Children’s Health

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor 101

In honor of national breastfeeding week, we thought it was high time to catch up with Sixteenth Street WIC’s Breastfeeding (BF) Peer Counselor, Aracelis, and get the low down on breastfeeding peer counseling and all the wonderful things she’s experiencing with moms. What is a BV Peer Counselor? A breastfeeding peer counselor is a fellow…

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World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated all over the globe every year from August 1st – 7th to encourage breastfeeding and thereby improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding is a universal solution that levels the playing field, giving everyone a fair start in life. This year’s theme is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Here…

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Want your children to eat healthy? Try these tips!

Take your children grocery shopping. I know this sounds like a disaster, but with a little pre-planning and some basic ground rules. It will not just work out, you can turn it into a huge success. Start by planning your meals (I use the USDA My Plate as a guide). Get your kids involved at…

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Screen-time; Taking control

I’m sure you’ve all heard a variety of different things from the media about electronics and children. It’s difficult to sort out. Electronics are part of our lives and we cannot avoid them. In fact, most people don’t want to avoid them and look forward to using the latest and greatest technology. As a behavioral…

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Childhood obesity – tips for healthy, family focused change

Childhood obesity is a problem that many families face. As a parent, sometimes it can be hard to admit when our children are overweight. But it is important to recognize what is happening and start taking steps to help our children live and grow into healthier lives. Your most trusted resource should be your pediatrician.…

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Getting ready to breastfeed your baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months and continue breastfeeding 12 months or beyond. Why? The more breast milk your baby receives, the more you decrease the baby’s risk for ear infections, respiratory illnesses, allergies, asthma and obesity. Breastfeeding also decreases mom’s risk of developing type…

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What is an Asthma Action Plan and why does my child need one?

Controlling asthma is all about being prepared. But being prepared is easier said than done. Your child is most likely busy and active. In relation to your child’s asthma, not only do you have to think about your own home, but you have to think about school, sports, activities and the million other places they…

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Back to School with Asthma

Going back to school is a fun and exciting time for kids! But for kids with asthma, it can be a bit scary. With a new environment and new people it’s important to cover all your asthma bases before the first bell rings. Gerardo Jimenez, Certified Asthma Educator, offers up some great tips at how…

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