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Healthy Alternatives For Halloween Fun

The highlight of Halloween is always the candy. From super-sweet chocolate to fruity, chewy treats, candy is not the ideal snack for a number of reasons. Most candies are made with dyes, additives, and preservatives, which we know are not good for our bodies. Short-term, the effect of a high intake of sugar usually results in hyperactivity, which sometimes fosters poor behavior in children and then extreme exhaustion once the energy has faded. As a parent and a teacher, you can encourage healthy alternatives to the typically too-sweet celebration of Halloween.

 

Is Gym Class Enough Exercise For Your Child

The gym class of old- complete with dodgeball, rope climbing, and square dancing- is long gone. Replaced with activities like yoga, frisbee, and bocce ball, this isn't your father's Phys. Ed.

 

Triclosan and Parobens Linked to Children's Allergies

Two chemicals commonly found in everyday cosmetic and personal care products have now been linked to allergies in children. An early release (in-press) article for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology documents the association between higher levels of urinary triclosan and parabens and allergic sensitization.

 

Hunger Awareness In Our Communities

There was a bumper sticker that became popular years back. It read "It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." The sentiment- that our country has focused time, energy, and money to causes other than obvious ones here at home- resonates this time of year as many organizations observe hunger awareness days and gear up their fundraising and donation efforts.

 

"Healthy Environments Across Generations": New Interactive Resource Published By CHE

By Lawrence Rosen, MD-A remarkable new e-book has been published by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). Titled “Healthy Environments Across Generations,” this multimedia, free resource builds on the work initiated at the same-named June 2012 gathering at the New York Academy of Medicine.​

 

Drama Therapy For Children After Trauma

Witnessing or being a victim of domestic violence, rape, or incest leaves a scar on a child's heart and mind. Each year, over 3 million children witness domestic violence against their mothers, including physical or verbal abuse or even murder. 15% of sexual assault victims are children. 93% of those victims know their attacker

 

The EPA's ACE 3 Report: The Good, The Bad And The Way Forward

For the third time and the first time in 10 years, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) released a comprehensive report regarding children’s environmental health. The stated purpose of America’s Children and the Environment (3rd edition), or ACE3, “is to compile information, and make it available to a broad audience, that can help identify areas that warrant additional attention, potential issues of concern, and persistent problems.”

 

Man's Best Friend Comforts Children, Too

Gone are the days of class pets; with the rise in allergies in young children, most schools have banned all furry friends from the classroom. The class pet was meant to teach children about responsibility but today animals are helping in different ways.

 

Happy Healthy Aging

Although we don’t see these 3 words (happy, healthy and aging) together too often, the phrase has become my mantra! Since most of us now understand and accept the concept that our thoughts and attitudes determine a great deal about our reality, I’ve decided that the typical negative belief system regarding aging (namely physical and mental decline) is no longer a part of my mindset.

 

We Are The Earth And The Earth Is Us

There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unknown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power.

 
 
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