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Forward and Back: The Effects of Daylight Savings Time

Like many people, you might be looking forward to “falling” back an hour on November 5th. Whether you have more time to get stuff done before bed, or you just use it as an extra hour of sleep, the ending of Daylight Savings Time (DST) seems to be an easier adjustment than the beginning. But…

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Falling Leaves

With the weather cooling off, many of us are looking up at the trees, watching the changing colors of the leaves. They might be pretty now, but we all know that soon, the ground will be covered with them. When this happens, we’ll put on a coat or sweater, grab a rake, and start on…

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Red or White? The Benefits and Risks of Drinking Wine

After a long or stressful day, many of us enjoy sitting down at home with a glass of wine. For hundreds of years, wine has been used as a home remedy for various conditions. Some studies show that wine is connected to helping increase HDL blood cholesterol levels, while also stopping bad cholesterol from forming….

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Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Running late. Paying bills. Moving. Caring for an elderly parent. These are all events that can cause stress. Some stress in life is normal and even beneficial, as it helps us adapt and better respond to difficult situations. But left unchecked, stress can cause many physical problems. The American Institute of Stress lists 50 common…

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Farm Fresh: Why Farmers Markets Matter

Around this time of year, you might notice more local fruit and vegetable stands popping up around your neighborhood. This is also a good time of year for the local Farmers Market. But is there really that much of a difference between these local growers and your neighborhood grocery store? These are just some of…

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Picky Eaters – Part 3

Dr. Corinne Brooks has been sharing her tips on how to help children who are picky eaters – in the last installment of our series, she discusses dessert, older picky eaters, and how busy parents can put easy, healthy meals on the table! Does the threat of withholding dessert or TV if they don’t eat…

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Eating in Color – Put a Rainbow in Your Diet

Would you only wear black or white every day? Would you only watch one channel for the rest of your life? Well, then why would you limit the colors of your food? Making sure you have a rainbow on your plate doesn’t only look better, but it’s much healthier!If you think about it, most cheap,…

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Picky Eaters – Introducing New Foods

In part two of our series on child nutrition and food habits, PHN pediatrician Dr. Corinne Brooks has some advice on how to help your children try new foods and consume a wide variety of healthy foods!If mealtime is frustrating and stressful, here are some tips to avoid the power struggle and help encourage a…

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin spice has practically become a national holiday in the United States – every fall, people eagerly anticipate everything from pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin rolls to more unusual treats such as pumpkin spice yogurt, Oreos, and even cough drops. Unfortunately, nearly every pumpkin spice product is high in sugar and flavored with artificial pumpkin…

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Picky Eaters – Should You Be Concerned?

Are you a parent of a picky eater? You are not alone! Parents all over the world struggle with the picky eating stage. PHN pediatrician Corinne Brooks, MD offers her advice in the first of a three-part series on child nutrition and food habits. What common concerns do you get from parents of picky eaters?As…

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