September is National Childhood Obesity Month

About 1 in 6 (17%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.

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I thought my bully deserved an awful life. But then he had one.

As a child, I was an easy mark for playground torments: smart, insufferably rule-abiding, decidedly unpretty. The tormenter I remember most distinctly was not my first bully, nor my last, but his attacks would turn the others into footnotes.

He was in my class for years; his mom was my softball coach, driving me to and from practice when my single mother could not.

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Overweight Kids Don’t Have to Be Overweight Adults

Overweight children often become obese adults, with attendant problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

But a new study suggests there are "critical windows" where that path to weight gain can be changed.

The study, involving more than 2,700 Finnish adults, found what many studies have shown before: Childhood body mass index, or BMI, is a good predictor of adulthood obesity.

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Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes

Millions of Americans use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Young people especially, age 17 and under, have quickly taken up their use: Substantially more young people use e-cigarettes than any other tobacco product, including traditional combustible tobacco cigarettes.

Despite their popularity, little is known about the health effects of e-cigarettes.

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Understanding Your Sleep Cycles

The first step to getting a good night’s rest is knowing how sleep works.

Sleep happens in cycles of repeating stages. Together, these stages make up your sleep architecture” It’s a fragile framework, and everything from diet, exercise and stress to your bedroom environment can protect or disrupt this architecture.

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Immediate Care or Emergency?

When you or a loved one gets sick or injured, going to the right place helps ensure getting the care you need quickly and efficiently. This helpful checklist will help you evaluate whether you should seek attention at an Immediate Care or the Emergency Room.

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