Health Notes

Eat your Wheaties! Eating for Optimal Performance

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on August 25, 2015

soccerFall sports have started. (That means soccer season at our house.) And I’ve had some questions in the office from some of my teen patients about certain sports supplements. But are supplements safe for young athletes?  What should kids eat for optimal performance?

My answer: “A healthy balanced diet.”

Kids with nutrition that’s not up to par can increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies. That can lead to illness, fatigue and can hinder bone and muscle growth.

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5 Ways to Add Variety and Nutrition to the School Lunchbox

by Whitney Wright, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC on August 18, 2015

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Whitney Wright’s children, Aydin, kindergarten, and
Adey, second grade

Whew! Many of us have “survived” the beginning of the school year. This year I have a kindergartener and a second grader and will pack two lunches each morning.

Thankfully, both of my boys like to keep it simple: turkey sandwich, carrots, yogurt and fruit for lunch. But as a Methodist dietitian I know that they need variety in their diet.

Since morning is a hectic time, lunches not only need to be nutritious but simple and quick. My advice for greater variety is to “think outside the box.” Lunch doesn’t have to be a sandwich.
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From A to Zzzzzz: Getting on a Back-to-School Sleep Schedule

August 11, 2015
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Are you ready for school? It seems like summer has just begun and already school is getting back in session. Yikes! Summer time often means late summer nights, vacations, campfires, fireflies and s’mores. The first day of school can be an early wakeup call for many school children. How can we prepare our kids for […]

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Back-to-School Mealtime Survival Guide

August 6, 2015
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School starts for my two boys in just a matter of days. We have been busy getting ready by purchasing school supplies and new tennis shoes, and getting in our last trips to the pool. But the beginning of the school year also means getting back on school schedules – crazy evenings filled with activities […]

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Addressing the Growing Childhood Obesity Problem

July 28, 2015
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Prevention is one of the key reasons I became a pediatrician. I want to help to prevent health problems from the very beginning. This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a clinical report on the role of the pediatrician in the primary prevention of obesity. A lot of studies focus on the treatment […]

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When it’s Time for a Dinner Reboot

July 21, 2015
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Sitting with my family eating dinner in the mall food court on a Monday night, I knew I had hit rock bottom. It had been one of those loooong painful summer days when the kids were cranky and were “bored” despite my best efforts to shuttle them around all weekend to activities.  I hadn’t had […]

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10 Tips to Solve Bedwetting Problems

July 14, 2015
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It’s 2 a.m. when you wake up groggy with the call: “Mom, Mom, MOMMMMMM! I wet the bed.” This happens… and happens frequently. Parents and kids may be embarrassed about bedwetting, but they shouldn’t be. They should seek out help from their doctor. Most kids are potty trained during the day between 2 and 4 […]

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A Healthy Holiday Colored Red, White and Blue

June 30, 2015
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We are in full swing summer fun and it’s time to start planning for the Fourth of July holiday. This year, color it red, white and blue all over… including your meal! These holiday food ideas will help you incorporate festive colors into your cooking in a natural and healthy way!  (Shhhh, no one has […]

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Stranger Danger

June 23, 2015
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I had an opportunity last week to watch the Today show for a few moments. During that time, I saw a feature story on strangers and child abduction. The show sat down two parents and asked them, “Would your child know what to do if approached by a stranger.” The parents said by far, their […]

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Eight Steps to Summer Vacation Nutrition

June 16, 2015
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It’s finally summer! Children are out of school and families are off venturing the globe. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen, hats, goggles, bathing suits, that favorite Lego t-shirt… oh, and  good nutrition. Whether it is a vacation or a “staycation,” it is doable to eat well on you summer holiday. Here are eight tips […]

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