Health September 2012

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

Tasheena Carpenter

Fit for Life

Packed with recipes and nutritional insight, Appetite for Life: The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater (HarperOne) helps parents raise healthy kids. In it, HealthBarn USA founder, Stacey Antine, MS, RD, offers ways caretakers can steer kids away from processed and packaged foods and have them opt for wholesome choices. An added bonus is the title’s 100 easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes. Visit www.harpercollins.com for details.

Special Read

Bringing great awareness to autism, Temple Grandin hopes that her story encourages children to find their own passions. The title character is a scientist and a professor of animal science who designed cruelty-free facilities that handle half the cattle in the United States. Learn about her mission in Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children). Order at www.hmhbooks.com.

Epidemic Proportions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked minor sports-related concussions to the cause of brain damage, especially in children. And research shows that emergency room visits among 8-13 year olds who have suffered concussions doubled within the last 10 years. Linda Carroll and David Rosner’s The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic (Simon & Schuster) explains the magnitude of the causes and effects of such head injuries. Order a copy at www.amazon.com.

Dependable Guidance

Sometimes parents need reassurance, especially when it comes to child-rearing during milestones like a child’s transition from baby to toddler. Great Expectations: The Toddler Years (Sterling) offers great insight and tips for issues faced during this time, such as potty training, sleep training, immunizations and more. Additionally, the book has sections on autism and other disabilities. Learn more at www.sterlingpublishing.com.

Fruity Mix

In need of a healthy snack? A food product line by the name of Nice! has the right snacks to satisfy your craving. Pitted dried prunes, dried pineapple bits and Mediterranean apricots are packaged in convenient sizes. Also try the strawberry fruit and grain cereal bar, oat and honey crunchy or chocolate chip chewy granola bars that are cholesterol free. Pick up a box that offers whole grains in every serving at your local DuaneReade.

Little Munchkin

Moms want the best for their bundles of joy. As such, they are often concerned about the products they choose for little ones. Munchkin has a collection of pure glass, BPA-free bottles and silicone accessories to aid in the process. The mighty grip glass bottles are dishwasher safe and microwavable. Products are great for storing breast milk, too. Find them in blue, pink and green at www.babyearth.com.

Yoga Poser

Yoga classes for children have been increasing in popularity across the country. The practice teaches body and mind awareness, relaxation and concentration. It also allows children to be active without pressure and competition. You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses (Nancy Paulsen Books) provides colorful illustrations of simple and playful yoga moves, inviting children to pose and pretend to be an animal. Pick up a copy at www.penguin.com.

Differently Abled

Children’s perceptions of the world around them broadens when they learn the value of acceptance and kindness. Just Like You tells the story of two friends with different disabilities who are discriminated against for not walking, talking and acting the same as everyone else. The pals are depicted by a field mouse and a spider forced to live by themselves because they do not fit in with the other forest creatures. However, when tragedy threatens to strike the forest bullies, the two put their hurt feelings aside to lend helping hands. The title is released through the Just Like You Foundation, www.justlikeyoufoundation.org, and 100 percent of sales benefit a pre-selected charity.

Heart Smart

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Many people believe that heart disease primarily affects men, but the truth is women are just as vulnerable. Being proactive with your heart health is important when striving to maintain your overall well-being. NatureMade vitamins have fish oil and CoQ10 supplements to help in supporting a healthy lifestyle and keeping heart disease at bay. Visit www.naturemade.com to chose a supplement to fit your needs.

Smile Bright

Feeling self-conscious about your smile? Colgate has a product line called Optic White, featuring toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide. For best results, use the Colgate 360 OpticWhite toothbrush or Wisp OpticWhite mini brush after meals or at work. Visit www.colgate.com to up your confidence with every smile.

This column appeared in the September 2012 issue.