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Asthma Triggers: Hiding in Plain Sight

Advice for creating an asthma-safe home at

Asthma TriggersChicago March 9, 2015 — One in 12 Americans has asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While we don’t know what causes asthma, we know what can lead to an asthma attack: exposure to asthma triggers.

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Teen Anxiety: What’s “Normal”, What’s Not?

Advice for dealing with anxiety at

Teen AnxietyChicago January 12, 2015 — Teens today are stressed out, and for good reason. They are juggling the pressures of schoolwork, a social life and getting into college, and many report feeling overwhelmed. Feeling stressed is normal, but when anxiety starts interfering with a teen’s everyday life, it is time to seek help.

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Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Advice from experts and caregivers at

Long-Distance CaregivingChicago November 3, 2014 — Every three weeks, Pam McNamara boards a plane and travels to Omaha to visit her parents. Her mom, who suffers from advanced dementia and is confined to a wheelchair, now requires near-constant care. McNamara helps manage her care from afar.

“My biggest stress is knowing that I can’t see my mom on a regular basis,” says McNamara in a new audio interview on “It’s hard to know that she’s having a bad day and I can’t be there to help her myself.”

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What You Need to Know About Kids, Concussions and Recovery explores what happens to young brains after a concussion and the key to successful recovery.

TBI - ConcussionsChicago Sept. 8, 2014 —A night game, a line drive and a ball lost in the lights resulted in a concussion for 13-year-old Nick. He saw a doctor; he spent a few days resting; then, he tried going back to school.

"I had a test the first day and it was really bad," Nick shares in a new video at, a health and wellness site. "I felt lightheaded and went home that day, and then stayed home the rest of the week."

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What Happens When Bystanders Stand Up to Bullying? explores the important role bystanders play in preventing bullying.

BullyingChicago July 7, 2014 — Bullying and cyberbullying are a part of growing up today. Surveys show that nearly 30 percent of middle and high school students have been bullied at school and 43 percent have experienced cyberbullying in the past year.

Those witnesses, the bystanders, are the key to ending bullying, say experts interviewed by “Bystanders have a powerful influence in preventing bullying,” says Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center.

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New Quiz Puts Teen Drivers to the Test asks teen drivers to prove what they know about distracted driving, the risks of texting and driving and more.

Teen DrivingChicago June 2, 2014 — In honor of Safe Teen Driving Day®, Be Smart. Be Well. releases new online quiz testing teen drivers’ knowledge of driving risks and driving distractions. Using humor and a light-hearted style, the Teen Driving Quiz presents multiple-choice questions on driving risks and information about how to manage them.

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End of Life: The Elephant in the Room helps people talk about end-of-life care and end-of-life decisions.

End-of-Life DecisionsChicago May 6, 2014 — If there’s one thing we all have in common, it is that we are going to die someday. While many people have specific ideas for how they’d like to spend their last days, research from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the majority of people do not get to spend their last days the way they say they wish to. That is largely because people are not making end-of-life wishes known to loved ones, say experts featured in a series of new videos at

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Teens and Depression: Five Warning Signs

New video helps parents distinguish typical teen moodiness from teen depression.

Teens and Depression: Five Warning SignsChicago March 24, 2014 — Withdrawn. Irritable. Sleepy. Short-tempered. These characteristics could be used to describe almost any teenager; but these are also symptoms of teen depression. “The difference between normal teen moodiness and clinical depression is very hard for lay people to discern,” says Ken Duckworth M.D., medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Women and Alcoholism: The Role Shame Plays

A pastor’s wife. A successful attorney. The stories of women alcoholics who overcame their shame to seek treatment for addiction.

Women and Alcoholism: The Role Shame PlaysChicago February 17, 2014 — Amy was a pastor’s wife, mother of three and model community member. She was also an alcoholic, secretly guzzling wine in her morning coffee mug and hiding her all-day drinking from her family.

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How to be a Smart Foodie When Dining Out

Food Network host Ben Vaughn offers restaurant food safety tips to help you avoid food poisoning when dining out.

Food Network host Ben VaughnChicago January 22, 2014 — Dining out can sometimes feel like a gamble: Does the restaurant practice good food safety, or will a bite out result in a long night of food-poisoning misery?

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Multimedia Quiz Helps Teens Identify Dating Abuse addresses widespread teen dating abuse crisis with online tools.

Dating AbuseChicago Oct. 9, 2013 –, an award-winning website, promotes health and safety through increased awareness and simple-to-use knowledge. The site’s new interactive video quiz helps teens recognize abusive behavior in their or a friend’s relationship.

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Childhood Obesity: Are We Winning the Race?

Leading health and wellness site provides update on health crisis.

SleepChicago, August 14, 2013 –, an award-winning website, is dedicated to helping the public be healthier and safer through increased awareness and simple-to-use knowledge. In 2009, Be Smart. Be Well. created a series of videos about the childhood obesity crisis. Four years later, we checked in with a leading expert to ask: Are we winning the race?

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Get Some Sleep, Your Health Depends on It

Leading health and wellness site breaks down why sleep is important and how to get better sleep.

SleepChicago July 10, 2013 – With its latest topic, Sleep, Be Smart. Be Well. examines the importance of sleep and how to improve the quality of it.

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Understanding Addiction: Why Do Some People Become Addicted? explores the science of addiction.

AddictionChicago April 17, 2013 – Addiction can destroy careers and ruin lives. It can be devastating to watch a loved one descend into addiction, and family members often can’t understand why an addict continues to use drugs or alcohol despite the ruinous consequences.

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Top Food Safety Myths separates fact from fiction to help protect you from food poisoning.

Food Safety MythsChicago Feb. 6, 2013 – One in six Americans will get food poisoning this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To lower your risk, you need to separate fact from fiction and understand the basics of how good food turns bad.

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The Caregiving Talk: says the time is now

Family gatherings can be a good time to talk with aging parents about plans for the future.

Chris and AnnChicago Dec. 19, 2012 – When families gather for the holidays, talk may not naturally turn to long-term care and financial documents, but it should, say experts featured on

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Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues offers expert advice to help you manage stress and depression during the holidays.

Lorette storyChicago Dec. 5, 2012 – The holidays are a busy time filled with shopping, parties, travel and family gatherings. But for some, the holidays can trigger stress and depression, or worsen existing mental health issues. different matter.

Read more Encourages People to Talk About Sex More

New video from gives tips for talking to healthcare providers about sexual health.

NIHCM FoundationChicago Nov. 28, 2012 – If you’re like most people, you have little difficulty talking to your healthcare provider about your aches and pains. But talking to your healthcare provider about sexual health is a whole different matter.

Read more Changing How People ‘See’ Health Issues

Award-winning website delivers videos with leading experts and real-life health stories

NIHCM FoundationChicago Oct. 23, 2012 – Research shows that video storytelling is effective at changing people’s habits and behaviors, and a number of prominent health organizations are collaborating with in order to further health education via this powerful medium.

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Keep Kids Safe: Recognize Concussion Signs in Young Athletes

NIHCM FoundationChicago Sept. 12, 2012 – Fall sports are gearing up, and kids and teens across the country are suiting up for football, soccer and other activities. This season, parents and coaches can help keep young athletes safe by recognizing the signs of a concussion and understanding what to do for a concussion, say experts featured in a new video on

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NIHCM FoundationMay 23, 2012 – The World Health Organization recently captured headlines with an alarming statistic—12 percent of babies born in the U.S. each year are premature, representing $26 billion in health care costs and an immeasurable emotional toll on families. Be Smart. Be Well. was recently included in the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation’s new issue brief, “Health Plan Approaches to Preconception Health,” which outlines the innovative ways health plans and their foundations are reaching women of childbearing age, and it suggests strategies for direct and cost-effective outreach programs. The NIHCM Foundation is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan group that conducts research on health care issues.

What You Need to Know to Avoid Food Poisoning This Summer

Avoid Food PoisoningChicago July 11, 2012 – Backyard barbecues, coolers packed for picnics, al fresco dining and hot summer days are all the ingredients for a bad case of food poisoning if you’re not careful.

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Deadliest Driving Days for Teens: What Parents Can Do

Teen Dating AbuseChicago June 5, 2012 – The start of summer also marks the beginning of the “100 Deadliest Days for Teens”—the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day that is traditionally the deadliest for teen drivers.

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Teen Dating Abuse: Straight Talk From Teens

Teen Dating AbuseChicago April 11, 2012 – One in three adolescents has been hit, harassed, emotionally abused or digitally stalked by a romantic partner. Be Smart. Be Well. recently asked 15 middle school, high school and college students about their experiences with abusive relationships on-camera.

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It’s a Family Affair: recognizes National Nutrition Month with tips to help families eat healthier

Childhood ObesityChicago March 14, 2012 – With about one out of every three children in this country obese or overweight, it’s more important than ever to focus on healthy choices and changes that families can make together.

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Kids and Heart Risk

Childhood ObesityChicago. February 15, 2012 – Adults aren’t the only ones who should be thinking heart smart this February, as heart disease is a concern for an increasing number of children, too. Research shows that overweight kids are more likely to develop heart disease as adults.

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Lower the Risk for Birth Defects

CaregivingChicago January 18, 2012 – Pregnancy is an exciting time filled with hopeful anticipation, and most pregnancies are uneventful and result in healthy babies. Pregnancy, however, is not entirely without risk, leading some expectant parents to worry about birth defects and whether they’ll give birth to a healthy baby.

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Eat, drink and be safe. Avoid food poisoning this holiday season.

CaregivingChicago December 14, 2011 – Whether you’re entertaining at home, celebrating at a restaurant or attending a potluck party, the holidays are a time for friends and family to gather and eat. Don’t let food poisoning spoil your holiday plans. Meet Chef Kang, a Le Cordon Bleu chef, and Ellen, a real mom who has some things to learn about food safety.

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The Sandwich Generation: More People Juggle Parenting and Caregiving Responsibilities

CaregivingChicago November 30, 2011 – They’ve been dubbed the “Sandwich Generation”–middle-aged people caring for aging parents while still taking care of their own children. Pulled in many directions, these family jugglers are at risk for stress, depression and other health problems. Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population; 10,000 people turn 65 every day. This will continue for nearly 20 years, and that means more and more people will find themselves aiding their aging parents.

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Childhood AsthmaChicago November 9, 2011 – On November 17, millions of Americans will mark the American Cancer Society’s 36th annual Great American Smokeout by giving up smoking for the day, and maybe for good. Because smoking can trigger asthma symptoms in children, quitting is an important first step toward protecting kids’ health. tells parents the steps they can take on the Great American Smokeout, and every day of the year, to lower the risk for childhood asthma.

Read more and Youth Health Literacy

NIHCM FoundationOctober 19, 2011 – The health literacy of adolescents is a significant concern, especially as teens are increasingly accessing health information online and the credibility of this information is largely unknown. Be Smart. Be Well. was recently included in the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation’s new issue brief, “The Case for Investing in Youth Health Literacy: One Step on the Path to Achieving Health Equity for Adolescents.” The NIHCM Foundation is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan group that conducts research on health care issues.

More than Five Million Americans Abuse Painkillers Each Month

Drug SafetyChicago, October, 26, 2011 – Drugs are everywhere. The use of prescription painkillers has increased dramatically in recent years, and prescription drug abuse is now the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.

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Safe Escape: Advice for Fleeing Domestic Violence

Domestic ViolenceChicago, October 13, 2011 – Each year, more than 4 million women and one in 10 men are harmed by their partners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tragically, the most dangerous time for victims of domestic violence is when they try to leave.

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Teens and STDs: What Parents Need to Know

STDsChicago Sept. 28, 2011. / PR Newswire / – Chlamydia. HPV. Herpes. Gonorrhea. They’re not easy topics to bring up with your teen, but sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates are rising among adolescents. Nearly half of all new STD cases are in young people between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Combating childhood obesity in the Hispanic community

Childhood ObesityChicago, September 14, 2011 / PR Newswire / – Childhood obesity is a nationwide epidemic, but the Hispanic community is particularly affected. Children of Hispanic descent are significantly more likely to be overweight and obese than non-Hispanic Caucasian kids, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Is your teen using your prescription to get high?

Drug GuideChicago, August 31, 2011 / PR Newswire / – Each year, nearly 2 million teens abuse prescription drugs. The new parent’s Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Guide from and The Partnership at breaks down the most commonly abused prescription and over-the-counter drugs in a simple-to-understand and interactive web page.

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Parents in the dark about teen dating abuse

Life Story VideosChicago, August 16, 2011 /PR Newswire/ – Though teen dating abuse is widespread, it’s often misunderstood–or just missed by adults. That’s because many teens don’t share stories of abuse and much of the abuse takes place out of view.

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Seeing is Believing, and the Key to Good Health

Life Story VideosChicago, July 13, 2011 / PR Newswire / – New research indicates that video storytelling can be an effective way to educate people about health conditions – and watching others share their health stories can empower people to take control of their own health.

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“Teens Talk Mental Health on”

Life Story VideosChicago, May 18, 2011 / PR Newswire / – As many as one in five U.S. teens suffers from disabling mental illness. Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in May, highlights the issue of mental illness in teens and tells the stories of two teens who moved from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.

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