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Choosing Good Books for Young Children

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA You know that good reading skills can help your child throughout life, and that you can help develop a love for reading by reading aloud with your child. But how do you select the best books? Good books for preschoolers should be enjoyable, but they should also stimulate curiosity and imagination, […]

Kids Need to Move More

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Getting and keeping kids moving is important due to the many benefits physical activity provides such as helping to prevent chronic disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Engaging in physical activity also promotes flexibility, better sleep, stress management, and weight management. Additionally, children’s school performance may be enhanced. In December of […]

Heart Health

By Amy O’Shea February is National Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America, accounting for one in four deaths each year. The CDC also reports the shocking news that about half of the American population has at least one of three […]

Cure Cabin Fever With Creative Play

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Winter weather that keeps kids cooped up inside presents a real challenge to parents. Without fresh air and opportunities for vigorous outdoor play, children can get that bored, restless feeling we call “cabin fever.” This leads them to behave in unacceptable ways: whining, fighting, acting out to get attention, or roughhousing […]

Things to Do with School Aged Kids During Winter Break

By Dinah Torres Castro As the holidays approach, many parents become exhausted with all the details. So much planning goes into making the holidays successful that we often forget about the days afterwards. If you are like me, you’re probably fantasizing about finally getting to sleep late each morning, and hoping that the kids will […]

BETTER HEALTH THROUGH PLAY

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Children have fun while playing. As adults, why not think of ourselves as “grown-up” children and allow ourselves some playtime too? Just as play is vital for children, it is just as important for adults. Research has shown that childlike play can help protect adults from serious diseases such as […]

The Power of the Pedometer

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN With the recent surge in popularity of fitness trackers, it has never been easier to track your steps. Just simply downloading a free app on your cell phone may be all you need to get you walking more. There are many positive reasons for tracking your steps. Some organizations and […]

I Need Attention!

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA When we become parents, we find ourselves with a job that has no scheduled breaks. Except when they’re asleep, and not all preschoolers take naps, young children make constant demands on their mothers’ and fathers’ time, something we never seem to have enough of. Just as we’re making dinner, or sitting […]

Charley Horse

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE Were you ever awakened in the middle of the night by a sharp pain in your calf? If you have, you’re not alone. A muscle spasm, or “charley horse”, is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and can last from a few seconds […]

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 […]

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