It’s no secret that accessing health care is a challenge for the 47 million Americans who are uninsured. What most people don’t know is that free or low-cost health insurance programs are available and that they may qualify for them.

So many of us anticipate the holidays with great excitement – the merry decorations, relaxing with family and friends and the excitement of the coming new year. However, many of us also don’t look forward to navigating cocktail parties and the possible weight gain that may be a result of too many holiday feasts. Here are some suggestions for how to enjoy the holiday season without derailing your healthy habits.

“Sniffle, sniffle, wheeze, wheeze.” These are tell-tale sounds of cold and flu season, which is right around the corner. With a little knowledge and a few smart tips, you and your family may make it through the winter without a single “ah-choo!”

Times of stress, sadness and anxiety are common to everyone – it's part of life. These feelings may coincide with the loss of a job, when children move away from home, during divorce and remarriage and with a death in the family. But when does it become depression? While the blues tend to last between a few days and a few weeks, depression is a serious medical condition that can be disabling, with symptoms that include mood, physical and cognitive changes that prevent a person from functioning normally, for two weeks or more.

Whether your home is an expression of clean-lined modernism in stainless steel and glass or a warm and worn harmony of earth tones and antique furnishings, an often-overlooked element of home style is the unseen atmosphere that you breathe. Customizing a unique palette of aromatic style is no less an expression of your personal taste than the selection of wall color, furnishing and fabrics.

People living with diabetes need to take care of and monitor their health very closely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease as people without diabetes.

After a long day at the chalkboard and on the playground, kids can come home from school hungry and ready for an after-school snack. Studies show that children snack an average of three times a day, but they still aren’t getting adequate levels of vitamins and minerals. The challenge for parents is to find a treat kids will want to eat that’s not filled with empty calories.