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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, […]

Staying Active throughout the Life Cycle

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. One of the best things you can do for yourself throughout the life cycle is to stay physically active. Notice that I did not say exercise; I said stay active! Physical activity simply means moving your body. For children it means playing actively, and it should be fun for adults […]

Little Chefs Big Fun!

By Christina F. Toscano 5 Fun Recipes to Cook WITH your Toddler Cooking with your little one is a great way to bond while establishing healthy eating habits. It can be a fun rainy day activity, a learning experience, and a teaching moment-all in one! Here are some ideas for easy meals you can create […]

The Benefits of Music In Child Development

By Dinah Torres Castro Music can play an important part in boosting resilience and mental health. Let’s take a look at some other benefits that music can provide as children experience music in their everyday activities. The Environmental Rating Scales Institute tells us that children can gain language skills, fine motor skills, social skills, balance […]

Staying Healthy: Nature vs. Medicine

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. To maintain your health, both physical and mental, spend time outdoors each day, enjoy the sunshine. You might be interested to know that being in the sun regulates our bodies, helping us to stay awake in the daytime and sleep during the night. This is called the circadian rhythm. Having some […]

Music or Magic?

By Dinah Torres Castro How many parents have sweetly and politely asked their three year olds to clean up their toys and waited to no avail? Yet, those same parents can come into the room where the three year olds are playing and simply start singing that familiar clean up song, and magically those children […]

Do You Have Diabetes? Buyer Beware: The Low-Carb Diet is Back Again

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Recent newspaper headlines and cable news networks have stories about some of the newest trends in dieting, and the low-carb diet is back. There are many claims made about the low-carb diet curing or reversing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It advocates eating very small amounts of […]

When They Want to Quit

By Tim Jahn, M.ED The signs of spring are everywhere. Not the crocuses and daffodils – they’ve been up since March – but kids in uniforms on soccer fields and baseball diamonds. Thousands of youths will be playing some kind of team sport in the spring, and the benefits include exercise, friendship and real life […]

Keep Your Wheels Turning, Keep Your Mind and Body Going

By Kristen DeLuca Think of your body as a machine – a car, for example. You have to give your car fuel; with the proper fuel necessary to keep it running. You have to maintain the car; change the oil, take it for yearly inspections, for necessary repairs, and for tune-ups. Similarly, to fuel your […]

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