The Heart of the Matter: Screening Young Athletes for Heart Disease

Screening Young Athletes for Heart DiseaseWhile many think of football season as a period of excitement and team spirit, this year’s season has been punctuated with tragedy.  On November 4, a high school football player named Luke Schemm collapsed on the sidelines after scoring the extra point following a touchdown.  He died 5 days later, becoming the 11th high school football death since July of this year.  Of these, 7 are thought to be related to trauma, while underlying health conditions are thought to have contributed to the other 4.

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5-Second Rule

5 Second RuleAlmost every kid has dropped some food on the floor and still wanted to eat it. The “5-second rule” says food is OK to eat if you pick it up in 5 seconds or less. But is this “rule” based on facts?

We’re sorry to report it’s not necessarily true. Bacteria can attach itself to food even if it is picked up super-fast. But will the dropped food contain enough bacteria to make you sick? It’s possible — and that’s why it’s not a good idea to eat food that has hit the floor.

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Quick-to-Eat School Lunches

Easy to Eat School LunchesGood nutrition is another school supply for insuring your child’s success at school. Researchers support the fact that children and teens that eat well also learn well.

Avoid Brown Bag Boredom

Build an appetizing meal with at least 3 food groups. Ditch the sandwich and explore other options for whole grains such as pita, tortillas, sandwich thins, or rice-like grains such as quinoa, farro, and wheat berries. Load up on lean protein to make the energy last longer with fresh turkey or chicken, low-fat cheese or yogurt, peanut or almond butters and boiled eggs. Add fiber to stay satisfied with raw vegetables (carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, jicama, grape tomatoes) and fresh fruit. Enlist the troops and invite the family to build their own lunch by choosing 1-2 servings from each food group.
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Reaching Out: Steps to help prevent teen suicide

prevent teen suicideI’ve started this blog post a couple of times, and so far I haven’t gotten it right… So I’m going to start here.  I want to talk about suicide among adolescents, which isn’t an easy thing to talk about.   There’s no cute hook or funny anecdote to steer the conversation, because it is always devastating when a person takes their own life, whatever the background and whatever the reason, which is so often unknown.

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