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"Toddleriffic" 2010 Resolution:


Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



With any new year comes the perfect opportunity to change old habits and introduce healthier lifestyle choices. In the past, your New Year's resolutions probably had something to do with just yourself, but as a parent, there's one other person (or two, or three) that you should also consider. Your kids. Author Christina Schmidt offers some nutrition advice that will help make 2010 a healthier year-and start of a new decade-for you and your children.

Santa Barbara, CA (January 2010)-We're moving into not just a new year but a new decade. That means it's time for the mother of all New Year's resolutions. And speaking of mothers (and fathers), if you're the parent of a toddler you might want to focus your annual fresh start on something that really matters: your little one's diet. That's right. And with childhood obesity and the rising rate of diabetes regularly featured in the news, parents are reminded how critical it is that their bundle of joy-and pickiness, stubbornness and attitude-eats a balanced, healthy mix of foods. But if you're like most parents you too often find yourself heating up yet another plate of frozen chicken nuggets or pouring another bowl of cereal just to get your child to eat something.

It's time for that to change, says nutritionist Christina Schmidt, M.S. Why not make 2010 the year that you resolve to overcome those food aversions and introduce-and stick to-a healthy menu of foods to your toddler?

"Parents know how their decisions affect their kids, but sometimes they make less-than-ideal food choices for them out of sheer desperation," says Schmidt, author of The Toddler Bistro: Child-Approved Recipes and Expert Nutrition Advice for the Toddler Years (Bull Publishing Company, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-933503-19-6, $16.95). "The good news is there are ways to persuade your toddler to eat her broccoli trees and apple-bit airplanes without making yourself crazy."

"And remember that eating healthy isn't only a decision that parents should make for their kids, but for themselves as well," she adds. "So moving into the new decade, parents should also keep in mind the impact that resolving to eat better will make on their children's lives."

If you think that getting your toddler to eat healthier is a tall order, Schmidt has some words of encouragement. You and your oh-so-picky toddler can come to an understanding and you can help her overcome her food hang-ups and learn to love (or at least tolera .....
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Tis (still) the Season for carbon monoxide risks

Tue, Dec 29th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Wintertime weather can bring about more than just snow emergencies in Minnesota. Accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings also peak during winter months, according to a new report on CO exposures released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) ..... 
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Fillmore County reschedules seasonal flu vaccination clinics

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering a seasonal influenza immunization clinic on December 30, 2009, from 10 AM to 1 PM at Hillside Apartments located at 409 South Hudson in Spring Valley. This seasonal flu vaccination clinic is open ..... 
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Mindfulness through the holidays

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Researchers, parents, and helping professionals are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce the incidence of child abuse and domestic violence. Wouldn't it be great if there was a method for improving family relationships that was inexpensive, ..... 
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Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

January is National Blood Donor Month. Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope. If you haven't donated blood through the Red Cross, add another resol ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 43 units

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 15 succeeded in collecting 43 units of blood despite the bitter cold weather. There were 46 donors that presented with five first-time participants. Congratulations to five donors who reached the following ..... 
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Highland Store is rooted in tradition and healthful foods

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The clichéd "spot in the road" is the location of the Highland Store. One could readily whiz up County Road #10 and not notice it at all. Don't miss it though. It is well worth squealing the brakes to stop for breakfast or lunch.

The bu ..... 
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H1N1 vaccination appointments for small children

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health, located at 902 Houston Street NW in Preston, is offering H1N1 vaccination appointments at their main floor office for children aged 6 months to 4 years of age on:

• December 8, 2009, from 9 to 11 AM

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Influenza activity downgraded to local; deaths continue to be confirmed

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health today announced that influenza activity in the state has been downgraded to "local," as reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The reclassification reflects the fact that influen ..... 
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