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Staying active in winter

Staying active in winter

From an article forwarded to Today's THV from Children's Health Care of Atlanta

by Stephanie Walsh, M.D.

The winter be a season of little activity and over-indulging. As the weather cools down, children are often tempted to stay inside in front of the T.V. or a video game rather than play outside. Eating healthily can present additional challenges when faced with party buffets, holiday sweets and large family meals.

Don’t let winter stop you from staying healthy! Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, through its Strong4Life program, aims to help families tackle the issue of childhood obesity in Georgia. Getting more activity is a great way to balance the extra calories consumed this time of year. Remember that small steps can add up to big changes!

While there’s no harm in relaxing, there are a lot of fun ways you can stay active this winter. Try one of the ideas below to get everyone moving!

Winter Activity Ideas

Keep bugs away this holiday

Keep bugs away this holiday

This time of year is bustling with holiday travels and families are preparing to gather for the season.

The unfortunate reality is that some of our favorite things can lead to the spreading of bedbugs this holiday season. Intense travel, like that during the holidays, allows the pests to spread from one location to another.

Although they are found in beds, many neglect to think of other places bedbugs can be found. Sitting on a plane or in the seats waiting at your terminal before boarding can be a prime time for bedbugs to latch on from the previous sitter. They won’t begin biting until you’re settled such as on the long flight or once you’ve reached your bed that night (whether it be at home, a hotel or family’s house).

Many families take in a holiday movie. Unfortunately movie theaters have become a place where bedbugs spread as well. Even a stack of coats at holiday parties can spread bedbugs.

How safe is your family feast?

How safe is your family feast?

Tips for Serving Buffet-style

(Little Rock) – A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service where foods are left out for long periods can leave the door open for uninvited guests — bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Festive times for giving and sharing should not include sharing foodborne illness. Here are some tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline to help you have a SAFE holiday party.

Safe Food Handling
Always wash your hands before and after handling food. Keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean also. Always serve food on clean plates — not those previously holding raw meat and poultry.

AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

 

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a panel of experts will look at HIV and AIDS in Arkansas during “HIV/AIDS in Arkansas,” airing tonight at 6:30 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

Panelists will discuss AIDS 30 years from the first diagnosis in 1981, AIDS in people over age 50, statistics, trends, common risk factors, myths, transmission, diagnosis, treatment and support services and programs. Experts include: Derrick Newby, program administrator for Delta Region AIDS Education and Training; Krissten Bagwell, special services program coordinator for ARCare; Dr.

AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans

AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans

 

“Will Social Security and Medicare be There for You?” will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

This program will discuss what the future holds for Social Security, Medicare and aging Arkansans.

According to AARP Arkansas, more than 600,000 Arkansans rely on Social Security and/or Medicare benefits. No state has a higher percentage – 63 percent – of older Americans relying on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their family income.

The Social Security Administration recently announced a 3.6 percent benefit increase for 2012. This is the first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009.

Alzheimer's: Know the signs

Alzheimer's: Know the signs

Early Detection Empowers Families to Plan for the Future

 

Little Rock, AR, November 16, 2011 – The holiday season is a time families gather and spend quality time with loved ones. It is also a time that can raise questions about the cognitive health of aging family members. With Alzheimer’s disease in particular, it is important to know what it is and what it is not normal aging.  Below is a list of warning signs along with examples of normal aging.  If you notice any of the warning signs in your aging family members, it is recommended that you see a doctor. 

 

Alzheimer’s Association 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.  One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.

Have a healthy Thanksgiving

Have a healthy Thanksgiving

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

 

The Thanksgiving holiday season is a wonderful time of the year filled with family, friends and of course, food. While the spirit of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for all that we have, the holiday has become increasingly focused on food and eating. There’s no harm in enjoying a meal with your family on Thanksgiving, but it’s important to remember that the purpose of the holiday is not simply to over-eat.

 

Childhood obesity continues to be a threatening epidemic in Georgia. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is continuing to see cases of obesity at all three of its hospitals. The consequences of obesity on children include health issues that are typically seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint problems and high cholesterol.