FEELING S.A.D. DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON? YOU’LL BE O.K.

The holidays are wonderful, but there is also a great deal of stress at this time of year. Not only are people expected to eat more than they should, drink more than they should and spend more than they can really afford, but they are also expected to be joyous and merry and full of good cheer. For some people, however, the holidays are not something they look forward to.

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SLEEP ON IT: GET YOUR ZZZS FOR GOOD HEALTH

Can sleep have an impact on your health and wellness?   Indeed it can. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, getting enough good-quality sleep can help protect your mental and physical health and quality of life. Reducing sleep by just two or three hours per night can have dramatic health consequences. Getting too little sleep puts you at risk for several chronic health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension.

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MAKE A WISE ENERGY INVESTMENT IN 2018

Happy New Year, friends! For many of us, this is an important time of year as we work on making changes and accomplishing new goals. I hope you are very successful in whatever you choose to work on in 2018. I have some things I want to work on personally. One of my goals may be something you’ll want to consider.  One thing I want to do is maximize my investments, especially in terms of my energy. The goal in any investment is to expend the resource in such a way as to have a return that is greater....

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SUMMER CAMP SEND-OFF

With summer vacation looming, parents and kids are getting ready for camp. Many camps require attendees to have a pre-participation physical to make sure the child is ready to participate in all the camp activities, including swimming and hiking. Be sure to schedule any physicals with your doctor’s office in advance to fill out any forms. The camp needs to know about any medical conditions your child may have and/or medications he may be taking. You may also need to provide immunization records. Tell the camp directors about your child’s physical, mental, behavioral and emotional limitations; special dietary needs and food allergies; and any recent illnesses. The registration packet may have a form you need to sign to allow the camp to give treatment for minor medical problems, such as giving ibuprofen, Benadryl or topic solutions for bug bites and poison ivy. Usually the camp director or nurse will administer all medications in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. You may also have to fill out a form allowing emergency medical treatment. Do not send an ill child to camp.


What should you pack? Most camps provide a list of items to bring. Pack more underwear than you think your child will use – accidents happen! A good rule of thumb is to have enough clothes to last one and a half times the number of days the child will be at camp. You may need to send bedding or pillows. Don’t forget to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, wash cloth, bath towel, comb, brush, shampoo, conditioner,

pajamas and socks. If your child is attending a themed camp, such as a horseback riding or skateboarding camp, be sure to pack appropriate gear. Other items to pack include sunscreen, bug repellent, a swimming suit, goggles, a swim cap, a beach towel, a light jacket or sweatshirt, an umbrella and a flashlight with spare batteries. Pay special attention to the list of items that are NOT allowed at the camp, such as firearms, alcohol, drugs and electronic devices. Mark everything your child takes with his name or initials.


While most kids are excited to go away from home for a while, some are anxious about being in a new place with kids they don’t know. How can you prepare your child to deal with this anxiety? Talk with your child about what camp is like. Focus on the positive aspects. Emphasize the fun she’ll have and activities she’ll participate in. Answer all her questions and don’t belittle her fears. Perhaps she knows someone from school who will be attending the same camp and they can be buddies. Your child may want to take along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket for a touch of home. If, after all your pep talks, your child decides he doesn’t want to go to camp, respect that decision and take comfort in knowing as he matures, he’ll be more open to the idea of being away from home. When you drop him off at the camp, don’t make a big scene as you leave. Just say, “Goodbye – have fun.” He will.


DR. SUSAN MONAHAN

Dr. Monohan, board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, is married to a physician and has 3 children. She feels that being a parent helps her to relate better to the issues parents face today. She believes that being a pediatrician involves much more than just treating medical conditions and does her best to help parents raise well rounded, healthy children.

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