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The Condition of Your Home Could Impact Your Health

This winter, much of the country has been in a deep freeze. With all the snow and ice, many people have spent a great deal of their time in the house. Besides just causing cabin fever, the condition of your home itself has a great effect on the health of you and the members of your family.

Here are some everyday things that could be causing health problems in your home.

  • Smoking inside can cause asthma and respiratory issues, and can even lead to cancer.

  • Radon, a gas which is odorless and tasteless causes lung cancer.

  • The presence of too much moisture or mold (which can come from over-use of humidifiers in the winter) may lead to asthma and respiratory problems.

To prevent these sort of issues, don’t allow smoking in your home, and be sure to install smoke detectors and regularly change their batteries, just in case a fire should occur. Test for radon, and install fan systems that remove radon vapors. Fix water leaks to prevent excess moisture from being present in your home, and keep it well ventilated.

Simple steps like these help ensure your family’s health, especially when mother nature doesn’t allow you to go outside.

Get your kids excited about healthy eating by playing the Blast Off Game or other fun activities.

Get Your Healthy Eating Habits Back on Track During National Nutrition Month

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After indulging in a long winter’s worth of comfort food, March is an ideal time for getting eating habits back on track. That’s why it’s fitting that March is National Nutrition month— and we’re celebrating all month long!

Each week we’re sharing healthy eating tips, videos and other information you can use to make smart food choices and “enjoy the taste of eating right.”

  • Week one we’ll share nutrition tips for kids.

  • Week two you’ll learn how to eat healthy while in college.

  • Week three we’ll highlight tools to help plan healthy meals for you and your family.

  • Week four we’ll share advice for eating healthy as you age.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ to get the latest updates or sign up to receive nutrition month email updates delivered directly to your inbox.

And since we know few things in life are harder than getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies, join Kids.gov for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. ET. We’ll be sharing tips and trading secrets on how to make sure your kids are eating a balanced diet. Follow @Kidsgov on Twitter and use the hashtag #NNMforKids to follow the conversation.

Image description: We know convincing your kids to eat their fruits and veggies can sometimes be a challenge. But it doesn’t always have to be! 
Join Kids.gov for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. ET to get healthy-eating tips for your kids!
Follow @Kidsgov on Twitter and use the hashtag #NNMforkids.
You can also ask questions on Facebook and Twitter in advance that we’ll answer during the live event.

Image description: We know convincing your kids to eat their fruits and veggies can sometimes be a challenge. But it doesn’t always have to be! 

Join Kids.gov for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. ET to get healthy-eating tips for your kids!

Follow @Kidsgov on Twitter and use the hashtag #NNMforkids.

You can also ask questions on Facebook and Twitter in advance that we’ll answer during the live event.