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why-you-need-vitamin-dVitamin D is in the spotlight these days. An alarming number of us are low. Here is what you need to know!

It may interest you to know what no matter where you live, an estimated 30 to even 100% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. When we think of sources of vitamin D, we think of drinking milk and getting out in the sun. The funny thing is, those of us that do protect ourselves with sunscreen are not getting the benefits of vitamin D because the sunblock keeps our bodies from vitamin D absorption. So how do we get more vitamin D and what are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency? You'd be surprised. Here is what you need to know.

152159078 rScientists learn than it's not all about genetics.

In the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about the ways that our genes set us up for certain diseases and ailments. However, scientists are now learning that other factors may be just as influential as genetics. Heart disease, for example, has many genetic risk factors. But this is not the only thing that plays into your risk of developing heart disease. Vitamin D and genetic heart conditions have a complex relationship that scientists have only recently discovered. Indeed, vitamin D plays an important role in preventing many genetic diseases.

1-spice-up-the-brushing-routineHow to get the kids interested in brushing their teeth.

Sometimes I dread when it’s time to ask the kids to brush their teeth before bed. I have the hardest time getting the kids to brush properly, and wish they would enjoy having clean teeth at the end of the day. I don't want to force them to like it, but a part of me wishes there was a way I could make the kids enjoy it. So, how could I spice up their brushing routine?

1-sleep-deprived-teens-more-likely-to-engage-in-risky-behaviorTeens who don’t get as much sleep as they should have a higher chance of engaging in these risky acts. 

It’s no surprise that many teens don’t get the amount of sleep they should. Teens love staying up late partying, hanging with friends, or engaging in all of their social media. But they also stay up late for more important reasons, like studying for a test. According to a recent study, sleep deprived teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior, many of which will shock you! 

obesity-rates-decrease-in-children-ages-2-5A decrease in childhood obesity mean healthier trends. 

According to a new study in the journal of the American Medical Association, childhood obesity rates have dropped for those aged two to five by 43 percent. The study also reported there was only a decline of 8.4 percent in 2011 and 2012.