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Tips for Keeping Kids Active by Arrowhead Health Centers
Every self-respecting parent knows that being physically active is fun and healthy. However, not a lot of parents are able to transfer their enthusiasm for physical activity to their kids who just want to curl up inside their air-conditioned rooms with a video game or their favorite cartoon on television. Arrowhead Health Centers offers parents some suggestions they could use to encourage their kids to be more physically active. One thing parents can do is to be role models to their kids. The American Heart Association recommends that adults have 30 minutes of physical activity every day for at least five days per week. When kids, especially the younger ones, see their parents in action, they are sure to follow suit.

Chiropractic Care for Children: An Interview with Chiropractors and Medical Doctors
This article at OregonLive.com by Amy Wang consists of interviews with chiropractors Elise Hewitt and Jeff Devine, and medical doctors Mark Shih and Ben Hoffman. Elise said she has a fair number of patient referrals from pediatricians, while Devine some pediatricians who are skeptical of chiropractors are usually those who don't really understand what chiropractic is. On the other hand, Dr. Shih admits giving referrals to chiropractors for some teenagers with minor neck or back pain but not for children or infants. Meanwhile, Dr. Hoffman advises parents to be very careful when taking their children to a chiropractor.

Introducing a New Baby to the Pet Dog
Here, world-famous dog trainer Cesar Milan made a detailed explanation on how families should introduce a new baby to their pet dog. This includes establishing a secured boundary between the dog and the infant, as well as proper preparation of the dog months before the baby arrives. According to the TV personality, leadership and the ability to control the dog matter a lot. Pet owners should not assume safety of the baby just because their dog belongs to the so-called friendly breeds and doesn't require training. Likewise, growing babies should be taught on how to treat dogs properly.

Get Involved to Discover What Your Kids are Being Served in the School Cafeteria
Chock full of tips to help parents find out exactly what their kids are eating in the school cafeteria, this article explains that there is a wide variety between menu plans at different schools. The world of school lunchroom fare runs the gamut from healthy, organic menu items to foods that you would expect to see at a fast food restaurant. A list of healthy choices for lunch is also provided.

Developing Your Child’s Emotional Health
It takes a lot of patience along with good judgment and warm, nurturing relationships to raise emotionally healthy children in today’s world. This site explains some of the psychology associated with kids emotional health, including Dr. Erik Erikson’s stages of development, which include trust vs. mistrust, autonomy vs. shame and doubt, and initiative vs. guilt. The site talks about choices and limits, and how to set boundaries with your kids, whether it comes to how they act to what healthy foods they should eat.

The Cause of Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is cause by a lack of lactase that helps break down milk sugars. The production of the enzyme lactase can be hindered by certain digestive diseases and injuries to the small intestine. In some cases, children can be born with the inability to produce lactase. In children, lactase deficiency develops naturally over time when after about the age of 2 years, the body begins to produce less lactase. Also most people do not experience lactose intolerance or milk allergy symptoms until they are older.

Keeping Kids Healthy During Winter
Winter seems to be the prime season for flu, as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. It is not clear why this happens, but what is clear is that parents need to take charge of their kids’ health and keep them illness-free during the cold winter days. This article features winter illness-fighting tips from a group of parents. Aside from tips, they also mention specific products that have helped them keep illness away, or at least shorten episodes of being sick. One of the suggestions is giving vitamin D supplements. While vitamin C has always been the cold fighter, not a lot of people know that vitamin D, an antioxidant, also helps prevent colds.

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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