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Getting Preschoolers to Bed: Everyone Benefits

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Three-and-a-half year old Emma hates to go to bed. Being awake is more interesting and she does not want the day to end. Her mom and dad adore her, yet find themselves exhausted by the nightly battles at bedtime. Even after bedtime is finally accomplished, they find themselves too wrung out […]

What To Do When You Can’t Fall Asleep

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Whether you are an overworked, stressed-out parent or an older adult, insomnia is a common complaint. It affects one third of American adults! After a busy day, nothing is better than a good night’s sleep. It’s easy to turn to medication, whether it’s a prescription or an over-the-counter sleep aid […]

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 […]

Dealing with Morning Madness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Does the thought of getting out of bed and trying to get your child ready to leave the house make you want to crawl deeper under the covers each morning? Children need lots of time and a routine to follow each morning, or chaos can accompany the Cornflakes, and bad tempers […]

Good Night…..Sleep Well?

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN Time is a precious and valuable commodity, and more time cannot be bought. For most of us, the way to have more time is to take time away from our sleep. While this may seem harmless, it actually can hurt us in the long run. When we do not get […]

Parents and Sleep

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. In past blogs, much has been written about children and the necessity of adequate sleep. How many of us, as parents, feel that we never get enough sleep? We are a sleep deprived nation! In fact, a National Sleep Foundation Poll in 2014 found that 45% of Americans slept either […]

Five Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress and Diabetes

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN and Miryam Kajatt, CCE Diabetes Outreach Worker Coping with diabetes during the holidays can be difficult especially when our lives are overfilled with parties, shopping and cooking added to our already busy lives. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy while enjoying the holiday season. Watch your stress […]

Smart phones, computers and tablets, Oh My! (part 5)

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Would you ever invite a provocatively dressed stranger with a weapon into your living room where your children were and allow them to curse, kill or have sex? Of course you wouldn’t and yet this happens every day through our televisions. If we are not paying careful attention to what […]

Warding Off Meltdowns

  By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Anyone who has ever lived with a preschooler knows that children often lose it or go over the brink into meltdown when they are tired, hungry, or otherwise feeling at the end of their ropes. The trigger for the meltdown is often not a truly stressful situation, but can be […]

Smart phones, computers and tablets, Oh My! (part 3)

    By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. You may have heard that in this country we have an epidemic of overweight and obese children and adults. One of the contributing factors to this problem is the overuse of screens. Screen time is believed to contribute to weight issues in three ways. First of all, time […]

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