Family Health

Summer Camp Physicals

Many parents are in the midst of carefully plotting out their family’s summer schedules, and if you’re like me, coordinating the whole mess requires a spread sheet, a mapping app and an advanced degree in logistics management.

It all comes down to timing. That, and having the proper forms filled out. And near the top of your to-do list should be getting those camp and sports physicals ASAP.

Many camps or programs want required forms turned in early, so don’t get caught in a time crunch by waiting until it’s time to start packing for camp.

Springtime Gardening

Spring is finally here! After the winter we’ve had, even those who aren’t avid gardeners are itching to get outside and enjoy some green. This year, why not grow a garden? It doesn’t have to be a formal plot in your yard. It can be as simple as an herb garden or a few potted plants on the patio. If those aren’t possibilities, make an effort to buy springtime veggies from a local source, like a farmers market, you-pick farm or farm stand. Did you know Louisville has 20+ farmers markets throughout all parts of the city?

Poison related facts and myths

Fact or myth? Drink milk if you swallow poison. If you get acid on your skin, you should neutralize it. Child resistant is the same thing as childproof. These are just some of the top five poison-related myths released from the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

“Our No. 1 goal is to educate parents about potential poison hazards in and around their home,” said Ashley Webb, board-certified toxicologist and director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center. “We want them to know that if a child or adult is exposed to a poison, the poison control center should be called as soon as possible.”

Five things you should do for kid's health

Clean hands, clicked seatbelts, fastened helmets, healthy lifestyles and street safety are practices that help keep kids healthy and safe — and together they are now known as the “High Five.”

A new initiative, officially called “Kohl’s Cares High Five Prevention Program,” or “Kohl’s High Five” for short, is underway, led by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

“High Five is a well-packaged version of what every parent can do to keep their children healthy, safe and out of the hospital,” said Amy Medley, child advocate. “It essentially is a culmination of everything we do here.”

Dangers of synthetic marijuana

Back in seventh grade, this kid thought it would be cool to get high. He didn’t have any marijuana, so he used oregano and some other ingredients to create “fake pot.”

There was a weird smell and lots of smoke, but Mike and his experimenting buddies coughed it out and lived to tell the tale. Today’s “fake pot,” sold under a variety of names, including K2 and Spice, could leave experimenters with a truly lethal high.

Thousands of synthetic marijuana users have ended up in hospitals and nearly 8,000 people have called poison control centers in the past two years after they or someone they knew was exposed to the drug, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

Health style: The office workout

We have all seen the studies recently about the ill-effects of sitting at your office desk all day. The health risk start to calculate like a bad bacon and chili cheeseburger with a list of ailments that include:

  • Heart disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Muscle degeneration
  • Back disc damage
  • Vericose veins

The list continues. So if your health style is sitting, take a few steps and watch this video to inspire a different work out and maybe some interesting side glances.

Helping our daughters with self esteem

Remember that little girl who bounded through the day wearing a bikini, a glitter-frosted tutu, a superhero cape, a fire chief helmet and rain boots – all at the same time?

She was ready for anything. Nothing got in her way. She could stomp a mud puddle dry and twirl like there was no tomorrow. She thought she could fly – with or without her cape or those fancy fairy wings she flounced around in.

Somewhere along the way, she tossed aside the cape and tucked away those wings. Heaven help you, mom, if you think it would be cute to show her friends a photo from those days. Especially if there are any boys in sight. And NEVER should you EVER even think of posting a photo from those days on Facebook or other social media site.