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Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition

We can’t just look at lunches provided by schools, but bag lunches as well. We need to educate parents as to healthy options. “New federal regulations proposed in the wake of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act could make school lunches lower in sodium, free of most trans fats and higher in whole grains and [...]

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Little people, big palates: How not to raise picky eaters

I always tell people not to cater to their toddlers. Feed them a wide variety of foods, and ignore their whims. “Nutritionists say toddlers are naturally open to a wider range of flavors. “We don’t challenge toddlers enough by experimenting with food,’’ says Jamie S. Stang of the University of Minnesota, a specialist on child [...]

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‘Medical Homes’ Help Kids Get Comprehensive Care

At Lilac City Pediatrics, we are firm believers in the medical home model. “Children who have a “medical home” — that is, a pediatrician or nurse they see regularly who offers comprehensive care — are more likely to have their medical and dental needs met, new research finds.” ‘Medical Homes’ Help Kids Get Comprehensive Care

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March is National Cheerleading Safety Month

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month. Help protect cheerleaders by spreading the word about cheerleading safety and by making sure your cheer program follows recognized progressions and safety rules. Check back here all during March as we focus on various aspects of cheerleading safety! National Cheerleading Safety Month

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F.D.A. to Study Whether Anesthesia Poses Cognitive Risks in Young Children

This is concerning but not at all clear. Most children who need surgery seem to do fine, but it is reasonable to do a study… “A federal panel will meet on Thursday to evaluate growing concerns about whether anesthesia in young children, used in millions of surgical procedures, can in some cases lead to cognitive [...]

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Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This paper doesn’t explain reasons why, but definitely found a difference in overall health. A little embarrassing, isn’t it… “From birth through old age, Americans have poorer health than their British counterparts, a new study finds. Researchers used data on nearly 40,000 residents of the United States and 70,000 residents of England taken from nationally [...]

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Japan Panel Says Deaths Aren’t Linked to Vaccines

Last week the networks were covered with the news that Japan had concerns, but now that they have found no link, where is the network news to announce this? “A panel of Japanese medical experts expressed the opinion Tuesday that the deaths of five children over the past two months weren’t connected to pediatric vaccines [...]

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Classroom Environment May Affect Kids’ Mental Health

This is really scary stuff. We need to support teachers, and work to eliminate dysfunctional classrooms. “First-grade classrooms with poor environments — not enough resources, teachers who feel disrespected by colleagues — have been linked to a higher number of mental health problems in students, according to a new study. The study doesn’t prove that [...]

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Health Groups Hope “Hungry Caterpillar” Will Help Fight Fat

I loved to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to my children, and I am glad they are using it to broaden the message of healthy eating. “The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics are hoping a hungry caterpillar will take a bite out of childhood obesity. The two groups are [...]

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Study: Kids prefer taste of food from cartooned packages

Cool Study looking at cartoons on cereal boxes. Avoid walking down the cereal aisle with your kids!! “•Kids who ate the cereal with the penguin characters on the box reported liking it better than kids who ate the cereal without the characters. •The cereal’s name had an influence on taste perception, too. When there was [...]

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