Monthly archives of “August 2013

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September – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – We Can

The number of obese children has tripled since the 1970s and one third of our nation’s children are overweight or obese. In an effort to combat childhood obesity, President Obama has named September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

We Can!, created by National Institutes of Health, is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers and entire communities a way to help children ages 8 to 13 stay at a healthy weight through improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time. This free program offers resources and tools to parents and caregivers; including shopping, cooking tips, recipes and ideas for family-friendly exercise. We Can! also uses Go, Slow, Whoa; a child-friendly way to teach children about foods they should each every day, foods to eat sometimes and foods to eat occasionally. 

For more information about We Can! visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/

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Pregnancy – Are you at risk for a large baby?

In recent news, Germany had a new record for biggest baby – born at 13.47 pounds and measuring 22.6 inches long. Baby known as Jasleen, was delivered without a C-section. Yes, you read that right. And earlier this year, a British baby weighed in at 15 pounds, 7 ounces. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest baby ever born weighed 23 pounds in 1879. Keep in mind that the average baby weighs about 7 pounds at birth.

What is causing such large babies?

It may be related to the amount of weight a woman gains throughout her pregnancy. Read More

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Moda Health is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.

Shots can prevent serious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

• If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child may need with the Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule.

• Find out which shots you or your teenager may need with the Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz. Read More

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Culture of food in America – First Lady Michelle Obama

This past Tuesday, July 23, the First Lady spoke to over 1,800 attendees at the National Council of La Raza’s Annual Conference and shared her thoughts on food and how intimately intertwined it is in our culture. I’ve taken a few of her statements for us to take a closer look below. She states:

Because the truth is, for so many of us, food is love… Read More