Friday, February 12, 2016

5 fruit and vegetable hacks

Friday, February 12, 2016, 4:00 AM
The benefits of eating the recommended 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily are well documented. Among them are a reduced risk of nutrition-related chronic illness and a significant increase in dietary deliciousness. Here are 5 fruit and vegetable hacks to make preparing them a snap. Once you... Read more

Human trafficking: How to help the victims

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:54 PM
Today’s guest blogger is John Ducoff, Executive Director of Covenant House Pennsylvania. This is the third and last in a series on human trafficking. Last week, we encouraged you to stop the victim blaming that often comes with human trafficking. Now that Human Trafficking Awareness Month has... Read more

5 types of foods for healthier brains

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:00 AM
The Federal Government recently released new dietary recommendations for Americans, which include reducing sugar and saturated fats, and eating more fruits and vegetables. These guidelines can help keep our kids’ bodies healthy, but what foods will give them healthier brains? I talked with Brian... Read more

3 ways to promote healthy self-confidence for kids

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Paul LeBuffe is the Director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. Self-confidence is a significant factor for children in achieving success both in school and life. Fortunately, like other social and emotional skills, self-confidence can be... Read more

Screening is not equal to treatment in teen depression

Monday, February 8, 2016, 9:44 AM
Adolescent depression is a problem in the United States, but the good news is that effective treatment is readily available. An estimated 2.8 million American adolescents age 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year, the National Institute of Mental Health reported in... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Broiled citrus gratin

Friday, February 5, 2016, 4:00 AM
Brighten up a cold winter day with a citrus dessert that is bursting with sunshine. Kids will love peeling the fruit and arranging the pieces on the pan. Ginger gives the dish a spicy kick, and the yogurt topping cools it all down. Enjoying this healthy treat will have you dreaming of warmer days... Read more

The ‘duct tape challenge’ and other dangerous social media trends

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4:00 AM
The ‘duct tape challenge’, where someone is wrapped in duct tape and challenged to break free within a certain period of time, is the latest in a string of dangerous social media trends, each with countless unique videos, millions of views and negative consequences. Recently, a teen in... Read more

Gov. Christie: Don’t dismiss healthy school lunches and recess

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 4:00 AM
I know the late night TV hosts love the media circus surrounding what we’re calling an election “process.” The jokes practically write themselves. Little did I know that parenting bloggers would get some material to work on, too. That was until Governor Chris Christie veered away... Read more

There’s sugar in what?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 4:00 AM
Sugar. We hear about it often and try to avoid it, but how much do we really know about the added sugars in our food? With the newest national dietary guidelines recommending no more than 10 percent of total calories in the day coming from sugar, limiting intake is a hot topic for parents who are trying... Read more

What is the rate of child abuse in schools, rec groups?

Monday, February 1, 2016, 12:03 PM
As a parent, you’ve probably heard enough stories about child abuse in sports teams and youth organizations to make your head spin. A study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics offers both good news and cause for some concern when it comes to the rate of abuse in these groups. This good... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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