Health August 2011

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Kayla Mossien

Skinny Girl Routine
Bestselling author and Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel releases her first workout DVD, Body By Bethenny. Sold exclusively at www.amazon.com, the title offers a 40-minute yoga program with celebrity fitness instructor Kristin McGee. Follow up the routine with a ten-minute strength-training segment to sculpt lean muscles and increase your metabolism. Finish with the DVD’s five-minute Booty Blast, which reveals fun moves that can be done anywhere.

In the Know
EmpowerHER.com provides expert opinions and allows female users to connect with like-minded women who suffer from similar medical issues. The online community grants users a support network to aid in making difficult health decisions. Hot topics include menopause, cancer, diabetes, weight management and mental health. Log on to check it out.

Paltry to Plentiful
For parents wishing to raise their children on a vegan diet comes The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Options for Kids (Alpha Books). The book informs how to raise a happy and healthy child who adheres to a vegan lifestyle with nutritious recipes kids enjoy. The tome also specifies the necessary nutrients that vegan foods provide and how kids can thrive in a non-vegan world. Pick up a copy wherever books are sold.  

Don Your Chef Hat
Actress, model and mother of two Catherine McCord knows all about eating well despite a hectic schedule. To help other busy parents in cooking quick and easy family meals that are also wholesome, McCord created www.weelicious.com. The site posts new recipes each week and great demo videos. It also employs licensed nutritionists to address questions dealing with health and caters predominantly to parents.

Refreshed and Relaxed
With all the doctor’s appointments, Little League games and carpooling demands, moms find little time for relaxation. To look rested— even when you aren’t— consider Avalon Organics Lavender Renewal and Vitality Revitalizing Eye Gel. The product brightens, hydrates and soothes the delicate eye area for firmer and more radiant looking peepers. To say goodbye to puffy eyes, say hello to www.avalonorganics.com.

Smile Bright
A pearly white smile is a sign of good health. Get your chompers to shine bright with any of Rembrandt’s whitening products. The brand’s Intense Stain Toothpaste wipes away tough stains with micro-polishers and actively restores enamel with fluoride. For a quick fix, pick up Rembrandt’s Whitening Strips or 2-Hour Whitening Kit. Both make your smile visibly whiter in a short amount of time. The line is available at drugstores and www.drugstore.com.

Crafty Cooking
Kids can have their cupcakes and eat them too with Zebra Mix Baking Activity Kits. Each all-natural and organic baking kit comes with a poster-size, double-sided Safari Baking Map with step-by-step instructions and activities to make the baking process entertaining, simple and full of smart learning. Get one for your family at Toys R Us or online at www.zebramix.com.

Om-coming
Kids can embark on the rewarding journey of yoga with Playful Planet’s Storyland Yoga. The children’s fitness DVD takes kids on an exciting adventure in which they learn yoga by imitating animals and helping to save endangered species. Along the way, young viewers amass tips on protecting the environment. Stop by www.playfulplanet.com for details.

On Your Feet
Hall of Fame tennis player Gig Fernandez and self-proclaimed soccer mom Valerie Stern founded the Baby Goes Pro DVD series that coaches children on the building blocks of sports. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, golf, soccer or tennis, the series teaches young viewers the basic rules of sports with a lovable animated character named EMKEI the Monkey. Purchase the most recent title, Baby Goes Pro: Tennis, at www.babygoespro.com.

Catch the Fever
Taking a baby’s temperature can be quite uncomfortable for the little one. But the noninvasive Exergen TemporalScanner uses infrared technology to read a child’s temperature. The instrument scans the heat that comes off the forehead via the temporal artery, producing an accurate reading in less than two seconds. To make the switch, visit www.exergen.com.

This column appeared in the August 2011 issue.