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Healthy Kids – from pediatrics to food recipes, snacks and diet, Natural Awakening Long Island magazine articles to make your kids not just healthy but super healthy kids.

The Sunshine in New York Is NOT Enough to Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels!

by Kristine Blanche, RPA-C, M.D., Ph.D. Vitamin D has always been known as the sunshine vitamin, right? Unfortunately, for most people, the sun is not enough anymore. I have been checking vitamin D levels for 10 years in every patient that walks through my door. I have found that over the past several years, I am prescribing five times the ... Read More »

Mindful Minutes for Little Ones

Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax  JULIANNE HALE American kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat ... Read More »

Kristen Bell on Planet-Friendly Living

Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference GERRY STRAUSS  From Veronica Mars to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, her face is unmistakable. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of Frozen, her voice is now unforgettable, as well. Kristen Bell, though, believes the greatest contribution she can make is embodying an eco-friendly lifestyle together with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, and their two daughters, finding ways to ... Read More »

What’s Your Child’s EQ?

Six Ways to Raise Emotional Intelligence TEAL SWAN Much of our identity is shaped in childhood by key events and the emotions and perspectives we associate with them. All Emotions Count Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways of addressing a ... Read More »

Animal Friends Soothe Autistic Children

Relief for Stressful Social Situations According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children ... Read More »

Academic Wellness and Your Child

  The beginning of the school year can be a very exciting time for students. Connecting with old friends, learning new things and making a fresh start are things students look forward to. However, for students of all ages and in all grade levels, it can also be a very stressful time. Transitioning from one grade to another, or even one school ... Read More »

The Sports Triad—a Must Read

Dr. Robert Kleinwaks is an expert performance coach and author, who practiced sports medicine and sports nutrition for more than 20 years and owned one of the largest health and wellness centers on Long Island, New York . He received his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1983, graduating magna cum laude, and has completed extensive post-graduate study on sports injuries, ... Read More »

Stress Less and Parent More

by Sahra Y. Robinson, LCSW-R Parenting should come with a stress-management manual; while it is enormously rewarding and fulfilling, it is also very stressful. Some stress can be helpful, giving us the motivation and focus to face challenges and get things done; however, too much stress can be overwhelming, making it difficult to cope with everyday life. Parents’ ability to ... Read More »

Repairing the Thyroid

In last month’s issue, we addressed how most thyroid problems arise. We will now focus on how to repair this problem. “Most thyroid issues arise from an autoimmune process,” explains Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute, in Commack. “The immune system starts attacking thyroid-related compounds manufactured by the liver. The process generally worsens over time, particularly with the most common conventional treatments.” ... Read More »

Kids Love Veggies

How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits CLANCY CASH HARRISON Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating. Want a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits. Start early. We all ... Read More »