Health October 2012

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

Tasheena Carpenter

Eating Well

My Favorite RecipesHelp kids prepare nutritious meals with My Favorite Recipes (DK Publishing). Try fun recipes, including colorful salads, traffic-light fruit skewers and chicken pitas with yogurt dressing. Learn about quick snacks and main dishes when you purchase a copy.

Car Safety

Installing a car seat can be an arduous task. However, experts at www.consumersearch.com have you covered. The site’s professionals test drive popular cars and evaluate car seat compatibility to aid you in the process. Log on to check out the list of models that meet all ease-of-use criteria.

Cough Relief

Just in time for cough and cold season, Zarbees offers drug-free alternatives for treating coughs. The brand’s natural remedy, which soothes scratchy and sore throats, is safe for children 12 months and older as well as pregnant or nursing moms. Head to your local pharmacy to peruse the Zarbees Effective & Natural line.

Think Pink

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, yogi Colleen Saidman presents the Pink Ribbon Yoga Mat for Gaiam. The fitness accessory is lightweight and durable, has high-tack texture and comes with a free yoga workout download. To purchase, visit www.shopgaiam. com. One dollar from each sale benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Fitness Drink

Get closer to your weight-loss goal with Celsius, a negative-calorie drink. One serving before exercise helps you burn extra calories, boost metabolism, increase endurance and provide lasting energy. Celsius does not contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Pick up a can at local supermarkets. Learn more about the beverage at www.celsius.com.

Tips for ADHD

Dr. Susan Ashley uses her years of education and experience to provide guidance for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 1000 Best Tips for ADHD (Sourcebooks) offers advice on how kids can succeed in the classroom as well as solutions for frequently asked questions and ways to improve social skills at school. Order a copy at www.amazon.com.

Food for Thought

Fuel your kid’s brain and body with Bitsy’s Brainfood. The company’s founders suggest incorporating fun and learning into snacktime, taking a few minutes to discuss the benefits of eating well, keeping fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge, portioning out snacks in advance and introducing a variety of foods while your child is still a baby. Browse www.bitsysbrainfood.com for additional details.

Fashion-Forward Trainers

Step into a better lifestyle with Dr. Lisa’s Therafit Shoe. The sneaker is great for busy women who multitask. Its Personalized Comfort System allows wearers to adjust the impact resistance based on preference. The shoe also boasts flexible and breathable mesh, removable shock-absorbing insoles and contoured arch and heel support. Log onto www.therafitshoe.com to learn more.

Sleep Study

Are you worried your little one isn’t getting adequate sleep? The Sleep Champ application identifies potential sleep or breathing problems. Figure out if your child is getting quality snooze time by answering a series of questions. Purchase the app at the Apple App Store.

Safe Solutions

Trying to find affordable and eco-friendly products for your baby and home can be frustrating. Make the search easier with The Honest Company. Honest.com’s quality-control standards and protocols are monitored to ensure quality, cleanliness and overall product and integrity. Materials in all the products are 100- percent renewable and recycled.

This column appeared in the October 2012 issue.