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The lure of diet soda as a “healthy” alternative for children

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Sally wants to make healthy choices for her overweight children so she decides to swap regular sugar sodas for artificially sweetened, zero-calorie diet sodas. Unfortunately, she notices that they start to drink more diet sodas and their weights continue to slowly increase. She wonders why this change did not have the effect she thought it would.

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What parents need to know about bullying

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Laura came home from work and found her 13-year-old son, John, lying on the bed with his new GAP sweatshirt crumpled on the floor. She gently asked him what had happened and he handed her his phone with a picture of him. The photo had the words Gay And Proud written below the GAP brand on his sweatshirt. The comments of his classmates were less than pleasant and John was worried about going to school the next day.

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Breastfeeding tips for less than perfect beginnings

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All major global pediatric groups agree that breast milk is best for babies and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is recommended. Many hospitals have programs to promote breastfeeding and support mothers who want to breastfeed.

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How to help your child learn better in 3 easy steps

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If you have a child between 8 and 11 years old and want to maximize his or her learning, there are three things you can do:

  • Make sure they are physically active at least 1 hour per day;
  • Limit their recreational screen time to less than 2 hours per day; and
  • Help them get between 9-11 hours of sleep per night.
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