Health February 2013

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

Jenna Hammond

Where’s the Beef?

Confused how much meat your family should be eating? Find wisdom about cooking local, sustainable, affordable and health-conscious fare and how to navigate a meat-filled diet despite what ails you with Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously (Left to Write Press). Upstate farmer Dr. Shannon Hayes also dishes detailed nutritional information in her palate-pleasing recipes and techniques for making the most out of animals, from rendering fat and roasting the perfect chicken, to preparing steaks, soups and even home goods like soap. Get the comprehensive cookbook for any carnivore at www.amazon.com.

Pregnancy Primer

If you’re expecting and have baby on your brain, and you can’t seem to retain anything else, forge ahead with Pregnancy Tips for The Clueless Chick (Sourced Media Books). Jennifer Durbin answers pertinent questions of moms-to-be, getting readers through morning sickness, baby gear aisles and ready for delivery. Tackle the essentials like choosing a pediatrician and feeling ready to make way for baby with your sanity intact by buying the guide at www.cluelesschick.com.

Push Their Buttons

Oral health has never been so much fun. The Poppin’ line of toothbrushes by Brush Buddies encourages better brushing with the push of a button, and of course the whimsical animal characters that comprise each toothbrush. Forgoing the need to purchase a holder, each toothbrush has a rubber head that covers the bristles when stowed for later use. At brushing time, kids press the belly of the toothbrush animal, like Toothie Toby the tiger, to pop off the head and clean their pearly whites. Make fighting tooth decay and cavities entertaining at www.brushbuddies.com/poppin.

Say Yes to Sprinkles

The necessity to down a pill to take a vitamin is a thing of the past with alternaVites Kids. Sprinkle the candy-like treat on yogurt, pudding, even a child’s tongue to ensure kids get 17 essential vitamins and minerals specially formulated for youngsters ages 4 and older. There’s no need to drink water with the vitamins, which, while reminiscent of Pixy Stix, are free of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and artificial flavors and preservatives. Head to www.alternavites.com for the full scoop.

Peachy Clean

Hand washing loses its appeal with wee ones when they can’t reach the faucet. Remedy this with Peachy’s Aqueduck Handle Extender, which instills good hygiene and a can-do attitude in kids. Merely install the extender’s adorable ducky design on the sink in two simple steps, and, presto, children pull the extender out from ducky to turn on the faucet and push to turn off the flow by themselves. Learn more and find out where to purchase the extender at www.peachyco.com.

Smooth Operator

Reap the benefits of green juices and nutrient-dense smoothies whenever the urge strikes by whipping up concoctions in seconds with the Black & Decker 12-Speed 700 Peak Watt Blender. The sleek gadget features stainless steel multi-level blades and a pulse option to tackle all types mixing needs. Measure well with the cup and ounce markings on the six cup glass jar that, along with the blades, is dishwasher safe. Get the culinary companion where Black & Decker products are sold.

Nosh on It

Plum Kids takes snacking to the next level with its Organic Fruit Straws. Sip, slurp and eat the eco-friendly treats, which are available in strawberry vanilla and cherry. What’s more is that they are packed with vitamin C, USDA-certified organic, and free of artificial ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup. Individually wrapped for easy grab-n-go snacking, Fruit Straws are available at Toys “R” Us, Safeway and www.diapers.com.

On the Move

Turn fitness into a game to keep your clan active with the ibitz activity monitor by GeoPalz. Part pedometer, part app and part interactive children’s health game, the winning combo keeps sports enthusiasts as well as gamers keen on staying in shape. As a bonus, the device encourages family members to work out as a team while enabling users to track individual health stats and progress on many levels. Sync it to smartphones and customize the fitness experience however you see fit.

This column appeared in the February 2013 issue.