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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 […]

Bananas About Ice Cream!

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and Vitamin B6, both of which are linked to cardiovascular health. They are a good source of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps increase the body’s absorption of iron and may play a role in the immune function. Eating bananas can also […]

School is out, learning is in

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW When school is out for the year, and with it the rigor of assignments and confinement to a specific schedule, many parents enjoy the lighter schedule. While summer can be a break, all parents probably fear, at one time or another, that their children may forget everything they have learned […]

Summer Safety Tips for People Living with Diabetes

By Laura Keiley, RN Summertime can present many challenges to caring for your health if you have diabetes. The heat, barbeques, and summer fun activities require extra precautions to avoid overheating, dehydration, sunburn, injury, and overindulging in ways that can impede your efforts to manage your diabetes well. High summer temperatures, especially in combination with […]

FHW Podcasts

Until we resume our in-person, interactive parent education programs, the educators of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Family Health and Wellness program encourage you to check out our website, http://ccesuffolk.org/family-health-and-wellness where our blogs and podcasts (entitled Parenting Tips) are posted. They deal with a variety of important family concerns. Discover lots of helpful information on our Human […]

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

By Tiffany Pendle Spaghetti squash is a large oval squash that, when cooked, forms spaghetti-like strands. It has gained popularity in recent years as a lower carbohydrate substitute for regular grain-based pasta. The texture, once cooked, is soft with a slight crunch. It may not taste exactly like spaghetti, but it’s delicious and pairs well […]

Preventing Choking in Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro There are many things parents and caregivers can do to prevent young children from choking while eating. The best thing anyone can do is to simply be there and be mindful of what the child is doing as he or she eats. It is also recommended that the adults make sure […]

Virtual Playdates: How technology is changing the face of young friends

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Technology has revolutionized the experience of childhood these days. Screen time is a hotly debated topic, but can screens be used to promote social interactions when face to face interactions are not possible? What about using technology to enhance and broaden your child’s socialization skills? Nothing should ever replace real […]

Understanding Teens and their Social Needs during the Corona Virus

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Social isolation is hard for all of us. We are social beings, and human interaction brings us pleasure and promotes our sense of health and well-being. During this time of Covid-19, many families are quarantined together. This is helpful for those who enjoy harmonious relationships. For teen-aged children, however, being […]

Everything is canceled!

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Within mere weeks, our entire world has been upended. We have been told to shelter in place and remain at least 6 feet apart from others. Wash hands and wear masks. With these new guidelines for living in place, everything in our world has been canceled, with all “normal” events […]

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