• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Are Your Child’s Immunizations Up to Date?

August 15, 2016

a multiracial group of four children, girls and boys, walking arm-in-arm in a schoolyard

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Carne asada
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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Time for new walking shoes?
If you walk regularly, your athletic shoes are bound to show signs of wear. And, even if they still feel comfortable, they might not be providing enough support or shock absorption. Pay attention to the condition of your shoes. If the outsole is worn through, it's time for a new pair.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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