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How do you sleep at night?

By Laura Keiley, RN Quality sleep, and enough of it, is essential for good physical and mental health. Good sleep is as important to our health as a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, there are things you can do to […]

Parenting Tips

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H., is a Human Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Family Health and Wellness Program. She can be reached at 631-727-7850 ext. 330 or at The Family Health and Wellness Program is pleased to announce a new resource for busy parents on the […]

New Guidelines for Children’s Health

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. The World Health Organization recently published new guidelines for children under the age of five. These guidelines address factors impacting children’s physical and mental health. The recommendations seek to help parents balance the need for physical activity with sedentary behavior, including the use of screens.  Sleep recommendations are also part […]

Digital Media and ADHD

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. A July, 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the risk of teens developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with the amount of time they spend on video games, streaming devices, and social media sites. This study followed 2500 teens […]

Daylight savings time and your child’s behavior

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Ever notice that your children’s behavior may be a little off following the switch to and from daylight savings time? Children can become extra cranky, emotional, and uncooperative, or even aggressive due to the change in their sleep pattern. While changing the clocks forward or backward one hour is something […]

Teens and Sleep

  By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Remember when your little ones awoke at the crack of dawn and instantly called for you to start the day? As parents, we wish that our young children would sleep a bit later so that we may catch some more shut-eye as well. If we only knew then how […]

Getting Preschoolers to Bed: Everyone Benefits

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Three-and-a-half year old Emma hates to go to bed. Being awake is more interesting and she does not want the day to end. Her mom and dad adore her, yet find themselves exhausted by the nightly battles at bedtime. Even after bedtime is finally accomplished, they find themselves too wrung out […]

What To Do When You Can’t Fall Asleep

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Whether you are an overworked, stressed-out parent or an older adult, insomnia is a common complaint. It affects one third of American adults! After a busy day, nothing is better than a good night’s sleep. It’s easy to turn to medication, whether it’s a prescription or an over-the-counter sleep aid […]

Falling Asleep

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE I can’t remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep, the kind of sleep you get when you close your eyes and the next thing you know the alarm is going off. How can we get the sleep we need? Here are some ideas: Exercise: Physical activity can […]

Dealing with Morning Madness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Does the thought of getting out of bed and trying to get your child ready to leave the house make you want to crawl deeper under the covers each morning? Children need lots of time and a routine to follow each morning, or chaos can accompany the Cornflakes, and bad tempers […]

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