Summer is officially here which means it’s time to bust out that SPF sunscreen!   It’s July which means it’s that time of year when the most important acronym to have in your back pocket is SPF.  SPF or sun protection factor is the level of defense your sunscreen has against UVB rays which are what cause sunburn. Did you know that exposing yourself to the sun without using SPF in the long-term can lead to skin damage that causes wrinkles, sagging, sunspots, freckles, and enlarged pores? Save your future self from a serious anti-aging skin-care routine by applying the sunscreen now, before it’s too late.  Although using sunscreen will dramatically help your chances against the sun, it does not protect your skin from 100% of the UV rays. That being said, a high SPF sunscreen should be used in addition to monitoring your sun exposure. Add hats and sunglasses to Read the full article →

Firefighters are aware of how dangerous it is to enter burning buildings. With the intense heat, smoke, and raging flames, every day on the job is a new experience with danger lurking around every corner. But how often do firefighters know that there are unseen dangers of their profession? In 2010, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), launched a multi-year study to examine whether firefighters have a higher risk of cancer and other causes of death due to job exposures.  The study included around 30,000 career firefighters and when compared to the number of expected cancers in the US population rate, firefighters were 9% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 14% more likely to suffer from a cancer-related death. This increase in risk for cancer is due to the exposure of cancer-linked chemicals like asbestos, formaldehyde, and benzene while on duty.  With this Read the full article →

According to a recent Nielsen survey, 39% of Americans are actively trying to eat more plant-based foods. However, many shoppers aren’t purchasing traditional plant-based options like tofu, brown rice, and granola. Within the plant-based food space, innovation is key and a wide array of plant-based alternatives are what have been catching consumer’s eye. Maybe you’ve even noticed the new assortment of plant-based patties alongside the typical ground beef burger patties in your grocery store. Have you been tempted to branch into the plant-based diet? Below are a few options to keep in mind when preparing for you next BBQ. Plant-Based BBQ Essentials Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches If you’re a vegetarian or if you’ve hung around vegetarians, there’s a good chance Jackfruit has made its way into the conversation. This chewy meat alternative can even trick meat eaters into thinking they are eating the real thing when it comes to pulled pork. Read the full article →