Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • Top 4th of July Pet Safety Mistakes

    Make sure your Fourth of July festivities include pet safety measures.Make sure your Fourth of July festivities include pet safety measures.There's no doubt about it, Fourth of July means celebrating. And if you're among the 46 percent of American households that own a dog, you probably let your pet join in on the summer festivities, too. Spending holidays with your pet is a plus, as long as you take steps to avoid Fourth of July pet safety threats. Avoid these Fourth of July pet safety mishaps:
    PLUS: Top 10 Pet Threats Lurking in Your Home

    Mistake #1: You accidentally invite your pet to happy hour.
    Your cat is not beyond sampling a white Russian, and dogs have been known to lap up beer without hesitation. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause major pet health problems, though, including coma or death. Make sure drinks are kept out of pets' reach.

    Mistake #2: You don't enforce a strict purse policy.
    For many people, Fourth of July means hosting a party. But if you allow your guests to set their purses down in your backyard, you could be setting up a pet poisoning. Common medications could kill your pet; even the

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  • 8 Easiest Age Erasers Ever

    Keep 'em guessing! Wouldn't it be nice if the outside world could always see the youthful and vivacious woman you are on the inside?

    It's actually pretty simple: Looking your absolute best is a matter of taking good care of yourself and giving a small boost to the natural features that already make you stand out in a crowd. You'll wind up feeling more confident and improving your physical health, says Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. For instance, a simple change in posture can shave years off your appearance and reduce aches and pains in your neck and back.

    Are you ready to start defying your age? First, acknowledge that you deserve the good things in life (go ahead, we'll wait). Next, try these simple pamper-yourself, anti-aging beauty tips to look and feel younger in no time.

    More from Prevention:
    11 Beauty Rules for Looking Younger
    21 Summer Beauty Tips
    10 Natural Skin Fixers
    Top 6 Ways to Eat Your Way

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  • 11 Tips for Take Your Dog to Work Day

    Taking your dog to work can improve office morale—if your dog is ready for itTaking your dog to work can improve office morale—if your dog is ready for itTake Your Dog to Work Day might seem like extra work for the owner at first, but some employers find that allowing canine companionship at work actually boosts office productivity.

    Today, June 21, officially marks Take Your Dog to Work Day for 2013, but at places like healthy, all-natural dog food and treat company DogsWell, it's Take Your Dog to Work Day every day.

    "It sets a different tone in the office; it takes stress down a notch," says Brad Armistead, vice president of marketing and innovation at Dogswell. "From an employee attraction and retention aspect, it's a major plus."

    For Dogswell, there's an added bonus: Workers are surrounded by their customers-dogs-giving the company, which makes healthy dog food and treats, an instant source of eager taste testers.
    So how does it work? Aside from making sure the office is outfitted with dog-friendly flooring (not carpeting), Armistead says taking your dog to work boils down to a simple policy: First, dogs can't be a distraction

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  • 11 Diseases You Can Get from Your Pet

    Wagging tails and wet noses can come with more than you bargained forWagging tails and wet noses can come with more than you bargained forThere's a certain amount of ickiness you have to accept when you adopt a pet. You know, a good dose of eww that goes right along with the whole snuggling and unconditional love thing. That mystery stain on the couch from Mr. Bubbles your basset hound? Best not to think about it. Those tracks leading away from Muppet's litter box? Let's pretend it never happened. And don't ever wonder where that tongue's been.


    But can all those pet germs actually make you sick? In a word: yup.

    Just like you can catch a cold from your husband through a kiss or unobstructed sneeze, pets can also pass diseases along to their owners. Don't worry--we're not talking about the Pomeranian Death Flu here; nearly everything you could catch from your dog or cat is preventable and treatable. "If you wash your hands and handle your animals carefully and keep them vaccinated and healthy, you shouldn't have any problems," says veterinarian Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinary for the state of Oregon. (Find

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  • 8 Summer Foods that Flatten Your Belly

    What to eat to keep your middle little all season long What to eat to keep your middle little all season long Want to look better in your bathing suit? Eat more fat. Strange as it may sound, studies show that monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), a type of plant-based fat, fight heart disease and help you lose weight from your most troublesome spot--your belly.

    The following summertime favorites contain fat-burning MUFAs:

    RELATED: Top Flat-Belly Eating Habits

    Smoothies
    Why they're a flat belly food: Smoothies are not only packed with antioxidants but can also be rich in MUFAs. Adding a nut butter and flaxseed oil to fruit and yogurt boosts your intake of healthy fats while imparting a rich, nutty flavor. Enjoy a slimming sip as a snack or on-the-go breakfast.

    Guacamole
    Why it's a flat belly food: Don't be shy when this popular dip appears at your next pool party. With nearly 10 g of MUFAs per half an avocado, you'll fill up without feeling bloated. Avocados also contain more beta-sitosterol, a fat that reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food, than any other fruit. So enjoy a

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  • 8 Scary Health Risks Lurking in Your Backyard

    Protect yourself from these common outdoor hazardsProtect yourself from these common outdoor hazardsThough summer is filled with backyard parties and BBQs, entertaining outdoors could put your guests at risk for some scary health consequences. Check out how to protect yourself and your company from these top outdoor health hazards.

    1. Dangerous grill placement
    Is your grill right next to the edge of your deck? You may want to move it. A charcoal grill next to combustibles (say, a wooden deck rail or low-hanging tree branches) is a leading cause of BBQ fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

    Easy Fix: Always make sure to leave a 10-foot clearing between your grill and deck rails, the side of the house, and overhanging plants, says David Markenson, MD, chairman of the American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety. (Plus, always follow these 5 Golden Rules of Safe Grilling.)

    2. Toxic plants

    More than 68,000 people a year are poisoned by plants, reports the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Most end up with nothing worse than an upset

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  • 8 Eating Habits for a Flatter Belly

    What to add and subtract from your diet to look and feel slimmer in less than a week What to add and subtract from your diet to look and feel slimmer in less than a week What to add and subtract from your diet to look and feel slimmer in less than a week If your belly is sapping your body confidence, don't despair. The reason for your puffy midsection may well be bloat, not fat. That's because one of the worst culprits for this problem--a slow digestive system--is common among women over age 40. However, exciting research now suggests you can get your digestion moving and beat bloat with a few easy menu and lifestyle tweaks. Put all of these ideas into effect right now, and you should be flatter, sexier, and fitting comfortably into your clothes in less than a week.

    PLUS: 50 More Flat Belly Tips

    1. Add: Two kinds of fiber

    Start the day with a better breakfast

    Why It Beats Bloat: Constipation distends your belly, and one easy way to get rid of it is by starting each morning with a breakfast cereal that guarantees your body a daily dose of fiber. This gets the digestive system moving within a day or so and keeps it that way. Based on a study of

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  • Top 7 Eating Mistakes You're Making

    Fix these everyday blunders to help take the weight off for goodLFix these everyday blunders to help take the weight off for goodLAre you eating wrong?

    When you're eating, your stomach takes its sweet time to get in touch with your brain. So even when your stomach has had plenty to eat, your brain may not realize it for as long as 20 minutes. The result? You could keep on eating like it's your last meal, take in way more food than you need, and throw your weight loss goals off in the process.

    But there's a simple healthy eating solution for this: Eat more slowly.

    We know, we know; you've heard this before. But here's why it's time to actually give it a whirl: First, you'll be more aware of what you're eating and how full you're feeling, which means you'll more likely eat the right amount. Second, you'll actually enjoy the taste of your food more. Third, eating more slowly may prevent undesirable gastrointestinal effects like heartburn and burping.

    RELATED: 18 Foods That Boost Metabolism

    It should take you 20-30 minutes to finish a meal. The good news? You can easily increase the length of your meal (and

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  • The #1 Reason You Quit Exercising

    Learn how to fit in 150 minutes of cardio per week your way!Learn how to fit in 150 minutes of cardio per week your way!If sticking to a regular workout plan is near impossible, the surprising culprit could be your rigid exercise schedule. Luckily, your path to getting fit doesn't require a strict plan. Logging just 2 1/2 hours of cardiovascular exercise each week will help you burn calories, brighten your mood, and reduce your risks of heart disease and diabetes. In fact, new research shows that adults who rack up this amount of moderate to vigorous activity each week can live up to 5 years longer than sedentary adults. So, your goal for this month: Squeeze in at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) of exercise every 7 days your way; it doesn't matter how you do it!

    "Look at your schedule and figure out the best days and times to fit chunks of heart-pumping cardio into your week," says Prevention's fitness expert Chris Freytag. "Maybe you'll divide your 150 minutes into a 30-minute brisk walk 5 times a week, or maybe it's a 90-minute hike on Sunday and a 60-minute Spinning class Wednesday night. You can

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  • 6 Memorial Day Foods that Could Poison Your Dog

    Written by Leah Zerbe for Rodale.com

    To keep your holiday picnic full of cheer, avoid these pet dangers. To keep your holiday picnic full of cheer, avoid these pet dangers. Picnics are fun! So it's no surprise that as we head into Memorial Day weekend, many people are planning to take attend or host holiday cookouts and BBQs with their dogs by their sides. Sure, social dogs will likely enjoy a day out on the town, but typical picnic fare could turn a fun outing into a life-threatening situation. We asked Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, to ID the top picnic foods your dog needs to avoid.

    Alcohol
    Dogs can get drunk just like people. Not only can they get tipsy, but they can also go into a coma or even die from ingesting alcohol. "With dogs, many will drink beer readily," Dr. Wismer says. "Dogs and cats will also drink mixed drinks that tend to have a cream or milk base, like white Russians."

    Since most alcohol exposures involving pets are accidental--perhaps someone puts their glass down and the dog gets up on table and gets into it-educate picnic guests

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