Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. We field countless questions from parents on how they can get their kids to eat healthy foods and stay at a healthy weight. It has become clear that healthy food choices and behaviors have to come from the parents and trickle down to their children – poor food choices are often times a family issue, not just a child’s issue. We are happy to introduce our first guest blogger, Susan Thompson, PhD, who specializes in the psychology of food and overeating.
When I meet someone at a party and they ask, “What do you do?” what I say is that “I teach people how their brains keep them from losing weight.” It’s kind of a glib answer but it always piques people’s curiosity and inevitably I end up telling them more. Continue reading
Car seat safety is a big deal. While the rate of motor vehicle-related deaths have significantly decreased over the past 12 years (a 45% drop), it is still the leading cause of death for children ages 4 and older. For every 1 child who dies in a motor vehicle accident, approximately 18 more are hospitalized, and another 400 children require some type of medical intervention.
One of the more confusing aspects of choosing a car seat has to do with the lack of consistency between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and New York State law. The confusion surrounds age and weight limits, infant versus child, rear-facing versus forward-facing, convertible versus booster, and back seat versus front seat. There are hundreds of options available when choosing a car seat. The AAP updated the car seat guidelines in 2011. These guidelines include age expansion for rear-facing car seats, as well as vehicle safety for older kids. Continue reading