• The Importance of Reading to Your Child

    The Importance of Reading to Your Child

    03/26/2015 |

    Most of us adults would recognize the impact literacy has on our daily lives. But did you realize that reading to and with your child from the youngest age possible provides countless benefits to his or her health and well-being? If you find yourself…  Read More

  • Get the Facts: Five Facts About Spring Allergies in Kids

    03/23/2015 |

    It’s not winter anymore. Cold and flu season is over. Yet your little one is sniffling, and complaining of itchy eyes and sinus pain. Could she have spring allergies? Spring allergies affect many children, but if your child has never shown allergy…  Read More

  • Staying Patient During Your Child’s Development

    Staying Patient During Your Child’s Development

    03/23/2015 |

    It happens to the best of us. Sometimes we are so eager for major life events that we grow anxious or impatient while waiting for the moment to arrive. Parents of little ones know this to be true as they watch their children grow and thrive. Each child…  Read More

  • Stopping the Flu Before it Starts: Understanding How the Flu Spreads Among Children

    03/20/2015 |

    Winter is winding down but cold and flu season is still in full effect. Keeping your  family healthy can be a challenge. It helps to understand how the flu spreads- especially how it spreads among kids. Understanding how the flu is transmitted can…  Read More

  • When Should I Keep My Child Home from School?

    When Should I Keep My Child Home from School?

    03/20/2015 |

    Have you ever grappled with the decision to keep your children home from school or send them on their way, sniffles and all? School rules and your own best judgment often provide the best answer.  The school rules are the rules. More often than not,…  Read More

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Helping kids lose weight

03/13/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingFamily CarePrimary Care

Nearly one third of all children are overweight or obese. The good news is this number has been decreasing in recent years. Here are ways to help your family stay on track with weight management: Focus on getting healthy, not losing weight. Worrying too much about the scale can be frustrating and may make people want to quit. Comment to your kids how much better you feel when you make a healthy choice. For example, “I have much more energy after taking a walk.”  Involve the whole…

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Choosing Good Role Models

Choosing Good Role Models

03/11/2015 | Safety & Prevention

Having a role model isn’t child’s play – both kids and adults look up to other, influential people for guidance. From a young age, we all watch others for direction on decision-making, ethics and inspiration. Children often choose a parent or close relative to be their first role model. Throughout development, choices in role models shift to teachers and peers so that kids learn how to behave in new environments like school. As social influences like pop celebrities grab children’s…

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How Can I Talk to My Child about Eating and Weight?

How Can I Talk to My Child about Eating and Weight?

03/09/2015 | Healthy Eating

Childhood obesity continues to balloon at alarming rates in the United States and is considered a major public health crisis. The CDC reported that more than one third of children and adolescents were obese or overweight in 2012. Along with physical implications like cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes and bone and joint problems, childhood obesity also presents greater risks for social and psychological problems. Poor self-esteem and body image often accompany the physical health concerns of diabetes.…

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Coats & child car seats do not mix

02/26/2015 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionFamily CareCare for NewbornsExpecting Mothers

When the wind chill is so cold that it stings your skin during that short walk to your car, it’s easy to want to bundle up your young children and leave them in their warm coat for the drive. But this time of year, experts warn parents that large winter coats and infant car seats do not mix. “When you bulk up your kids with these heavy coats, it makes it difficult for them to be properly and securely strapped into five-point harness car seats,” explains Rosy Hyre, a program support…

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Help Your Teen Cope with Athletic Letdowns

Help Your Teen Cope with Athletic Letdowns

02/26/2015 | Everyday Wellness

It’s the end of the sports season and your teen is fired up with school spirit. It comes to the final game, and emotions run high. Then you watch your child’s face as her team takes the loss. Letdowns can hurt, and seeing your child’s disappointment may hurt even more. However, life’s setbacks teach invaluable lessons and contribute to our development. Help your teenager cope with sports loss with these tactics: Allow the emotional response. Teens can brush themselves off…

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