Raising Healthy Kids

Kids & Diabetes: How Much Is That Candy Worth?

It’s no secret that kids love sweets, along with plenty of other foods that are not particularly good for them. And while a treat every now and then is certainly not a bad thing, problems can arise when eating junk food goes unchecked. Childhood obesity rates are dangerously high — …

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Family Wellness

10 Ideas for Indoor Fun with Kids

The weather has cooled down, and winter will be here before we know it. While bundling up and walking in a winter wonderland can be great fun this time of year, frigid, snowy, slushy or stormy weather can also put a damper on outdoor plans. The good news: taking shelter …

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Parenting in the Digital Age

Internet Use May Put Teens at Risk for High Blood Pressure

In an era when many teens seem to be constantly connected to their mobile devices or laptops, parents already worried about Internet use may have new reason for concern. Teens who spend hours on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital …

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Family Wellness

Create a Healthy Back-to-School Routine

After a summer of sun, fun, family festivities and outdoor activities, getting back into the school groove can be tricky. Kids and adults alike may struggle with starting a new routine, particularly one that involves keeping everyone in the family healthy, fit and strong — not to mention up and …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Talking To Kids About Weight & Body Image In The Digital Age

Talking to your kids about weight and body image is hard enough. Now add the information they’re constantly bombarded with every day online, on television and on social media – and your job just got a lot tougher. But for all the complications the digital age presents in having these …

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Family Wellness

9 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activities For Kids

For most people, summertime means enjoying warm weather and fresh air, taking vacations and spending more time with family. But what happens when the littlest members of your family (read: your kids) utter that dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!” But the fact that school’s out for summer doesn’t mean you have …

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Family Wellness

Boredom Busters: 12 Screen-Free Activities For Kids

When it comes to kids, television is a double-edged sword. Sure, it can be a great source of entertaining, educational content. But if your kids get too attached, viewership can turn into a vice. If your children just can’t seem to pry themselves away from the pixels, you’re not alone. …

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Childhood Nutrition

Does My Child Need a Vitamin Supplement?

Good nutrition is important throughout life, and setting a foundation for your child is key. March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s a good time to take stock of your child’s eating habits and decide whether he or she needs a daily multi-vitamin. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) estimates …

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Family Wellness

A New Tool to Teach Kids Healthy Habits

It’s not always easy for young kids to understand the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, or why they should turn off the TV and go play, instead. But a new app developed by Henry Ford Health System is hoping to change that by teaching kids, through fun games and …

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Kids and Screen Time

2 Hours Of Screen Time For Your Child: The Pros And Cons

Today’s children spend an average of three hours per day watching television. If you add in the additional screen time provided by smartphones, tablets and computers, the total can be a whopping 5-7 hours. Limiting screen time to no more than two hours per day could be the key to …

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