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It’s that time of year when fall sports season is in full swing. Between school teams, playoffs, tryouts, club teams, travel teams and year-round sports, our kids are more active now than ever.
I’ve been picking up my niece, Amanda, from high school lately and bringing her to soccer practices and games. One thing we keep in stock is plenty of milk for meals and snacks. She has been asking for her favorite chocolate milk for both pre and post games and practices.
The fact is, compared to adults, kids and teens are growing rapidly and have increased needs for high-quality nutrients that will serve their bodies well as they go through their teens, 20’s and beyond.
Why the Calcium in Dairy is so Important
Studies show that fewer kids are getting the recommended amounts of nutrients, especially those found in dairy. While it’s recommended that teens get 2-3 servings of calcium-rich dairy every day, less than half manage to get 1 to 2 glasses of milk per week. (more…)
This time of year many moms are busy in the stocking up phase, from gathering up school clothes and lunch boxes to helping their kids who are leaving home find a mini fridge for their dorm or apartment.
When my son was little, sure, I had the list of recommended notebooks, flashcards and markers, but I had to figure out the options for healthy lunches and snacks on my own. Then when he went off to college, my focus changed: What suggestions could I make, without nagging or being pushy, that would help him make healthy choices away from home?
It may be surprising to consider how many kids aren’t getting the recommended servings of dairy, fruits and vegetables every day just when their bones and muscles are growing the most. This is the time when their bodies need a variety of foods to get the essential vitamins, nutrients, protein and calcium necessary.
Since everyone is busy, I’ve gathered up a few tips here for healthy snacks, lunch box ideas and yes, even the mini fridge for moms with kids at every age and stage.
High Tech Kegel Exercises with PeriCoach – I was so excited I tried it myself!
Like many of my patients, Jana* was hesitant and embarrassed when I asked about whether she was experiencing leaking urine. She nodded and told me that it happened a few times a week and while she tried to remember to do Kegel exercises, she wasn’t sure if she was even doing them right.
Jana was also surprised to learn that she wasn’t alone. The fact is that 1 in 3 women will experience leaking at some point in their lives. Women are doing the best they can to adapt to leaking urine. We wear protective pads, visit the bathroom as often as possible and try to remember to do those Kegel exercises.
There’s an App for that!
Recently I heard about a new, easy-to-use at home pelvic trainer and app, the PeriCoach system. It teaches women with real time visual feedback via a Bluetooth connection to their smartphone how to exercise and strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, in other words how to do Kegels and do them correctly.
Women can see how strong their muscle contractions are on their smartphone and track their progress. There’s even a secure portal at my.pericoach.com that women can share with their clinicians so they can both keep track of their progress.
In the midst of a steamy summer season, many of us, understandably, flee the heat of the kitchen. For older adults, though, the heat is especially problematic, as it can leave them lethargic and with little appetite. Without proper nourishment, they don’t get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and active. Dehydration can also result, an especially common and dangerous condition for older adults, one that often results in emergency room visits.
Chef Tania Collazo addresses these problems everyday as the Health Supportive Chef at JASA, one of New York’s largest and most trusted non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the city’s older adults. She oversees the kitchens at JASA’s senior centers throughout the city and also serves as a private chef, caterer and culinary coach. Her tips for creating appetizing and easy summer fare will keep even the most kitchen averse seniors sated.
Chef Collazo’s Tips:
Hydration Concentration– Over the age of 50, our bodies are not as adept at letting us know when we’re thirsty, so it’s important to consume foods high in liquid content. A Smoothie made in the blender with watermelon, cucumber, mint, watercress and ice is a quick, cool and refreshing way to hydrate.
Don’t Trash That Banana – When your bananas start to feel a tad mushy, don’t throw them out. Make ice cream instead! Peel the bananas, cut into pieces, put them in a baggie and stash in the freezer. When they’re good and cold, toss the pieces in a food processor or high-powered blender with a bit of vanilla, almond butter and 2-3 strawberries. Voila, you’ve got a healthy, fruity, cold concoction. (more…)
Guest Post by Amy Davalle and Peter David
From birth to the first four weeks, many critical events can occur in a newborn’s life. Infants establish feedback patterns and start bonding with their parents. On the other hand, many things can go wrong. For example, the drama of birth can change from miracle to tragedy in a heartbeat with birth asphyxia, infection, or complications from delivery. When a crisis like this occurs, accuracy and seconds matter.
So, how do we ensure that each and every baby has the best chance at a great start in life? We believe that part of the answer lies in supporting clinicians with the tools and technology to save time, reduce stress, and improve accuracy. (more…)
Six Safari Secrets: What You Need to Know Before Planning Your Trip
I just returned from an extended stay in Tanzania, where I was working in remote hospital in Karatu, within minutes of the Ngorogoro Crater. While there, I had the chance to go on a few safaris. Prior to my trip, I envisioned a safari as a long camping trip, something similar to what Meryl Streep and Robert Redford experienced in the film Out of Africa. I learned a lot that I can share with you here.
#1 A safari can be a few hours or a few months, or anything in between.
Turns out the word safari means an expedition or journey to observe animals and can encompass anything from a few hours to multiple days to several months of travel. Well, ok, then. Now, I know that the lovely morning in Ngorogoro crater was a real, bona fide safari. Here’s one of the lions we saw that day. (more…)
A friend called me for advice about her daughter’s, Kim’s allergies. With spring soccer in full swing and pollen counts soaring, games and practice sessions on fields of freshly cut grass, in parks surrounded by flowering plants and trees meant sneezing, watery, itching eyes and often triggered Kim’s underlying asthma.
Even people who don’t have asthma can find this time of year challenging. They many start to sneeze suddenly, have a runny nose, a scratchy feeling in the back of their throat, or feel that there’s something irritating in their eyes.
What you can do
Whether you’re reaching for the tissue box or scanning the pharmacy for a good over the counter medication, I have some tips for recognizing the signs of seasonal allergies and strategies for keeping your allergy symptoms at bay.
Why allergies cause symptoms
Pollen, mold, dust, dander from a dog or cat, bee stings and some foods contain small particles, known as allergens, that bother some people and not others. In the case of allergies, the body’s immune system perceives the allergens as foreign objects and tries to protect itself by releasing histamine and other inflammatory substances. The histamine causes swelling in the nasal passages, throat and airway, leading to many of the symptoms. (more…)
This little guy here, the Aedes Aegypti is responsible for Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue fever.
This mosquito is most active and likely to bit during the day, in the first few hours after sunrise and before sunset.
With the current worry about Zika virus and it’s possible association with microcephaly in newborns, it’s a good time to review the differences in these illnesses, Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue, all caused by viruses transmitted by a mosquito bite.
Symptoms of Zika
According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, Zika may be associated with microcephaly and other serious complications for newborn babies. I emphasize the words “may be” associated as this is being actively studied right now.
You may be surprised to learn that people who receive chemotherapy and radiation treatments from the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center are greeted with encouraging smiles, hugs and warm blankets when they step through the doors. Those little, yet important things are combined with healthy, energy-boosting complimentary snacks and encouragement delivered by cadre of volunteers, who are cancer survivors themselves. All of this, plus a track record of survival rates that rival and sometimes exceed those of other oncology and academic centers add up to create a nurturing, encouraging and most importantly, healing and curing environment.
Patient centered care isn’t just a phrase for the staff, at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center. In fact, their innovative programs and patient outcome data was evaluated by the National Cancer Data Base and resulted in a commendation and a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer from the American College of Surgeons. I recently had the opportunity to interview some of the staff to find out more about what makes the Cancer Center so special.