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What’s in your Diaper Bag?

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. One of the best ways to have a successful outing with a little one is to be prepared with a well stocked diaper bag. The items you pack will change, depending on the outing and the age of your child. Here are some suggestions to get you started: Diapers Wipes […]

Just Say “No” to Spring Break

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, thousands of college students fly south to warmer climates each year and land in places like Cancun, Panama City, Cabo San Lucas and South Padre Island. Spring Break is a cultural phenomenon that was kick-started in 1960 with the movie “Where the Boys Are.” […]

Yellow Dot Program

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE Did you know that Suffolk County residents have access to a wonderful program called “Yellow Dot”? This program is made available through the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, in collaboration with local sheriff’s offices, and is free of charge. The Yellow Dot program enables those who are in a serious […]

Zika Virus Update 2:

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE The moment we have been dreading is here in the United States. Yes, the Zika virus has been found in an increasing number of people in south Florida. The CDC and Florida officials indicated that the area of concern (as of now) is limited to a one square mile section […]

Zika Virus Update

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE There is much new information concerning the Zika virus. If you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant, please refer to this link to properly protect yourself and your unborn baby: www.cdc.gov/zika. According to French researchers, having sex can spread the Zika virus, and it now known that the […]

Watching Movies in the Car or Not

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA While having easy access to entertaining movies on the car DVD may be just the ticket to peaceful co-existence on very long trips, is it really necessary for children to get “plugged in” for shorter trips? One way to think about this is to consider what doesn’t happen when your children […]

Traveling with Diabetes

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE Having diabetes should never hold you back from doing the things you love or taking adventures. However, when it comes to traveling, especially when going to places far off the beaten path, managing all the details of your diabetes care may seem overwhelming. You may be concerned about simply getting […]

Pouches or No Pouches?

By Deborah J. Wroblewski, RDT I am often asked, “Are fruit and vegetable juice pouches a healthy choice for my child?”  The parent or caregiver will state, “It’s the only way I can make sure that my child is getting enough fruit and vegetables.” First off, let me start by saying, all food fits. Pouches […]

A Great Staycation for Families

Holtsville Ecology Site By Tim Jahn, M.ED School’s nearly out and families with young and school-age children will be looking for things to do. How about spending a day at Brookhaven’s Ecology Site, Park and Zoo? The Town of Brookhaven Ecology Site, Park and Zoo is located on a landfill that was closed in 1974. […]

Warm Weather Travel With Young Children

     By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Ah, the warm weather has arrived and families may start dreaming about summer travel. Parents might have fond memories of summer vacations while they were growing up, and now it’s their turn to create those memories with their own families. Travelling with young children is not easy like […]