| Posted On May 06, 2019 | By:

5 Ways to Handle Your Picky Eater

Mealtimes with toddlers and young children are NOT for the faint of heart. As the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old, I totally get it. Case in point: my son loves chicken tikka masala, and with a sophisticated favorite like that, you’d think it’d be downhill from there, right? But when I try to give him a bite of yogurt, the ultimate kid-food, his entire body language is like, “Why would you do this to me?”

As parents,

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2012 | By:

Why your Back to School checklist should include an eye exam

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), most of a child’s learning occurs through use of his or her eyes.  School activities – reading, writing, sports, play, and the use of technology like smart boards, desktop PCs and tablets, to name only a few – place many demands on a child’s vision.

Moreover, different activities place different requirements on a child’s vision: some tasks require children to view things very close to them,

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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 May 09, 2012 | By:

Computer use and your vision

Many of us spend hours in front of a computer screen every day, and that can take a toll on your vision.  Generally speaking, viewing objects farther away from us is easier on our eyes; conversely, the muscles in our eyes must work harder to view things at close range.  Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, therefore, can cause you to strain the muscles in your eyes and may result in headaches,

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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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