Dairy Farms and Open Space

smcternan April 7th, 2014, 8:10 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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I recently spent a wonderful,  sunny and warm weekend in Pennsylvania, where I happily noticed sooo much green. After such a long winter with everything covered in white it was nice to see, hear and smell all that spring is.

Southeastern Pennsylvania has so many farmlands that it seems to roll on forever. I love this kind of countryside and know that there are many children and adults who never leave their communities to experience it. Here in the city, there are many things that are beautiful, but rolling pastures and grazing…

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Move It, Move It

smcternan March 16th, 2014, 1:00 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Upon my return from a national conference on all things Pediatrics and Healthcare, an interesting discussion was ignited by Bone Health and the loss of bone density in children. Why are children today experiencing more bone breakage and weaker bones? Does the use of sunscreen have anything to do with it? Maybe,but then again maybe not as skin cancer is also on the rise in younger and younger children. What is a parent to do about their child’s bone health. Well it is known that kids that are active have…

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Powered by Treadmill

smcternan March 2nd, 2014, 5:34 PM
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Recently I read an interesting article about activity levels in different ages of children and adults. Apparently we do little exercise even though we ALL know it is good for us in many ways. Research shows preschool children tend to do better at sit down activities that require focused attention if they have the opportunity to move and exercise in-between focused activities. Have you ever noticed that if you walk on a nice day you feel refreshed and focused on your return to your desk. Most preventative health practices encourage…

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Peace on …Trains, Planes and Automobiles

smcternan February 23rd, 2014, 3:18 PM
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Thirty percent of two-year-olds (yes, toddlers!) know how to operate a smart phone. As plans go forward to allow use of cellular phones on planes, I wonder who will use phones more, adults or their offspring. I am guilty of handing my iPhone to my elementary school child as we wait to board a plane or for a meal served in a restaurant to prevent boredom,  but actually I have realized that the opportunity to distract my child with another tactic is lost. With my older children, I’d have a…

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It’s Snowing…..

smcternan February 16th, 2014, 11:49 AM
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Another  day of school at home, and a day at home doing what? Well most kids are not complaining about not going to school, but I can safely say that my kids have caught up (sufficiently) on deprived sleep.

We have also shoveled and dug out from snow bound homes, apartments and cars many times over now. Shoveling is hard work, and it is not the type of work that gets you in shape. Shoveling stresses your back more than anything.

On the other hand, snow forts and snow people and snowball fights…

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Super Kids

smcternan February 2nd, 2014, 3:05 PM
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Here is a question, and think hard…what makes someone truly SUPER? Defining your child to someone may cause you to pause….fine, great, amazing, honest, kind, mischievious, or maybe even a holy terror. Well we all have good and bad days and we hope when we become parents that there will be more Good than Bad. One of the hardest parts of parenting is to set them free. Yes, we take care of every booboo and dry every tear but when is it Ok not to dry their tears and let…

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Seniors Have Roomies, Too.

jsantamaria January 17th, 2014, 8:33 AM
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roommatesHave you ever considered combating loneliness by sharing your living space with someone else?  Brain studies prove that the more social we are, the longer we live—and the better quality of life we enjoy.  In one study, researchers at Harvard Medical School followed nearly 45,000 people who had heart disease or were at high risk of developing it. The four-year study found that those who lived alone were more likely to die from heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problems than those who lived with others.

Many seniors live alone after divorce or…

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STRESS Less Holiday

smcternan December 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Rushing, running and feeling a little overwhelmed. This time of year can do it to all of us. We try to plan and sudden last minute changes make us spin. How to handle it well and not take it our on your family, friends, pets or pillow!! Well suggestions posed by experts recommend not indulging (food and Wine) too much will help. Well if that is not a contributor to your stress then what can you do to glide through this time of year with less stress. The holidays are…

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Five Steps to Back to School

smcternan August 30th, 2013, 9:07 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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school-40597_150It is that time of year and, as Mom’s and Dad’s rejoice, kids are in shock! How did summer go by so quick? Busy summer schedules makes for a fast  two months and before you know it, summer is over and the school year routine has begun again.

Here are some suggestions on transitioning back to school smoothly, without tears, anxiety and sudden illnesses.

  1. Shop for all your back to school stuff as early as possible. I sometimes get back to school gear in June!
  2. Start getting into your routine a week before…
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Caregivers Need Fresh Air Too!

jsantamaria July 9th, 2013, 12:44 PM
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walk_central_parkAfter this year’s long and rain-filled spring, just about everyone I know is itching to get out and enjoy the extended daylight and gentle breezes. Recent research has shown that being in nature has very real benefits for our physical and emotional health. For family caregivers, summer weather offers opportunities for slowing down a bit and exploring the healing powers of nature.

Most of us don’t get outside enough. The EPA has shown that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors.1 And of course, family caregivers looking after a homebound…

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