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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

Best family biking trails in the Philadelphia region

Wednesday, July 23, 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. A version of this blog originally appeared on Kids Outdoors... Read more

Free fitness classes from Philly Play Summer Challenge

Monday, July 21, 2014, 9:48 AM
Are your kids in a summer rut? Give the Philly Play Summer Challenge a try! It’s a free six-week program for children ages 6 to 13 years old that will help build confidence and skills to be physically active for an hour each day at local recreation centers throughout the city The program began... Read more

The area's coolest camps for healthy kids

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 5:30 AM
With summer approaching quickly, are you trying to figure out how to keep your kids busy? It’s not too late to sign them up for a camp. Whatever your child’s interest, there’s probably a camp out there to help them explore it. The following is sampling of camps in the Greater Philadelphia... Read more

June 14: Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome 5K Run and Walk

Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:41 AM
Come raise awareness about amplified pain syndromes in children by participating in the Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS) 5K Run and Walk next month, which will benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia AMPS Center. Hosted by the Childhood RND Educational Foundation, Inc.... Read more

Should a child return to sports after an ACL injury?

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Robert Marx, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. One of the most common knee injuries in young people is a torn ligament, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Young athletes... Read more

What can I do if my child is teased during physical activity?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
For 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... Read more

Cold-weather and exercise: A double whammy for some kids

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
Does your child get tired easily during or after exercise, or coughs after coming inside from being active outdoors? It could be exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) or exercise-induced asthma, a condition in which people experience constriction of the airway when they exercise, producing symptoms such... 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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