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 … »

eating breakfast

Breakfast’s role in a good day at school

Posted on September 1, 2016

Before you send your kids on their way to school, it’s important to help them fuel up for the day. In the chaos of getting ready for the school day, it can sometimes be difficult to fit in a healthy breakfast. But doing so is vitally important. As the first meal of the day, breakfast … »


The Internet and your kids: A safety guide

Posted on August 29, 2016

These days technology is everywhere. And while it can be great and educational for kids, there are also hidden dangers. Cyberbullying, inappropriate content, online predators and a lack of privacy are all pitfalls of the Internet. So how can you strike a careful balance between allowing your kids online and keeping them safe? Here are … »

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, … »


Calming your child’s dr. fears

Posted on August 10, 2016

Very few kids love going to the doctor. But some react with anxiety or in downright terror. Fortunately, there are ways to help calm their fears. Kids fear a trip to the doctor’s office for many reasons, from simply thinking about experiencing the pain of a shot to worrying that there might be something wrong. … »


A back-to-school handbook on immunizations

Posted on August 8, 2016

You’re probably starting to shop for backpacks, notepads and pencils. Maybe you’ve taken a trip to the mall to pick out clothes and shoes for the new school year. But is your child prepared with the immunizations required for his or her grade level? Kids often receive age-appropriate vaccinations during their annual checkups. Keeping up … »

fun activities

3 ways to beat the boredom blues

Posted on August 1, 2016

Every parent has heard the “I’m bored” line at one point or another. As summer break winds down, keep your kids entertained with a few boredom busters. And though they’ll have a blast, with these activities they’ll also learn something! Play Word or Letter Hopscotch. This one will enlarge their vocabularies and get them hopping … »

back to school

3 back-to-school basics to get your kids ready

Posted on July 29, 2016

Did you hear that groan? That’s the sound of children across the region thinking about school starting back. Fortunately, a few easy steps can help you ease their transition back to school. Whether your family hit the road for vacation or stayed home and enjoyed the local sights, your kids had a blast this summer. … »


Making strides in childhood leukemia

Posted on July 27, 2016

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer seen in children, but luckily remains fairly rare. Thanks to research and developments over the last few decades, a diagnosis of leukemia carries a generally excellent prognosis. Clinical trials have shown us how to improve survival, minimize side effects, and tailor therapy to meet the needs … »

nutrition labels

How food labels are changing: 5 things to know

Posted on July 26, 2016

Chances are, you’re familiar with what a nutrition label looks like now. Well, everything you know is about to change. Maybe not quite everything. But the Food and Drug Administration announced new guidelines for food manufacturers earlier this year — so changes are on the way. These changes are a good thing for consumers. They’ll … »

hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer: Does it really work?

Posted on July 25, 2016

You see it everywhere – at schools, doctors’ offices, public attractions, even grocery stores. But have you ever wondered how effective hand sanitizer really is? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking proof. On June 29, the agency issued a proposed rule requesting manufacturers provide additional scientific data to support the safety and … »

bug bites

Bug off: A guide to insect bites and stings

Posted on July 23, 2016

Summertime brings picnics, pool time and afternoons at the lake. That extra time spent outdoors puts you in someone else’s home — a literal It’s a Bug’s Life. Whether you like bugs or jump when you see them, insects offer plenty of benefits to earth. They pollinate plants, including flowers, fruits and vegetables. They eat … »

No bones about it: Growing up healthy

Posted on July 18, 2016

You want your child to grow up healthy and strong. That starts with a good foundation — strong bones. Building healthy bones probably isn’t at the top of your list of to-dos. But the habits your child establishes in childhood can help prevent fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Bone is a living tissue that is … »

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 … »

How much sleep do my kids need?

Posted on June 27, 2016

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recently released their first recommendations for how much sleep children and teens need each day. So how much sleep should your kids be getting? More than one-third of people in the United States don’t get enough sleep — and kids are no exception. But how much is enough? … »

child safety

Up your summer safety game!

Posted on June 22, 2016

The kids are out of school, and they’re raring to go. Before they get started on their summer adventures, check out these summer safety tips. Summer naturally brings with it a few safety hazards — high temperatures, time spent near water and lots of sunshine. You can’t wrap your kids in bubble wrap to help … »

new Children's Hospital at Erlanger

Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 5

Posted on June 20, 2016

Your child’s bedroom probably doesn’t contain the same decorations as your master bedroom. It likely has brighter colors and fun toys. In the same way, a children’s hospital is designed specifically with kids in mind. In our ongoing series from the past few weeks, we’ve talked about the unique benefits of children’s hospitals, including Children’s … »

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