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Health May 2013

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Melissa Marciano

Daily Dose

It’s important for kids to take vitamins so they can stay in tip top shape. Yummi Bears Sugar Free Multi-Vitamin & Mineral helps them get vitamins A, C, E and B-complex with an all-natural fruity taste. No need to worry about added sugar and sweeteners! To learn more, visit www.heronutritionals.com.

Make Brushing Fun

Turn the boring chore or brushing teeth into something exciting for kids with Brush Buddies, an electronic toothbrush that plays songs by popular singers. Each song lasts about two minutes, encouraging tykes to clean their chompers from the melody’s start to finish. Check out the collection at www.brushbuddies.com.

Mess-Free Training

Potty training can get messy. But the Pourty makes it easier and cleaner than ever. The potty is designed to keep the contents off the area where the child sits. It contains a pouring duck and anti-drip lip, allowing any contents to be poured out sans a mess. For more information, visit www.pourty.com.

Safety First

With May being National Bike Month, there are some helpful tips and reminders you should know before you get the wheels rolling. Nutcase has tips for correct helmet use and safety, including proper fit. And if you are looking for a safe yet stylish way to ride, check out www.nutcasehelmets.com.

Fight Lice

Prevent lice with Fairy Tales Hair Care— a line of natural hair care products that repel the litter critters. It’s important to know how to catch lice and to safely protect your child’s hair without harmful or strong chemicals. Visit www.fairytaleshaircare.com for tips and information. The line is available at ULTA stores and salons.

Packed with Good Stuff

Perfect for parents who trek their kids around town are Happy Family’s new Happy Squeeze SUPER Pouches. Made with antioxidants and vitamins, the treats are available in acai berry, kiwi and pomegranate. Available for purchase at www.happyfamilybrands.com.

Bite This

Balance Bar now sells a line of Dark Bars that feature Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. The bars are gluten-free, filled with antioxidants and Vitamin D, and come in three different dark chocolate flavors. For long lasting energy, purchase at www.balance.com.

Allergy Awareness

Keep friends, family and teachers in the loop when it comes to your allergies with AllerMates. The accessory makes it easy to identify allergies and health issues through its recognizable colors and characters. AllerMates come as wristbands, charms, dog tags, lunch bags and more. See www.allermates.com for details.

Freeze and Go Veggies

We don’t always have time to make a home cooked meals. However, you can still give your child a nutritional and healthy meal thanks to Lisa’s Organics— a line of certified organic frozen side dishes. Enjoy quality vegetables that are prepared in just five minutes. Find details at www.lisasorganics.com.

Healthy or Harmful?

Take care of your body by learning about which foods are helpful and harmful in Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal (Readers Digest). Understand connections between certain diets and serious health conditions, such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease and other ailments. Other topics explored include how fare impacts stress levels and sleep habits. Available now for purchase at www.rd.com/foodsthatheal.

This column appeared in the May 2013 issue.