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  • How Can I Help My Child Be More Physically Active?

    How Can I Help My Child Be More Physically Active?

    Being physically active has many health benefits no matter what age you are. It’s especially important to help kids develop and grow into healthy adults. The American Heart Association recommends that kids and teens (ages 6-17) get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

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  • Social Distancing: Keep On Keeping Your Distance   

    Social Distancing: Keep On Keeping Your Distance  

    Families are gradually returning to some of the activities that paused when the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the virus still spreading, however, it is important for everyone to continue social distancing.

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  • Parenting during a Pandemic

    Parenting during a Pandemic

    Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience.

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  • Cloth Face Coverings for Children During Covid 19

    Cloth Face Coverings for Children During Covid 19

    To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids Get Used to Masks

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids Get Used to Masks

    In many places, people are wearing masks when they're in public because of coronavirus (COVID-19). It's an important way to help slow the spread of the virus.

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Your Family Can Stay Prepared

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Your Family Can Stay Prepared

    Preparing for coronavirus (COVID-19) means having what you need to stay home. Officials are asking people to only go out when absolutely needed so they don't get sick.

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  • How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way!

    How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way!

    Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

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  • Encouraging Your Child's Sense of Humor

    Encouraging Your Child's Sense of Humor

    A sense of humor can brighten family life. You can blow raspberries on a baby's belly, put on a silly hat and chase a 3-year-old, or pretend to fall into a pile of leaves to amuse a first-grader. As kids grow into preteens and teens, you can share puns and jokes as their sense of what's funny grows more sophisticated.
    Laughing together is a way to connect, and a good sense of humor also can make kids smarter, healthier, and better able to cope with challenges.

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  • Exercise and Your Brain

    Exercise and Your Brain

    You know exercise is good for kids’ bodies. Did you know that exercise is crucial for kids' developing brains as well?

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  • Help Your Children Make Healthy Choices - Make It Fun!

    Help Your Children Make Healthy Choices - Make It Fun!

    When you go to the grocery store, “shop the perimeter” first. The outside aisles are where you’ll usually find fresh produce, healthy dairy products (fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese), and fresh meats, chicken, and fish. Fill your cart mostly with those items, and then get what you need from the middle of the store.

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  • Family Meals

    Family Meals

    Beyond health and nutrition, family meals provide a valuable opportunity to reconnect. This becomes even more important as kids get older.

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  • Healthy Sleep Habits

    Healthy Sleep Habits

    Sleep is just as important to your children's development and well-being as nutrition and physical activity. The amount and quality of sleep we have can affect our safety, how alert we are, as well as our memories, moods, behavior, and learning abilities. Establishing good sleep practices while your children are young will not only benefit you, but it will help them for many years to come.

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  • The Importance of Sleep

    The Importance of Sleep

    Sleep— or lack of it — is probably the most-discussed part of baby care. So how do you get kids to bed — and keep them there? What should you do when kids wake in the middle of the night? And how much sleep is enough for your kids?

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  • Well Visits

    Well Visits

    Routine well child care exams play an important role in keeping children healthy. Children should be seen yearly starting at 3 years of age for well visits. Regular well-child examinations by a doctor are essential for keeping kids healthy and up-to-date on their immunizations.

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  • Healthy Eyes

    Healthy Eyes

    Your child's vision is essential to his success in school. When his vision suffers, chances are his schoolwork does, too. Summer is a great time to get all those appointments done for the new school year!

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  • Understanding Nutrition Fact Labels

    Understanding Nutrition Fact Labels

    Reading food labels can help you make wise food choices.

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  • Healthy Eating

    Healthy Eating

    Sure, eating well can be hard — family schedules are hectic and grab-and-go convenience food is readily available. But our tips can help make all five strategies part of your busy household.

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  • Eating Right

    Eating Right

    It's no surprise that parents might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the MyPlate food guide to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing.

    The good news is that you don't need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Following some basic guidelines can help you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.

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  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

    Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

    This year our school will be participating in a special Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. We will be offering fresh fruits and vegetables in the classroom as snacks. We are excited to have been awarded this grant to provide our students with healthy, nutritious foods. The NJ Department of Agriculture awarded this program to only 157 schools throughout New Jersey. The grant is in partnership with Chartwells and Sickles Market in Little Silver.

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  • Kids and Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

    Kids and Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

    ​In a world where children are "growing up digital," it's important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills.

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  • Vaccine Information

    Vaccine Information

    To understand how vaccines work, first we have to look at how immunity works. Immunity The job of our immune system is to protect us from things that enter our body that don’t belong there. This includes disease germs like viruses or bacteria. The immune system recognizes these intruders as “non-self,” and produces proteins called antibodies to get rid of them.

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  • WEAR Your Glasses

    WEAR Your Glasses

    Wearing glasses can be hard for children to accept. They may worry that the other kids will tease them. They may feel different. Some children don't like wearing glasses and they “forget” to put them on or “forget” to take them to school. They think that they won't be able to play sports or that they'll look ugly. Glasses may feel uncomfortable or heavy at first. There are several things you can do to help get young children to wear their glasses.

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  • Say Boo to the Flu

    Say Boo to the Flu

    The best way to protect against the flu is by getting the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend that all children 6 months and older get the vaccine every year.

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  • Is Your Child's Asthma Under Control?

    Is Your Child's Asthma Under Control?

    Does he take his ‘quick relief (rescue/reliever) inhaler’ more than two times a week?
    Does she awaken at night with asthma symptoms more than two times a month?
    Do you refill his ‘quick relief (rescue/reliever) inhaler’ more than two times a year?
    If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, your child's asthma is NOT UNDER CONTROL. Talk to your doctor about your asthma!

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  • Family Meals

    Family Meals

    Family meals are making a comeback. And that's good news for a couple of reasons:

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