Health Tip: Is Your Child Getting Too Much Sugar?
Too much sugar in a child's diet can contribute to weight and dental problems.
The Baylor College of Medicine offers these suggestions for limiting the amount of sugar your child gets:
- When baking, cut sugar down to two-thirds of what the recipe says.
- Sweeten cookies and other baked goods with dried fruits instead of candy or chocolate.
- Instead of offering your child a muffin or a doughnut for breakfast, serve a bagel.
- Serve natural, unsweetened fruit juice instead of sodas or other sugar-laden beverages.
- Save candy for a special treat. Only allow your child candy once or twice a week.
Health Tip: Take it Easy After You Give Birth
After you've had a baby, your body needs time to heal, so you shouldn't expect to immediately resume normal physical activity.
The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions for new moms:
- Go easy on your body. Resume your normal schedule and activities gradually.
- Lift your baby, and that's about it. Avoid lifting anything heavy, even grocery bags or loads of laundry.
- Don't drive a car for about two weeks, or until your doctor says it's OK.
- Walking is great. Start out going for regular short walks.
- Limit stair climbing for at least the first week. Be careful using the stairs, and only climb long staircases once or twice each day.