Archive for October, 2011

Guest Blog: 6 Tips For A Safe Halloween, From Dr. Xifaras!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

By Dr. Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center

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  • Happy Halloween!

    Halloween is just around the corner, which means trick or treating!! This annual tradition is a favorite by many kids (and me). This year instead of filling your bags to the tippy top with candy, try and map out a longer walking route to fit in more physical activity without hitting every house on the block.

    Trick or treating tends to occur in the evening when it is dark out, so there are some safety issues to be concerned about. Let’s keep Halloween fun by following these safety tips for trick or treating:

    1. Carry a flashlight – to light your way and to also be seen by others

    2. Avoid dark costumes or use reflective tape so motorists can spot you

    3. Inspect the candy, don’t eat any candy that is not wrapped or looks to have been tampered with

    4. Have an adult accompany you

    5. Only go to homes you know

    6. Follow smart traffic safety by staying on the sidewalks

    Athena Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center
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    Guest Blog: Tufts Medical Center’s Dr. Xifaras on Fall Fun and Safety

    Thursday, October 20th, 2011

    By Dr. Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center

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  • Fall Fun!

    Fall is the perfect time of year to be active outside. The beautiful colors of autumn leaves and cooler air make being active outside more enjoyable. Fall team sports such as soccer and football have started and are a lot of fun and a great way to exercise (like FitClub34!).

    But, you don’t have to play a sport to be active in the fall. There are many fun fall activities to get you moving. (more…)

    Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Cast a Healthy Spell on Trick-or-Treaters!

    Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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

    Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Cast a Healthy Spell on Trick-or-Treaters

    Limit the Candy Goblin’ this Halloween

    I’m conducting an experiment this Halloween. Don’t worry, I will still have a bowl of candy. (After all, I don’t want my house covered in toilet paper!). But I will also have another bowl, filled with things like stickers, pencils, colorful shoelaces, arcade tokens, sugar free gum, small packs of nuts, trail mix, and lower sugar cereal bars. I will ask trick-or-treaters to choose one item from each bowl. I’m going to keep a record of how the kids respond and how many actually take something from the non-candy bowl. This is science, people.

    So, why am I risking being forever labeled as the un-cool mom of the neighborhood? (more…)

    Guest Blog: Tufts Medical Center’s Dr. Xifaras on Teamwork!

    Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

    By Dr. Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center

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  • Teamwork!

    Whether it is in the classroom, at home, on the playground or on the field or court, it is important to be a team player. In the classroom, you can help out the teacher or your classmates with a project or assignment. At home, you can help your parents out with chores or your siblings.

    On the playground you can invite someone to join your group or game. On the field or court you can do your best to help your team do their best. Including and helping others will make all your experiences that much more fun! (more…)

    Guest Blog: Connie Evers -Teach Kids That Thirst Means “Drink Water”

    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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

    Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Better Beverage Control

    Teach Kids that Thirst Means “Drink Water”

    Our kids have a “drinking problem” when it comes to sugary beverages. It’s no coincidence that intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity have both increased over the past 30+ years. In addition to soda pop, there is an increasing array of sweetened “fruit” drinks, teas, sweetened water, coffee drinks, and energy drinks on the market. A trip to any grocery store reveals ever-expanding aisles and shelf space devoted to sugar-filled drinks.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a report stating that in most cases energy drinks are never appropriate for children or adolescents, as some of these products contain caffeine and other substances that could be harmful to children. The report also urges parents to serve water to rehydrate and low-fat or fat-free milk to help hydrate and meet nutrient needs. (more…)