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Splish Splash – Learning in the Bath

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Yes, soap is important. But bath-time for your preschooler is so rich with opportunities to play, and to experiment with math and science concepts as he or she explores the properties of water. It provides some relaxed time with a parent or caregiver, just laughing and talking. By the time you’ve […]

What to do about # 2? Tips & Tricks for when your toddler is constipated

By Cristina F. Toscano Toddlers consuming table foods should be passing stool at least every other day. If they are going 3 or more days without going #2, or are having trouble and straining for 10 minutes each time they pass a bowel movement, they may be constipated. It is a fairly common issue among […]

Healthy Eating Tips During the Holidays

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN The holidays are coming, and with them come delicious cookies, large plates filled with food, overindulging, and the inability to say “no” to a second or third helping. The average American gains a couple of pounds during the holidays, and this weight gain leads to New Years’ resolutions to […]

How to stay on track during the Holidays

By Jessica A. Schreck, RD, CDN, CDE The holiday season brings with it lots of cheer. But the cold weather, combined with holiday party after holiday party, often leads to decreased exercise and poor eating habits. These factors cause the average American to gain weight during the winter months. Follow these tips in order to […]

Physical Activity on a Busy Schedule

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Physical activity is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. It can have a great impact on your health, wellness, and even your stress level! Physical activity is recommended as part of your daily routine as well as being important at any age or stage in life. Some of […]

Halloween Tricks and Treats to Keep Your Family on Track

By Alysa Ferguson, RD, CDE The pumpkin is carved, the costumes are ready, it’s time to trick-or-treat! If your family is like most, this can mean a month or more of candy laying around everywhere. While candy and treats can and should be a part of Halloween for children (yes, even children with diabetes), there […]

Thrills Without chills

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Want to know what’s really scary at Halloween?  Pre-teens and teens roaming the streets unsupervised after dark armed with shaving cream, silly string and raw eggs, that’s what.   Halloween mischief making is sometimes harmless, just a few smashed pumpkins, trees wrapped in toilet paper and kids covered in flour.  But there […]

Importance of Physical Activity

By Maryann Birmingham Being physically active is important for good health. Most people of all ages need to be more active; being active means moving your body! Regular physical activity helps keep the heart, lungs, muscles, bones and joints healthy. It’s recommended that adults should be active for at least 30 minutes every day. For […]

Colder Weather Workout Tips

By Nicolette Casano Summer has ended and Fall is upon us. You’ve become accustomed to your outside exercise routine in the nice weather of the summer, but now you are worried about exercising during the colder months. What’s your plan? How are you going to fend off the cold? Below are a few tips that […]

The Benefits of Physically Active Play

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Many people say that play is the work of children, but what they may not realize is just how essential play is to growing children.  Children use play as a way of exploring their environment and developing skills.  Play is needed for the development of the whole child – for […]

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