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Spring into Better Nutrition and Health

Ditch the sugary drinks and start drinking fruit infused water. Fill a large pitcher with cold water and try some of the following combinations: Strawberry/lemon, mango/pineapple, or lime/strawberry. Have your child help make his/her own fruity creation! After about 4 hours you will have a delicious thirst-quenching drink and no one will miss the juice, Read More

Importance of Great Oral Care with Diabetes

Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including your mouth. If you or someone you care for has diabetes you need to spend extra time and attention to maintain great oral health. Tooth and periodontal (gum) diseases are more common and serious for people with diabetes. Periodontal disease is a broad term used to Read More

Talking to Children About Sex

Parents dread “the talk.” Conversations about sex can feel uncomfortable, but remember… if your kids aren’t getting this information from you they are likely getting bad information from friends, the TV or the internet. So, here are some tips for making sure you are prepared to discuss this hot topic with your kids at all Read More

What is a Medication Assisted Treatment Program?

With the opening of a new Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MATP), we are often asked questions about what an MATP is. Here are some facts that might help explain the role of a Medication Assisted Treatment Program at Cherry Health: MATP’s provide medications (methadone, suboxone, vivatrol) along with therapy to address substance abuse and mental Read More

I Want an Antibiotic!

Humans vs. Pathogens (aka germs or bugs). Antibiotics have been used since the early 1900’s and continue to protect us from bacteria. But when taken for non-bacterial infections, they may actually do more harm than good. Below is a list of common illnesses this time of year from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):   Read More

Your Child’s Future is in Sight

Did you know that 1 in 4 children have problems with their eyes? These problems can impact many parts of their lives from school performance to sports. Unfortunately, vision problems in children can often go undetected. A full eye exam performed by an eye doctor is the best way to find out if your child Read More

Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

1. Eat healthy snacks: Fruits, vegetables, yogurt and cheese are good choices. Stay away from sweet foods that can stick to teeth, like fruit snacks, raisins and candy. 2. Avoid sweet drinks: Pop, sports drinks (like Gatorade), Kool-Aid, juice and even milk have sugar that can cause cavities! Make sure your child has only 4-6 Read More

Keeping Kids Safe and Warm this Winter

As winter is coming we all worry about making sure our young ones are kept warm when we go out. We must remember though, that we also want them to be safe. The emergency room sees many young children with serious injuries in the winter due to big coats or snowsuits causing car seat straps Read More

ADHD Treatment Beyond Medication

Parents need to understand the behaviors they see are not on purpose. Their kids aren’t acting “bad” on purpose. All kids are born “people pleasers” and are trying to do the best they can. When they are not acting the way you think is healthy, please find out why they are acting this way and what you Read More

The Not-As-Obvious Problems with Child Abuse: A Social Worker’s Perspective

Child sexual abuse is epidemic. Four years ago, we learned about the acts of Jerry Sandusky during and after his tenure at Penn State University. The scandal at Penn State teaches us not only about the pathology of the offender, but also about the culture that enables these tragic events to occur. Patrick Perion is Read More