Denise Jeffery RD, LDN
Denise Jeffery RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for Healthy Weight Program at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.
Tired of packing the same old lunch? Here is a twist on the traditional sandwich that will surely change things up. You are saving about 200-300 calories by using these greens instead of an everyday wrap.
Collard Green Wraps
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
This happens all the time: A tearful teen sits before me, describing pretty crippling depression or anxiety, and sometimes both. We are in a session, I am her therapist, and I am nodding sympathetically.
Then I ask the fateful question: “What time did you go to bed last night?”
I am alarmed by her answer, “like, maybe 1:30?” I am even more horrified to learn that she typically clocks between five to seven hours of sleep a night and “maybe a little more” on weekends.
Lauren Falini, Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenFor many of us, teasing by children while participating in physical activity may not seem like a big deal. Most of us have memories of being teased in gym class because of the way we ran, missed a catch, or being unable to climb the rope. Perhaps you were the last one picked for a team or didn’t make it through tryouts to be on a team. Is being teased sometimes during gym, recess, sports, or dance classes just part of growing up?
A recent study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology suggests that teasing during physical activity is not that innocent and causes lasting effects on children. The study gave three questionnaires to 108 fourth and fifth grade students and then followed up with another questionnaire one year later. The questionnaires measured physical activity, teasing during the activity, and health-related quality of life.
The results of the study showed that overweight and obese children who were teased during physical activity had lower scores of health-related quality of life one year later. Even more interesting was that the study showed that ALL children who were teased during physical activity were at increased risk of being less active one year later. Simply put, if your child is teased while being physically active, it may decrease their quality of life and decrease their physical activity one year later.
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P
Why is having a “medical home” important for your child? Having one pediatric practitioner or group of practitioners see your child regularly can help identify any patterns of illness and promote a healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The AAP made its case this week through a series of policy recommendations that support the concept of the “medical home” for every child. Yesterday, I discussed the AAP’s concerns with families using retail-based clinics instead of pediatrician’s office for their child’s care. Today, I will take a look at the AAP’s recommendations for preventive care for children and off-label use of drugs in children.
In spite of spending much more on health care per patient than any other nation, the health of Americans is no longer better than other developed nations. One major reason in the opinion of organized medicine in the United States and others is that our system is reactive rather than preventive. Lifestyle issues such as obesity, lack of exercise, inappropriate nutrition and safe sex are not being emphasized to prevent illness before it occurs, and we are reacting with disorganization to illnesses with multiple medical providers not communicating with each other and no one seeing the big picture
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
Infantino recalled about 191,000 Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys because the monkey's tail can pose a choking hazard to young children.
Sold exclusively at Target, this squeaking toy is made of soft orange rubber and is shaped like a monkey. The toy measures 4.5 inches tall by 5 inches long and is intended for ages newborn and up.
The comany received seven reports of infants choking or gagging on the monkey’s tail. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
U.S. Polo Assn. recalled about 1,400 girl’s jacket because they have a band of material at the neck that can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
The jackets, sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kids Stop and Cookie’s Department Stores, have the name U.S. Polo Assn. with the year 1890 and crossed polo mallets on the jacket’s upper right exterior and a silhouette of two polo players and the initials USPA on the jacket’s upper left exterior. The jackets come in the colors fuchsia, green and cream in girl’s sizes 4-16.
No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P
Retail-based health clinics in pharmacies or big box stores may seem more convenient and less expensive compared to seeing a pediatrician, but these clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care that they need, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics in an updated policy statement released online today.
Retail-based clinics or convenient care clinics are usually run by nurse practitioners or physician assistants that see patients quickly without appointments and often for less money than pediatric offices or emergency departments. This policy statement is not totally unbiased since these establishments compete with pediatricians for patients and profits, but the criticisms of these offices still has validity.
The following is a list of the AAP’s concerns and my thoughts on them:
Rebecca Rogers, RD, LDN
Rebecca Rogers, RD, LDN, is a clinical dietitian for the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Are you getting complaints that your child’s lunch is boring? Change it up with this veggie filled and protein packed alternative to a sandwich. Ask your child to help you make it to pique their interest. Make this quesadilla even sillier by changing up the veggies. Try spinach, steamed broccoli or cauliflower, chopped asparagus and artichokes or mushrooms! The possibilities are endless.
- Allergies and Asthma
- Anita Kulick
- Anna Nguyen
- Beth Wallace
- Child Abuse
- Christopher C. Chang
- Colds and Flu
- Driver's Ed
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Flaura Winston
- Gary A. Emmett
- Growing Pains
- Hazel Guinto-Ocampo
- Health Hazards
- Health reform
- Infectious Diseases
- Janet Rosenzweig
- Katherine Dahlsgaard
- Lauren Falini
- Learning Curve