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  • Eat Your Sunscreen

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    Whether you’ve buckled down for the ultimate beach body or just plan to sip piña coladas poolside, the key ingredient for summer is sun. But it’s no secret that too much of a good thing can have troubling consequences and the sun is no exception. UVA and UVB rays can increase your risk of skin cancer, skin aging and lead to wrinkling of your body’s largest and most visible organ. Protection from the sun can be a life or death decision. With annual diagnosis rates topping 2 million, skin cancer has fast become the leading form of cancer in the US. Typically, saving your skin means layering on the lotion or spray and hoping you haven’t missed that tricky spot. But what if you could protect your entire skin by eating your sunscreen? Tanya Zucherbrot, registered dietitian, nutrition news contributor and the creator of F-Factor Diet isn’t advising that you gulp down a swallow of SPF 30, but she does suggest that certain foods can provide natural protection from those harmful

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  • Daddy Boot Camp

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    So you’re going to be a new dad and have no idea what to expect, aside from many sleepless nights. Help is on the way – in the form of daddy boot camp. No, you won’t have to do nursery army crawls or diaper bag crunches. But you will learn the basic fathering survival skills – from diaper changing and swaddling to managing a work-life balance and creating a parenting partnership.

    Lance Somerfeld developed one such boot camp through his organization, NYC Dads Group, and teaches new dads about fatherhood in his three-hour parenting crash course.
    His key to learning is having real babies. ‘Veteran dads’ are invited to each class; these are boot camp alum, who bring their babies to class so the expectant dads - or ‘rookies’ as they are called in boot camp - can become familiar and comfortable with young children.

    Boot camp can be about dispelling the fears of new dads. The biggest fear, according to Somerfeld, is ‘will I break the baby?’ Dispelling these fears is the goal of

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  • Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad

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    The modern-day father is a far cry from the traditional married breadwinner of the past. Nobody knows that more than stay-at-home dad Scott Benner. With 13 years as Mr. Mom under his belt, Benner has compiled the struggles and lessons he has encountered in his humorous and touching book, “Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad.”

    Since Benner started his career as a stay-at-home dad, the number of men who have chosen the same path has doubled. The U.S. Census reports that 32 percent of married fathers, approximately 7 million dads, are “a regular source of care for their children under age 15.”

    This trend is not only fueled by the recession but also by a shift in gender roles and more women becoming the breadwinner. According to a recent Pew study, 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.

    While Benner’s wife was on a stronger career path,

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