Bike and ATV safety for kids

There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun and exercise and is a great way for kids to get from point A to point B. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while you...
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Keeping your child safe in the car

Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable death and injury to children in the U.S. Using the appropriate car seat – correctly – decreases the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70%. Here are some tips to help you keep your children safe on the road: Stay in a rear-facing car seat as...
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Teens and vaping: What parents can do

While adolescent use of tobacco has steadily declined over the past five decades, e-cigarettes are threatening to snare a new generation with nicotine addiction. In 2018, more than 1 in 5 high school seniors and 1 in 12 eighth graders reported vaping in the past month, as compared to a near-zero use in 2011. E-cigarettes...
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Acne and adolescents

More than 80% of teenagers experience acne. The bad news is that there is no cure. The good news is that it usually clears up as your teen gets older. Contrary to what most people believe, acne is not caused by chocolate, fried foods or anything else in a teenager’s usual diet. It’s not the...
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When ‘adulting’ involves a cancer diagnosis

When one hears the terms “adolescent” and “young adult,” several things may come to mind. You may think about those in high school or college. Maybe you think about that whole period of time after college when you are trying to figure out how this whole “adulting” thing works. While there are many stressful factors...
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‘The smile we were meant to love’

On August 31, 2016 we welcomed our firstborn son, Grant Hugh Edwards. We had all of the first-time parent nerves, but with an extra dose of angst and concern, as we knew our Grant would be born with a bilateral cleft palate and lip. There is comfort in knowing of a challenge your child will...
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Is gluten-free right for your child?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Nearly 30% of Americans try to avoid gluten, and some stores have entire sections dedicated to gluten-free products. But are gluten-free products healthy for children? A recent study revealed that products labeled gluten-free are not nutritionally better compared to “regular” children’s foods. Approximately 88% of...
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Gun safety for parents

The safest home for a child is a home without a gun. Every day, 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. If a gun is present at home, parents can reduce the chances of children being injured by following some important safety rules: Store guns and ammunition...
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HPV vaccine: What you need to know

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. This virus can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, anus and genitals and is transmitted through sexual activity. There are more than 30,000 cases of these cancers each year – and most could be prevented with the HPV vaccine! The HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil 9) is approved by the...
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Summer travel safety tips

Many families count Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer! Summertime brings much excitement to families. Schools are let out, vacations are planned, and oftentimes with this, road travel! Before you plan that family vacation, hook up the new boat or camper, and hit the road with your family and friends, we want to...
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