The Kids’ Menu May Not Be So Kid-Friendly After All

A recent article hit our news feeds this last week highlighting the need to pay closer attention to our children’s plates when dining out. The research team called restaurateurs to action and encouraged a revamp of children’s menus at favored chains to provide entrees, sides, desserts and beverages that fall in-line with a child’s energy needs versus their desires. These modifications would allow youth the opportunity to select any item from the children’s menu and award parents the satisfaction that their child would not be exceeding their needs. But, as it stands children’s menus are not so kid-friendly when it comes to providing age-appropriate portions.

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Preparing Your Child for Siblings

Preparing for SiblingsWelcoming a new baby into the family is a very exciting thing. For the new big brother or sister, though, it can be stressful if they’re used to getting most of your attention and then suddenly have to share you with a baby. There are many ways, before the baby comes, to make the transition from youngest or only child to older sibling smoother. Read more

How to Read a Growth Chart

How to Read a Growth ChartChildhood growth is a strong sign of health. In order to monitor growth and development, all children should have their height and weight plotted on a growth chart at every trip to the doctor’s office. This helps to provide a picture of the child’s growth and an opportunity for parents and the medical team to measure changes over time. All children with significant changes in their body mass index (ratio of their height to their weight) should be examined.

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Cutting the Sugar in Your Family’s Diet

Sugar and KidsSugar is a hot health topic. Many of us are aware of its health effects and links to a number of diseases, but what about the effects on kids and their eating habits? 

This is a topic that comes up frequently in our Pediatric Fitness Clinic. The American Heart Association recommends middle school age children have about 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar in their diets daily. On average though, kids in this age group get about 30 teaspoons! 

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Gun Safety

Gun SafetyOur homes are wonderful places where we get to watch our children take their first steps, learn to ride their bikes and spend many days making memories as they grow. Unfortunately, many of our homes today are also full of dangers, one of these being guns.

Here are some gun safety tips that can help make your home a safer place:
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