| Posted On Dec 23, 2011 | By:

SMArt Kids and Fast Food

Given it’s always a busy week before the upcoming holiday and school break, we were excited that so many new and returning SMArt Kids made it to our December 20th SMA at Burlington. In light of the upcoming holidays, Linda, our SMA nutritionist, engaged the SMArt Kids by creating a ‘bean theme’ holiday gift that was not only fun to make but will be nutritious to eat. Remember, beans are a low fat, low cholesterol source of protein rich in minerals and fiber.

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| Posted On Dec 15, 2011 | By:

The Importance of Planned-Care Visits for Asthma

Whether your child’s asthma is in good control or poor control makes a tremendous difference on your family’s quality of life and on your child’s overall health. 

  • When asthma is in poor control, children miss an average of 18 days of school versus only 0 to 2 days missed among children whose asthma is in good control. Children may fall behind when they miss school frequently, and parents may need to miss work during school absences.
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| Posted On Dec 06, 2011 | By:

How safe are “natural” or complementary and alternative treatments?

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a label applied to a broad range of treatments that are felt to be outside the scope of conventional or Western medicine.  Some examples of CAM are:

  • Herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals, and “natural” products – many of which are sold as over-the-counter dietary supplements
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Acupuncture

More than one-third of the adults and 20–40% of children in the United States have reported using CAM.  

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| Posted On Dec 05, 2011 | By:

Anticipating the holiday season

For anyone in the midst of fertility treatment, the upcoming holidays can present challenges.  The holiday season provides more opportunities to socialize with friends and family, and therefore increases the potential for questions that, however well-intentioned, can make you uncomfortable.  Because the holidays are often family-focused celebrations, the most difficult part of the season may actually be dealing with your own family.   It’s helpful to anticipate the events and prepare ahead of time for situations which may be stressful for you. 

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| Posted On Nov 30, 2011 | By:

SMArt Kids eating lots of fruits & vegetables

 

We had a great session this month! Our nutritionist, Linda, and the SMArt Kids started the session prepping some yummy after school snacks laden with healthy veggies.  Think about how easy it is to spread guacamole on rice cakes!

The group also created a delicious smoothie that was shared by all. Try this at home:

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| Posted On Nov 15, 2011 | By:

What is COPD?

Are you a smoker?  Do you feel you cannot be as active as you used to be?  Do you get short of breath when you do something strenuous?  Do you cough every morning?  Do you get frequent episodes of coughing illnesses during the winter?  These may be the early signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease or COPD, a progressive but treatable lung disease.  

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| Posted On Nov 02, 2011 | By:

Burlington SMArt Kids learn a healthy approach to Halloween treats and sugary drinks

The post-Halloween weeks are upon us, but our SMArt Kids were neither scared by the tricks or, more importantly, will be scared by the treats.  After our recent SMArt Kids session, they are armed with some tips to resist the onslaught of sweet, syrupy and sugary treats. To limit your own trick-or-treater’s sugar intake after Halloween, try these tactics:

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| Posted On Oct 27, 2011 | By:

A Spookily Safe Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween is almost upon us.  Houses are being decorated with cobwebs and skeletons, the candy stockpile is shifting from stores to households, pumpkins will soon be transformed into leering jack-o-lanterns, and the excitement amongst would-be princesses, ghouls, ninjas, witches, Jedis, and superheroes of all shapes and sizes is almost palpable.

At Atrius Health,

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| Posted On Oct 25, 2011 | By:

Lighten Up – It’s the Holidays!

Almost anyone who battles with their weight or tries to eat healthfully can agree that the fast-approaching holiday feasting season presents many challenges.  Whether you count calories or carbs, it’s easy to slip up during the holidays, which for many of us starts when those bags of “fun-size” candy appear in the grocery stores in early October, and ends after the Valentine’s Day chocolates are eaten.

While statistics on holiday weight gain vary,

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2011 | By:

Breast Cancer Support and Resources

October is widely known as breast cancer awareness month, a focal moment to increase women’s awareness that they should have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every 1-2 years depending on their age and family history. 

It is also a time to focus on those who have breast cancer, celebrating survivors, remembering those we have lost, and supporting those living with breast cancer.  A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming,

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