4 Summer Indoor Air Quality Tips for Your Healthy Home

Cooling the air inside your home isn’t the only thing you should consider this summer. As you turn on your fans and blast your air conditioners, you’ll need to keep your summer indoor air quality top of mind, says John McKeon, MD, CEO of Allergy Standards, a company that certifies home goods and appliances as allergy and asthma friendly for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

“You have to be a bit of a detective and look at all the parameters because there are lots of things that contribute to healthy indoor air,” says Dr. McKeon. While winter brings its own host of indoor air quality issues, summer indoor air quality issues may be impacting your well-being. “Anything from the environment you live in, to your air conditioner could be making your air dry.”

Tips for good indoor air quality throughout the summer


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Plant-based food festival showcases healthy living

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The fourth annual Healthy Taste of Knoxville festival returned Sunday at the Knoxville Expo Center. 

The festival celebrated and promoted plant-based diets like vegetarianism and veganism which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can provide health benefits like reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. 

“Our goal with this event is to provide anyone considering a plant-based lifestyle, no matter the reason, access to helpful resources and support,” organizer of Healthy Taste of Knoxville, Stan Wolcott, said. “We have seen an increased interest in plant-based living in our community and we want to connect those people with like-minded vendors and businesses across the region.” 

Janice Church, the volunteer coordinator for Healthy Taste of Knoxville, grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin but never knew she suffered from a dairy intolerance. 

By the time she

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Survey data aims to help health network provide services

AUGUSTA — Healthy Living for ME has opened the response period for its 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment and is encouraging Mainers to participate.

The survey results will allow HL4ME, Maine’s Community Integrated Health Network, to obtain the information needed to best serve and support all adult Mainers. The survey is being conducted in collaboration with the University of New England’s Master of Public Health Program and partners on the Community Health Needs Assessment.

To fill out the survey, Mainers can visit: forms.office.com/r/RgLWj5nThn. A link to the survey also can be found on Healthy Living for Maine’s Facebook page, facebook.com/HLforME, or on Spectrum Generations’ website at spectrumgenerations.org.

If someone would like to respond to the survey, but would prefer to do it by phone, they can call HL4ME at 800-620-6036.

The survey generally takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It will be available online through July

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Pamplin Media Group – Living the Blue Zone

91-year-old Nedra Dean is a living example of the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle

Longevity and lifestyle are often considered to be closely connected, and 91-year-old Nedra Dean, of Prineville, is a testament to that hypothesis.

Nedra came to Prineville in 1996. She and her husband were living in New Mexico, as he was retired from the Shell Corporation. With declining health, the Deans made the decision to move to Prineville, where their son, Jim Dean, was living.

“At the time, he was working for the fire department,” said Nedra. “Finally, he said to me, ‘Mom, you guys better move here because you are going to need me,’ which was very true.”

They moved to a newer neighborhood in Prineville, and only four years later, her husband passed away.

“I am so thankful that my son was here,” she added.

Nedra’s daughter lives in Eugene, and both of

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