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Breastfeeding may protect children from ADHD

By loriE gant leitner

There is another reason to consider breastfeeding. A study in Breastfeeding Medicine reported a significant decrease of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cases in children 6-12 years of age who had been breastfed. Source: online.liebertpub.com/ doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2012.0145

Positive Impacts of Music Music is known for entertainment, but it also benefits the mind, body, and spirit. Maria Whitley, owner of the wellness studio Shine, says, “Singing reduces stress, boosts the immune system, improves breathing, and reduces perceived pain. Studies have reported music activates multiple areas of the brain.” At Shine, music also creates an opportunity for family bonding. The program is based on the belief that all children are musical, able to learn how to sing in tune, and keep an accurate rhythm. “Children learn through modeling. When they are creating music with their grown-ups (parents, grandparents, babysitter), they relax and connect on a deeper level. It isn’t important to the child how well you perform — only that you participate,” Maria says. “After seven weeks, many children begin singing the classroom songs on their own.” The Music Together program lasts 10 weeks and is offered for ages 8 months to 7 years. A group of 6-12 children and their grown-ups meet weekly for 45 minutes to enjoy songs, chants, movement activities, and silliness. The goal is to create stories through music. Check it out: shinelouisville.com to sign up for a free demo class.

Members of the medical community will gather at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair to offer health screenings for adults and children as well as free samples and information to promote healthier lifestyles. The Kentucky State Fair runs from August 15-25.

Make sure they fit!

Weelicious founder Catherine McCord offers some great kids’ lunch recipes in her new cookbook, Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunchbox, like the Pineapple Fruit Leather shown. You can find more of her recipes at her website Weelicious.com. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013

And they’re free!

The Perfect Pair of Shoes

Think Outside the (Lunch)Box

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Health Screenings

Poorly fitted shoes for children can cause foot problems as adults, including hammer toes, calluses, and corns. Follow these tips when shoe shopping with your kids: • Keep a thumb width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe. • View the bottom sole of the shoe to ensure it is relatively straight, not curved. • Test the shoe for flexibility across the ball of the foot. • Check that laces, Velcro, or buckles hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe.

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