Fit Pregnancy

By Autumn Calabrese
fitness photo autumnWhen a woman becomes pregnant there are hundreds of questions she may have. For a woman who enjoys being physically active one big question may be “How much is too much when it comes to exercise?”

If you are a healthy woman with no restrictions or complications with your pregnancy this question can be easily answered with a few pointers on how to take care of you and your baby when you exercise.
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Protect Yourself and Your Teens from UV Tanning

By Dannielle Crouch
Education Tan article photoI was in my teens when I got the fake tanning bug. I would purchase the unlimited monthly tanning packages that allowed for many tanning bed sessions to achieve that deep, dark tan. I began frequenting tanning salons in high school and continued well into my 20’s.

I was never informed of any health risks and certainly didn’t think I would be a victim of skin cancer. I have olive skin and dark hair and always tanned very easily in the sun. I didn’t fit into the high risk category. If you read about who is at risk it usually describes someone who has had many sunburns and very light complexion. That just wasn’t me.
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The New Mommy Makeover

By Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group

heath_aprilThe “Mommy Makeover” is not a new procedure. Pregnancy can take its toll on the female body causing breast deflation, tummy laxity and stretch marks. There are two parts to the traditional “Mommy Makeover”: (1) an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to tighten the abdominal wall, remove the excess skin and markedly decrease the presence of stretch marks, and (2) either a breast augmentation or breast lift. During pregnancy the breasts swell – sometimes markedly – in preparation for the baby and milk production. After breast feeding stops, however, the breast tissue involutes and the overall volume deflates. (more…)

Why Physical Fitness is Important for Children

By Scott Myers
scott myer fitness photo

  • Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disease of children and adolescents in the U. S.
  • A child’s potential to develop strength, endurance and physical skill increases at an exponential rate the first two years of life.
    • The more you encourage your children to be physically active during this period, the stronger and more energetic you can expect them to become; and the more quickly they will develop skills in using their muscles.
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Benefits of Stimulation to the Infant Brain

By Octavia Lindlahr

education_marchWe live in a culture where “stimulation” clearly receives a negative response. Many pediatricians and experts will often label a baby who cries often or for prolonged periods of time “over stimulated”. However, we often give the brain little credit in this regard, and it should be acknowledged that stimulation and multi sensory play offer undeniable value to the overall development to the infant brain. (more…)

Sunday Night Dinners

By Cari Levin

Cari_LevinThe Dilemma:
Following a weekend of karate, golf lessons, sleepovers and the requisite meltdown it is once again Sunday night and I have to make dinner.

The Fantasy:
I make a simple yet fun and enticing dinner that my family not only eats but also thanks me for and reminisces about.

The Solution:
“Themed Sunday Night Dinners.”
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Getting to Know Your Child’s Learning Style

By Nathalie Kunin

Education nathalie photoHave you ever been asked “How are you smart?” Probably not. Have you ever been asked “How smart are you?” Probably – or you’ve asked yourself this question? The same four words in a different order can make all the difference when attempting to quantify intelligence. We have many measures that tell us how smart we are in different subjects, but very few that tell us how we learn and process information. (more…)

What immunity really means?

By Andrea Thorpe, L.Ac.

andreathorpeRecent research is now pointing towards something that Chinese medicine has been explaining for thousands of years. 80% of your immunity potential lies in your gut. Studies indicate that a balance between good and bad bacteria in the large intestine is a significant determinant of your potential to ward off pathogenic illnesses such as colds and more importantly the flu.
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Top Table Manners for Kids

By Lisa Gache

Photo72AIt is never too early, nor too late to begin instilling the value and importance of learning proper table manners. In addition to the warmth and comfort it provides for the family, it allows an opportunity for us to feed our bodies with a well-balanced meal, to share in the ritual of conversation, and to slow down from the days’ activities to enjoy time together. These top tips will help you teach your children appropriate table manners so you too can enjoy your family’s dining experiences.

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How to Recognize if Your Child Has a Speech or Language Disorder

By Carly Friedberg, M.A. CCC-SLP

carly photoAs a speech therapist, people always ask me how to assess whether or not their children have speech and language disorders.

Speech Disorders:
Articulation is how speech sounds are made. When a child deletes a sound, substitutes changes, or adds a sound, they may have a speech disorder or a phonological disorder, depending on their age. These errors make it hard for a child to be understood by others.

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