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5 Best Times to Exercise

5 Best Times to ExerciseSetting a regular routine is the easiest way to stay on track with an exercise plan. It creates structure and balance and rather than trying to fit exercise into your day, you organize your day around exercise – but not all routines are the same and everyone’s body clock works differently. To help you set a regular routine, here are the 5 best times to exercise:

#1: First Thing in the Morning
If you have trouble fitting exercise into your days, mornings might be the best time to exercise. Getting your exercise in first thing in the morning gets it out of the way and doesn’t allow for pressures later in the day to sidetrack your workouts. Morning workouts were also shown to promote better sleep than working out at other times of the day.

#2: Lunchtime
Rather than heading out for a fast food lunch, hit the gym and get your workout in then eat a sensible lunch at your desk. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the flexibility to exercise in the middle of the day, but it’s a good way to get your workout in when your body is warm and before the rest of your day can interrupt your routine. Studies have also shown that lunchtime workouts boosts work performance.

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New waiting area designed just for kids

To help young visitors at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak have a better experience, the waiting room on 3 East was renovated to include a special section just for kids.

“This used to be one, big, open waiting area,” says Geraldine Drake, interior design program standards manager. “We received some feedback from patients and visitors that there was nowhere for their children to go to unwind and have activities, so we designed this space into the renovation.”

The Children’s Creative Play Space is adjacent to the intensive care unit, so all activities will be quiet play. Arts and crafts, board and card games, books and a charming water-themed play area are all available to help young ones let off energy and be kids for a little while.

The renovated waiting room was designed with green initiatives in mind. Many items were locally sourced, which cuts down on transportation emissions from delivery trucks and helps grow the economy.

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Pack the Perfect School Lunch

Does that five-mornings-a-week hurdle send you flying through your cupboards and fridge looking for something nutritious that your kids will eat?

Use this handy checklist to ensure your children are getting a healthy lunch, and one they’ll actually eat. Try to choose foods from each of the five food groups, including protein, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy:

packing a school lunchProteins (1 – 2 oz.)

  • turkey or chicken
  • tuna (packed in water) or salmon
  • ham or roast beef
  • cottage cheese or low-fat cheese (string cheese is a good choice)
  • hard-cooked eggs
  • cooked beans (hot or cold, such as hummus)

Watch out for bologna and salami — they’re high in fat, so try lower-fat or turkey varieties.

Beverages (8 oz.)

  • low-fat milk
  • 100% fruit juice
  • water


Dark, crusty, whole-grain bread is best, but if your child won’t touch it, compromise by using half a slice of white and half a slice of whole wheat. Other whole grains to consider:

  • crackers
  • rolls
  • pita pockets
  • raisin bread
  • small bagels or English muffins
  • dry cereal (add to yogurt)
  • popcorn

Fruits and veggies

If they’ll eat it, pack it! If you have a hard time getting your child to eat any fruits or vegetables, give him a choice of which fruit and vegetable he would like to pack. “Whether a child likes or dislikes fruits and vegetables, it’s still important to pack in her lunch,” says Silvia Veri, a registered dietitian at the Beaumont Weight Control Center. She suggests:

  • cut-up veggies (pepper strips, baby carrots, pea pods, celery) with a little dip (hummus, ranch dressing, natural peanut butter)
  • dried fruits, whole fruits or fruit salad
  • tossed salad
  • cole slaw, raisin or potato salad

Tip: Make fruit or vegetable kabobs with your children. They’ll have a choice about which items go on the skewer, and they may enjoy eating something they’ve made.


Dessert is optional, but your kids might not agree. You can give them a treat, just keep it small:

  • pretzels
  • yogurt
  • pudding
  • bite-sized candy bar
  • animal crackers
  • a cookie or two
  • 100-calorie snack pack

Fun ideas:

  • Make your own “Lunchable” with seven crackers, string cheese, a fruit cup, bag of baby carrots and dip and a 100-calorie snack pack.
  • Make butterflies or other interesting shapes out of sandwiches.
  • Put milk and juices in fun containers.
  • Include gelatin in a variety of shapes and colors as a treat.

Leave a comment with your favorite and healthy ways to fill your child’s lunchbox or ideas to make their lunch a little more fun.


Juvenile Arthritis a Tough Reality

juvenile_arthritisArthritis is generally a condition associated with older patient populations, so it may surprise you to learn that kids often suffer from arthritis as well. When it occurs before age 16, it is referred to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of this condition.

We asked Joseph Skender, M.D., Beaumont rheumatologist, to answer a few questions about juvenile arthritis:

How common is juvenile arthritis?

Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. (

Since young children are often unable to communicate their symptoms or pain, what are some clues to watch out for?

Clues to watch out for include a change in the child’s behavior, limping (which can be mild), joint pain and swelling (especially when awakening in the morning), decreased activity level and reluctance to use an arm or leg.

If my child is showing symptoms, who do I see?

It is imperative that the child be evaluated by a pediatric rheumatologist, a physician who is trained to diagnose and treat arthritis in children.  Many health problems can have associated joint complaints, and they need to be ruled out.  Active arthritis in a child can lead to permanent joint and tissue damage and abnormal growth patterns.

Furthermore, children can have inflammatory eye disease associated with arthritis with no symptoms suggestive of a problem, and permanent visual loss can occur if not periodically evaluated by an ophthalmologist.

What are the treatment options for juvenile arthritis?

While there is no cure for juvenile arthritis, over the past 10 – 15 years, there has been a significant increase in treatment options available to help relieve inflammation, control pain and improve quality of life.

For more information, please visit The Arthritis Foundation.

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It’s Easy Being Green!

Today is Earth Day and each year, organizations participate by introducing simple, inexpensive steps to becoming environmentally friendly. Beaumont Health System is one of them.

Beaumont Green TeamBecause of the efforts of our Green Team and employees system-wide, Beaumont was named a 2012 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press and one of the 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies by Michigan’s Corp! magazine for the second year in a row.

Beaumont’s Green Team is committed to implementing cost-effective solutions to reduce waste, conserve energy, educate employees on conservation and direct them to resources where they can learn more about environmental issues.

Today, each hospital will be observing Earth Day and promoting environmental betterment in their own way.

  • Beaumont, Royal Oak will be hosting an Earth Day fair, open to the public, which will focus on environmentally friendly transportation alternatives, such as carpooling, walking, biking or taking the bus. Hybrid car demos will be held outside the South Tower entrance.
  • Beaumont, Troy will celebrate Earth Day with environmentally friendly activities including recycling opportunities, a book exchange and eco-friendly product samples.
  • Beaumont, Grosse Pointe is also taking part in the Earth Day festivities with a book exchange and an Earth Day TV presentation, which will feature information on ways to engage in environmentally friendly practices.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

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Five Delicious Teas for Common Ailments

by Laura Perkowski, ND, Beaumont Integrative Medicine

Teas to help what ails you Have you decided to give up or decrease coffee intake, but weeks have gone by and you still can’t seem to break the habit? Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of tea! Coffee drinker or not, there is sure to be a flavor for everyone. If you are sensitive to or avoiding caffeine, be sure that the package says “caffeine-free” before purchasing. Caffeine-free tea is often referred to as herbal tea, but to be correct, all tea is made from herbs. With the exception of green tea, all teas discussed below are also caffeine-free.

In addition to being a comforting drink, teas have a wide array of medicinal properties. Curl up with a blanket and hot cup of tea, and read on to learn more about some of my favorites.

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The ‘Elf On The Shelf’: Are You In On The Fun?

Markle the Elf
by Kelly Ryan, LMSW, Postpartum Adjustment Coordinator, Beaumont Parenting Program

Christmas is such a magical and fun time of year. Children’s imaginations are ripe as they think of Santa, the North Pole and the elves making toys for good girls and boys. In the past few years, elves have started to come out of the background and into the spotlight, one elf in particular, The Elf On The Shelf.

What started as an Atlanta family’s tradition, has now become a Christmas phenomenon. In 2005, Carol Aebersold wrote a children’s book along with her daughter Chanda Bell about the elf who would appear every year in their home at some point after Thanksgiving and travel to the North Pole each evening while the children slept to report to Santa.

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