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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 […]

Pets Can Provide Many Benefits for Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro Having a pet to play with, talk to, and touch can be a great benefit for young children, especially shy ones. Pets give unconditional love, and because they are non-judgmental pets can help a child who is lonely, shy, or emotionally distressed. Pets can make your children feel like they have […]

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 […]

Diabetes: Keeping Blood Sugar Logs

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE People often ask, “If my glucose meter has a memory that records all my blood sugar values, why should I keep a blood sugar log?” Blood sugar testing and tracking your numbers provide useful information for managing your diabetes. This helps you see changes in your blood sugar levels to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back on Track after the Holidays

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN After another long holiday season, as well as cold outdoor temperatures, getting back on track to eating salads and oatmeal may seem daunting and not so tasty. Quieter houses with less hustle and bustle can make you feel a bit down. For those who may have indulged a bit on […]

The Benefits of Making Small-Simple Changes

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE So many of us want to be healthier, make lifestyle changes, lose weight, exercise, and change our diets. These desires intensify after a season of over-indulgence and sedentary behavior. We find ourselves making statements like: “That’s it, no more sweets ever!” or “I am going to the gym to […]

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