For many people who struggle to maintain a healthy weight, there’s often a moment that sticks with them that prompts a change. For 19-year-old T.J. Robinson, the moment came during his sophomore year of high school when we was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. “It was definitely a scary thing to hear that I was so close […]
What is BMI and why is it important?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a measurement of a person’s weight divided by the square of their height which is used to estimate how much body fat someone has. Physicians check BMI at routine well visits to track a child’s growth pattern over time. According to Dr. Marnie Walston, pediatrician, and medical director […]
10 tips for a safe return to playgrounds
While playgrounds offer kids vital physical, cognitive and social interaction crucial for their development, they also offer an opportunity for injuries. As kids race back to playgrounds, here are 10 tips to help keep them safe – from germs and injuries. 1. Know the park rules. Before heading out, and to avoid disappointment, review updates from […]
How parents can help curb a widening obesity epidemic
It’s no secret childhood obesity is a growing problem in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity is nearly 14% among 2 to 5 year olds, 18% among 6 to 11 year olds and more than 20% in 12 to 19 year olds. Childhood obesity numbers continue […]
Beeghly campus features new outpatient space in Building A
Families who see specialists at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Beeghly campus will find newly expanded outpatient space in Building A on their next visits. The newly completed 9,300 square feet at the hospital, located at 6505 Market St., features 20 exam rooms, three assessment rooms and staff work space. There is also a room set up […]
5 active, outdoor games to entertain your toddler all summer long
With COVID-19 still looming, there’s much uncertainty about what this summer is going to look like for many families. Vacations are being canceled, and the usual summer hot spots for entertainment are shuttered. What are parents to do when it comes to entertaining their toddlers all summer long? Amy Raineri, exercise physiologist for Akron […]
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