Archive for August, 2011

Guest Blog: Tufts Medical Center’s Dr. Xifaras on Back to School – Getting to Sleep

Monday, August 29th, 2011

By Dr. Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center

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  • Back to School – Part 1 – Getting to Sleep!

    The cooler mornings and evenings means that summer is winding down and school is just around the corner. Summer is usually a time of staying up late and sleeping in, so getting up for school can be challenging. Getting enough sleep is extremely important when it comes to doing well in school, as much as staying physically active and eating nutritiously.

    Most kids need 9-10 hours of sleep per night, but many get less than that because of all the distractions from TV, computers and video games. Not getting enough sleep can make concentrating in school very difficult and leave you with little energy to do your work and be active.

    Here are some tips to getting a good night sleep:

    Guest Blog: Connie Evers On a Healthy Back-to-School!

    Monday, August 15th, 2011

    By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

    Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Checklist for a Healthy Back-to-School!

    Notebooks and markers in assorted colors, new jeans and kicks, maybe even a shot or two, and the kids are set for school. Or are they? Sorry parents, but a few vital items remain on your back-to-school checklist. Actually, the things on this list will need attention all through the school year – long after those new blue jeans are ripped, faded and 2 inches too short.

    Gotta have it. No two ways about it. Whether your child eats at home, at school, or munches on a banana, bagel and string cheese at the bus stop, fueling up is a necessity to bring those brain cells up to full capacity. While researchers can explain the scientific importance of breaking the fast, teachers can tell you firsthand about the impact breakfast-skipping makes on late-morning behavior and school performance. (more…)

    Guest Blog: Tufts Medical Center’s Dr. Xifaras on Summer Fun & Safety – Heat Wave!

    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

    By Dr. Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center

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  • Summer Fun & Safety – Part 5 – Heat Wave!

    The heat sure has arrived this summer with some places registering over 100 degrees. This kind of heat can be really dangerous if you spend time in it. Getting overheated can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration. Symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke include excessive sweating, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion, dizziness, and slurred speech. Tell an adult right away if you develop any of those symptoms.

    So, as much as we want to see kids playing outside, it is best to head indoors to cooler ground during this heat. It is important to drink extra water to stay hydrated because the heat causes you to sweat more than usual.