Health Notes

Vaping and the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on August 26, 2014

As a pediatrician, one of my jobs is to keep up to date on what is out there. What kinds of drugs or alcohol are being exposed to my young patients? What are kids experimenting with in the community?

Routinely in my middle school physicals, we address the pressures that can ensue in middle school.  Kids will be pressured to try marijuana, alcohol or tobacco.  Tobacco now is marketed in a trendier, “hip” form accessible to our teen population.  Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, are easily found at gas stations, vending machines and strip malls.

In 2012, 1.78 million U.S. students reported using an e-cigarette.  From 2011-2012, the percentage of students who have used or are currently using e-cigarettes jumped from 4.7 to 10 percent. To what can we attribute the rise in popularity and use? Advertising.

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14 Tips to SolveYour Picky Eater Problems

by Whitney Wright, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC on August 19, 2014

As parents we have all felt the “wrath” of a picky eater. I myself have spent many precious hours on busy evenings proudly preparing balanced, healthy and attractive meals for my family… only to hear the dreaded, “Yuck! I’m not going to eat that!” Or “That’s stinky.”

It’s crushing to hear those words and listen to complaining, especially when you are doing something good for them. So as a parent, I want you to know I feel your pain and want to validate all of your frustration. Luckily, there are some valid reasons why kids are “picky” with their food and some strategies caregivers can use to promote food acceptance.

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Bedtime Stories Boost School Success

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It’s August and time to return to school. Are your kids ready? A new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics is aimed at making sure kids are ready for school when the first kindergarten bell rings. It promotes the importance of reading in childhood from infancy onward as an important factor in […]

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Packing School Lunch Success

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Last year this time I was getting ready for my oldest son to go to kindergarten. I was so excited about buying school supplies and packing his backpack and lunch box. Boy, did I have grand plans of sandwiches cut into cute shapes and packing edemame and fruit kabobs. I was surprised and a little […]

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Are Your Kids Safe Online? It’s Up to You…

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This year with my junior high and high school physicals, I have some new questions in my arsenal for my preteens and teens. Are you on social media? What are you posting? To parents, do you monitor your child online? This past week, we had a great “Lunch and Learn” with one of the psychologists […]

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When Summer Brings the Heat, Bring the H2O

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Hydration is a serious issue to consider during these hot summer months. Many children don’t like to drink water and don’t always drink enough fluids when they are thirsty or playing outside. Children’s bodies also do not adapt to hot temperatures as well as adult bodies do which makes keeping their bodies adequately hydrated that much more […]

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Teaching the Two-Wheeled Rules of the Road

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Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Pushing the pedals… breeze in your face… the ground moving quickly beneath your wheels. There is nothing like riding a bike. As a parent, teaching your child to ride a bike truly is a proud moment. You run with them down the street as they […]

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Healthy and Festive Fourth of July Food Fun

July 1, 2014
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Fireworks, fireflies, food and fun, the Fourth of July is a festive day for families! Along with the traditional hot dogs, burgers and corn on the cob, here are some additional ideas for kid-approved snacks, side dishes and suggestions for a nutritious day. The kids will no doubt be awake by 7 a.m., wanting to […]

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To Keep Kids Safe, ASK

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It can be an uncomfortable question, but it is an important one for all parents to ASK. ASK stands for Asking Saves Kids. ASK Day is June 21. Nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Nine children and teens are shot each day in gun accidents. Nearly 90 percent […]

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Importance of Family Meal Time and How to “Make it Work”

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The busiest part of the day for parents seems to always be the end of the day.  Rushing to pick up kids, trying to get them home, into the house, eat something and make it to evening activities can feel like the “real work” of the day. So how do family meals fit into our […]

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