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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.
By Amy Alamar, EdD
Each year, I find myself sitting on the bleachers talking to other parents as we watch our kids kick, foul or score in their chosen sport. As we talk, you’d think we’re all raising the next Olympic contender, who also happens to major in classical piano with a minor in Ancient Greek – in case a gold medal doesn’t work out. I admit that, along with other proud parents, I may pressure my kids to reach the next competitive or performance level. In fact, it was my own son, repeatedly requesting to play rec soccer after we’d ask, “are you sure you don’t want to sign up for the soccer camp or tryout for the travel team? After all, you’ll improve more if you play with better players!” that I finally realized that I didn’t need to push extracurricular activities on my family, especially those complete with undue stress and commitment.
Yes! You Are a Role Model
If you’re like me, you might sometimes wonder if your family is paying attention to all the little things you do every day that make their lives healthier and happier.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t receive applause or accolades on a regular basis for the healthy routines that we’ve established in our own families. Just stop, and consider for a moment how much of what you do every day impacts your family. And, though most of us are too humble to acknowledge this, most moms are doing a great job! So go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
When you eat salad and vegetables at dinner, your family is more likely to make the same choices. When you make time to exercise regularly, your family is more likely to also. Even walking the dog. Any routine that your family witnesses regularly gets ingrained as habits. Yes! You are a role model for your children and for the rest of your family.
1. Does your teen know how to make friends and be a good friend?
Do they have friends they can call on? Do they know how to applaud a friend’s success and also be there when they’re down? Are they having fun? Can they work with others in a group? They don’t need to have a tons of friends, often one friend is enough when times are tough.
Knowing how to make friends is one of the most important life skills we all need through out our lives. You might have a National Merit Scholar in your house, but they still need to know how to interact with roommates, people in the dorms and in class. Kids who are isolated take more risks. You may not like their friends, but do get to know them.
2. Does your teen know how to talk to people?
Do they know basic manners and etiquette? Can they look adults in the eye, shake hands, introduce themselves, and carry on a conversation? Will they be able to navigate talking to a supervisor at work, the TA’s, professors, RA’s, or coaches? Can they communicate with respect? If it’s all about them, other people get tired of that pretty quickly, which can lead to a lot of frustration and misunderstandings.
We all know a lot of people of all ages who are super smart, but whose lack of basic communication skills prevent them from realizing their full potential. If you’re teen is struggling with this, an entry level job will really help.
It’s normal and natural for teens to be 99% self-absorbed. After all, besides the toddler stage, this is the time in life that the entire universe revolves around them. Really, it does, and a memory-lane-news flash….it did for you too when you were their age. Yes, it did, your mom told me! That’s why a single minuscule pimple is a major catastrophe and can ruin not just their day, but the entire week. (more…)
Frank Bruni’s book, Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be couldn’t have come at a better time. His message really resonates with me especially after seeing so many teens struggling with overwhelming amounts of stress.
I’m seeing so many teens with high levels of stress, anxiety and who aren’t sleeping, are depressed, feeling numb, are better at witty texts than at real heart-to-heart communication. They’re drinking, smoking, using edibles, cutting, going wild, having lots of hookups, feeling pressured to be perfect, and on top of it all trying to maintain a façade of being the All-American-I-have-it-all-together, Yes, I’m really looking forward to college kind of kid.
Well, I’m not buying it.
I’m nurse practitioner, who cares for women of all ages. Most of my adult patients couldn’t deal with the amount of stress that these kids are faced with day in and day out. I live and work in the high stress, high stakes pressure cooker of Silicon Valley. And yes, just up the road are high schools where teens have tragically taken their own lives. And yes, I’m a mom; my son is a freshman in college.
We’ve all heard the same list of reasons from both parents and kids why the stress is so high now…..but what can we do? That’s just life, right? Maybe not…. I think the stakes are higher now and success is much more difficult to achieve. But let’s all stop for a moment and consider how we define success and what is really at stake.
Achievement just to check it off the list
At first glance the “Stakes” seem like Everything. But they are just stepping stones. High GPAs, High test scores, lots of activities, volunteer hours without meaning may help someone go to a prestigious university but then what? (more…)
In honor of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, I am going to take a moment to address some misconceptions surrounding concussions. Whether you’re a worried parent, youth sports coach, or amateur sportsman, this information will provide you with some basic facts (and debunk a few myths) about these brain injuries.
FACT: Having a concussion changes the way your brain functions
– Anyone who has had one can attest to the fact that your brain just doesn’t feel right. Whether you suffer from headaches, problems with concentration, poor balance and coordination, or memory loss you will feel a bit off while your brain works to fix the damage.
MYTH: These changes last forever
– This altered brain function is USUALLY temporary and should resolve with proper rest and recovery. *Sigh of relief*
FACT: A blow to the head or violent shaking can cause a concussion.
– You may be thinking Well DUH, but many people who sustain an injury are so caught up in what they are doing that they don’t realize they have a concussion until much later. So, if you’ve been hit or jolted while playing a contact sport or even during a minor traffic accident, be on the lookout for symptoms. (more…)
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Their child, who’s away at college contracts a rare form of Meningitis, becomes seriously ill and lands in a hospital far from home. That’s the tragic and heartbreaking situation for the family of a student from the University of Oregon, Lauren Jones.
Lauren, who was from Georgia, was a freshman student athlete on the Oregon acrobatic and tumbling team. She was one of 4 students who suddenly became ill in January this year and tragically she died from what public health officials believe was Meningitis B.
I wrote about Meningits B back in 2013, when there were outbreaks at Princeton and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I thought my kid was already vaccinated
My son is also a freshman at the University of Oregon ( U of O ) and I have several patients who also go there. My phone is ringing off the hook, as friends and parents call with questions because this week, there is a mass vaccination effort at the Matthew Knight Arena at the U of O using the BRAND NEW, RECENTLY APPROVED MENINGITIS B VACCINE, TRUMENBA.
Unless your child got one of the first doses of Trumenba over the Winter holidays, they have NOT already had this vaccine.
And, no, if you’re wondering, I do not work for Trumenba or the manufacturers, or anyone associated with this vaccine. I do have experience working in Pediatric ICU at Stanford caring for kids who had Meningitis and would like to help prevent anyone from suffering from this potentially deadly infection.
Your student was vaccinated for DIFFERENT TYPES of Meningitis
Most parents, kids and even a few pediatricians are thinking that the 1 or 2 meningococcal vaccine(s) that they already got previously is sufficient. WRONG!
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Meningitis B has devastating consequences
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, their child, who’s away at college contracts a rare form of Meningitis, and it’s the one type that’s NOT included in the mandatory meningitis vaccine required for college students. In the current situation at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where 4 students were affected and 1 needed to have both feet amputated to save his life. At Princeton, 7 students have been affected, and luckily none of them fatally. There’s also been one case reported in a staffer at UC Riverside. The first case was recognized in March, 2013 and the 7th just last week, in November, 2013.
The student from Santa Barbara was a lacrosse player who was apparently in septic shock. What happens is that the toxins from the meningitis bacteria overwhelm and damage the blood vessels in the limbs, which deprives the tissues of oxygen. The tissue in those limbs then die and if it’s not treated, can lead to more serious and life-threatening issues. Amputation is a last resort to save the person’s life.
What’s going on?
College students are required to be vaccinated against Meningococcal meningitis, which is a very serious infection. Most have received a series of 2 vaccines. Though the number of cases in the US is between 800-to 1,500 each year, a small percentage of people who contract any type of meningitis can have serious, even life-threatening consequences.
What Causes Meningitis?
Meningitis may be caused by bacteria or by a virus, which makes it even more confusing. In the case of the Meningitis outbreaks in the Santa Barbara and Princeton students, it was caused by Niesseria Meningitis, sero group B. (more…)
This reminds me to add a few tips about your period and when to give your health care provider a call.
• Your daughter hasn’t had a period or shown any signs of puberty by age 14, including absence of:
– breast development
– underarm hair
– pubic hair
• There’s been a gap of greater than 3 months between periods
• Periods are occurring more frequently than every 21 days
• Periods are lasting more than 10 days
• The flow is so heavy, a tampon and/or a pad is getting soaked through in less than 1 hour, and this occurs for more than 1 day
This is a great video from Hello Flo! Click the image above or watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEcZmT0fiNM