Items Tagged ‘holidays’

How to throw a healthy Fourth of July party

June 30, 2017

How to throw a healthy Fourth of July party

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to heat up the grill and gather with friends and family. With all that food and drink, however, the holiday can turn into a nutritional pitfall. Two dietitians at UCLA Health – Erin Morse and Dana Hunnes – share their tips on how to host a healthy […]

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Tags: alcohol, alcohol consumption, cooking, Dana Hunnes, dietician, dietitian, dietitians, Erin Morse, food, fourth of july, fruits, healthy holidays


Celebrating Heart Month – Fact #9

February 11, 2017

Celebrating Heart Month – Fact #9

By uclahealth uclahealth

Heart attacks peak during the holidays! The highest risk days are December 26, followed by December 25, followed by New Year’s Day. Learn more about Heart Services at UCLA.

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Tags: heart attacks, heart disease, heart facts, heart health, Heart Month, holidays, New Year’s Day, UCLA Women's Cardiovascular Center, women's health


Make holidays more about family, less about gifts

December 20, 2016

Make holidays more about family, less about gifts

By uclahealth uclahealth

What parent hasn’t watched their children tear into one gift after another on Christmas morning and wondered: Is there a way to make the holidays more about relationships and less about stuff? Cynthia Whitham, a licensed clinical social worker and director of the UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program at the Semel Institute at UCLA, […]

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Tags: children, counseling, Cynthia Whitham, holidays, LCSW, parents, relationships


Dollars and sense: Teaching your children to be money savvy

December 20, 2016

Dollars and sense: Teaching your children to be money savvy

By uclahealth uclahealth

Between holiday gift-giving and seasonal travel expenses, a lot of us have money on our minds this time of year. That makes it a great time to start talking finances with your children. Smart money management is a skill that will help your children throughout their lives, and can even improve their health. Annual surveys […]

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Tags: allowance, children, children and money, chronic stress, finances, financial behavior, financial stress, heart disease, holiday gift-giving, holiday travel, holidays, immune system


Seven tips for choosing safe toys this holiday season

December 16, 2016

Seven tips for choosing safe toys this holiday season

By uclahealth uclahealth

If you’re shopping for children this holiday, chances are there will be plenty of toys on your list. While play is important for developing dexterity, imagination and strength, unsafe toys are a real hazard. In 2015, emergency room doctors in the United States treated more than 254,000 toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product […]

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Tags: children, choking, choking hazards, electronics, emergency room, helmet, holidays, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, recalls, toddlers, toy hazards, toy recalls


How to avoid the holiday gorging slump and stay healthy

December 14, 2016

How to avoid the holiday gorging slump and stay healthy

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

A holiday celebration just isn’t complete without the food. Let’s face it: family meals, office parties, and holiday reunions scattered throughout the month mean we’ll all have the opportunity to eat, eat, and eat some more. And there lies the challenge: how do we avoid the trap of a month of overeating? Overeating can be […]

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Tags: calories, dietitian, eating, Erin Morse, healthy eating, healthy holidays, holidays, overeating, physical activity, registered dietitian


Safety, kindness and a watchful eye are needed for older holiday guests

December 12, 2016

Safety, kindness and a watchful eye are needed for older holiday guests

By Simi Singer Simi Singer

Most of us enjoy the time we spend with friends and family over the holidays. But for many older adults, get-togethers can be especially stressful, confusing or even perilous when they are out of their regular environment and routines. Raising awareness of issues and situations that may arise with older guests can help make the […]

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Tags: Dr David Reuben, elderly, family, family dynamic, family gatherings, geriatrics, holidays, video


Don’t Make the ER Your Home for the Holidays

December 12, 2016

Don’t Make the ER Your Home for the Holidays

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

The holiday season brings with it a host of traditions: decorations, office parties, family gatherings, and – unfortunately – more visits to the emergency room. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently estimated that in November and December 2015, ER departments nationwide treated 14,000 injuries involving holiday decorating – an average of 230 injuries per […]

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Tags: accidental injuries, alcohol, decorating, Dr Walid Ghurabi, Dr Wally Ghurabi, emergency, emergency department, holidays, holidays and accidents, injuries, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, video


Post-election recipe for health: volunteer

November 29, 2016

Post-election recipe for health: volunteer

By Roxanne Moster Roxanne Moster

As the election season recedes and the holidays approach, this may be the perfect time to decompress and reflect within about ourselves and our nation. For me, the process starts with taking a fresh look at the candidates’ slogans.  Whether it’s “Make America Great Again” or “Stronger Together,” the message seems to be the same: […]

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Tags: altruism, election, health, holidays, No One Dies Alone, UCLA Health volunteers, UCLA People-Animal Connection, volunteer, volunteer opportunities, volunteerism


Family friction: Six strategies for happier holidays

November 14, 2016

Family friction: Six strategies for happier holidays

By uclahealth uclahealth

Holidays bring families together, for better or worse. If spending time with your extended family is a recipe for stress, you’re not alone. With a bit of planning, you can take the edge off and re-focus on the positive parts of spending holidays with your family. 1. Agree to disagree. We all want to be […]

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Tags: aggression, anger, blood pressure, blood-sugar levels, depression, families, family, family stress, happier holidays, holiday stress, holidays, managing stress