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Keeping Kids Healthy During the School Year
School is a very good place to be for kids because it is where they get to meet friends and interact with teachers and other school personnel. For parents, school is where their kids can learn knowledge and skills that they could use till their adult lives. The sad thing is, school can be a breeding ground for pathogens, where kids can pick up germs that make them sick. How can parents keep their children from getting sick while they are in school? This article offers some golden nuggets such as teaching children healthy habits like proper handwashing and not sharing cups and utensils with other kids.

Childhood Obesity: What You Can do to Help Your Kids Manage Weight
With childhood obesity being such a growing problem, this site gives parents tips to create an active environment for their kids, as well as some statistics about obese children. Activity tips include making time for the family to do exercise and other activities together, planning active family trips such as hiking or skiing, starting an active neighborhood program, limit the amount of time kids watch TV, instilling interest in your kids to try a new sport, and assigning active chores to kids, such as vacuuming or washing cars. There is also a section on how to establish healthy eating patterns with kids. For parents, it is helpful to provide a role model through healthy dietary practices and nutritional snacks and lifestyle activities.

Keeping Infants Safe Around Puppies
In this post by trainer Jennifer Warner Jacobsen, who works at AdoptAPpet.com, she explains some very important factors to consider to families with babies who would like to adopt a new dog or a puppy. Ms. Jacobsen discussed the importance of choosing the ages of puppies and babies before they can be allowed to live together in the same house. To make sure that the baby is safe, proper introduction of the baby to the dog should be observed and must be under very strict supervision. There are also tips on what adults should teach their young children as they grow up with the puppy.

Diagnosing Lactose Intolerance in Children: How to Know
Lactose intolerance occurs when a person cannot digest lactose. It's a sugar found in milk and other diary products. People who are lactose intolerant don't create enough lactase, a natural enzyme in the intestine that digests lactose. According to this article in HealthyChildren.org, many parents confuse lactose intolerance and milk allergy; although they share many symptoms, they're complete different conditions. The former is a digestive problem, while the latter concerns the immune system. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include stomach cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea and nausea, usually 30 minutes to atwo hours after eating or drinking foods containing lactose. This article explains a strategy to tell if your child has a problem digesting lactose.

Help Your Child Eat Healthy Foods and Stay Healthy
Healthy eating will not only help your child’s body grow and develop correctly, but you’ll instill lifelong healthy eating tips that will help your child take care of him or herself. This site gives tips on foods your child should eat, as well as sources of calcium, simple snack ideas for kids, helping overweight kids lose weight, and helping your child become more active. A section on how kids eating habits are formed is included.

Tips for Healthy Children and Families
Having a family is probably one of the most common goals people have. However, building a family and raising kids these days is not so easy - especially when it comes to health. The world faces medical conditions that will soon reach epidemic proportions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few. This is why it is important to build healthy habits while the kids are young. These early habits will set children into a healthy and happy life. This article gives suggestions on how parents and their children can eat better and how they can be more physically active.

Discover Why Kids Need Yoga as Much as We Do
Should kids do yoga? According to this article, the resounding answer is yes. Like adults, children are inundated with the things they have to do in school, the performance they need to demonstrate in competitive sports, pressures from peers, not to mention meeting parents’ expectations. Unknown to many parents, children get stressed too. Young human beings need yoga in order to manage daily stresses and to relax. Yoga also enhances joint flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Moreover, yoga allows children to connect deeply with their inner selves. The article also offers insights on how to teach yoga to children, and what benefits one can get from teaching yoga to children.

Favorite Quotes

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of—a blessing that money cannot buy.

—Izaak Walton (1593–1683)

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