lifestyle Changes. For Example:
Look for short breaks each day (approx. 10-30 minutes) to implement heart healthy activities such as walking or other types of enjoyable physical activity. Read More

Heart Attack Warning Signs for Women
by Go Red for Women, American Heart Association
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: Read More

Back-to-School Health - Preparing for the Flu
By Kara Sibilia
Back-to-school doesn't have to mean back to being sick. Schools and parents alike are on high alert since predictions that infections from the H1N1 virus (swine flu) will increase in the coming months. Read More

Exercise Boosts Brain Power
By Kara Sibilia
As busy moms, we try to squeeze as much into our day as possible. Unfortunately, our jam-packed schedules don’t necessarily allow us much needed “me time” to do things that benefit our health and well being. Read more from working mom and health guru

Save Your Sight: How to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
By Kara Sibilia
We all know that vigilant use of sunscreen protects our skin from the sun’s damaging rays. However, there is another part of the body that needs just as much protection, yet can be overlooked: our eyes. Learn more from working mother on protecting your eyes

Water Safety: Tips to Keep Kids Out of Danger
By Kara Sibilia
Summer vacation - it’s almost here! The time of year where the days are long and the weather is great. With school being out, we are no doubt planning family trips to the beach, lake or pool. Read more from working mother Kara Sibilia on Water Safety

Dieters Beware: FDA Says Don’t Use Hydroxycut
By Kara Sibilia
Government health officials are urging consumers to stop using Hydroxycut supplements after reports of serious health problems including liver damage, cardiovascular problems, seizures and at least one death. Following a FDA advisory released on May 1st, fourteen Hydroxycut products were recalled voluntarily by the manufacturer. Read more from working mother Kara Sibilia on the hazards of diets

Don’t Drink the Bath Water
By Kara Sibilia
Kids will be kids; they do things that can sometimes make us cringe - like eating dirt, picking their nose, or drinking their bath water. But most of these things are harmless rites of passage that we can just laugh off. Read more from working Mother Kara about the dangers of bath water

5 Tips for Better Sleep
If you do everything right each night—you know, going to bed early and avoiding drinking—your body's internal clock should wake you up at the same time every morning. For the rest of us, here are five simple ways to a better night's sleep:
Read more from a working mother and health expert on tips for better sleep

PMS – Don’t Let it Control Your Life
By Kara Sibilia
Say the acronym PMS and most of us think cramps, fatigue, bloating, headaches, irritability…and the list goes on. According to, an estimated three of every four menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and some can experience severe symptoms that interfere with everyday life. Read more from Kara on PMS and how it interferes with mother's lives

emme Speaks Out on Oprah's Weight "Infraction" - Enough is Enough
By emme
After a lot's been said and mean spirited songs air on the radio, common jokes abound and Oprah herself being not so kind for her weight "infraction", I took a moment to share my feelings on the subject at CNN's ShowBiz Tonight. Read more about what Emme on Oprah Jokes

Support the Fight against Heart Disease in Women - Wear Red on February 6th
By Kara Sibilia
Here’s a scary fact - one out of three women dies of heart disease, yet many are unable to properly identify the risk factors and warning signs. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® promotes awareness and understanding of the seriousness of cardiovascular disease in women. This movement connects millions of women, and helps fund research and educational programs to protect women’s heart health. Read more about the number one killer of women

Dr. Robi, a nationally known psychotherapist who has been a guest on several programs like: Today, E!, Regis and Kelly, Oprah, The View and Bill O’Reilly to name a few, speaks to the seriousness of postpartum depression.
How might a mom know if she’s suffering from post-partum depression? What can she do to change the situation?
Postpartum depression is depression after childbirth. Sometimes it’s due to hormonal changes that trigger these symptoms. Some researchers think the big change in hormone levels may lead some women to feel depressed after childbirth.
Read more about what Dr. Robi has to say about post-partum depression

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