Health May 2012

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

Kayla Mossien

Go-To Resource

The toddler years are filled with many developmental milestones. Toddler Medbasics: Emergency Action Steps at Your Fingertips (Running Press) educates families on how to handle medical issues involving this age group. Topics cover preparing for urgent-care situations, dealing with bites and stings, and handling everyday injuries. Color-coded tabs separate the book’s wisdom according to topic, making it easy to find information at crucial moments. Visit www.babymedbasics.com to order.

Quality Treats

Goody Good Stuff gummies are delicious snacks that are free of gluten, fat, soy, nuts and dairy. The blend of all-natural fruit juices and extracts creates a superior taste that pleases kids and parents alike. Chomp on sweet flavors of Strawberry Cream and Cheery Cherries or enjoy sour delights such as Cola Breeze and Summer Peaches. Goody Good Stuff is available at www.amazon.com and major supermarkets.

Mealtime Made Simple

Allowing feeding time with baby to go as smoothly as possible through different ages and stages, Evenflo has launched the Bebek Collection of 15 infant feeding items, including bottles, pacifiers, transition cups and other accessories. Bottles are expertly designed for easy assembly and a leak-free feeding session. Pacifiers boast a nipple shape that promotes healthy oral development. The trainer cup aids the transition from breast to bottle to cup. See the full line at www.evenflo.com.

Shape Up

When it comes to weight loss, proper diet and exercise are key. However, hectic schedules often prevent us from getting to the gym to lose those last few unwanted pounds. ShaToBu GET FIT’s shapewear helps as it smooths body contours and tones muscles merely by wearing it. Additionally, garments reportedly burn calories by way of innovative resistance band technology. Look slim with shapers, tights, and everyday slimming posture supporting tops and leggings by logging onto www.shatobu.com.

Restorative Lotion

As a human’s first line of defense against harmful elements, the skin should be treated with special care. This rings especially true for babies and kids. For those times when your tot’s epidermis needs extra attention, Episencial’s Soothing Cream hydrates and restores natural lipids with the use of aloe vera and cucumber extract to relieve redness and itching. The lotion is available at www.drugstore.com.

Fit Kids

An educational partnership from WebMD and Sanford Health, Fit.webmd.com promotes the well-being, nutrition and fitness of tots through teens via online resources. Different from many other healthcare websites, FIT also addresses emotional distresses and speaks directly to its young users. Whether it’s recipes from kids for kids or dealing with body image issues, keeping youngsters healthy and feeling well is more engaging than ever. View the physician-approved information today.

In the Mix

Homemade fruit smoothies, diet drinks and health shakes become a breeze to prepare with Oster My Blend Blender. The portable appliance boasts a powerful 250-watt motor that combines ingredients quickly and efficiently for the those who are constantly on the go. The 20-ounce, BPA-free bottle is dishwasher safe and fits in most car cup holders. Recipes are included in the instruction manual, as well. Order at www.oster.com.

Water World

Enhancing the bottled water market is ACTIVATE. Free of sugar and preservatives yet packed with yummy flavors, ACTIVATE also contains antioxidants and other nutritional perks. Each bottle is naturally sweetened with Stevia and offers major vitamins with every gulp. Simply twist off the cap and you’re off to a healthier day. To learn more about the beverage and its eco-friendly packaging, head to www.activatedrinks.com.

This column appeared in the May 2012 issue.