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Healthy Habits for 2018

A new year is a great time to jumpstart your children’s healthy habits and keep them in check throughout the year. Developing good eating habits and encouraging physical activities now will reap lifelong benefits.

Set a Good Example – Children practice what they see. Get the whole family involved. Be a positive role model by practicing the same healthy habits that you are trying to foster in your child. Turn family time into an opportunity to teach your children about good nutrition, as well as a time to plan active family outings.

Make it Easy – Keep your kids healthy by making it easier to eat nutritious foods. Cut up fruits and vegetables and keep them where they are easy to pick up. Keep sports equipment, such as balls, Frisbees, jump ropes, etc. visible. Keep the focus on having fun, such as walking the dog, playing hide-and-seek, family walks after dinner or weekend hikes.

Make Healthy Eating a Game – Make fruits and vegetables fun by incorporating a broad range of different colors, such as greens, yellows, oranges, reds and blues into your child’s daily diet. Aim to serve fruits and vegetables in every meal, and have your child research the nutritional benefits of the foods you serve.

Set Limits – Set limits on television viewing and the amount of time that your children spend playing computer games. Instead, set goals for daily physical activities and on the amount of nutritious foods that your children eat.

Eat a Good Breakfast – Providing your child with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast sets the pace for the day. Make sure that it includes fiber, protein, and some fruit for an energetic start.

Physical Activity – Help your child find physical activities that they enjoy and are likely to continue, such as biking, swimming, running, or playing basketball or football with family and friends. It doesn’t have to be organized sports; the important thing is to keep them moving.

Sleep – It’s essential that children get the sleep they need for their age group. A lack of sleep increases obesity, as well as learning and behavioral problems. Between the ages of 1-10, most children need between 10-14 hours of sleep, while teens need approximately 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep.

Meal Planning - Get your children involved in planning and cooking family meals. It is an opportunity for them to understand how meals are prepared and how they can use different ingredients to make them healthier. Teach them to read the nutritional information on food labels and what they should avoid.

Stress Management – Even in childhood, stress increases the likelihood of chronic illnesses, depression, and other emotional and behavioral problems. Help your child develop good stress management skills by urging good eating habits, physical activities, and free time to relax with family and friends.

Treats – Limit unhealthy foods, but don’t eliminate them entirely. Make a distinction between nutritious foods that your child should eat every day and foods that they can eat occasionally, as treats, such as ice cream, candy, soda and pastries.

Healthy habits promote success. Forging good habits in your children now will make it much more likely that they will continue these healthy habits as they get older.

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Healthy Holiday Tips

There’s no denying the holidays are kids’ favorite time of the year. The holidays mean time off from school, spending time with family and friends, and taking part in holiday traditions. While it’s important for kids to enjoy this time of year, it’s also important for them to do so in a healthy manner. To help you do that, we put together a list of Healthy Holiday Tips!

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Meet PCCSF’s Newest Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

At Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, it is our mission to provide comfort, hope, and the best possible care to our patients, as well as their family and friends.

We accomplish our mission thanks to our expertly trained and experienced staff in advanced pediatric critical care medicine. Their skills have allowed us to care for the most critically ill patients across South Florida, and made us a premier provider.

Our team is happy to announce and welcome our newest staff member, Nicole Kallstrom, ARNP. Read on to get to know her!

Nicole attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with the completion of an honors thesis. She went on to attend Florida Atlantic University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing as well as her Masters of Science in Nursing.

Nicole has been working at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in pediatric critical care since 2012. She has a special interest in caring for neurosurgical and trauma patients.

Nicole is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is elated for the opportunity to join PCCSF’s dynamic group of physicians and advance practice providers in caring for critically ill pediatric patients.

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PCCSF Sponsors MDA Muscle Walk

Neuromuscular diseases affect the nerves that control voluntary muscles such as the ones found in the arms and legs. As the nerves deteriorate or completely stop functioning, the muscles weaken and waste away. Symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness, which can cause twitching, cramps, aches and pains
  • Muscle loss
  • Movement issues
  • Balance problems
  • Trouble swallowing or breathing
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Double vision

As specialists in the treatment of neuromuscular diseases, we know the hardships patients and their families face day in and day out. Because of this, it’s important for us to lend our support to organizations that are working relentlessly to assist them, and are conducting research to find a cure. Such organization is the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

MDA’s mission is to create more hope and answers for families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility. This is done by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for kids and adults from day one, and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

MDA hosts annual Muscle Walks to empower individuals across America, and raise critical awareness and funds. We’re happy to share our sponsorship of the MDA Muscle Walk Hollywood-Miami taking place Saturday, October 28, at Charnow Park in Hollywood Beach.

We hope you’ll join us during this life-changing experience that brings together families, friends, neighbors and local businesses to celebrate the strength of MDA families and transform hope into answers.

To register for the walk or donate to the cause, please visit MDA Muscle Walk.

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Baby Safety Month: Strap in for Safety

Did you know that every day approximately 8,000 children are taken to the emergency room at hospitals across the U.S. to be treated for fall-related injuries?

Sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, September is Baby Safety Month and it’s a time meant to educate parents and caregivers on different topics to keep our children safe. This year’s theme is Strap in for Safety and JPMA is offering tips on how to properly use straps on all juvenile products in the car, on the go, at home, and during mealtime.

  • When traveling with your little one in the car, straps should never allow any slack or push the child into an unnatural position.
  • On the go, parents should always remember to secure their baby with stroller straps – even during short trips.
  • From bouncers and swings to infant seats and changing tables, parents should consider using a three- or five-point harness to keep babies secure.
  • Mealtime can also pose risks if parents fail to properly strap in their child. To avoid injury, it’s important to securely fasten the straps so the child has no wiggle room.

For more tips like these, and to learn more about Baby Safety Month, visit Baby Safety Zone.

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