| Posted On Mar 31, 2011 | By:

How Much Do Kids Need To Eat?

With childhood obesity on the rise in America, it has become increasingly important for parents and children to be aware of how much food to eat at meals and snacks. The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends a variety of foods from each of the five food groups every day.

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| Posted On Mar 29, 2011 | By:

West Roxbury SMArt Kids: Sugar, sugar, everywhere

Thanks to the West Roxbury SMArt Kids for coming to our session this month and making it great!  It was nice to have some new faces join the group too.  We all learned a lot from our “sugar cube” activity.  The kids estimated sugar content for different sweet beverages by building towers and pyramids of sugar cubes.  Many families were surprised to learn that even 100% fruit juice is packed with sugar! 

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| Posted On Mar 22, 2011 | By:

SMArt Kids Burlington: Getting 5 fruits and veggies per day

WOW!  I, along with Julie, our nutritionist, and the entire SMArt Kids staff were very impressed with March 15th’s SMArt Kids Shared Medical Appointment at Burlington!  Both returning and new SMArt Kids were engaged and energetic at our visit.  It was also obvious that participants and their families have been very diligent in tackling their monthly individual goals.  Everyone did an excellent job since February’s SMA.

At our last visit, most children picked one of the group’s five goals,

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| Posted On Mar 21, 2011 | By:

Medication Safety at Home

Recently, a number of factors have led to a fairly rapid rise in serious and fatal medication errors occurring in the home.  As our population ages and more and more people are taking multiple medications, studies suggest that many errors are directly related to combining prescription medications from different health care providers who were unaware of all the medications – including over the counter medications and herbal or vitamin supplements – being taken by patients. 

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2011 | By:

Celebrate National Nutrition Month By Eating More!

It’s no secret that most Americans struggle with their weight.  As a nation, we eat too much fat and sugar and far too few foods that provide the nutrition our bodies need. For most people, eating right and maintaining a healthy weight is a yearlong battle, which starts every January with the good intention to eat less.

So here it is March, and as we end an especially brutal New England winter,

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| Posted On Mar 09, 2011 | By:

Acute Low Back Pain

Given the harsh winter we’ve experienced this year with lots of snow removal and ice chipping, it’s not surprising that we’ve seen an increase in the number of people experiencing acute low back pain.  Don’t jump to the conclusion, however, that if you’ve hurt your back you’re automatically facing surgery and months of recovery: the good news is that acute low back pain should go away relatively quickly and can usually be treated at home.

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| Posted On Mar 02, 2011 | By:

Safe Winter Workouts for Kids

The snow banks are getting higher and higher and with no thaw in sight, the chance we will see pavement or grass anytime soon is dim. If your child is not playing a winter sport, the safest way to get in shape for spring sports is going to the gym. Hitting the gym is also a great remedy for “cabin fever” and a great way to maintain a healthy weight for kids who are not engaged in sports.

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