Friday, February 12, 2016


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

8 simple new year’s resolutions for families

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 11:38 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Rob Danoff, DO, a family physician and program director of the Family Medicine and Combined Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency Programs at Aria Health. A new year presents a time for a fresh start. Do you want to serve your family more fruits and veggies? Be... Read more

Treating chronic pain in kids

Monday, December 28, 2015, 10:22 AM
Today's guest blogger is Katherine S. Salamon, PhD, who directs the Integrated Pain and Wellness Program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmingtion, DE. Many children and teens experience chronic pain that disrupts their daily lives. A variety of factors – physical, psychological... Read more

Building strong bones in the teen years for strong bones later

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Were you wondering why the skeleton didn’t dance at the Halloween party? The answer is quite sad really — he had no “body” to dance with. We wouldn’t be dancing either if we didn’t have 206 strong bones holding us up, working with our muscles to move, and protecting... Read more

Healthy and fun Halloween ideas for your family

Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
Halloween is here…children everywhere are excited to dress up and be their best minion, princess, or Eagles player! Along with the parties, parades, and trick-or-treating, comes the mounds of candy your kids will probably pine over for the next two weeks. And hey, I am all for the fun of trick-or-treating... Read more

Anne Frank Elementary receives national healthy school award

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
When Principal Mickey Komins says Anne Frank Elementary School is a “healthy school,” he really means it. Several years ago, Komins and his staff began placing an emphasis on teaching its students lifelong healthy habits. Earlier this month, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognized... Read more

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
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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