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Category: Health and Safety

Look Before You Lock

Look Before You Lock

In May 2007 Haley Wesley of Napa Valley, California woke up, got ready for work, strapped her 9-month old daughter Maddison in her car seat and left the house. She just had one stop before dropping her daughter off at day care.  She had promised her former co-workers at her old job that she would [...]

A “State Dinner” Just For Kids

A “State Dinner” Just For Kids

Calling all kid chefs: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites parents of kids ages 8-12 to submit an original recipe for a lunch that is nutritious and delicious. All entrants have the chance to win a trip to Washington D.C. and the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House in August, [...]

How One Mom Lost 82 lbs of Baby Weight

How One Mom Lost 82 lbs of Baby Weight

Being a mom often means putting the needs of others first.  The kids come first.  The laundry comes first.  Making dinner comes first. Everything seems to get top billing and moms’ needs are edged out. There are many stay-at-home dads/single dads who do a valiant job taking care of the kids.  But more often than [...]

The Simple Test that Could Save a Newborn’s Life

The Simple Test that Could Save a Newborn’s Life

When Brandon Diallo was born last November in New Jersey everything seemed just fine. There were no complications and no indications anything was wrong. But when Diallo was just 2 days old, doctors in the hospital performed a simple test called a pulse oximetry. It showed that he had low levels of oxygen. An echocardiogram [...]

Light it Up Blue

Light it Up Blue

If you happened to be in New York last night and looked up at the Empire State Building, it was lit up in blue. Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada was similarly bathed in blue. So was the Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Around the world iconic landmarks in 23 countries were lit up in blue, [...]

One Phone Number Parents Should Know

One Phone Number Parents Should Know

A mom friend of mine has a son who wakes up early in the morning around 6am every day.  Her son is 5-years old.  It’s not uncommon for him to go downstairs and get some cereal and play until his parents get up a little later. She told me this story of what happened early [...]

The 10 Worst Cities if you have Allergies

The 10 Worst Cities if you have Allergies

It’s the first official day of spring.   For many that means soaking up the sun, playing outdoors with the kids and planting flowers in the garden But for others spring is a time when their allergies are at their worst. It leaves them coughing, wheezing, eyes watering and sneezing. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of [...]

The Safety Tip That Could Save Your Child’s Life

The Safety Tip That Could Save Your Child’s Life

13-month old Shaun Brown was playing in his family’s apartment in Roseland, Illinois early last month when he “tagged” the television set.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the TV set was perched on a narrow stand meant to hold a fish tank.  The television set, which weighed more than 100 pounds, came crashing down on [...]

Should smoking be banned in cars?

Should smoking be banned in cars?

Fewer teens are exposed to secondhand smoke than in previous years.   But it’s still a problem. That’s the finding of a new study in the Journal Pediatrics.  It  found 1 in 5 non-smoking kids, grades 6-12, is inhaling someone else’s cigarette smoke in a car.   To read more:  http://bit.ly/xSSJ1k Here are 5 reasons why smoking [...]

Go Red

Go Red

Today I wore red in honor of National Go Red Day.  This month the American Red Cross is drawing attention to the #1 killer of American women: heart disease.   This hits home for me.  My mother’s mother died of a heart attack at the age of 44. My mother died of a heart attack at [...]