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Apple is No. 1 Fruit For Kids

Fruits and vegetables are important sources of healthy nutrients for children, nutrients that promote long term health benefits and buffer against chronic diseases. American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes that “a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of diabetes, stroke, cancers and other deadly conditions.”

Studies show that, regardless of . . . → Read More: Apple is No. 1 Fruit For Kids

New Guidelines Call for Kids, Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a set of policy guidelines advising that all eligible children and health care workers should get flu shots.

“Parents must consider flu vaccine an essential vaccine for their children,” Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, an AAP spokeswoman, said in a news release from the pediatric group.”Now is the time . . . → Read More: New Guidelines Call for Kids, Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots

Sitting Is Bad for Children, Too

We’ve been hearing a lot about the health consequences of today’s sedentary culture, but a new study indicates that sitting is harmful not just for adults but for kids as well.

There is strong evidence that prolonged sitting in adults can lead to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and other conditions, including . . . → Read More: Sitting Is Bad for Children, Too

What Parents Need to Know About Cyberbullying

In our incessantly interconnected world cyber bullying has become a major headache and concern, particularly for middle school and high school kids and their parents.

Bullying (whether “old-fashioned” or cyber) has always been hard to define and can depend on culture, temperament of the child, as well as sensitivity and expectations of parents and school . . . → Read More: What Parents Need to Know About Cyberbullying

Teaching Our Kids About Food

American school children are always in a hurry, running from class to class, busy with innumerable extracurricular activities.

Not even the school lunch period is a safe moment, a quiet instant to relax and enjoy a healthy and leisurely meal. American school lunches are short (about 25 minutes or less) and they are getting shorter. . . . → Read More: Teaching Our Kids About Food

Safety Tips for Young Athletes

Early fall is not just back-to-school time for many kids but also the beginning of an intense sports and athletic season. Kids join football teams and soccer clubs, lacrosse, cross country and field hockey among many other choices.

Collisions, falls, bumps, scrapes and sometimes more serious sports-related injuries are bound to happen.

“Each year, about . . . → Read More: Safety Tips for Young Athletes

The Importance of Sleep

The precise function that sleep performs for human beings and other animals is still largely unknown, but we have always recognized that we cannot do without sleep for long.

Sleep is essential for our physical, mental and emotional well being, and is especially vital for children and adolescents. As they grow, young people need sleep . . . → Read More: The Importance of Sleep

Car seat safety not just a “baby” issue

While most parents of young babies pay special attention to installing the right car seat for their infant, parents of older children are not as careful, or knowledgeable, about forward-facing car seats and booster seats.

Michelle Macy, M.D., writing for the University of Michigan Children’s Health blog, advises parents to learn all they can about . . . → Read More: Car seat safety not just a “baby” issue

With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

The best way to prevent many types of child-born infections is for children to wash their hands. Hand washing is especially important once school starts and kids touch all kinds of contaminated surfaces.

“Germs get left everywhere! Good hand hygiene practices help prevent catching colds and respiratory viral infections, stomach bugs and diarrhea, as well . . . → Read More: With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

Back to school: Make sure your kids have medical identification and emergency contacts

Back to school time!

These first weeks of September have so many things for parents to take care of and keep in mind, so many school forms to fill out and sign. One of the most important things for parents to remember is to provide emergency phone numbers for teachers and school officials.

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