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Taking Care of Your “Second Brain”

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 8/17/21 3:34 PM

It may surprise you to know that there is a system in your body so complex that it has almost 500 million neurons, linked to your brain. Would you ever guess that it is your gastrointestinal (GI) system, otherwise known as your gut? To help shed some light on the importance of gut health for the whole body, we talked to Jagrati Mathur, MD, a Gastroenterologist with Dignity Health Medical Group — Saint Francis/St. Mary’s.

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Summertime Snacking for Kids: Tips & Tricks

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 7/26/21 12:38 PM

Summer for most kids means no school, road trips, and days well-spent in the sun. With that, your child’s body needs to be well-fed and hydrated in order to power through summer activities. For some kids three square meals will do the trick, but for others, snacking can keep them going between meals. Melody Steeples, MPH, RD, with Woodland Clinic, shares some insight on why snacking can be helpful for your child, as well as some advice on how to snack healthily this summer and beyond. Read to the end for a special summer recipe from Melody Steeples!

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Safety

Posted by Brooke Burgess on 12/17/19 8:06 AM

The holidays are upon us. Here are a few holiday tips to help keep your family safe and healthy this time of year.

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Stop Germs with Good Handwashing Habits

Posted by Brooke Burgess on 12/5/19 9:53 AM

December 1-7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week – an important reminder about washing our hands thoroughly and often – especially during cold and flu season. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep germs away and prevent illnesses. Here are some tips to help develop good hand washing habits.  

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Halloween Tips For Kids With Allergies

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 10/30/19 4:25 PM

Dr. Brian Nguyen, a pediatrician Dignity Health Medical Foundation - Woodland and Davis, has several tips to help keep kids with allergies safe during Halloween.

First, if your child has a severe food allergy, talk to your pediatrician or allergist about trick-or-treating, and be aware of your child's limitations. This doesn't mean your child has to miss out on the fun, by any means! In fact, healthy parents are implementing a shift away from the importance of candy on Halloween. Remember to discuss with your children all the other reasons Halloween is fun (you get to dress up, play games, be with friends, etc.).

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