Category: Health

Why Do I Have to Brush

By Dr. Paul Nations, D.D.S, Cedar Bluff Dental

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Spotlight Fit Family: The Eldridges

By Adam Kalwas, Publisher and CEO of Knoxville Parent Magazine

 

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The My Fit Family Challenge is making its first appearance in the Knoxville area. This program is dedicated in promoting healthy living to not only families, but to anyone that is willing. Knoxville Parent will be sharing three editorials starting this month until June about two families that have set goals for themselves in order to be active together, and improve in areas that they felt needed more attention. Our families understand the task set before them and are willing to fulfill their goals once the challenge is completed on June 26th. Let’s meet our next and final Spotlight family, the Eldridges. Read more →

Spotlight Fit Family: Meet The Childers

By Adam Kalwas, Publisher and CEO of Knoxville Parent Magazine

 

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The My Fit Family Challenge is making its first appearance in the Knoxville area. This program is dedicated in promoting healthy living to not only families, but to anyone that is willing. Knoxville Parent will be sharing three editorials starting this month until June about two families that have set goals for themselves in order to be active together, and improve in areas that they felt needed more attention. Our families understand the task set before them and are willing to fulfill their goals once the challenge is completed on June 26th. Let’s meet the first Spotlight family, the Childers. Read more →

Running Towards A Healthful Lifestyle

By Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

CHW1The 2016 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place April 2-3 in Knoxville, continued its reign as the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. Now in its 12th year, this year’s race drew nearly 8,000 runners, representing its largest crowd ever.

“On behalf of Covenant Health, it is my honor to congratulate the winners and all participants for their efforts today,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “Whether yours was the fastest time or you persevered until you got to the finish line, whether you ran the 5K or completed the full marathon, you’re all winners because you’ve made an important investment in your health.” Read more →

Fighting Childhood Obesity

By Juhee Shah, Team Manager and Health and Fitness Coach for Greatness Fitness

Fitness-MarchIt is a sunny day and the street in front of my house is full of neighborhood kids riding bikes, throwing frisbees, and playing fetch with their dogs. This is a re-occurring scene from my childhood. Most evenings and weekends, my friends and I would be outside engaged in physical activities. In this scene, I do not recall seeing one obese kid. Today, childhood obesity is a serious global public health problem, and we do not often see scenes like this anymore. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of children and teens in the United States are overweight or obese. According to the World Health Organization, the number of overweight or obese infants and young children is 42 million globally. These numbers reflect the habits and environment of the youth today: Read more →

Extension Hours For Back-To-School Immunizations

By Knox County Health Department

KCHD-July-WebBeginning  July 27, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will offer extended hours to better accommodate parents seeking back-to-school vaccinations for their children. KCHD’s Travel and Immunization Clinic, and West and Teague Clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from July 27 through August 7. Read more →

A Fun, Healthful Approach To Summer Vacation

By Kindall Aaron, Coordinator of ETCH’s Childhood Obesity Coalition

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Summer vacation from school can lead to some long days at home, and when there’s idle time, your children may turn toward the pantry to snack.

You can help keep your children healthy by providing fresh and nutritious foods to snack on and by encouraging physical activity as much as possible. Read more →

Help Protect Yourself And The Ones You Love From The Flu

By Jennifer Valentine, MSN, RN

 

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Sixteen times! That’s how many times some of us touch our faces in just one hour. Touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands is how many germs are spread. It’s a busy time of year, especially for those of us with children. As you prepare for the holiday season and the many gatherings with friends and family, it’s important to also prepare for flu season. Read more →

Could Desensitization Treatment Help Local Kids With Peanut Allergies?

by Marcin Gornsiewicz, M.D.

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Dr. Marek Pienkowski says he is the only allergist in Tennessee practicing a game-changing countermeasure against peanut allergies: peanut desensitization, a process that attempts to minimize the immune system’s violent reaction to peanut allergens.

“The prevalence and intensity of allergic reactions by people with peanut allergies is currently increasing,” Pienkowski said. “About 71 percent of the allergic reactions experienced by children are moderately severe, meaning they require epinephrine or a trip to the emergency room.”Avoidance is typically considered the best method of living with a peanut allergy. However, incidental exposure still accounts annually for 12 percent of the allergic reactions by people with peanut allergies. This has led allergists to seek out a more progressive approach to the problem. Read more →

Helping Children With The Hospital Experience

By Mary Pegler, M.S., CCLS. Photo courtesy of ETCH.

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A medical procedure or hospital stay can be very stressful for a child and parents as well. Fortunately, there are professionals called child life specialists who can help children cope with their stress and hospital experience.

The profession of child life specialist was developed to help children and their families deal physically and emotionally with medical treatments. Child life specialists use their training and knowledge of child development to educate, prepare and support children through all kinds of medical procedures and challenges. They also support families dealing with major changes resulting from a child’s disability or chronic illness, treatment and recovery. Read more →