kids and exercise

Exercise for kids: Are your kids getting enough?

Posted on October 10, 2017

You know it’s a good idea for your kids to stay active. But just how much physical activity is enough when it comes to staying healthy and growing strong? You’re probably familiar with the recommendation that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. But while exercise is important for everyone, it’s … »

fruits and vegetables

How many fruits and veggies do your kids need?

Posted on April 6, 2017

It can be hard enough to get your kids to eat any fruits and vegetables. But how many do they actually need? Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet for everyone — and most people don’t eat enough of them. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that … »

grocery shopping

5 steps to healthy grocery shopping

Posted on January 5, 2017

Last year, you resolved to start eating more nutritious foods, but you fell off the wagon midway through the year. Make it happen this year — starting at the grocery store! You have the best of intentions. You know you should fill your diet with fruits and vegetables supplemented by lean proteins and healthy carbohydrates. … »

after the holidays

Back to school after the holidays

Posted on December 30, 2016

We know: It seems like the holiday break just began. But soon enough, it’ll be time for your little ones to head back to school. Just like your kids need time to get ready when school starts in the fall, they’ll need some time to get back into the flow after the holiday break. Here’s … »

staying active

4 ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule

Posted on December 20, 2016

With a schedule filled with work and family activities, it can be difficult to fit physical activity into your day. But your health — and your sanity — reap significant benefits when you do. Regular exercise has been shown to: • Help with weight management • Reduce the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 … »

cold and flu

What you can do to fend off the cold and flu

Posted on December 7, 2016

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this December, nobody has time to be sick. Fortunately, you can take steps to help keep common winter illnesses away. First, let’s take a look at what makes colds and the flu more common during the winter than at other times of the year. You might think it’s the … »

healthy lunch

Healthy (and fun) lunchbox ideas

Posted on November 6, 2016

You want your kids to learn as much as possible during each school day. How can you help them do that? Make sure they eat a healthy lunch. Students learn better when they’re well nourished. In fact, studies have shown that kids who eat a balanced diet have improved memory and concentration, are more alert, … »

Ironman triathlon

Be your own IRONMAN

Posted on September 22, 2016

This weekend, IRONMAN Chattanooga will play host to hundreds of athletes competing for 40 qualifying slots in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The race will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, followed by a 116-mile bike course heading south of town through North Georgia, and a 26.2-mile run through … »

kids sports

Kids & sports: Too much of a good thing

Posted on August 19, 2016

Your daughter loves soccer so much that she wants to play it year-round. While the physical activity is great for her, the stress on her body from doing the same thing over and over might not be. Years ago, most young athletes played several sports, skipping from one season into the next. These days, though, … »

read with your kids

Top 4 reasons to read with your kids

Posted on July 5, 2016

Dr. Seuss says it best, “The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Whether they’re old enough to read to themselves or you’re reading to them, reading opens up a world of learning for children. And the benefits don’t just end there! Read on … »

Help your kids fuel up for activity

Posted on June 18, 2016

With school out for the summer, your kids are gearing up for days filled with playtime. Steer them away from the video games and into the Great Outdoors — but first, make sure they’re fueled up and ready to go! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity … »

Bariatric surgery paved the way to Ironman

Posted on February 22, 2016

In 2008, Robert Starnes reached a turning point. The 45-year-old law enforcement officer didn’t like the fact that his body had grown to 425 pounds. He also didn’t like that he’d become inactive and was starting to experience the same health problems that had plagued his parents. Then, that same year, Starnes’ daughter unexpectedly died … »

Get active and stay healthy

Posted on February 11, 2016

Between work, school, and family obligations, people from all walks of life find it difficult to get enough exercise. But research shows that physical activity can help you live longer, feel better, and improve your overall health and fitness. Physical activity builds muscle strength and endurance which can improve your ability to complete the tasks … »

4 Tips for Training in Cold Weather

Posted on January 26, 2016

Cold temperatures can make an outdoor workout invigorating — especially after the heat and humidity of summer. Although that burst of cold air may energize you, it can be risky if you’re not properly prepared. Follow these tips from Dr. Brandon Cincere of UT Erlanger Orthopaedics to ensure your next winter excursion a pleasant one. … »

Preventing sports injuries

Posted on September 3, 2015

Exercising and playing sports not only improves your child’s fitness, it boosts self-esteem, coordination, and self-discipline. But these benefits sometimes come with a price — injuries. Fortunately, you can help your children prevent many sports injuries by taking some simple precautions. First, make sure your child is using the right helmet or other appropriate protective … »

Is the weather too hot to handle?

Posted on August 18, 2015

When you’re in a hot place or outside during hot weather, headache, confusion, dizziness, or nausea could be a sign of a heat-related illness. And being hot for too long can cause a condition known as hyperthermia (hy-per-ther-mee-uh) — the opposite of hypothermia, the result of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Too much heat is … »

Keep your child safe from falls

Posted on June 27, 2015

We all want our kids to be physically active and to enjoy their playtime. And, we also want to keep them safe — but accidents may happen in spite of our best efforts to prevent them. Fall-related injuries are a leading reason for treatment in the Emergency Department (ED) at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. When … »

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