HOW TO TRAVEL SMART AND SAFE ON SPRING BREAK
It's almost time to shake off the cold temperatures and escape the daily grind with an exciting spring break getaway. And when you think Spring Break, you think Mexico! While it’s a time to relax and have fun, safety concerns are a reality and it's important to travel smart. To do so, we must consider the destination. Recently, the U.S. State Department introduced a new system for alerting Americans about possible security risks while traveling abroad. It is important to keep these in mind when planning a getaway. Lucky for all spring breakers, there are many beautiful destinations in Mexico that have been explicitly listed as having no travel restrictions.
Julie Loffredi shares her top spring break travel safety tips. From where to go, how to book and things to keep in mind when you’re there, she’s got you covered. So, whether you’re headed to Riviera Maya with your college classmates or Tulum with the family, you’ll be able to kick off your flip flops and soak up the sun worry-free.
SOME OF JULIE’S TIPS INCLUDE:
- Plan wisely: Check the U.S. State Department’s risk level classifications of the destination you plan on visiting before booking your trip. Pack at least two forms of ID. Keep one with you and one in the hotel safe.
- Book in bundle: Purchase vacation packages through a reputable, reliable, and trusted company. You’ll get more value by packaging airfare, hotels and transfers into one great price!
- Know your surroundings: Familiarize yourself with the resort. Know where the security and information desks, and when you’re in town or exploring, best not to stray too far from the beaten path.
- Use common sense: As you would when you’re in an unfamiliar place, exercise plenty of caution. Ask your concierge for restaurant recommendations or a trusted travel advisor for any fun and safe activity ideas.
DR. TIA M. RAINS FROM THE EGG NUTRITION CENTER - WHY ADDING EGGS CAN BE A PERFECT ADDITION TO A HEART-HEALTHY DIET
February is American Heart Month – a time when people are thinking about how foods can affect their health. Many Americans still believe that eggs should be avoided for their cholesterol content. However, an overwhelming body of scientific research demonstrates otherwise.
Dr. Rains will highlight scientific evidence demonstrating how nutrient-rich eggs can (and should!) be included in a heart-healthy diet and why they are the perfect pair to other heart-healthy foods.
DID YOU KNOW?
- There are several nutrients that are uniquely found in eggs. For example, eggs are one of the richest food sources of choline, which is important for fetal brain development and maintaining optimal brain function later in life. Eggs are also one of the only natural sources of vitamin D, providing 41 IU per large egg.
- Don’t toss the yolk! Yolks contain most of the egg’s nutrients like choline, vitamin B12, selenium and more than 40 percent of the protein in an egg.
- The yolk also includes fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin D, E, A, and the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.