Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

Have you noticed that most of the stores have been stocking school supplies since the early part of July? I think it’s great to get organized and plan ahead, but we are still taking those family trips, camping, heading to the pool and applying considerable amounts of sunscreen. Do you find yourself getting those…
Most of us can agree that the adolescence years are difficult. A teenager’s body is undergoing many physical and hormonal changes while they are trying to cope emotionally with peer pressure, school, extra-curricular activities, sports, relationships, social media and possible family issues as well. With having their minds and bodies…
Many parents can attest to the challenges in encouraging children to eat healthily, including incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables into their daily diets. Children tend to become picky eaters for a number of reasons, according to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Some children are just naturally more sensitive to…
An astounding statistic was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that 1 in every 88 U.S. children — and 1 in 54 boys — has autism. Previously, the CDC estimated autism’s prevalence at about 1 in 110. The latest analysis shows autism is up…
Parents want their kids to be as healthy as possible. Whether tailoring kids’ diets to include healthier foods or encouraging their youngsters to be physically active, parents often go the extra mile with regard to the health of their children. But as hard as parents may try, some health-related issues…
Ever wonder how you learned to make eye contact when speaking with someone? Or how about why you speak casually with friends and formally with employers? Social skills are something everyone learns in their formative years through interactions with family, friends and the community at large. No one is born…
My first encounter with a homebirth mama and her 5-month-old son was during an “Options in Childbirth” class at the Mom and Pop Place in Neenah, Wis. Sure, I’ve seen the documentaries like The Business of Being Born and What Babies Want, so I’ve gotten some pretty great images of…
Years ago I had a gymnast, let’s call him Nick. Nick was the kind of kid who would take on challenges only if he knew he could win. He was young and had all kinds of talent. I used to say, “Dude, you got talent falling off of you, pick…
With so many baby products on the market, it’s hard to be on top of what’s best for baby these days. As a new mom-to-be myself, I’ve been especially engrossed in what’s the latest in baby care. What’s the best way for baby to sleep? What are the best baby…
With so many baby products on the market, it’s hard to be on top of what’s best for baby these days. As a new mom-to-be myself, I’ve been especially engrossed in what’s the latest in baby care. What’s the best way for baby to sleep? What are the best baby…
How can we get our kids to eat healthier? That is a great question; first let’s look at what is against us and then what we need to do to combat it. Kids are bombarded by media messages telling them to eat terrible processed food-like products that have no nutritional…
Youth obesity has become the epidemic of note throughout society. Countless governmental bodies, independent organizations and mainstream media outlets are constantly revealing statistics and projections related to this problem. According to several sources, the youth overweight/obesity numbers exceed 30 percent of people under the age of 18 in the United…
The phrase “going green” has often been thought of, and often is, about using environmentally sustainable products and having a low carbon footprint. It’s a hippy-dippy thing, right? Wrong. Being green is more than that. For me it is about my family, specifically my toddler. I do NOT hug trees.…
A new treatment may be a safe and effective form of immunotherapy for children with peanut allergy, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, there are no treatments available for people with peanut allergy. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study, funded in part by NCCAM and…
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