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| Posted On Jan 07, 2021 | By:

The Benefits of Developing Routine and Structure

Routine and structure are a part of our daily life. For children and teenagers, having a predictable daily routine helps not only with organization but also with emotional regulation and behavioral control. Prior to the pandemic, we all had well-established routines in our daily lives. With the restrictions related to COVID-19, marked changes to these routines have occurred, and the familiar structure of school and work have shifted or disappeared.

It can feel challenging to know where to start or how to establish a structure or routine.

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| Posted On Jan 05, 2021 | By:

What Kind of Goals Would You Like to Achieve?

When it comes to setting goals, chances are you’ve heard about the importance of setting goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If you’re able to answer “yes” to each of the following questions, you’ll know you’ve set a SMART goal.

SMART Goals

Let’s go through an example. Say you’re interested in becoming more health-conscious, and you’d like to “eat a healthier diet.”

  • Specific – Does your goal use action words to state what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it?
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| Posted On Dec 15, 2020 | By:

Who Wears Masks? Superheroes!

Some kids are in school full-time or in a hybrid model, and some may be attending daycare while parents are working. Initially, the new normal of wearing a mask may have been a difficult process for them to understand. By now, most children are quite used to the experience. For those still struggling, it’s critical to validate their frustration and irritation while also gently yet firmly reminding them of the need to continue the practice of wearing a mask.

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| Posted On Dec 10, 2020 | By:

Cambridge Pediatrics is Open!

Our Cambridge Pediatrics practice is in full swing and happy to see our patients, big and small, in the office again. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm. If your child is due for an annual well-visit, needs a vaccine or flu shot, or has an injury or illness that needs to be addressed, please call the practice at 617-661-5575 or log into MyHealth Online to make an appointment for your child today.

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| Posted On Dec 09, 2020 | By:

Face Masks: An Important Defense Against COVID-19

With potential vaccines on the horizon, public health experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci have urged Americans to continue taking measures to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. One of the best and simplest ways to do this is by wearing a mask. Here in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker recently issued an order requiring the use of face masks at all times while in public, outdoors as well as indoors,

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2020 | By:

What’s Getting in the Way of Weight Loss?

As a psychologist who works with people struggling with weight issues, I spend a lot of time thinking about the relationship between emotions and food. If you have gained some extra pounds during the COVID pandemic, I have some suggestions about how to deal with weight gain based on your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Some ways we think about our weight and ourselves are helpful, but others can work against you.

Patients often tell me that they don’t see themselves as emotional eaters,

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| Posted On Nov 12, 2020 | By:

COVID-19 Guidance for Holidays and Winter

With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the state and the country, we wanted to express our support to all our patients during what has been an unprecedented year. It remains more important than ever to incorporate consistent masking, hand hygiene, and physical distancing into our daily lives to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our homes and our communities. Below are some key strategies to help protect your health and the health of your family during the holidays and through the winter months.

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| Posted On Oct 22, 2020 | By:

Intermittent fasting: a potential heart-healthy dietary pattern

For many, developing a healthy lifestyle can be incredibly overwhelming due to the number of diets and fitness trends currently on the market. There are countless diets marketed as revolutionary systems for losing weight and improving overall health, but they are not always based on mechanisms that are proven to be safe and effective.

One trend that has gained recent attention for its ability to improve cardiac health and reduce obesity is intermittent fasting (IF).

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| Posted On Sep 17, 2020 | By:

2020 Vision

Most optometrists and ophthalmologists were really looking forward to 2020, the perfect year for vision puns. Instead, 2020 has been far from a lighthearted year, from the COVID-19 pandemic to civil unrest. Even more, eye care services have been limited during this pandemic. But as Massachusetts reopens from the COVID-19 lockdown, we want to make sure you know that your eye health is as important as ever.

Are you having more eye strain from increased screen time or extra stress?

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| Posted On Sep 15, 2020 | By:

Easing the Pain of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA), also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common chronic disease of the joints and affects more than 30 million Americans.

In normal joints, the cartilage that covers the end of each bone serves as a cushion and lubricant. In people with osteoarthritis, the cartilage wears down, causing pain, inflammation, and problems moving the joint. Although OA can affect any joint, it appears more frequently in the hips, knees, lower back,

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