3 keys to safety in the Great Outdoors

Posted on June 14, 2017

It’s officially summer, and the warmth and sun are drawing us outdoors. Combine that with the plentiful outdoor opportunities the Chattanooga region has to offer, and you have the perfect match for fun. But before you head outdoors for an adventure, whether it’s a hike around Raccoon Mountain or tubing on the Ocoee River, make sure … »

The lowdown on screen time

Posted on June 10, 2017

How much time should your kids spend in front of a screen? That’s a loaded question, right? With so many people and organizations offering their thoughts on the subject, it can be difficult to determine how much is the right amount. But it is important to limit the time your kids spend in front of … »

Protecting your skin — beyond sunscreen

Posted on June 7, 2017

You’ve probably heard the catchphrase, “Protect the skin you’re in.” But protecting your skin means a lot more than simply wearing sunscreen at the pool. To keep your skin healthy and at its best, you need to take several steps to protect it — especially during the summer months. Read on for a look at … »

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Teaching your little ones about hand hygiene

Posted on May 17, 2017

You know the importance of washing your hands, but how can you get the message across to your kids? Handwashing is vitally important. Each day, we come in contact with thousands of germs. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 percent of healthy people have the S. aureus … »

Earth Day blog

Celebrate Earth Day: 5 ways to get out and active as a family

Posted on April 21, 2017

Earth Day is April 22. There’s no better way to celebrate than spending time outdoors with your family. Earth Day was founded in 1970 to draw awareness to environmental issues. Embrace the cause by helping your children explore the wonders of the Great Outdoors — and throw in lessons about why taking care of our … »

fiber blog

The facts on fiber

Posted on April 11, 2017

Fiber: We know it’s good for us, but it doesn’t really sound appealing. Appealing or not, though, fiber plays a key role in our health. First things first, what exactly is fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in the foods we eat that can’t be broken down by the body. Because of this, … »

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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 … »

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A parent’s guide to asthma

Posted on April 3, 2017

Does your child have asthma? If so, he or she isn’t alone — more than 6.3 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with the condition. How much do you know about this common chronic condition? If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the condition. … »

home sick blog

When to keep your child home sick

Posted on March 14, 2017

It may be one of the hardest decisions parents make: When should you keep your kids home from school? How sick is sick enough? If you face these questions a few times a year, you aren’t alone. In fact, a poll from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that most parents aren’t … »

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The importance of family meal time

Posted on March 10, 2017

At the end of a long day, sitting down for a family meal might be the last thing on your mind. But doing so benefits your family in a variety of ways. In the past, families spent lots of time together. Did you ever read Little House on the Prairie or watch The Waltons? If … »

3 reasons wellness visits are important

Posted on March 4, 2017

You visit the doctor when you have a sore throat and take your son to the pediatrician when he suffers a playground injury. But visiting a primary care physician when you’re well is just as vital to your health. Why are wellness visits important? 1. Regular wellness visits help you build a relationship with your … »

bacteria blog

Beneficial bacteria: Prebiotics & probiotics

Posted on February 25, 2017

When you think of bacteria, you probably think of the bad kind — those pesky germs that bring illness. But not all bacteria are bad. In fact, your gut is filled with what we’ll call “good” bacteria. This type of bacteria helps protect your body against harmful, illness-causing bacteria, and helps the digestive system run … »

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The right way to give your child medicine

Posted on February 11, 2017

You’d prefer your little ones never get sick, so you’d never have to give them medication. But sickness and medications are a reality of parenting. How can you make sure you’re giving them medication the safest way possible? When your kids are sick, you logically want to get them the medication they need quickly to … »

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No helicoptering: Instilling independence in kids

Posted on January 30, 2017

When it comes to raising kids, it can be difficult to strike a balance between being involved in their lives and overly involved. But it’s an important balance to strike when it comes to inspiring independence. “Helicopter parenting” is a phrase that emerged in the 1960s to describe parents that hover over their children like … »

bronchiolitis 101

Bronchiolitis 101

Posted on January 26, 2017

Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory infection affecting infants and young children, but many parents have never heard of it Here’s what you should know. Bronchiolitis is an infection in the small airways of the lungs, called bronchioles. It is caused by a viral infection and occurs most often in children younger than age 2. It’s … »

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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 … »

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