Keeping Kids Healthy for Over 35 Years!
CAUTION “Sitting for more than six to eight hours [per day] — will lead to poor circulation and cardiovascular risk.” — Syed Peeran, MD leg at the knee) while seated, Peeran suggests. If you are on a plane and it’s OK to unbuckle, stand and walk up and down the aisle. • If you can, use a treadmill desk. Despite the popularity of standing desks, they do not prevent pooling of the blood, Peeran says, and are not an effective way to avoid most of the health hazards that come from prolonged sitting. “You have to keep your legs churning,” Peeran says, “and keep your muscles contracting.” • Consider investing in a Fitbit or other activity tracking device, or downloading an app (some of which are free) to raise your awareness of how many — or how few — steps you take each day, and to digitally poke you when it’s time to get up and move. “I think they’re wonderful,” Peeran says of such aids. Tracking devices and apps raise patients’ awareness, make them more likely to exercise, and provide valuable information to doctors about patients’ walking ability and exercise tolerance, Peeran says. Having a visible, running tally of activity can motivate even reluctant exercisers. “It’s a constant reminder” on your wrist, belt or screen to walk more, Peeran says. Without it, he adds, “the day can just pass by and you won’t really notice how much you’ve walked or how much you’ve sat.” Many people who do not have health restrictions aim for a minimum goal of taking 10,000 steps per day. Before beginning a walking program, however, talk to your primary care doctor, Peeran says. SHNH
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LEFT TO RIGHT: Mary B. Shupe, MPH, APRN, CPNP • Rochelle Heit, MD, FAAP
Catherine Leighton, APRN, CPNP • Sharon VanTuil, MD, FAAP Helen Poremba, MD, FAAP • Martin Schwartzberg, MD, FAAP
Put Your Child’s Care in our Hands River Road Pediatrics is a well-established, highly respected group of board certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. We have been providing health care services for children for over 35 years. Our experienced and dedicated staff provide quality care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents in a sensitive and supportive manner. New patients are welcome and same-day appointments are generally available.
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