Healthy Living

Before the sun came up, I took a walk through my neighborhood this morning. American robins echoed through the foggy air that was thick with the smells of fresh cut pine and the heavy perfume of blossoming lilacs and viburnums. › Continue Reading

I’m excited to be partnering with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to help you get outside more and enjoy some wonderful adventures in nature. Hi, I’m Tammy York the author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati. I’m an avid › Continue Reading

What do you do when you first hear your child swear? It can be quite shocking to hear, and you’ll probably wonder where they learned the language, whether or not they understand what they said, and what to do about › Continue Reading

Too many sugary drinks and treats can have an impact on your child’s health. Check out what our experts have to say about the realities of sugar overload. A healthier diet can prevent tooth decay, heart disease, diabetes and childhood › Continue Reading

We’ve all seen them. Maybe your father had one. Maybe you have one, or your husband. That bulging bit of stretched leather so stuffed with used gift cards, business contacts, receipts, and other random pieces of paper it has to › Continue Reading

Our pin of the week is a “Squishy Bag” from the bloggers at Play At Home Mom LLC. Children can practice pre-writing skills, letters, numbers, shapes, etc. In addition, it offers a great therapeutic/calming effect and can be used simply as a sensory activity. We › Continue Reading

So, what’s the big deal with energy drinks? They taste good, they come in cool packaging, you can get them anywhere and it’s just caffeine, right? Energy drinks are marketed as providing a “safe” boost of energy, but recently, there › Continue Reading

Putting together an allergen-free holiday meal doesn’t have to be challenging. The Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s recently shared a link to on its Facebook page as a resource both guests and hosts can use to › Continue Reading

The holidays are officially here – the mall has transformed into a winter wonderland and families everywhere are perfecting their Thanksgiving menu for tomorrow. For me, the holidays mean relaxing, having fun with family and friends, and of course eating › Continue Reading

Most people are looking forward to the food, family gatherings and gift giving that comes along with the holiday season. Dr. William Hansen, a psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, reminds parents that this is also the time of › Continue Reading

This week, as we gobble up Thanksgiving traditions and the scents in the kitchen that bring us back to childhood memories, we bring you a story about the power of comfort food. It is a Thanksgiving story, of sorts, that › Continue Reading

Our Pin of the Week comes from HGTV. It is a thankful tree to show what friends and family are thankful for this Holiday Season. This easy project will take center stage in your home throughout the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving › Continue Reading

Jump. Stop. Pivot. Pop! That’s the sound most athletes hear when they suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the most common and painful knee injuries. And it’s eight times more likely to happen to your teenage daughter than it › Continue Reading

If you and your family are hoping to avoid packing on extra pounds over the holidays, there are some simple things you can do now to prepare. Studies show that interventions aimed at reducing weight gain during the holidays can › Continue Reading

Once trick-or-treating ends, the ritual of counting, trading and eating candy begins — and seemingly never ends — until the next big candy holiday forces your kids to move on to chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. Shelly Frank, a registered › Continue Reading

Horses Spur Healing

Last school year, Jacob Souders was a 12-year-old sixth-grader whose mother didn’t know how to keep him under control. He was always getting in trouble, acting out and trying to beat people up. He was diagnosed with a mental health › Continue Reading

Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches are common symptoms of both seasonal allergies and colds. Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist at Cincinnati Children’s, reveals two telltale signs to help parents recognize the difference. “Watch how › Continue Reading

October and November are full of opportunities to take part in a brisk walk or run to benefit a miriad of fantastic causes. If you’re thinking about hitting the pavement to raise awareness and funds for your favorite organizations, our › Continue Reading

Here’s a reason to consider no tanning or the “spray tan option” instead of a tanning bed: Reported cases of melanoma in teens and young adults have skyrocketed; and they are directly associated with an increased use of tanning beds and unsafe › Continue Reading

Next time your child visits their pediatrician for a check-up, you may be surprised if the doctor suggests performing a routine cholesterol screening. Many parents think annual cholesterol checks begin in adulthood, but studies have shown that the development and › Continue Reading

Barbara Belle, BA, Med, has worked at Cincinnati Children’s for six years. She currently serves as an education consultant in the Education and Learning Department and is a veteran volunteer for Cincinnati Walks for Kids.

Leaving Collin

I knew that’s what it would feel like. Not ‘going away as a couple’. Not ‘celebrating our 10th anniversary’. But ‘leaving Collin’. We had not both been away from him overnight since he was in the NICU. Only a very › Continue Reading

Question: My daughter has had a hard time falling asleep and maintaining a good sleep schedule this school year. What can I do? “Sleep problems are common throughout childhood, but we tend to notice them more during transitions like back-to-school › Continue Reading

On March 30, 2008, my son-in-law, Rob, took his own life.  We were celebrating my granddaughter’s 10th birthday when the call came in.  Rob left his 2 little girls, his wife and the rest of his family that day….That was › Continue Reading

Depending on how old you are, you probably remember exactly where you were on September 11, 2001 when the first plane hit The World Trade Center in Manhattan at 8:46 a.m. ET. What is a current event for adults is › Continue Reading