Archive | September, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Enterovirus D68

30 Sep

By Andreea C. Cazacu, M.D. What is Enterovirus D68? Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not caused much illness in the past. This year it has been identified in a wide spread pattern across the country, starting at Continue Reading

Apple Recipes

26 Sep

Fall is the season for everything apple. If you’re looking for something to do with all of the apples you picked from your local apple orchard, look no further! From applesauce to apple crisp, you can’t go wrong with a delicious apple dessert on a crisp, fall afternoon. Take a look at a few delicious Continue Reading

After School Activities: How Much Is Too Much?

24 Sep

By Dr. Rita Eichenstein, PhD When I was in kindergarten, the school day consisted of playing, singing, lunch and a nap. After school, we played outside on the block. How times have changed! Today, children of all ages are engaged in full day activities, packed with highly charged academics, brief respites of recess, short lunch Continue Reading

How to Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds

22 Sep

Rather than throwing out your pumpkin seeds after carving your jack-o-lantern, you might try roasting them. Pumpkin seeds have antioxidants and make a nutritious snack. Give the seeds a thorough rinse, but don’t pat the seeds dry with a paper towel because they’ll stick. Place the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking Continue Reading

Cinnamon + Apples = Delicious!

20 Sep

By Mary Alice Cookson Cinnamon smells delicious and is great atop yummy treats created from your family’s latest apple-picking harvest. The popular spice is also said to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. Try this recipe! Apple Crisp Put 4 cups of sliced apples in an 11-by-7 baking dish and pour 1/4 cup of water over Continue Reading

Owlish Fun Craft

18 Sep

  As leaves begin to turn color, gather some up to use in this owl collage, a craft from lakeshorelearning.com. What You’ll Need: Owl template (tinyurl.com/otr23e7) Fall leaves Pair of large wiggly eyes Glue Safety scissors Blue construction paper (12-by-18 inches) Triangular-shaped orange leaf or orange construction paper (2 inches) Crayons Here’s How: Take a Continue Reading

Pumpkin Recipes

14 Sep

It is officially fall when the leaves start to fall and pumpkins are everywhere. Pumpkins are a tasty addition to the season and they are loaded with nutrients. This fall, add a little pumpkin to your favorite recipes to add extra flavor or try out one of the pumpkin recipes below.   PUMPKIN BARS Ingredients Continue Reading

Hiking with Kids

10 Sep

With school back in session, kids are spending more sedentary time inside, in the classroom and at home on the computer. As much as kids need a good education, they also need movement, play and time outdoors. A fall hike with Mother Nature showing off her brilliant foliage colors might be the perfect remedy. The Continue Reading

Back-to-School Snacks

9 Sep

Back to school time brings on the challenge of filling kids’ tummies with nutritious meals and snacks to fuel them throughout the day. Snacks can be especially tricky since kids tend to gravitate to salty, fatty processed foods like chips, cookies, and crackers devoid of the good nutrition they need for their bodies and their Continue Reading

Handprint Apple Tree

5 Sep

  Your child will have a bushel of fun with this hands-on craft from lakeshorelearning.com. What You’ll Need: Tree trunk template (tinyurl.com/nyzcbav) Apple template (tinyurl.com/pqtzo88) Red and brown construction paper (9-by-12 inches) White construction paper (12-by-18 inches) Glue 1 pt. washable paint, green Recycled newspaper Pie tin Scissors Here’s How: Trace the apple template onto red construction paper and cut Continue Reading