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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 […]

Do as you say and say as you do!

By Kerri Kreh Reda As your child’s first teacher, you teach her many things – how to talk, feed herself, dress herself and how to use the toilet.  You make a conscious effort to teach these skills.  What you may not realize is that you also teach many other things unintentionally by the example you […]

Summer Nutrition: Safe and Healthy Eating in the Sun

By Alysa Ferguson Summertime is great for barbeques, picnics, and fresh produce (think grilled vegetables with your meal and watermelon for dessert!). However, fun-in-the-sun eating also means taking some extra precautions to ensure your family’s food is safe to eat. The warmer temperatures create a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply rapidly, […]

Gardening with Children Reaps Many Benefits

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich   Children of preschool age and older can reap many benefits from helping out in the garden. Learning how to help plants grow, can foster responsibility and patience in children. Families can become closer as children and parents share a common interest they can work on together. To reap the full benefits […]

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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 […]

Encourage Your Child To Be a Good Friend

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Preschoolers want to make friends with other children and they should. There is a natural progression from solitary play during infancy to playing alongside others during the toddler years. Learning to make friends is an important task and part of your child’s growing social development and interest in the world. […]

Growing a Reader

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA At 3 to 5 years old, your child is getting ready to read. You can help your preschooler grow into a reader by reading aloud with, not to your child—encouraging your child to become actively involved, talking about the story as it unfolds, and using his or her imagination to guess […]

Is Play the Answer?

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Play is an essential component of a happy, healthy, and well-developed child. There is much concern these days about the social and emotional health of our children as they have greater rates of depression, stress, and anxiety. We hear all too often about school shootings, bullying, and addiction. There seems […]

Tips for Families with Children to Foster Healthier Eating and Activity Habits

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN Plan a family walking day(s) each week at a local mall, park, or around the neighborhood. Wear a low cost fitness tracker or free app on phone for older children to track steps. Look for ways around the house to safely increase activity, such as walking or running in place, […]

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