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Peep these Easter basket candy alternatives

by Kelly Ryan, LMSW, Beaumont Parenting Program

easter basket candy alternativesIn just a few days, the Easter Bunny will be coming to many homes! I wanted to share a few fun facts from The National Confectioners Association about Easter. Did you know:

  • 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter each year
  • each day five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for this holiday
  • Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween

If reading those stats sparked your sweet tooth you’re probably not alone. However, if you’re looking for ways to avoid the sugar rush that is associated with Easter for your kids, here are some other ideas and healthy options for filling your child’s Easter basket:

  • bathing suits, beach toys, a new pair of goggles, flip-flops, sunglasses
  • bubbles, sidewalk chalk, jump rope
  • Play-Doh, coloring books, crayons, markers
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Holidays in the Hospital

by Michelle Meschini, Certified Child Life Specialist, Beaumont Children’s Hospital

Child Life Holiday Party

With exciting festivities and brightly colored displays seemingly all over the place this time of year, spending time in the hospital can be especially difficult for many children. As a Certified Child Life Specialist here at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, my mission is to make the holidays more fun and more comfortable for our patients and their families.

One way we accomplish this is by hosting several special Child Life events. Our goal is to “de-hospitalize” the environment and help kids be kids by participating in the things they normally would be doing if they weren’t in the hospital.

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Trouble in Toyland

Today, PIRGIM, The Public Interest Research Group in Michigan, released its 27th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report which offers just a sample of the current most dangerous toys.  For nearly a decade, PIRGIM has released their annual report on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving via a press conference at Beaumont Children’s Hospital sponsored Safety City U.S.A.

The following dangers were the most concerning findings with this year’s toys:

  • Unmarked choking hazards
  • Toxic chemicals such as lead and phthalates
  • Powerful magnets that can cause intestinal damage when swallowed
  • Loud toys that exceed the noise standards

Download the 2012 Trouble in Toyland toy safety report. In this report, PIRGIM provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

Want to get recalled toy and hazard information straight to your phone? Visit http://www.toysafety.mobi/.

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Enjoy the holidays with these easy, healthy recipes

It is estimated that the average weight gain for Americans during the holiday season is between seven and 10 pounds. And those who overindulge in holiday goodies are also at risk of heartburn or acid reflux.

While mashed potatoes, candied yams and gravy are a staple at most holiday tables, they’re also the biggest culprits.

If you’d like to avoid heartburn or acid reflux, but still enjoy all the delicious flavors of the season, try a few of these recipes chosen and adapted from CleanEatingMag.com by Stephanie Vella, Registered Dietitian, Sola Life & Fitness.

Healthy recipes include: Pumpkin Soup, Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Glaze, Steamed Brussels Sprouts and Winter Fruit Compote with Nut Cream.

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