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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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Welcome to Caitlin Church, New Craniofacial Program Coordinator

02/24/2015 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

Visitors to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are being greeted by a new (and perhaps familiar!) face. Caitlin Mannan Church was recently hired as the new Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator, a position currently held by Trish Severns who will fully retire at the end of the year. The two coordinators will be working together throughout 2015 as Caitlin is trained in her duties, which includes managing the weekly Craniofacial Clinic, maintaining patient…

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Evolution of USDA Food Guides to Today’s MyPlate

Evolution of USDA Food Guides to Today’s MyPlate

02/23/2015 | Healthy Eating

Dietary recommendations are nothing new. The USDA has been dishing them out to Americans since 1894. However, the elements of the recommendations continue to evolve: plate sizes, portion sizes and the food itself. For new parents who likely grew up with the Food Pyramid, today’s MyPlate depiction of nutrition may appear unfamiliar. As food researchers unveil new facts about food, the USDA continually revises food guides to encourage healthy diets. A History of USDA Food Guides In 1894, the…

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Keeping Your Kids Safe: How to Tell If Your Teen is in an Abusive Relationship

02/13/2015 | Everyday Wellness

It can be nerve-wracking when your child enters teen years and begins to have romantic relationships. It is hard to imagine that they might end up in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship. However, 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have been physically abused. Many of the signs of an abusive relationship are subtle and can be difficult to detect. So, what are the signs, and how can you help your teen if you think he or she is being abused? Changes in Self Esteem Was your child always…

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