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Let’s Play!

Let’s Play!

Over the past half century, children’s free play time with other children has declined sharply, according to recent research. Over the same period, anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism have increased sharply. It’s not hard to see the connection there. But why is play so important? “Studies dating back to 1964 suggest that exploration, self... »

Reading: It Does a Mind Good

Reading: It Does a Mind Good

Bath, book, bed: It’s a tried-and-true nighttime routine for many families—and the book part is especially key for children’s development. “No age is too early to start reading to your child—start as soon as you get home from the hospital,” says Elyse Jones, MD, pediatrician at St. Luke’s Allentown Pediatrics. “At this age, it doesn’t even matter what you’re reading—it cou... »

Say What?  How to Spot Hearing  Problems in Kids

Say What? How to Spot Hearing Problems in Kids

Two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears, and others may develop hearing loss as they grow older, due to infections or exposure to loud noises. And this is concerning, as hearing is extremely important to a child’s development—socially, emotionally, and cognitively. That’s why childre... »

“This Surgery Changed My Life.”

“This Surgery Changed My Life.”

“Depending on what study you look at, between 60% and 70% of the U. S. population is either overweight or obese,” says Leonardo Claros, MD, FACS, Chief of Bariatric Surgery at St. Luke’s Weight Management Center. “It’s considered a pandemic, and the U. S. is the most obese nation in the world.” While being severely overweight is a health problem in itself, it can also aggr... »

Healthy Lunch Prep for Kids

Healthy Lunch Prep for Kids

Lunch is often the overlooked meal—barely a speed bump between morning and afternoon. Yet researchers have found that students who attend schools that contract with a healthy school lunch vendor score higher on state achievement tests. “A well-balanced diet provides nutrients that a child needs to supply energy for study and play, and to attain normal growth and developmen... »

11 Ways to a Happy Healthy School Year

11 Ways to a Happy Healthy School Year

As surely as night follows day, the clanging of school bells will soon replace the carefree sounds of summer. And while purchasing classroom supplies, signing up for after-school activities, and planning transportation are important, keeping kids happy and healthy at home and in the classroom should be at the top of your list. »

A Healthier Chip Choice

A Healthier Chip Choice

Don’t deny dad the ultimate crunch of potato chips. Kettle chips are naturally gluten-free and boast a significantly reduced amount of fat due to the old-fashioned batch process of dunking potato slices into hot fat, rather than continuous conveyor belt cooking that allows more fat absorption. Surprisingly, they’re also way less processed than baked potato chips, which are... »

Seafood Spiedini

Seafood Spiedini

Melt INGREDIENTS • 8 2-oz. pieces swordfish, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes • 8 2-oz. pieces tuna, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes • 8 scallops, cleaned • 8 shrimp, peeled and de-veined • 1 oz. olive oil • 1 lemon, zest and juice • 1 T chopped chives Marinated tomatoes: • 4 oz. plum tomatoes, sliced thin • 2 cloves garlic, sliced • 1 T olive oil • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest • 1/2 tsp. orega... »

Bartender-Approved Gluten-Free Beers

Bartender-Approved Gluten-Free Beers

We know what you’re thinking: Gluten-free beer? Yuck! But the truth is, gluten sensitivity is a growing problem—and for those affected by this issue who just want to sit back with a Belgian white after bagging lawn clippings on a hot summer day, well, they’ve been out of luck for a long time. The good news: The beer industry has finally started to respond with an array of ... »

Why Supportive Fitness Beats Traditional Personal Training

Why Supportive Fitness Beats Traditional Personal Training

Practically every gym promises to make you better, faster, stronger—but St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Centers are a bit different. “We offer medically based fitness centers,” said John Graham, senior network administrator for fitness and sports performance, “and we take an individualized approach to enhance the health and wellbeing of our clients.” The center... »

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