Staying Healthy During the School Year

Are your children prepared to return to school?

By Peter S. Waldstein, M.D., F.A.A.P and Julia A. White, M.D., F.A.A.P
Julia WhiteBack to school time is upon us, which is a great opportunity to make sure your child is ready from a health perspective. It is also a great time to refresh on illness prevention while being at school.

Staying Healthy
Maintaining proper health begins at home. Back to school time is a good excuse to refamiliarize your children on the importance of hand washing at home and school. Most illness is spread through contact, and hand washing has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent your child from becoming ill while at school. Washing before eating, after playtime, and anytime before touching the face, mouth, or eyes is key. If you are not able to wash, you may use hand sanitizer instead. You can consider packing a small travel-sized Purell bottle in your child’s bag to encourage proper hygeine. Also remind your child to cover coughs with the arm. Should your child become ill, he or she should stay home to prevent others from becoming ill. Check with your pediatrician if you are unsure if they should stay home. (more…)

Preparing Your Kids for the School Year

By Nicole Sadighpour
Nicole SadighpourParents can help their children start the school year on the right track by planning ahead, being realistic, and most importantly, by maintaining a positive attitude.

1. Review the materials sent by your child’s school as soon as it arrives. These packets include important information about your child’s teacher, room number, school supply requirements, sign ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities. (more…)

Fun in the Kitchen with Kids

Teach your kids healthy cooking while they help in the kitchen.

By Joyce Oliveto
Joyce OlivetoI have found that kids like making food. Whether it is kids and their friends, my grandchildren, or when I teach classes for kids on how to prepare healthy foods. They love it. It is easy to have fun in the kitchen with kids. AND it is easy to make food taste good, be nutritious and be healthy at the same time.

Have them wash the veggies and give them a little education while you are preparing. Let them know why we wash veggies. Show them how to use a knife and safely chop veggies.

Here is a recipe created by my granddaughter Alivia. You will also find this recipe in my blog, Living Simply Raw. Have them mix the healthy cookie dough with their hands and shape into individual cookies before baking or dehydrating. All food can be healthy and snacks can be easy to make, delicious and very nutritious at the same time. (more…)

Am I Too Young for Botox?

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke discuss the advantages of botox.

Dr Payman Danielpour and Dr John LaykeQ: When do I know I’m ready for botox?
A: You should do botox before the formation of frown lines, crows feet or forehead wrinkles. It’s a preventative aging technique.

Q: I have never had anything done to my face. How can you assure me that I will look natural?
A: At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, we believe helping our patients bring out their natural beauty by enhancing and refining not changing their appearance. We are known for putting less botox than most surgeons. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away. (more…)

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

By Nathalie Kunin
Elizabeth FraleyBy Elizabeth Fraley, M.Ed.
Director of KinderPrep Program

According to research, it is essential for young children, especially those between 4 and 5 years of age to receive quality instruction, as this stage of development is known as the “critical period” and makes the greatest impact on the brain’s cognitive functioning capabilities. By targeting early learning skills through programs like Academic Achievers’ KinderPrep, young learners can increase their confidence and develop a love of learning. (more…)

Medical Guide to Summer Protection

The perfect mommy guide to protect your kids from sun and bee stings to motion sickness and swimmer ear.

By Dr. Peter Waldstein and Dr. Julia White
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a) Broad Spectrum
b) Water Resistant
c) UVA & UVB Protection (more…)

Preparing for ISEE

By Nathalie Kunin
Nathalie KuninThe ISEE (Independent School Entrance) can be just as daunting to parents as it is to students. All students applying to private and independent schools, 4th grade and above are required to take the ISEE as part of the admissions process. Many parents ask, what can I do to help prepare my child for this exam? Parents number one job is to promote their child’s confidence. Here are several tips that will alleviate anxiety, promote confidence, and ensure success. (more…)

Juicy Burgers on Portobello Mushroom“Buns”with Parsnip Fries

By Lauren Haas
Lauren HaasCaramelized Onions:

1 tablespoon organic, extra virgin coconut oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
½ cup organic chicken brothHeat oil in a pan at a medium heat and add the onions.
Sautee onions for 2 minutes, add minced garlic and the sweetener.
Cook for 2-3 minutes then reduce the flame to a LOW heat.
Stir in the chicken broth.
Let simmer for 15 minutes or until the onions are soft and caramelized.
Slice the bell peppers and onions.
In pan, at a medium flame, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute.
Add the bell peppers and onions, brown sugar, salt and honey.
Stir. Cook for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to a LOW flame, for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, stir everything and put a lid on the pan.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are SOFT and Gooey….Slice the bell peppers and onions.
In pan, at a medium flame, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute.
Add the bell peppers and onions, brown sugar, salt and honey.
Stir. Cook for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to a LOW flame, for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, stir everything and put a lid on the pan.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are SOFT and Gooey….Slice the bell peppers and onions.
In pan, at a medium flame, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute.
Add the bell peppers and onions, brown sugar, salt and honey.
Stir. Cook for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to a LOW flame, for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, stir everything and put a lid on the pan.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are SOFT and Gooey…. (more…)

Dads Initiating Conversation about Puberty

It’s important for dad to notice and want to help.

By Dr. Shelly Metten
Shelly MettenEach year on Father’s Day our children make precious gifts and write adorable cards to thank dads for the special ways they have loved them through the year. These cards are a treasure. This year I want to suggest an unconventional way you can show your love to your children that will change their lives forever. My suggestion is to take time along the way to guide them through the many changes they are going to experience as puberty approaches, and later initiate discussions that will help them make healthy choices as they sexually mature. (more…)