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How Much Tuna Should Children Eat?

How Much Tuna Should Children Eat?

A new report from the Mercury Policy Project suggests that school lunch programs should cut back on the amount of tuna served in cafeterias.   Children eat more tuna than any other seafood project.  But tuna, particularly albacore tuna, has been found to have high concentrations of mercury. Fish is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3s.  [...]

Lay off My Muffin Top

Lay off My Muffin Top

Every now and then I come across an article and say “Sister, you are speaking my language.”  One of these stories came out a few days ago. Before I get to it, here’s a little background.  I once had a Twitter message from some guy I didn’t know that said: “Lisa are you pregnant? If not, [...]

DOT and HHS Warn of Dangers of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Hot Vehicles

DOT and HHS Warn of Dangers of Child Heatstroke Deaths in Hot Vehicles

With at least 23 deaths and an unknown number of serious injuries to children left unattended in hot vehicles this summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to mobilize the network of Head Start and child care providers nationwide to prevent further [...]

The Danger Lurking at County Fairs

The Danger Lurking at County Fairs

This week my husband and I took our 4-year old son and 1-year old daughter to the county fair.   It is something we always look forward to.   My son loves animals.  So getting a chance to see prized cows, goats, sheep and other animals up close always gives him a thrill. My mantra while there [...]

Everyone Has a Voice:  The Sweet Things of Life

Everyone Has a Voice: The Sweet Things of Life

Back when I was in college I didn’t know how to cook and I certainly didn’t know how to bake. There was one exception:  I could make a strawberry cheesecake.  Somewhere I had picked up a recipe book and taught myself how to make my favorite dessert. I would wow and impress potential boyfriends with [...]

90 Child Drownings in US since Memorial Day

90 Child Drownings in US since Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New information released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign, shows that 90 children younger than 15 were reported to have drowned in swimming pools since Memorial Day. According to media reports, an additional 106 children of that age required emergency response for near-drowning incidents. [...]

Olympic Quotes to Inspire

Olympic Quotes to Inspire

An Olympian didn’t say my favorite Olympic quote.  It wasn’t even uttered at the Olympics.  Announcer Frank Zarnowski said it during the decathlon Olympic trials in 1984. Orville Peterson was competing in the 1500 meters.  He was injured.  His fellow competitors had all wrapped up and had long stepped off the track. But Peterson trudged [...]

Is it the End of Cursive?

Is it the End of Cursive?

My 4-year old hovers over my iPad asking me, “How do you spell ‘snake’”?  He efficiently taps out the letters as I call them out to him. On my electronic tablet he can navigate from YouTube to Skype to his favorite video.  He is part of a new generation learning to recognize computer keys even [...]

Traveling with Kids? US Airports with the Highest Fares

Traveling with Kids? US Airports with the Highest Fares

Average domestic fares have been on the way up.   Up 4.8 percent in the first quarter compared to last year at the same time.  According to the Department of Transportation, the average round trip fare was $373- an all time high for any quarter. Of course, then you have to add on all those pesky [...]

How to Talk to Your Children About a Tragedy

How to Talk to Your Children About a Tragedy

I heard about the Colorado theater shooting Friday morning.   I was feeding my children breakfast when I glanced at the string of work emails on my phone.  I was momentarily confused when I saw the subject lines. I wondered,  “What had happened over night?’ I opened up an email and realized the magnitude. It was [...]