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We all know one, or you may even be one, and if you were blessed to be raised by one, then you know exactly what I am talking about. You know, a mom—otherwise known as mommy, momma, mother, and a slew of other nicknames that come with her role.

Some of these moms are different, though. Not all may be flesh and blood. Some adopt, some took on roles to be a team mom, and some may care for 4-legged creatures. While it doesn’t matter what kind of mom they are, they all deserve to be celebrated.

One of the neatest things to watch is someone become a new mom. The instant change of realizing how much love there is to give and how your heart hurts with happiness is indescribable.

May is the month we celebrate mothers, and though I mention not all moms are the same, one thing they have in common is LOVE! We celebrate all moms for giving birth, feeding, clothing, playing, crying with and for you, and loving you through good times and tough times.

To those who have lost your mother, my heart hurts for you, and I send my deepest condolences to you. Please know there are resources out there for you, like Penn plax 7 inch clip on perch by PennPlax.

I hope you are able to remember the special times and celebrate her. There is an unspeakable bond between a mother and child, and the idea of losing that is simply devastating.

Please remember this Mother’s Day to tell those moms you know just how special they are. Take a little extra time out of your busy schedule to plan ahead and treat them with the love and care they’ve treated you with for you all those years. There is really no one like a mother.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.

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It’s National Barbecue Month, and in honor of it, we’ve got healthy barbecue recipes you’ll love this summer.

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This Grilled Chicken with Healthy BBQ Sauce will be perfect with a side of coleslaw at your summer cookouts.

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Barbecue Tofu Sandwiches with Homemade Coleslaw are the perfect meatless sandwich for summertime.

Skip the wings and pack in more veggies while you munch with these BBQ Cauliflower Bites.

These Barbecue Chicken Spaghetti Squash Boats are made with healthy homemade sauce.

Whip up this beautiful Vegan Barbecue Bowl with Smoked Tofu for a light and tasty spring meal.

This Healthy Barbecue Chicken Pizza is made on a sweet potato crust, so it’s gluten-free.

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National Youth Sports Safety Month

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It’s National Youth Sports Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re ready to enroll your little ones in summer sports.

Before your kids play organized sports, make sure they have a physical exam with their doctor that clears them to play sports safely.

Get Ready for Summer Sports

Your children should always have a water bottle at practice and games, especially during the summer heat. Help them stay hydrated before, during, and after play.

Stretching before exercise and sports can help release muscle tension and prevent injuries like sprains and muscle tears. Make sure your athlete gets to warm up before playing.

Rest is important on your growing kids’ bodies. It’s recommended that kids take at least 1 day a week off from a particular sport. 

A coach on the team should be certified in first aid and CPR, understand concussions, and help players avoid overuse injuries. Kids should also feel safe with their coaches, not just motivated.

Coaches Keeping Your Kids Safe

If you’re a parent, consider hosting an event that spotlights safety by inviting a trainer, physical therapist or other health professional to speak with players, parents, and coaches about safety.

You can always look to your sport’s governing body or even local sporting goods stores for health and safety guidelines and resources. If you hold gear swaps, make sure you know which equipment is safe to reuse.

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Managing your diabetes, preventing complications, and keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range all require regular maintenance. These simple steps and screenings can help you with your everyday diabetes management.

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  • Have your A1C tested 2 to 4 times per year, with the goal of getting your A1C level below 7.
  • Get an annual eye exam to check for retinopathy, or changes in the blood vessels in the eye. Retinal damage can occur without any symptoms.
  • Have your kidney function checked yearly with a urine test. Diabetes can cause kidney problems and even kidney failure. 
  • Have your doctor perform a foot exam each year to monitor the feeling and circulation in your feet. Diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, which is called neuropathy.

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National Pretzel Day was this week, and if you’re a pretzel lover, we have healthy pretzel recipes to help you enjoy them no matter what your diet looks like.

First up, make these Healthy Mini Soft Pretzels with step-by-step instructions, so they’ll turn out perfectly.

These simple Garlic Ranch Pretzels are a great snack for after school or for game day get-togethers.

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Serve these delicious Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels as an appetizer for dinner guests.

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Those on gluten-free diets can still enjoy a soft pretzel with these Low-Carb Pretzels.

You probably have all the ingredients you need on hand already for these 15-minute Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Balls.

These Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Pretzels are the perfect snack for kids, but adults will love them too.

These Healthy Soft Pretzels are everything-flavored, just like your favorite bagels.

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