Friday, October 9, 2015


Back-to-school tips from Healthy Kids bloggers

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school right around the corner, we asked our Healthy Kids bloggers to give us their best back-to-school tips. Here’s to a healthy, safe, and successful school year! Talk about how it feels to start school again. Model how to appropriately express your feelings and manage anxiety. Anxiety... Read more

Get your child's brain ready for school!

Monday, August 31, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on brain health. The new school year is now upon us. Time to return to days filled with more structure, less time with the family, and a lot of running around from school to activities and back. The weather will soon become cooler, days will... Read more

5 family-friendly winter hikes

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Heather Manning who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. with her partner and their sons, Lucas and Miles. Together they hike, paddle, run, swim, visit farms, and attend festivals throughout the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. Her blog originally appeared on Kids Outdoors... Read more

The “split” over cheerleading: Is it an activity or a sport?

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:28 AM
Whatever you call it, cheerleading today is cartwheels away from what it once was. Rewind to a Princeton football game in 1884 when a man gave the first official cheer to encourage his team to do better. Fifteen years later, an all-male “yell squad” cheered at a University of Minnesota... Read more

How Drexel and the IBC Foundation are fighting childhood obesity

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are Abby Duffine Gillman, Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, Healthy Futures Initiative Project Manager, and Stella Volpe, Ph.D. , Department of Nutrition Sciences, Professor and Chair at Drexel University, Principal Investigator of Healthy Futures. Imagine... Read more

How can I help my child after a concussion?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Executive Director of Neuropsychology at Brain Behavior Bridge. “Play through the pain…get back in the game…” These... Read more

Can regular exercise lead to better test scores?

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
We all know that exercise generally benefits children, and another study to confirm this was recently published in Pediatrics. While this finding may yield a yawn (or even two) as you’re reading right now, this latest research is important and goes well beyond quantifying what most of us think... Read more

What's being done to improve children's health in our region?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. When my kids were young, I knew how important it was to make sure they were eating healthy, and getting enough exercise and sleep. Like most parents, I did what I could to be a positive role... Read more

Get out of your kids' way...and let them play!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Meg Wise, Executive Director of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Have you been down the wooden slide at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse? Smith is a unique and beloved part of growing up in Philadelphia. The 6.5 acres of outdoor play space and 16,000 square... 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
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
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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