| Posted On Feb 10, 2020 | By:

Managing Your Child’s Digital Media Use

 “Life was so simple when apples and blackberries were fruit, a tweet was the sound of nature, and facebooks were photo albums.” ~ Carl A. Henegan

For parents, nowhere is this truer than their family’s relationship with its “screens,” the myriad of devices in our lives that have the power to connect and entertain us but also to consume and distract us. The amount of time we as a society spend plugged in or glued to these devices is staggering,

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| Posted On Oct 07, 2015 | By:

Helpful or Harmful? Technology in the classroom

Children are carrying more than the traditional notebooks, pencils and papers in their backpacks these days. As education moves into the 21st century, schools are embracing new ways of learning through technologies such as computers, tablets and other devices. These developments have sparked debate about exposing children to added screen time in the classroom. Isn’t “screen time” supposed to be “bad?” Do these new approaches to learning help or hurt our students?

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| Posted On May 21, 2012 | By:

Healthy Grocery Shopping

At the May 15th SMART KIDS SMA, the SMArt Kids came together to learn about healthy grocery shopping. Here are some great, simple rules to follow as you and your family head out to the supermarket:

  • Be Prepared (have a list and plan recipes for the week)
  • Don’t go hungry (you’ll avoid being tempted by free samples, freshly baked muffins or treats in the check out aisle)
  • Look at labels (remember,
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| Posted On Apr 23, 2012 | By:

“Head” Safely into Spring

With the warm weather coming in fits and starts but soon here to stay, bicycles are being pulled out of basements and garages across towns, and soon the streets and sidewalks will be strewn with tikes on bikes. With all of the joy and glee our small cyclists exude as they pedal away, we often forget about the serious risk associated with bicycles.

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| Posted On Feb 28, 2012 | By:

More reasons to drink your milk!

It’s winter in New England, and even though the snow has been elusive, shorter days and more indoor time can put children at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

What is Vitamin D?  Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (the other three are A, E, and K) available in our diet, which means they can be stored in our bodies and used over time. However, vitamin D is unique since it also behaves like a hormone in the body,

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| Posted On Jan 26, 2012 | By:

Breakfast does the body good

The SMArt Kids are working hard on their goals. It’s been challenging to stay focused given the winter weather and the recent holidays. Yet, the SMArt Kids have not wavered, and our team here continues to be impressed by their diligence and enthusiasm. They are working on such goals as:

  • Eating more fruits and veggies
  • Drinking only low fat milk and water
  • Engaging in at least 1 hour of active play
  • Reducing screen time
  • Choosing healthy snacks and breakfast options

At this month’s SMA,

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| Posted On Sep 28, 2011 | By:

Head Lice: Things that go itch in the night…or anytime, really

Kids are back in school, sharing books, pencils, and jump ropes…and they could also be sharing head lice!

Head lice definitely cause heightened anxiety in parents and schools, but in actuality, they do not spread disease, are not a health hazard and are not a sign of poor hygiene.  Although difficult to accept for those affected, lice infestation is rather benign.  (Of course, the scratching isn’t so easy to deal with!)

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