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How do I talk to my kids about suicide?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Robin Williams' suicide last week, like all suicides, was shocking. He was funny, successful, rich, beloved. At 63, he was also middle-aged, white, male, depressed, battling a debilitating disease, and had a history of substance abuse. Those are some of the major risk factors for suicide. Combine... Read more

Should your child use an activity tracker wristband?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Building off the popularity of activity trackers like Fitbit for adults, there’s now an armband available for 4 to 7-year-olds that acts as a physical activity monitor and virtual pet. It’s worn like a watch, and children earn points that unlock prizes and games for their virtual pet as... Read more

Teaching safety from the car seat to driver seat

Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents often wrestle with how to balance child safety and independence. On playgrounds, at schools, and in the office, they often ask me questions that start with, “At what age can I let my child go alone to…” or “My child wants to (fill in the blank) with his friends; is... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Peach pie smoothie

Friday, August 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
Peaches are in season and perfect for smoothies. Smoothies can be a great treat every once in a while, but beware that many smoothies out there contain sugar and juice. Stick with a few ingredients and add some yogurt or milk for some protein. Very ripe peaches are the best for this recipe. Peach... Read more

One Philly teen's fight against childhood obesity

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
When it comes to encouraging kids to eat healthier, teaching them how to do it isn't an easy task. But 17-year-old Kaseir Archie has found the key is for teens like himself to deliver the message to his peers. Over the past year, the Philadelphia teen has been working with young athletes in the Ed... Read more

How an imaginary online character influenced two teens to kill

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
On June 3, 2014, two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin, did the unthinkable. They stabbed another 12-year-old girl 19 times. The girls said they did it to please “Slenderman,” a popular monstrous character they learned about on the website Creepypasta, according to various news... Read more

What do I need to know about the Chikungunya virus?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:40 AM
Recently, the Chikungunya (pronounced chi-kən-guun-yə) virus – a mosquito-transmitted infection largely indigenous to Africa and Asia – made headlines when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two cases of Chikungunya Fever (CKFV) in Florida that occurred in non-travelers... Read more

Are you spending enough quality time with your kids?

Monday, August 11, 2014, 9:03 AM
Do you ever feel troubled by the lack of quality time that you have with your children? Quality time can be defined as any activity that allows you to: learn about your child’s interests, assess their strengths and challenges, teach life skills, or make them feel special and loved. Only 33 percent... Read more

Healthy family recipe: No need for bread - Chicken bruschetta

Friday, August 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated! Keep it simple yet super tasty with this delightful summer recipe. The tomato mixture in this recipe is placed over the chicken but can also be used as a salad or a salsa. Serve this meal with a side salad for added veggies. No Need for Bread... Read more

Never leave your child in the car and tips so you don't forget

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many of us forget things in our car all the time. With the hustle and bustle of life, it can easily happen when there’s break in your normal routine. Usually, it is a pair of sunglasses, wallet, purse, or a much needed umbrella. While it may seem surprising, a change in schedule amidst a stressful... Read more
About this blog
The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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