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A Family Guide to Sunscreens

Does your idea of family fun include spending time together outdoors? Then it's important to protect the whole gang from the sun's damaging ultraviolet UV rays. There's nothing cool about painful sunburns, early wrinkles or a raised risk of skin cancer. And yet that's just what too much UV exposure can bring. One way to help keep your family safe: Make sure everyone gets their sunscreen on. Here's what you need to know to get started: Check the label. When shopping for sunscreen, make sure you c...

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4/24/2017 3:34:00 PM Comments(0)

Register Now for Alert Polk

A category four hurricane is threatening the Florida peninsula. A tornado is headed for Mulberry. A lift station leak is spreading raw sewage onto South Florida Avenue. Armed criminals are loose in a Winter Haven neighborhood that includes an elementary school. Before, people were solely reliant on learning about emergencies like these through the media. Today, you can get immediate notification on your smartphone, tablet, home phone, email, text and social media thanks to a new system that Po...

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4/24/2017 3:33:00 PM Comments(0)

Mad about Melons

At last! Melon season is fast approaching. That means soon you'll be treating yourself to one of summer's true delights: a ripe, juicy, sweet melon. Besides tasting oh-so-good, melons are good for you. They are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system. Cantaloupes are an especially good source of the vitamin. A little less than a half cup of this warm-weather favorite provides up to two-thirds of the current recommended amount of daily vitamin C. Some melons are also an excellent s...

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4/24/2017 3:33:00 PM Comments(0)

Cultivate Some Happiness

Ahhh, spring! It's the perfect time for planting. But gardens aren't the only thing to grow now. You can also sow the seeds of happiness—which is easier than you might suspect. Studies show that some fairly simple habits can help you be more upbeat and happier overall. Here are three key ones: 1.Practice being grateful. How to do it: Make it a point to regularly count your blessings—large and small, from a friend who helped you during a difficult time to the food on your table every ...

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3/28/2017 3:15:00 PM Comments(0)

What's Up with That Cough?

You have a chronic cough. But you don't have other symptoms that would suggest asthma—such as wheezing, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest. So clearly you don't have asthma, right? Not necessarily. You might have a specific type of asthma in which chronic cough is the sole symptom. It's called cough-variant asthma. Trouble in the lungs Asthma is a lung disease that causes your airways to swell and constrict, making it hard to breathe. Airways that are inflamed are more sen...

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3/28/2017 3:08:00 PM Comments(0)