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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Shaken-Baby Syndrome Faces New Questions in Court
At 4 months, Noah Whitmer was an easy baby. Super tranquilo, remembers Trudy Eliana Muñoz Rueda, who took care of Noah at her home day care center in Fairfax County, Va. Rueda and Noah’s mother, Erin Whitmer, both noticed when he stopped taking his bottle well and napping as usual in the middle of his fifth month, in April 2009. Whitmer thought this was because Noah had just started eating solid food. She and Rueda talked about it early on April 20, both of them hunched over Noah in his car seat when Whitmer dropped him off. (New York Times)
Free Time for Parents
For months after my son was born I kept a running time tally in my head of time I no longer had to myself. Television I wasn’t watching. Books I wasn’t reading. Conversations I wasn’t having. Sleep I wasn’t getting.
Now a survey in Britain has done the calculating for me. The Co-operative supermarket chain polled 3000 customers and found that after everything else was subtracted, working parents have 90 minutes a day “to themselves.” (New York Times)
Parents Focus on Kids Diets But Neglect Their Own
Organic milk and eggs, hormone-free chicken, homegrown veggies — meals can’t get any healthier for the Winslow kids, ages 3 and 6.
“We’re really health-conscious when it comes to them,” says mom Marquita Winslow of Youngsville, N.C. “We try to do the least amount of processed food we can. In summer, we grow our own vegetables and we freeze some, so in winter, that’s what they’re eating.” (USA Today)
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Thursday, December 9th, 2010
If you think having a happy holiday means bumping up a dress size, think again. We talked to registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward about ways to be merry while still being mindful of your health in the upcoming weeks. Here are her tips.
- Make swaps in recipes to help cut fat and calories. Ward replaces half of the oil her recipes call for with apple sauce, and says that any pureed fruit (even baby food!) can work for that substitution. You can also reduce the amount of sugar in baked goods by a few tablespoons without changing the taste drastically.
- Never go to a party famished, or you could make bad buffet decisions. Before you head out, eat a snack that contains protein and complex carbs, like a boiled egg and whole wheat crackers or yogurt and a slice of toast.
- But at the party, don’t drive yourself crazy about what you can and can’t eat. “After all, we don’t have egg nog and gingerbread cookies around all year!” says Ward. Just be conscious of your portion sizes. (Find out what a smart portion size looks like here–it’s a great guide to stick to the fridge.) And just because something is delicious doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Holiday faves like nuts, cranberries, sweet potatoes, chocolate, even that egg nog all have healthful properties.
- Another thing not to beat yourself up about? Slacking off on your exercise routine. “The holidays are really hectic, so I don’t get to work out as often or as hard as I usually do,” says Ward. ” But then I notice myself running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and I have to remember that climbing up and down those stairs ten times is activity, and all activity counts.” Wondering how much time you spent moving between power shopping through the mall, taking the kids caroling and helping hoist the tree from the farm to the car to the house? Check out the Activity Snack app from Hershey’s Moderation Nation, which helps you track those small bursts of exercise.
Share your tips for healthy ways to enjoy the holidays!
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Infant foods should be screened for mycotoxins, scientists say - An international team of scientists calls for protecting complementary food for infants in developing countries — especially those where corn is a staple food — against fumonisin, a toxin produced by fungi. Until now, physicians thought the growth retardation of children in those regions was to be blamed on the poor nutritional value of the complementary maize porridge they receive when breast milk is no longer sufficient. But toxins indeed are involved, the scientists report in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. [Science Daily]
Toymakers jockey for children’s envy, parents’ cash
Toys may be a bright spot during what is predicted to be another tough holiday season for consumer spending. Compared with other retail categories such as luxury and electronics, toys weren’t hit as hard during the economic downturn for one major reason: Many parents will cut back everywhere else before they deprive their children of that Buzz Lightyear action figure or the latest Bratz doll. Plus, toys are relatively cheap. [Bellingham Herald]
Finnish success in tackling childrens’ diabetes - A new Finnish study has found a connection between infants’ diets and childhood diabetes. In the study, carried out over ten years, researchers managed to prevent type 1 diabetes in children with a genetic disposition for the illness. [YLE Finland]
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Thursday, July 15th, 2010
I know that the serving suggestion for my cereal is 3/4 cup, but functioning in the morning is hard enough without adding measuring cups into the routine. So, like most people, I pour into my bowl what looks like a good portion size and go to town. The catch? After a quick test, it turns out I’m spooning up a lot more than the recommended amount. If this sounds familiar and you think your family could do with some portion policing, consider investing in The Measure Up Bowls. This smart solution lets you know how much you’re really consuming with increments from 1/4 cup to 2 cups on the interior of the bowl. It’s perfect whether you’re trying to drop a few pounds or you want to make sure your kid isn’t ODing on the icecream. Don’t want to replace your dinnerwear set? Just eat off of the smaller plates; research shows people tend to dish out more when they eat from super-sized platters.
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Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Choosing not to vaccinate your child could mean serious illness for other kids. USA Today
A reason to be skeptical about the calorie counts on restaurant and packaged food labels. Science Daily
Some school districts shift funding out of special education to save jobs and programs. Wall Street Journal
The common factor in 10 California autism clusters is the parents’ education, finds a new study. Scientific American
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