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(Family Features) What makes a healthy and satisfying snack for children? A well-balanced snack with good nutrition can help kids grow and provide them with the proper support and energy needed for school, sports and other daily activities. Parents have the best intentions when looking for nutritious options for their children, but challenges related to lack of access or knowledge of nutritious foods have contributed to an alarming trend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled in the past 30 years, with over one-third of children currently overweight or obese.
(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.
(BPT) - New parents have plenty of concerns when it comes to raising a newborn, and pediatricians have heard them all. While some questions are unusual – “When can I feed my baby fast food?” or “Is it OK for my newborn baby to go kite surfing on my back?” – the most common ones are about the most basic of necessities: food.
(Family Features) Halloween is a fun time of year filled with costumes, parties and sweet treats. But, sometimes parents worry that all those sugary treats can lead to cavities and poor dental health. The good news: It's not what children eat, but how often, and candy can be OK if children and parents are conscientious.
(NAPSI)—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and veggies in their daily diets, but you can help yours get the nutrients they need—and like it.
(BPT) - You’ve checked off every item on the school’s supplies list, you’ve deliberated over the first-day of school outfit your child chose and made sure the fridge is stocked with healthy after-school snacks. But despite all your preparations, your son or daughter is still having last-minute jitters before the first day – and it’s not necessarily because he or she is worried about math. Like so many other kids heading back to school, your child is desperately hoping that he or she doesn’t wake up with a giant pimple on the first day.
(BPT) - Good, nutritious meals are essential for children to grow healthy and strong, but you may be surprised to learn that millions of children suffer from “hidden hunger,” because they lack the essential vitamins and minerals needed for development. This can lead to permanent physical and mental impairments.
(BPT) - School is gearing up and a plethora of activities are starting. From soccer season and dance classes to music lessons and more – fall is a time full of excitement yet major adjustment for families.
(StatePoint) For many kids, playing sports is an important part of growing up, and that’s a good thing. Sports are a great way for children and adolescents to develop lifelong exercise habits, build relationships, and learn teamwork.
(StatePoint) If you are the parent of an older child or teen, you may not think about his or her day-to-day medical needs as often as you did during early childhood. But older kids also are dependent on you, especially when it comes to emotional health and wellness.
(StatePoint) When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.
The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine has launched the first national online pediatric integrative medicine curriculum, designed to embed integrative medicine education into pediatric residency training.
"The program is the first of its kind in pediatrics and will allow pediatric residents to learn integrative approaches along with their conventional medical training," said Dr. Hilary McClafferty, director of thePediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency program and assistant fellowship director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, or AzCIM. "We are thrilled to have such a strong group of pilot sites involved and hope this pilot project will help propel the wave of interest and momentum building in this important field of pediatrics."
Pediatric integrative medicine is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole infant, child or adolescent, including all elements of lifestyle and family health.
The UA's pilot program rollout includes nearly 350 pediatric residents and faculty at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Kansas, Eastern Virginia Medical School Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, as well as the UA College of Medicine.
"We as pediatricians need to become more familiar with integrative medicine so we can better counsel our families, many of whom already are using complementary and alternative remedies," said Dr. Graciela Wilcox, clinical assistant professor and faculty adviser for the Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency, or PIMR, program at the UA Department of Pediatrics. "The Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency program is a valuable training tool for our residents as they learn to think critically about integrative approaches to pediatric health."
The program includes 100 hours of competency-based, needs-assessment driven interactive curriculum designed for use by multiple residency programs simultaneously. The curriculum covers nutrition, mind-body medicine, integrative approaches to mental health, sleep, physical activity, behavior and lifestyle change, environmental medicine, whole medical systems – such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy – and a full course on physician health and wellness.
Many of the 80 AzCIM Fellowship in Integrative Medicine pediatric alumni will serve as content experts and resident mentors. Dr. John D. Mark, clinical professor of pediatrics in pediatric pulmonary medicine at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, is an alumnus of the AzCIM Fellowship. He is associate program director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Stanford University and will serve as faculty lead for the PIMR program pilot there, guiding pediatric residents through the foundational integrative medicine work and self-care curriculum.
"It is known that if the health-care provider is mindful about how they live, eat, exercise, decrease stress and avoid professional burnout, their patients and families benefit as well, with better health outcomes," Mark said. "PIMR gives the pediatric residents at Stanford the tools and resources to learn beyond what is taught in the traditional pediatric residency program."
"We are proud to participate in the Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency program offered by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine," said Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan, professor and head of the UA Department of Pediatrics. "We believe our residents will benefit immensely from learning about the many integrative approaches to pediatric health."
(StatePoint) Transitioning from high school to the next life stage can be a time of excitement for young people, but it can also be a time filled with uncertainty.
Transitioning from high school to the next life stage can be a time of excitement for young people, but it can also be a time filled with uncertainty.
For the third consecutive year, the Town of Oro Valley has earned the “Playful City USA” designation from national non-profit KaBOOM! Presented by The Humana Foundation, Playful City USA is a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the play deficit.
Summer fun is just around the corner: sun, sports, pools, playgrounds and other outdoor activities abound. It’s no surprise to any parent that the summer season is also the busiest for your local emergency room.
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Attention-Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects an estimated five to eight percent of school-aged children throughout the United States. Every day, millions of students attend class suffering from key symptoms of the disorder including inattention, distraction, over-activity and impulsivity. While each of these symptoms can be a part of normal childhood behavior, children with a diagnosis of ADHD suffer from multiple symptoms beyond what is normal given a child’s age and development.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Finding ways to prevent tooth decay is important.
With only 1-in-5 children in the U.S. currently living within walking distance of a park or playground, 151 cities and towns, including Oro Valley, earned recognition from national nonprofit KaBOOM! as 2011 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
Before you leave your driveway, you place your children in their car seat, click their car seat shut and seal the deal with a kiss. But despite all your cautions, is your child really safe?
There’s no such thing as a healthy tan, say experts, especially among kids and teens.