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A Simple Way To Healthy Up

Recently I saw a great conversion chart that showed you how to use Chobani greek yogurt to replace some of the fattening ingredients in recipes. I can’t wait to be able to replace things like oil, sour cream, etc. when I’m cooking.

Here’s the conversion for those wondering:

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Want to print out a copy and hang on your fridge? Click HERE.

They also have some FANTASTIC recipes on the site.

I can’t wait to make these Mixed Berry FroCHO Pops. They look so cool and creamy and refreshing for the summer.

Have you experimented with greek yogurt? What recipes have you made? We’d love to hear

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How Are You?

I saw a Twitter post the other day that stated “when it comes to Mother’s Day, does anyone ask a mom how she’s really doing?” And it got me thinking. Would anyone, a mom included, 100% honestly answer that question? And when people ask “how are you?” do they actually, truly want to know or do they just want the polite “I’m fine, how are you?”. Do we really want to tell and do we really want to know?

I know when I had my daughter and had awful postpartum depression, I wasn’t truthful with myself. Every doctors appointment I thought I’d go in and tell her how awful I was dealing with it, how horrible I felt, how I cry every night. Then, miraculously on the day of the appointment I’d think “wow, I feel so much better” and not say anything and continue crying in the shower. Finally, at the end I said something, but always wish I had opened my usually big mouth sooner.  The odd thing is, I answered the checklist they gave me with honesty and they looked it over (obviously not very carefully) and asked how I was doing. If they had truly paid attention to my answers, they might have pried a little harder (I hope).

I’m no expert by any means. But I’d like to say, if you feel a little sad talk to someone. If a close family member asks you how you are, take them up on the opportunity to tell them maybe you aren’t doing so well. I understand we are turning into a society that values perfection more than anything, but nobody is. It’s better to tell someone “I could be doing better” and maybe get some help than to struggle and affect your children.

So,  we at Momsense would REALLY like to know “how are you?”

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Are You The Neighborhood Drug Dealer?

Think about what is in your medicine cabinet. I’m sure there is something in there that would be appealing to the age group ready to try drugs or a child who already has. Cold medicine with alcohol? Pain pills from that surgery a year ago? Antidepressants? Sleeping pills? Move stuff around and you’d probably be surprised by what you find.

And don’t think crafty kids aren’t above going through their grandparents cabinet, aunts or uncles cabinet, or the cabinet of their BFF’s parents.

What do they do with these drugs? Besides taking them straight on, I’ve heard of pill parties. Everyone dumps their pills into a huge bowl and they take handfuls and wash them down with alcohol. Others might say pill parties are an urban legend, but really, who wants to take that chance?

Here are some disturbing facts from NJ Family magazine:

  • 2.1 million teens abused prescription drugs in 2006.
  • 3.1 million 12- to 25-year-olds used OTC cough and cold medications at least once to get high.
  • Prescription drugs are the #1 choice among 12- to 13-year-olds.
  • One-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2006 were 12- to 17-year-olds.
  • 13 is the mean age of the first non-prescribed use of sedatives and stimulants.
  • One in 7 boys and one in five girls has shared or borrowed a prescription drug.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admit abusing pain relievers.
  • Girls age 12 to 17 are more likely than boys to misuse OTC medications, but the trend reverses with 18- to 25-year-olds.
Want to read and learn more? Click HERE to view the entire article, and most importantly what you can do to prevent being the unwilling neighborhood drug supplier.

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Good News: You Didn’t Create Your Fussy Eater

Taken from Yahoo Health

Good news for parents of fussy eaters: You didn’t create them. In an effort to find out what drives unhealthy eating patterns among children, researchers from University College London compared children’s eating behaviors to their mothers’ reactions to said behaviors and found that parents are usually responding to (not the cause of) fussy eating or overindulgence.

The details: The authors collected questionnaire data from 244 mothers of children between the ages of 7 and 9. The moms filled out one survey related to their children’s eating behaviors, agreeing or disagreeing to statements that measured how a child responds to food (for instance, “If allowed to, my child would eat too much”), their child’s enjoyment of food, and whether their child ever avoids food (for instance, “My child gets full before his/her meal is finished” and “My child takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal.”). The second survey related to the mother’s feeding habits, agreeing or disagreeing to statements like “If my child says ‘I’m not hungry’ I try to get him/her to eat anyway,” or “If I did not guide or regulate my child’s eating, he/she would eat too much of his/her favorite foods.”

Report: Picky eaters are made, not born.

The authors found that what the mothers usually wanted from their children yielded the exact opposite result: Mothers who put more pressure on their children to eat were more likely to report having children who felt full before the end of a meal, ate slowly, were “fussy” eaters, or didn’t enjoy food very much in general. On the other hand, mothers who were more restrictive of what their children ate (those who agreed strongly with the statement “If I did not guide or regulate my child’s eating, he/she would eat too much of his/her favorite foods”) were more likely to have kids who they reported would eat too much if allowed.

To continue reading, click HERE.

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Exclusive: USDA to Announce Healthier New School Lunch Guidelines

Taken from ABCNews/Health

Later today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce the first new school lunch guidelines in 15 years.

In that time, childhood obesity rates in this country have risen yet more.

The Academy for Global Citizenship, a school in Chicago, is one of about a thousand schools that have already adopted the food of the future.

“We serve only whole grains and fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. Things like quinoa, as you mentioned, and kamut and millet,” said Sarah Elizabeth Ippel founder and Executive Director of the school. “Positive nutrition is essential and a very integral component to effective learning.”

Here’s an example of a current school lunch:

Breaded beef patty on a roll
Fruit popsicle
Low-fat milk

And here’s what a meal might look like under the new rules:

Baked fish nuggets
Whole wheat roll
Mashed potatoes
Broccoli
Peaches
Skim milk

“The more we can reinforce the right set of choices and encourage the right set of choices, the greater the chances are that we will get a handle on obesity,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told “Good Morning America.”

The underlying requirements are based on an Institute of Medicine study: reduce saturated fat, sugar and sodium. Increase whole grains. Serve both fruits and vegetables daily. And, for the first time, set maximum calorie counts in addition to minimum ones.

“This doesn’t mean that we are going to eliminate treats, not at all. But it is a circumstance, situation where treats have a special meaning, a special occasion, a special circumstance that we celebrate with a treat,” Vilsack added.

Children consume more than half of their calories at school.

“Schools are supposed to set an example of many, many values of society and one of them ought to be eating well,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at NYU and the author of “What to Eat”. “The schools that I’ve been in that have the best school lunch programs work with the kids very closely on how the foods taste, get the kids involved in cooking, talk about where the food comes from and make the school lunch program part of the whole educational program. ”

The Academy for Global Citizenship is a public charter school that serves school meals that already meet these new USDA standards.

To continue reading, click HERE.

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15 Items You Should Have In Your Medicine Cabinet

As a parent, have you really taken a look at your medicine cabinet lately? I mean, really looked at it? How out of date is that first aid cream? Do your Band-Aids even stick? Time to toss expired and old stuff and purchase items that you really need to have on hand in an emergency.

Evansville’s Dr. Mom has a list of 15 items you need to have in your medicine cabinet right now.

Taken from courierpress.com

1. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a must-have item for fever. Ask your doctor for the correct dosage for your child at his next checkup so you don’t have to call in the middle of the night.

CECELIA HANLEY / Courier & Press 14 items one should have in his medicine cabinet, the 15th is the humidfier

2. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) is another alternative for fever control. It has anti-inflammatory properties that also make it a good choice for treating muscle aches and pains.

3. Hydrocortisone cream can be used to soothe many types of skin problems from sunburn and bug bites to eczema and poison ivy.

4. Antibiotic ointments are essential for skinned knees and other minor scrapes and are available in over-the-counter or prescription forms.

5. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is important to have on hand to treat allergic reactions. It can decrease swelling and itching from bug bites and other skin rashes.

6. Pedialyte or Gatorade is nice to have on the shelf when the stomach bug strikes to prevent a vomiting child from becoming dehydrated.

7. A pair of quality tweezers can be used to remove ticks and splinters.

8.A digital thermometer is the most accurate way to track your child’s temperature, although a mother can usually diagnose a child’s fever just by touch.

9. Bandages, because every parent knows that the proper bandage, correctly and lovingly placed, will usually reduce boo-boo pain by at least 50 percent. Be sure to stock a variety of shapes and sizes. (Glitter is optional.)

10. Sunscreen, because winter can turn into summer almost overnight. Keep it on hand for outdoor fun.

To keep reading, click courierpress.com

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Performing CPR On A Child

Did you know that there is a difference when you perform CPR on a child? Versus that of an adult. And also a difference when performing on an infant? if you didn’t, or can’t remember the differences, here’s some help. We recommend printing it out and posting inside a kitchen cabinet or medicine cabinet for easy access. Nothing worse than an emergency and running around going “where did I put the CPR chart?”.

Taken from healthedsolutions.com

If you’re a healthcare provider, you’re probably already aware that adults and children require different approaches to emergency care.  Children’s bones are much more likely to bend than break; their tongues take up more space in their mouths; and they have narrower airways which are more seriously impacted by inflammation.  These differences – among others – mean that using “adult” basic life support (BLS) protocols on a child or infant could actually cause serious damage.

What are some of the differences in performing BLS on adults versus children and infants?  Some of the most evident distinctions occur in the CPR sequence, which is an important step in the BLS protocol.  Though not exhaustive, the following guidelines will help you adapt your BLS efforts to the person in need:

When to call for help
The first major difference when administering CPR is the stage at which you should call for emergency assistance if you’re the only person on the scene.

  • Adults CPR: Call 911 before you begin adult CPR.
  • Child and infant CPR: Begin child or infant CPR immediately and call 911 after you have tried resuscitation for at least one to two minutes.  Because children are more resilient than adults, they have a stronger recovery rate if they receive CPR immediately.

Circulation/pulse
Where to check for a pulse also differs among adults, children and infants.

  • Adult CPR: Check the carotid artery (located in the neck)
  • Child CPR: Check the carotid artery (located in the neck)
  • Infant CPR: Look for the brachial artery (located on the inside of the upper arm)

Head position when attempting rescue breaths

  • Child CPR: When attempting rescue breaths, be very careful not to tilt a child’s head back too far. Children have fragile airways and in the case of infants you can actually block the airway if you do this.
  • Infant CPR: For infants, tilt the head into the ‘sniffer’s position,’ which is just far enough back for the baby to look like he or she is sniffing the air.

Compression hand position

  • Adult CPR: Two hands in the center of the chest
  • Child CPR: One or two hands in the center of the chest
  • Infant CPR: Two fingers in the center of the chest

Depth of compressions

  • Adult CPR: Two inches
  • Child CPR: One and a half inches
  • Infant CPR: One inch

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