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FREE Flu shots for pregnant women and moms from Text4Baby

 

Flu-Shot

I know that people have their own opinions about the flu shots. I would never, ever push my thoughts or beliefs on anyone. I respect everyone’s opinion.

My family and I do get the flu shot (or mist) each year. We had a few years in a row where one, two or all four of us picked up the flu. The flu is nasty and horrible. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. One time when I came down with the flu I almost passed out in a parking lot!

We have been getting the flu shots (or mist) for many years now and so far no one has come down with the flu. We are grateful for that.

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all pregnant women receive the flu shot? The shot is sae for women who are pregnant or nursing. It will not harm their infants either.

A pregnant woman can get the flu shot any time during her third trimester.

It has been shown that getting the vaccination during pregnancy can protect both the mother and her baby from influenza-related illness and hospitalization.

For more valuable information about the flu and flu prevention please visit the Centers for Disease Control website, www.CDC.Gov/Flu.

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If you are pregnant, have you heard about the service Text4Baby?

TEXT4BABY sends pregnant women and new moms personalized health information that is sent straight to their phones. The information will help support you throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s first year with topics such as prenatal care, baby health, parenting and more.

Pregnancy and being a first time mom can be scary. It’s nice to know that there is plenty of support and information available to you.

The program was founded by Johnson & Johnson.

Each week you’ll receive up to three texts with informative topics such as baby’s development, breast feeding, safe sleeping, immunizations, nutrition and more.

The service is FREE. It can even use the service to set up appointment reminders.

To join simply send a text to the information below (one is for English and the other is for Spanish).

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Text4Baby is offering FREE flu shots for pregnant women and moms of children under the age of one.

To get the code for a FREE flu shot you must first sign up for Text4Baby. You  will then receive a text message in regards to the free flu shot offer. The offer will instruct you on how to receive the FREE flu shot at your nearest Rite Aid store.

Rite Aid sent me a voucher for a free flu shot. I made sure to get it as soon as I received it. I didn’t want to take any chances. I work with little children and often they come into us sick (either the parent didn’t know or they just didn’t care). The last thing I want is to get the flu while at work.

If you are pregnant, or know someone who is, please pass along this information about how they can receive a FREE flu shot.

For a Rite Aid location near you please visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find Rite Aid on social media.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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KIDS FIRST – A new line of Nature Made vitamins and minerals designed for children and adolescents

 

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As a mom it’s important that my kids eat healthy and remain active. Sometimes that is easier said then done.

My daughter (17 1/2) does a great job at eating healthy and exercising. She is very conscious of what she eats – perhaps even a bit too much. She always makes an effort to go to the gym on a regular basis too and when she can’t get to the gym she works out at home (her favorite exercise is doing the hoola hoop).

My son (15) on the other hand doesn’t always eat healthy and his only form of exercise is walking the dog or making the walk to/from the kitchen from the bedroom. Sigh… I WISH my daughter would rub off on him and he’s make a conscious effort to watch what he eats and do some kind of exercise.

I try and make healthy meals and keep healthy foods and snacks on hand at all times. But we’re all human and sometimes it’s OK to indulge in chips, ice cream and candy too (within reason). I always tell my kids that no food is really “off limits”. It’s all about moderation and staying active. So go ahead and enjoy a cookie or two – just not a big handful. And makes sure to get some exercise in too.

I often worry that my kids, although healthy eaters, are not getting enough of their essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. This time of year I like to make sure they get plenty of Vitamin C too in order to ward off potential colds.

I’ve always offered my kids multivitamins, ever since they were little. We started off with the ones the pediatrician prescribed. As they got older we moved on to over the counter ones in shapes and flavors they like.

My kids see me taking my Nature Made gummies. I enjoy Nature Made gummies. I find that I am more likely to remember taking my multivitamin and other essentials when they are in gummy form. It’s like a “treat” in some way – but one that provides my body with the essential vitamins and minerals that I need.

I have written a lot about Nature Made over the years. It’s my favorite brand.

KIDS FIRST

Nature Made has now introduced a line of vitamins, minerals and supplements especially for children called KIDS FIRST. They are geared towards 4 to 18 year olds.

They are available as both gummies and melts.

Nature Made sent my family an assortment of Nature Made KIDS FIRST products. My kids were quick to want to start taking them.

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  • Multivitamin (gummy)
  • Multivitamin with Omega-3 (gummy)
  • Fiber (gummy)
  • Vitamin C (gummy)
  • Multivitamin (melt)
  • Calcium with Vitamin D3 (melt)

They are available in great tasting flavors like strawberry, lemon, orange, cherry and mixed berry.

Some are just plain gummies and some are a bit sour. All of them are kid friendly. My kids love them.

They tried the melts, which they think are OK but they prefer the  gummies.

I see them taking the vitamins and supplements daily without me having to remind them. Just like it is with me it’s easier to remember to take them with you enjoy them.

Here is some additional information from Nature Made

Nature Made KIDS FIRST KidMelts can help fill key nutrient gaps from a child’s diet and support overall health.

KIDS FIRST KidsMelts are available in two great-tasting products: Multivitamin and Calcium + Vitamin D3.

KIDS FIRST Multivitamin KidMelts provides 12 essential nutrients for daily nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D3, E, and all 8 B vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, folic acid, and vitamin B12.

KIDS FIRST Calcium + D3 KidMelts provide calcium and vitamin D₃ in a great tasting, fast-melting tablet to help support healthy bone development.

• Colors Derived from Natural Sources
• No Artificial Flavors
• No Preservatives
• No Yeast
• No Sugar
• No Calories

The gummies also have colors derived from natural sources, they have all natural flavors and no synthetic dyes, preservatives or yeast. They are also Gluten-free which is important for a lot children with Gluten sensitivities.

The KIDS FIRST products are sold exclusively at Target.

For more information visit NatureMade.com/Kids-First.

When you purchase Nature Made KIDS FIRST a donation will be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation (up to $100,000). I think that is wonderful. I fully support that organization. We knew a young boy who benefited from Make-a-Wish.

Does your child get enough of the essential vitamins and minerals in their daily diet? Do they take vitamins and/or supplements? What do you think of the new Nature Made line?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Holiday decor and more at Rite Aid

 

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I LOVE the holiday season. I love everything about the holidays – the food, decor, music, spending time with family and friends. It’s my favorite time of year (Halloween through New Years).

I have a weakness when it comes to holiday things. I tend to buy new decoration or accessories every year. My husband doesn’t mind, per say, but we live in a teeny tiny condo and we don’t have room for a lot of “stuff”.  My husband jokes that he has a rule for me – every time I buy something new I have to get rid of three things. LOL! Never! I could never give up my holiday stuff.

I was recently in Rite Aid looking for some fall/Thanksgiving decor. I love going to Rite Aid for holiday things because they always have a nice assortment of goodies and things I can’t find anywhere else.

For Halloween Rite Aid was selling a fun nail polish collection (pictured above) that contained not one but two nail polishes that glowed in the dark.  It’s called “Nail-O-Ween” and it’s from Bonita Cosmetics.

You can find A LOT of beautiful Bonita Cosmetics nail polishes at Rite Aid. My daughter and boss are especially crazy about them.

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Sadly the photo doesn’t do these colors justice.

My teenage daughter went crazy for the nail polishes. I wish I had a picture of her nails after she did them in the glow in the dark colors (she used both – painting every other nail a different color).

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Another fun holiday goodie found at Rite Aid is the Halloween Barbie. She is so pretty! I love her two toned hair. I put her on my desk. She watched over me as I blogged (she has since been packed up with the rest of the Halloween things).

We live on a tight budget so I have to be careful what I spend money on. I can’t afford expensive things. Thankfully the selection at Rite Aid is budget friendly and when they have sales they have really nice sales.

I recently created a tablescape for another post I was doing. I went to Rite Aid to look for accent pieces for my holiday table. I found so many wonderful things!

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The turkey figurine, candle holder, artificial leaves and towel are from Rite Aid.

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The bucket (Harvest), artificial flowers and owl figurine are from Rite Aid too.

While I was there I also took advantage of the great sale they had on Halloween candy (I needed some for the trick-or-treaters). Because I have a Rite Aid Wellness+ card I received a very nice discount on several candy varieties.

I made sure to take advantage of the FANTASTIC sales are Rite Aid too.

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My candle holders came from this area.

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You can see the artificial flower bundle I purchased in the middle.

Now that Halloween is over most stores (Rite Aid included) have moved on to Christmas and winter things.

I was at the store recently and I was like a kid in a candy shop! I wanted to buy everything.

Cookies

I always pick up the Danish cookies in the blue metal tin. They are great for dipping in tea or as a snack.

Elf

I LOVE the adorable plush elf. I also wanted to get the snowman (or Santa) on top because they help you count down to Christmas.

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I would LOVE to put this Santa outside our door to greet people. Sadly our condo board won’t let us put things outside our door.

I tend to go to Rite Aid often. Honestly, sometimes I go just to check out the holiday/seasonal things. It’s also a great way to stock up on some holiday gifts.

If you are looking for a gift for the man in your life you should check out British Sterling colognes. They are so nice! They both have a nice, light scent. To be honest a women might be able to wear them too. They don’t necessarily smell like a man’s cologne.

My teenage son wears this to school. He wouldn’t if it was too strong. It just gives him a nice, light, pleasant scent. My husband enjoys the cologne too.

Initially I thought they smelled identical to each other but after a minute or two you can clearly smell that they are different. Private Stock is a bit lighter and Reserve has a really nice scent (Reserve is my favorite of the two).

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I did make sure to get my flu shot on one of my visits. I know that not everyone has an interest in the flu shot, but my family and I have had the flu shot (or mist) for several years and so far, so good. We haven’t had the flu. Prior to that someone in our family picked up the flu virus at least every year. It’s a horrible thing. It’s even worse when you are a parent and you are sick with the flu and unable to take care of your child who is also sick with the flu. One year all four of us had it at the same time and my mother in law had to take care of us. I hope we never experience that ever again.

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Sadly the flu shot doesn’t help you against colds. I always make sure to stock up on cold remedies. Now that I work outside the home – and with little children – I have no doubt that I’ll be experiencing several cases of the sniffles too.

I have been under the weather lately (daily sinus headaches, groggy, I sound like I have a “frog” in my throat…). I have been taking Rite Aid Maximum Strength Daytime Severe Cold & Flu Relief – not for the flu but because it helps with my congestion, occasional sore throat (I must be sleeping with my mouth open at night because I’ve been stuffy) and sinus headaches.

This works just as well as more expensive big name brand products.

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Enough about colds and the flu. Blah! I can’t wait for the cold/flu season to be over.

You can find so many other things at your local Rite Aid. It’s your “one stop shop” for beauty products, over the counter medications, prescriptions, holiday and seasonal things, grocery items and more.

For more information or to find a Rite Aid near you visit www.RiteAid.com. You can also find the brand on the various social networking sites.

Don’t forget to sign up for Rite Aid’s Wellness+ program for great savings and rewards. I always save money every time I shop at Rite Aid with my card.

The wellness+ program comes with several great benefits, including members-only savings, 24/7 access to a pharmacist via online chat, and a simple way to manage and redeem coupons with Load2Card. Plus, when you use your wellnesscard you’ll earn points toward store discounts and wellness rewards, such as gym memberships, magazine subscriptions, and health screenings. You can even earn money for college with the Upromise-wellness_FAQs-savings-upromise program.

When you reach Bronze (250 points), you’ll also get 10% off Rite Aid Brand products for a year and a one-time-use 10% off shopping pass.

At Silver (500 points), enjoy 10% off the entire store for a year and a free wellness reward, such as a gym membership, magazine subscription, or health screening.

Made it to Gold (1,000 points)? We’ll give you 20% off the entire store for a year.

Do you shop at Rite Aid? If so, what are your favorite things to purchase there?

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Kimberly

*As a Rite Aid brand ambassador I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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PACt™ Cranberry Extract Water coming to a store shelf near you

 

Cranberries

Do you like cranberries? Cranberries are one of those foods that you either like or don’t like. The tart little fruits that are normally found in your Thanksgiving table in the form of sauce (jelly) or a homemade cranberry dressing.

Cranberries are available year round. You can also enjoy them year round too. I always keep cranberry sauce in my pantry. It’s great with chicken, turkey and pork.

I made my own cranberry sauce and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!! You can find the recipe here – Brandied Cranberry Sauce. I made it with brandy (the alcohol burns off when you cook it) but you could certainly omit that ingredient.

Here is the final product. Mmm… I need to make it again.

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I enjoy drinking cranberry juice too. I love the taste.

I look for cranberry juice that is mostly juice (not loaded down with sugars and artificial stuff). I find the drink very refreshing and it tastes great too.

Cranberries are very good for you. They have a lot of health benefits.

According to WebMD…

Cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.

Cranberries have been shown to help with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and some evidence suggests that cranberries can help prevent gum disease, cardiovascular disease and aid in the prevention of certain cancers.

Cranberries contain something called Proanthocyanidins – unique, powerful elements found deep inside cranberries, to help cleanse and purify your body.

Ocean Spray is a brand I always associate with cranberries. They make cranberry sauce, cranberry juice and even packages of whole cranberries. Now they have a new product to add to their product line – PACt™ Cranberry Extract Water.

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PACt™ is a new cranberry extract water from Ocean Spray that contains PACs, or Proanthocyanidins – unique, powerful elements found deep inside cranberries, to help cleanse and purify your body better than water alone. Not only that, PACt™ also helps you to hydrate your body.

Unlike most extracts which remove and utilize the flavoring component alone (i.e. vanilla extracts), the cranberry experts at Ocean Spray found a way to extract and preserve the unique health-promoting elements inside the cranberry called PACs (proanthocyanidins). PACt™ extract offers more than flavor, it offers the unique cleanse and purifying health benefits of the cranberry.

Since I love cranberries I was happy to review some samples that Ocean Spray sent me.

Currently PACt™ is available in four varieties – Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Raspberry, Cranberry Blood Orange and Cranberry Mango-Passion Fruit.

The one thing I noticed is that PACt™ doesn’t have the bitter taste normally associated with cranberries. The water does taste like cranberries – just minus the tartness.

I’m on the fence as to how PACt™ tastes to me. It’s light, like flavored water, but also sweet and fruity like a juice. I’m leaning more towards a flavored water.

The bottles are a generous size at 16 ounces. I’m especially impressed that they are only 10 calories for the whole bottle. They contain only 2 grams of sugar too.

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I enjoyed all of the flavors, although the Mango flavored was my least favorite (I’m not a fan of Mango).

PACt™ cranberry extract water contains 7 natural ingredients that you can see in the nutrition facts posted above.

· Purified water
· 80 mgs of PACs
· Natural sweeteners (Stevia, monk fruit extract, agave nectar)
· Natural fruit flavors
· Sea Salt

Recently PACt™ was unvieled in New York City. The event was hosted by entertainment host Maria Menounos. I was invited to the event but was unable to make it. It looks like a fun event.

Maria Menounos

Maria also shared some tips on staying healthy.

Maria’s Small Steps to an Even Better Life

Small Step #1: Walk this way! Parking the farthest away from your destination sneaks extra steps into your day.

Small Step #2: Extreme workouts out of the gate might discourage you. Take small steps you know you can achieve
when starting out!

Small Step #3: Life is a marathon, not a sprint! Slow and steady changes in diet and fitness are the smartest way
to achieve your goals.

Small Step #4: Portion Control: Instead of eating an entire egg and cheese bagel, take a quarter of the top half of
the bagel off. You still get the sandwich and taste but fewer calories. When that’s easy, try taking the top half off!

Small Step #5: Freeze your fruit! It takes longer to eat and feels more like a treat.

Small Step #6: Hydrate in a Healthy Way! Experts suggest 8-10 glasses a day to keep your body hydrated and
in good health. Make your hydration work even harder with PACt™ cranberry extract water, which cleanses and
purifies the body better than water alone.

Small Step #7: Team up. Working out with friends is a great way to catch up, and it helps keep you motivated.
Teaming up works: You don’t want to let your partner down by not showing up for your run, training session or
Saturday hike.

Small Step #8: Do what you can, when you can. Whether it’s a 10-minute stretch session, a walk around the block,
or some pushups at your desk, if your busy schedule prevents you from having a set workout plan, then just do what
you can when you can.

Small Step #9: Take 15 minutes to relax and focus on the sensation of breathing—clear your mind of everything but
the present. You may end up finding a better solution to a problem or you may just finish the day less stressed.

Small Step #10: If you have a pantry full of chips, you’re going to eat those chips. If they’re not there, you won’t eat
them. Try to keep your fridge, cabinets and desk drawers stocked with snacks that are healthy and nutritious.

These are some great tips.

PACt™ is currently available at select grocery stores, mass merchants (California & Nevada) and online. The product will roll out nationwide in 2015, so keep an eye out for it.

For more information about Ocean Spray products, recipes and more visit OceanSpray.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Are you a fan of cranberries? What is your favorite way to enjoy this amazing little fruit?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced n any way. 

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Do YOU know the facts about RSV?

 

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Our newborn son - 9 weeks premature - 1999

Our newborn son – 9 weeks premature – 1999

It’s that time of the year again – cold and flu season. Actually, you can pick up a cold or even the flu year round. They are more prominent in the cold weather months because people tend to be more confined inside, therefore spreading the viruses to those around them.

I work in a childcare setting. I tend to little ones who come to Family Court. I cannot tell you how many times children have coughed and sneezed directly in my face. Ewww! I understand they are little and don’t understand but none the less it’s gross and I worry about catching something. The last thing I want is a cold, or worse.

When you are a first time parent you worry about your babies picking up germs from loved ones or strangers. I know I was a bit paranoid when my daughter was born. I made everyone wash their hands before holding her. I think that is a common thing for most first time parents.

When our son was born things were dramatically different. It wasn’t a matter of being a nervous first time parent (since he was my second born), it was because our son was born 9 weeks premature. He was 14.5″ long and weighed only 2 pounds, 8 ounces. We was barely bigger than a Barbie doll.

Our son spent 33 days in the hospital. He came home when he weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces.

33 days old - 4 pounds 2 ounces - the same size as a regular football - 1999

33 days old – 4 pounds 2 ounces – the same size as a regular football – 1999

Our son had some quirky health issues, like Torticollis and he had to wear leg braces for 2 1/2 years due to curved ankles. Thankfully they were treatable.

It’s amazing how much you learn about health and medicine when you have a preemie. Prior to our son being born by emergency c-section we had no clue what Bradycardia and Oxygen Saturation meant. We also learned about another possible health issue – RSV.

RSV is short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. RSV is almost similar to the common cold and most children are exposed to it by the time they are two years old. For health children it’s not a serious health risk. For preemies RSV can put them in the hospital.

RSV is a seasonal virus that typically runs from the fall through the spring.

A healthy child affected by RSV has symptoms that resemble the common cold. It usually lasts for a few days and then the child is well again. For a premature baby RSV can come with major complications.

Our son 10 months old sitting next to the same football in the above photo.

Our son 10 months old sitting next to the same football in the above photo.

 

RSV causes upwards of 200 infant deaths each year, yet it’s not something that people hear about. Personally I think more doctors, television shoes, newspapers and magazines should talk about RSV and educate the public about how serious this virus can be.

If you have a premature baby (who are at greater risk of RSV) or an infant at home please take the necessary precautions to protect your little one. It’s all common sense stuff.

  • Always wash your hands before handling the baby and make sure everyone else does as well.
  • Avoid large crowds (malls, stores…), especially during peak season (fall through spring).
  • Never, ever expose a child around smoking (that is something people should do regardless of RSV).
  • Keep people who are sick away from the infant.
  • Keep all of the babies things (toys, bedding, bottles…) cleaned and sanitized.

Your baby’s pediatrician can recommend other things you can do as well.

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There is a vaccination that can help against RSV. Our son received the vaccination for two years. It was recommended by the hospital, insurance company and our pediatrician when our son was just a couple of months old. He was born in late September, which is usually the start of RSV season. He received a vaccination once a month for five months. The following year when our son was one years old it was recommended that he receive another round of vaccinations.

I know many people are against vaccinations. It’s not for everyone. But I thought I’d let readers aware that there is a vaccination for RSV.

The vaccination our son had was called Synagis. I’m not sure if that is still available or not. Please speak with your pediatrician if that is a route you would like to explore.

If your infant exhibits any cold like symptoms – coughing, shortness of breath, fever, wheezing – don’t hesitate to take your child to the pediatrician right away. Don’t assume it’s just the common cold, most especially if your infant was a preemie.

There is no treatment for RSV, that is why it’s imperative that you do your best to prevent your child from contracting it.

If you would like more information about RSV and ways you can prevent it, please visit www.RSVProtection.com. PLEASE pass along this important information to those you know with infants, and perhaps even those who are expecting.

FYI… On November 17, 2014 it’s World Prematurity Day. Please join groups and organizations around the world to raise awareness about premature births and ways they can be prevented.  In my case there was nothing I could have done. I had an inadequate placenta and our son wasn’t growing or moving. He was almost stillborn. The doctors felt he had a better chance of survival outside of the womb, there fore an emergency c-section was done to remove him and get him the oxygen and other life saving support he required.

I’m happy to say that my preemie is now a happy, healthy, 15 year old born. :-)

To hear what others have to say please check out the hashtags #RSVAwareness and #PreemieProtection on the social media channels.

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Kimberly

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Dance and celebrate happy and healthy moments with Usher and Honey Nut Cheerios

 

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We’re a Cheerio loving family. I haven’t met a Cheerio I didn’t like. :-)

I didn’t start eating Cheerios until I had my first child and the pediatrician recommended giving her Cheerios when she was ready to feed herself. I used to swipe a Cheerio or two from her from time to time.

Cheerios has come a long way since then. Now there are Peanut Butter Cheerios, Apples and Cinnamon Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios and Dark Chocolate Cheerios.

One of my favorites (my family’s too) is Honey Nut Cheerios. Honey Nut Cheerios mascot, Buzz the Bee, has teamed up with eight time Grammy Award winning superstar Usher to help spread the word about how being healthy can be fun and delicious.

Buzz and Usher as encouraging people to celebrate and share healthy and happy moments, like dancing to Usher’s new single “She Came to Give it to You” and enjoying a heart-healthy breakfast with Honey Nut Cheerios. Perhaps you’ve seen their commercial on TV?

In the commercial Buzz tells Usher about the importance of having a heart health breakfast, all while showing off his dance moves to Usher. Usher, who has some special dance moves himself, shows of his dance skills to Buzz dancing to his new release “She Came to Give it to You.”

Here is the commercial in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Usher joins Honey Nut Cheerios in new campaign from MultiVu Video on Vimeo.
 

With heart disease on the rise, Buzz and Usher want people to know how physical activity, such as dance, and healthy eating is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Heart disease affects one in three people in the U.S. or approximately 82.6 million people, according to the American Heart Association; but a few simple lifestyle choices can make a big difference in people’s overall health:

  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce risk of dying of heart disease
  • Eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Daily physical activity, like dancing or taking a brisk walk
  • Quitting smoking; not smoking
Enjoying the sweet wholesome goodness of Honey Nut Cheerios could be part of your heart-healthy** eating plan. Honey Nut Cheerios is low in fat and it’s made with whole grains and 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Eating Honey Nut Cheerios each day can help lower cholesterol too.

My family eats Honey Nut Cheerios (and other Cheerios) all the time. We even snack on them. They are also great on things like yogurt and even ice cream.

I think a lot of people (myself included) don’t get enough physical activity in during the day. Making small changes such as parking far from the entrance of a building or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help.

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Sometimes when I am cleaning my home I’ll put on the music and dance around my home as I am cleaning. It helps make the mundane chore of cleaning more fun, plus the extra movement helps my body. Who cares who is watching too. If you are having a great time don’t worry about what others think.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey

According to Usher – “Dance to me is a feeling, an emotion – the movement is good for your heart in so many ways. I really feel like Buzz and I connected through dance during this shoot. He has some serious dance skills and I’m looking forward to getting more people dancing.”

Cheerios, Buzz and Usher would love to see YOUR dance moves. They would love for you and/or your family to “bust a move” (dancing). Please share your photos and videos of your dance moves on social media (Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) using the hashtag #Cheerios and tagging @BuzztheBee.

I tried to talk my teens into making a video with me but they were not going for it. They love Usher and they love Honey Nut Cheerios, but, teens will be teens and they would not make a video with me.

I would LOVE to see your dance moves! Please share a link to your Twitter, Instagram and/or Tumblr post where you are dancing for your health and a happy heart. Feel free to leave the link/links in the comments section of this post so I can check it out.

For more information about Cheerios visit Cheerios.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

How do you take care of your heart and your health? Do you exercise regularly? Do you eat a heart healthy breakfast? Do you like to dance?

PHOTO SOURCE: General Mills

PHOTO SOURCE: General Mills

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

**3 grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods, like Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Honey Nut Cheerios cereal provides .75 grams per serving.

 

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