Featured Sturdy Advice
Tackling Childhood Obesity Together
Simple changes can make an impact. When it comes to nutrition, swap out sugary beverages for water. If you find that your little ones struggle with drinking their water, infuse it with fruit for added flavor. Be mindful of portion sizes and second helpings. And when it comes to snacking, try offering healthier options such as whole fruit, cheese sticks, whole wheat crackers, and veggies and healthy dips. Plan ahead. With our busy schedules it can be hard to resist the ease of going to a drive-thru, but by planning your week you can identify where you have to pack a snack or meal. Keep in mind that if you have less temptation in your fridge and pantry, it makes it easier to make healthier choices.
Physical activity is important. Try to get your kids moving every day. The AAP recommends that children and adolescents engage in 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Consider enrolling them in an organized sport or having them tag along on an outdoor walk before dinner. It doesn’t need to be complicated to work, it just has to happen. And when it comes screen time such as TV, tablets, video games, and more – recommendations vary. There can be some benefits, including education, so it’s important to establish media and screen time guidelines within your home. A good, healthy rule is to limit 2 hours of screen use for entertainment.
Steps to Fall Prevention
By Keri Dickinson
In honor of National Fall Prevention Day, Sturdy's Director of Rehabilitation provides some steps to prevent falls.
- Stay physically active and flexible.
- Stand up slowly to prevent a blood pressure drop which can make you dizzy.
- Ask about any side effects of your medications, know if they can make you tired or dizzy.
- Remove the clutter on your floors such as throw rugs.
- If you’re unsteady on your feet, consider using a cane or walker
- Wear non-skid shoes.
If you notice you're holding onto furniture while walking, talk with your doctor. Many falls happen at home because of "furniture walking." Physical Therapy can help rebuild strength.