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Helping Your Overweight Child

The percentage of overweight children in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate, with 1-in-3 kids now considered overweight or obese. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy is the new normal for many people; and preventing your kids from becoming overweight might mean changing the way your family eats, exercises, and spends time together. Helping kids adopt healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example. Is Your Child Overweight? Body mass index (BMI) uses height and weight measurements to estimate body fat [utilize a calculator at]. Kids ages 2 to 19 fall into... 

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A Very Berry Sweet Valentine’s Day

Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sweet; but raspberries, known as nature’s candy, are both sweet and heart-healthy! Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, raspberries boast health benefits such as decreasing risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Find more recipes at Raspberry Greek Yogurt Bark Courtesy of Ingredients 2 cups plain, reduced-fat (2%) Greek yogurt 1 lemon, zest only 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup frozen raspberries ½ cup shelled pistachios ¼ cup slivered almonds Directions Line small baking pan with aluminum foil. In medium bowl,... 

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Helping Kids Get Enough Sleep in a 24/7 World

For growing children, adequate sleep may be every bit as important as nutritious food and daily exercise. Yet, ever since Edison flipped on the first electric light, experts have been worrying about whether any of us are getting enough sleep! Now researchers are warning that online amusements, especially social media, are sabotaging sleep. Not long ago, the New York Times ran an anxious story about adolescents who “vamp,” staying up all night and using cellphones to surf, text, tweet, play games, and binge-watch shows. Apparently, some teens even text in their sleep, sending messages they don’t... 

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