Treat Yourself with Exercise (Really!)

25 Feb

This week, Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.H.E.S, is our guest blogger. As a registered dietitian, Wendy helps families build healthier lifestyles through the food they eat, but today she’s talking about getting your family moving.

Your Top 8 Heart Questions Answered!

10 Feb

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

February is American Heart Month, so one of our pediatric heart health experts, Dennis Kim, M.D., Ph.D., is answering questions about kids’ heart health here at the Healthy Dose blog! A father to 5 daughters, Dr. Kim understands the challenges of raising a healthy family in our busy world. Dr. Kim is the director of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Sibley Heart Center Cardiology, where he diagnoses and treats kids and adults with congenital heart disease using catheter-based methods. Dr. Kim started his medical career in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He’s also the editor-in-chief for SecondsCount.org, a website dedicated to patient education for cardiac issues. Dr. Kim answered some of our top questions about heart health and has some great tips for building healthy heart habits for life! Continue reading…

6 Easy Ways to De-stress Your Day

23 Jan

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

“I’m so busy!” is the mantra of parents everywhere. Between work, school and the kids’ activities, it seems like every single minute is jam-packed. Let’s face it—it’s even considered cool to be constantly rushing around trying to fit everything into our overbooked days!

But the constant stress of our overscheduled lives takes a toll—and it can stress our kids out, too. Continue reading…

Don’t Let Healthy Habits Hibernate this Winter!

13 Jan

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

With kids back in school, there’s a new season officially upon us: cold and flu season!

As any parent knows, winter presents unique obstacles for staying healthy. Because we’re spending more time indoors, exposure to germs is at an all-time high. The kids are barely off the bus before it gets dark outside. Add freezing-cold wintery weather to the mix, and pretty soon everyone just wants to snuggle in by the fire, watch TV, and nosh on comfort foods! Continue reading…

Winter Break’s Over (Is it wrong to be a little happy about that?)

6 Jan

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Oh, how my kids looked forward to their winter break. And by about December 23rd, oh how their mom was longing for our regular routine.

Don’t get me wrong, I cherished the downtime with my family. We stayed up later, slept in, kicked back and had plenty of fun together. But at times, the lack of routine and structure unleashed the inner whiners in all of us. And I know I’m not alone—lots of my mom-friends were anxious to get everyone back to school and in a routine this week. Continue reading…

Dr. Walsh’s 2014 Hot Holiday Gifts!

1 Dec

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Baby, it’s cold outside…which means the days are shorter, the holidays are approaching, and it’s tempting to stay inside eating leftover pumpkin pie!

But just because the temps are chilly, doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside watching TV. When I’m planning my holiday gift list (and checking it twice), I look for ways to inject a little healthy fun into the gifts the kids are eyeing…that way, everyone’s happy with the holiday haul! Continue reading…

In Praise of Pizza!

24 Nov

By Monica Griffin, Strong4Life Registered Dietitian at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

If you’re keeping an eye on your family’s health, you probably think of pizza as a big ole delicious serving of guilt. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Pizza is usually tailor-made, so take advantage and customize your meal. Just keep my top tips in mind and you can definitely have your pizza and eat it too! Continue reading…

Safe and Sound: The ABC’s of Better Sleep for Babies

12 Nov

By Gary Freed, DO, FAAP, FACOP, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Apnea Center

Good sleep habits are vital to the entire family’s wellbeing. Those habits start at birth, a time when children are most at risk for sleep-related deaths. Each year, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly, with about a third of those deaths associated with where or how a baby sleeps.

Parents can help get their children on the road to healthier sleep with a few simple steps, called the ABC’s of Sleep Safety. Babies should always sleep: Continue reading…

School Cafeterias Get a Re-boot

24 Oct

Wendy Palmer MS, RD, LD, CHES, Manager, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

When I tell parents it’s a good idea to let their kids eat the cafeteria food at school, I often get some raised eyebrows. But it’s true!

New federal guidelines that have been phased in over the last few school years have really amped up the nutrition factor in both the school breakfast and lunch lines. Yet parents—and even the school cafeteria staff—give the food a so-so grade. Continue reading…

Your Top Parenting Questions Answered!

10 Oct

By Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Think you’re the only parent dealing with eating and activity challenges? I promise you, you’re not!

Every day at the Strong4Life clinic, I hear from moms and dads who want their kids to eat nutritious food and move more, but struggle to put practices into play. If they have questions, I know you do too! So today I’m sharing the questions I hear most commonly and my tips for small steps. Continue reading…