Health Blog

Everyone can use a little healthy advice from time to time. That’s why we created Health Tips—blogs packed with great information to help you and your family stay well. Here you’ll find our doctors and healthy living experts sharing advice in areas like nutrition, exercise, heart health, cancer prevention and more.

Back to Sleep!

Back to school also means back to sleep! The school bus is mercilessly on time come the first day of school, and a drowsy brain isn’t the way your kid wants to start a new grade. Even as little as 25 minutes less of sleep each night can lead to lower grades! So bedtimes need to start reeling in well before the year starts.

And if you think we’re only talking about the kids here, think again. Those Netflix binges will also come back to haunt parents who have become used to sleeping until mid-morning during the summer.

Family Summer Fun List

If you haven’t checked everything off your summer fun list, here’s your chance! August is Family Fun Month, which should get you plenty excited for quality time with your kids. The great news is that you don’t need to spend any money in order to celebrate – just carve out time with the ones you love.

If you need inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’re all about the fun here at Swedes! Consider these ideas:

Safe Summer Camping

Keep your pack safe at the campground this summer! Your personal clan of wild animals -- you know, those little people running around your house -- would love some free time in the great outdoors this summer. And it's not hard to keep them safe and healthy on a camping trip with these tips:

Vacation Nutrition

So what does a dietitian do when she finds herself in Paris, the city of wine, croissants, baguettes, cheese and macarons? 

Each morning began with a café breakfast of an omelet, fresh greens lightly tossed in a simple dressing, croissant and a cappuccino. This breakfast was so filling that it often sustained me through endless walking along the Seine River and through art museums. Mid-afternoon I would pop into a bakery for either a pan au chocolat or a few colorful macarons as we explored neighborhoods.

Grilling Made Easy

Grilling is a fun summer activity that can be simple, quick and nutritious! Important grilling safety tips:

  1. Check for any loose wire bristles after cleaning the grill grate.
  2. Consider using a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  3. Use two sets of utensils and platters for raw and cooked meats.

Now let's revamp our grilling options! Try grilling salmon on wooden cedar planks! Find the planks at hardware stores in the grilling section.