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Diabetes in Children

Diabetes in Children

By Lonna Whiting. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood conditions to affect human beings of all sizes, shapes, and colors is diabetes. More than twenty-five million Americans have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Misconceptions that diabetes is brought on by lazy living or poor eating habits are not only offensive, but dangerous, considering seven […]

Find Your Best Bud

Find Your Best Bud

By Lukas Brandon Photography by Skyloft Photography When was the last time you hung out with your guy friends? If like many of us, you find the daily grind of work, children, and domestic relationships does not leave much room for socializing, it is important to make time to nurture friendships with other guys. Life […]

What? There's Good Bacteria?

What? There’s Good Bacteria?

By Janelle Brandon Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, proclaimed, “All disease begins in the gut.” More than 2,500 years later, there still may be truth to his declaration. An unhealthy gut (more commonly known as everything that comprises the stomach and intestines) may contribute to diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and Chronic […]

“Through My Mother’s Eyes:” Living With Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome

By Janelle Brandon When I was three years old, my mother began to lose her sight. She was a Tupperware dealer at the time and, at first, she thought she just needed to update the prescription in her glasses. At such a young age, I didn’t realize that Indian in the Cupboard would be the […]

KEEP AN EYE ON THOSE EYES

KEEP AN EYE ON THOSE EYES

By Janelle Brandon Laura Sokolofsky was worried. Her son Jack, a first-grader, was struggling to read and started to reverse letters in his own name, which he had been writing correctly since he was three. His teacher also noticed that Jack’s eyes drifted and looked fatigued when he was trying to read. “Jack had a tough […]

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella (pahn-zah-NEHL-lah) Salad is an Italian bread salad, and always includes crusty, day-old bread and fresh garden vegetables. According to “Cooking American,” Panzanella Salad was likely an invention of necessity. Because Italian cooks are known to not waste a single clove of garlic or a sprig of parsley, Panzanella Salad is a great way to […]

Tips to Help Your Kids Sleep

Tips to Help Your Kids Sleep

By Sanford Health It’s 2 a.m. and you’ve enjoyed three whole hours of uninterrupted sleep. Then you hear her fuss. You love her more than anything, but when will your six-month-old sleep through the night? Can you do anything to encourage it? **** Your three-year-old is tucked in for the night––or not. Minutes later he […]

Baked Greek Chicken

Baked Greek Chicken

By Meredith Holt Baked Greek Chicken This baked chicken recipe from celebrity chef Rachael Ray puts to good use the spinach and feta cheese left over from The Great Greek Pizza. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/2 medium onion, chopped 3 large cloves garlic, chopped, divided 10 ounces spinach, chopped Salt and pepper Freshly […]

Spicy Thai Noodles

Spicy Thai Noodles

By Meredith Holt Spicy Thai Noodles Kids and spicy food don’t always mix, but this fun noodle dish is a great introduction. They’ll likely enjoy the flavors the peanut butter and brown sugar lend to the sauce. Try serving it with glasses of milk to help counteract the spice. Spicy foods get their heat from […]

Frozen Fruit Cups

Frozen Fruit Cups

  Frozen Fruit Cups 14 oz. pkg. frozen sliced strawberries, thawed 20 oz. can crushed pineapple 11 oz. can mandarin oranges ½ of a 12 oz. can frozen orange juice, thawed 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 3 sliced bananas Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Do not drain fruit. Spoon into small plastic serving cups and […]

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves By Meredith Holt This loaf-less meatloaf is a twist on the American dinner staple, prepared in a muffin pan. Each mini meatloaf is juicy, cheesy, and delicious. I paired this recipe with steamed mixed vegetables to round out the meal. Makes 12 “muffin-sized” meatloaves. Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup […]

Building Resilience in Troubled Times

Building Resilience in Troubled Times

By Jessica Truscinski, VFM Intern and Guest Blogger The floods of 1997 and 2009 did a lot of damage to many families, homes, and individuals. Lives were uprooted, literally, for many families as they worked to save houses along the river. In 2009, through media reports and through volunteering, I witnessed many individuals who suffered […]

Pain-Free Fitness

By Meredith Holt  The No. 1 exercise excuse seems to be “I don’t have time.” Right behind it is “I’m too tired.” But some people face bigger obstacles to regular exercise. For those with medical conditions like arthritis or asthma, who suffer from chronic back pain or knee problems, or who are elderly or obese, […]

Sanford Medical Update: Helping Kids Handle Worry

Sanford Medical Update: Helping Kids Handle Worry

Kids don’t have to pay bills, cook dinners, or manage carpools. But—just like adults—they have their share of daily demands and things that don’t go smoothly. If frustrations and disappointments pile up, kids can get worried. It’s natural for all kids to worry at times, and because of personality and temperament differences, some may worry […]