The new school year is quickly approaching. Get a head start by tackling these important steps, as recommended by the experts from the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.

Anxiety: Talk to kids about their worries with empathy and understanding. Prepare them by visiting the school and meeting teachers.

Bullying: Learn about what happened and discuss how to respond if it happens again in the new school year (for example, walk away or get help from a trusted adult or peer).

Vaccinations: Contact your family physician or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online registry to stay informed of the recommended school admission vaccine requirements.

Routines: Build a routine so children can adjust properly. This means structuring activities so kids know what to expect, including healthy meals at the same time each day and a regular bedtime.


Easy tips to care for your skin

Properly caring for your skin each day — and countering the possible effects of pollution — is quick, affordable and easy. Consider these tips from CeraVe for a daily skincare routine to nourish and protect your skin.

1. Use an effective sunscreen. Choose products with an SPF of 30 or higher, that are water resistant and provide broad-spectrum coverage.

2. Wash twice daily with quality cleanser. Choosing the right product is key. Check around to see what’s recommended for your skin type.

3. Eat an optimal diet. Dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry advises a diet rich in antioxidants to protect your skin. Diets high in processed or refined sugars, carbohydrates and unhealthy fats may promote skin aging.


Age-related macular degeneration: What you should know

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 65, according to the CDC.

AMD causes damage to the macula, the small spot on the retina that allows people to see clearly and to see things straight ahead of them.

While AMD cannot be prevented, you can take steps that may slow the progression of the condition, says Dr. Efrem Castillo, UnitedHealthcare chief medical officer. Incorporating healthy lifestyle choices like quitting smoking; eating leafy, green vegetables and maintaining a good blood pressure and cholesterol level can help.

Another crucial step is to get dilated eye exams and vision tests from your eye health professional to diagnose the condition and track any progression.


Orange Dream

For a healthier take on a milkshake, try this frothy cooler from Mayo Clinic. For best results, start with ice-cold soy milk and use freshly squeezed orange juice. Creamy, custard-like silken tofu adds extra body. For additional calcium, use calcium-fortified orange juice.

— 1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled

— 1 cup light vanilla soy milk, chilled

— 1/3 cup silken or soft tofu

— 1 tablespoon dark honey

— 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

— 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

— 5 ice cubes

— 4 peeled orange segments

In a blender, combine the orange juice, soy milk, tofu, honey, orange zest, vanilla and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds. Pour into tall, chilled glasses and garnish each glass with an orange segment.

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