Category Archives: health

CVS land grab

Have your kids missed the candy, yet?

Your CVS might be one of the locations that is substituting healthier food options for candy near the check-out counter.

The move is part of a bigger focus on wellness products, as the chain tries to position itself as a health retailer.

Several years ago, the CVS move to remove tobacco products earned them goodwill. Will repositioning the sweet stuff have a similar impact?

A snacky season

Are you prepared for the summer snacking season?

The lines between snacks and meals blur in June, July and August when kids are out of school. The challenge is to stock the pantry and frig with fresh, high quality, nutritious foods.

Young summer snackers want to eat immediately and continuously. Help kids avoid filling up with quick-grab processed favorites, by stopping frequently at the produce department and farmers markets.

Kid caffeine alert

Performance enhancing foods are helping to drive the sports nutrition market.

However, young players who reach for caffeinated snacks might respond with nervous jitters; caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system.

As seasonal sports gear up, stay alert for newly launched snacks and drinks that promise to “pack a punch” for your child.

Safe turf?

As we transition between spring and summer sports, parents are asking the annual sideline question: Is artificial turf safe for children?

Health concerns continue to be raised about artificial turf. The two major questions center around potential links to cancer and possible neurologic effects on kids.

Tires, which contain chemicals, are recycled into crumbs that support the plastic blades of the grass.

I share the frustration of parents who have spent several years waiting for answers.

One in 68

That title – one in 68 – is the number of American children diagnosed with autism.

Julia, a character who came to life as a Muppet last Monday, was introduced in a special episode on HBO and PBS Kids.

Designed to increase awareness and understanding of autism, Sesame Workshop consulted with more than 250 experts and organizations during the last five years before introducing Julia.

Exercise + academics = achievement

Researchers have shown that integrating physical activity into the school day improves academic performance.

Although the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity, schools struggle to meet the standard.

That won’t get any easier now that we’re in the heart of the “teaching year,” or these weeks before annual academic testing.
And that’s part of the challenge: schools are held accountable for academic achievement, so math and reading are emphasized. Extra time for gym or recess simply doesn’t happen.

Adding physical activity would mean massive overhauling of personnel, space and schedules. Will this happen during the 2017-18 school year?

Sniff and sneeze

Demand for cleaner air has moved from airplanes to children’s bedrooms.

As evidenced by the number of peanut-free school cafeterias, there is a growing awareness of allergy issues that impact children.

Just in time for the fall allergy season, look for top performing air purifiers with HEPA filtration (High Efficiency Particulate Air) to be made in whimsical styles that compliment a child’s room decor.