Turn off the TV

I still remember my dad yelling those words at dinner time. A new study showed that children from lower socioeconomic groups who watched more than 2 hours a day of TV had problems with school readiness. They did not develop adequate math abilities , had problems paying attention, and issues with memorizing facts. That’s not […]

Added Sugars

Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. Naturally occurring sugars such as those in fruit or milk are not added sugars.  Added sugars are called by many different names. Examples of added sugars seen on ingredient labels  include but are not limited to brown […]

Smartphones and Depression

New studies have linked smartphone usage in our teens to depression. Teens spend a lot of time on their smartphones talking to friends, surfing the Internet, and posting their every move on social media. A recent survey even reported that half of teens say they’re addicted to their mobile devices. While smartphones have their advantages […]

Antibiotic Stewardship

  That’s one of the new buzz words in medicine. It means that we should use antibiotics responsibly. For instance, not treating a viral infection with an antibiotic. There has been a movement to use shorter durations of antibiotics for infections also. A recent article addressed using 5 days of antibiotics instead of 10 days […]

Added sugars and health problems

American kids are eating and drinking too many added sugars which can lead to health problems such as weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease and many other problems.We need to move more, eat mainly real whole foods and get  fewer calories in the form of sugar. -Leigh Gistinger, CPNP  

What’s new with School Lunches?

The nation’s obesity rate has tripled in children since the 1970’s. This is a serious problem. School lunches have long been blamed for the weight gain in children but simply changing out the French fries and pizza for broccoli and carrots is not the solution. Are there solutions? Behavioral scientists are studying how to get […]

3 Amazing Health Benefits of Owning Pets

  We all love the sense of emotional stability and unconditional love our pets bring us! They make for great companions, and have been known to reduce stress and depression. The health benefits of owning pets are innumerable. Here are three amazing ways our furry friends benefit human health.  Dogs and Immune Health: Dogs in […]