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August 2014 Monthly Health Topics

 


Skip the Sugary Drinks This Summer to Stay Hydrated

By George Hulse, Vice President of External Affairs, Healthfirst

 

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Americans today consume close to 300 more calories daily than 30 years ago, and nearly half of these extra calories are drunk in the form of sugary drinks. Those 300 calories take almost 70 city blocks of walking to burn. So here is my question: Is it really worth it?

 

In summertime, it’s especially tempting for kids to turn to soda and other sugary drinks for relief from the heat. But these beverages are not only caloric and fattening, they can also rot kids’ teeth and lead to serious health problems like diabetes.

 

It’s better for kids to quench their thirst with healthy, naturally refreshing drinks rather than to weigh themselves down with artificially flavored and colored beverages loaded with sugar. Read More!


Back to School: Don't Forget to Immunize Your Child

By Susan Beane, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director, Healthfirst

 

 

It's back-to-school time, when parents are busy making sure that their children have everything they need to start the school year on the right foot. If you’re like many other parents, you probably have a checklist of things you need to do or purchase before your child returns to school in September. But one thing parents often neglect to check is whether their children are up-to-date with their immunizations. 

 

This year, from January through June, the U.S. has had a record 477 confirmed measles cases, the highest number since measles was reportedly eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. A large population of unvaccinated people—many of them young children and teens—has caused measles to become a growing threat. Read More!

 

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