Family Health

Going confidently through life

A lesson in being happy and living well

Go Confidently is a speaker series presented by Norton Healthcare. It was created to inspire people to realize their full potential through thoughtful discussions on health-related topics of interest. Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian inspired 480 Louisvillians on June 3 with her positive disposition, humor and cooking skills, while providing the audience with tips on eating healthfully on a budget.

Making school lunches fun – and nutritious

School lunches. The image those two words bring to mind is generally not very appetizing or exciting. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re looking for some ways to brighten up your child’s lunch box, there are some easy things you can do. You can even get your child eating more fruits and vegetables. Not a cook? Don’t worry – the following tips require no cooking!

Amy Medley, child health educator with the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s Hospital, offers these suggestions:

7 ways to run through the heat

For most of us, summer is a great time to be active. Yet vigorous exercise in the summer heat equates to lots of sweat, irritable moods and sometimes-dangerous health issues. If you’re training for a fall run during the summer months, it means having to brave those triple-digit heat indices, but you can take some extra precautions to make the most of your run.

Here are some ways you can stay cool while running in hot weather.

Mowing safety tips

When I was a kid, mowing the lawn was my least favorite chore. It was probably my most dangerous chore as well — I often mowed grass in my comfy sandals or sneakers. I even mowed barefoot on occasion. 

Despite setting myself up for disaster, I was never injured. I was one of the lucky ones.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2010 — nearly 17,000 of them children under age 19. 

As long as grass grows, lawns will be mowed. But you can make sure the chore is done safely.  

Fireworks safety for the family

It's almost the holiday weekend! Can’t you just smell the burgers on the grill? See the fireflies flitting about in the backyard? And soon we’ll delight in the oohs and aahs that accompany the annual Fourth of July fireworks displays. Sadly, though, fireworks are a source of a lot of injuries. Last year, Norton Healthcare's facilities treated hundreds of holiday-related injuries on and around July 4th. Many of these injuries involved the use of fireworks- burns, cuts, falls, and being struck by objects.

What I wish I would have known about aging parents

My family’s life turned upside down shortly before Thanksgiving 2011. Dad had a major stroke and too much time passed before he was correctly diagnosed, meaning he missed the window for getting treatments that might have diminished the effects of the stroke. That was mistake No. 1. Dad, an extremely active 80 year old, suddenly faced life in a wheelchair, which for him was a death sentence.