How to help kids follow a healthy diet even over holidays

Children's Health, Parenting
The AP is carrying a very well done story on how we, as parents, can help our children with more healthful nutrition during the holidays: Pam Vetter's 15-year-old son balked when she told him she was opting for a healthier holiday season this year: fish rather than turkey, fewer carbs and sweets. He threatened to purchase a turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pies and put together his own traditional meal. "It's a moral challenge," said Vetter, 44, a nonreligious celebrant in West Hills, Calif., who conducts funerals. She also has a 14-year-old son. "Do you make part of your family angry for the holiday season by cutting out the carbs and sweets?" Many parents are trying to figure out how to have a healthier holiday without depriving their kids of Christmas cookies,…
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Tips for Avoiding Holiday Back Pain

General Health
Planning on shopping 'til you drop? CBS News reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over 50,000 people every year sustain some sort of winter-related back injury, and 5,800 of those are holiday decorating-related. Your back could sustain all sorts of strain from carrying heavy purchases, and from the increased stress of lugging suitcases, decorations and gifts. Primary care physician Dr. Alanna Levine spoke to Debbye Turner Bell on CBS' "The Early Show" about how your protect your back this holiday season. The first tip Dr. Levine gave was about carrying heavy shopping bags. Smaller bags, she said, are better. "You don't want to load everything up into one bag and lug it around," Dr. Levine explained. "You want to distribute the weight on your body." She also…
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Head of Christian Doctors Group Quits AMA Over Pro-Abortion Advocacy

I received an announcement this morning from my dear friend, David Stevens, MD, announcing something that is coming as a surprise to many -- his resignation from the AMA. Resignations from the AMA are not really the fodder for news stories or blogs, except when the person resigning is the CEO of a national organization for Christian physicians and healthcare professionals. Dr. Stevens heads the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association, and is contending the AMA has become a pro-abortion advocacy group. Stevens told on Tuesday that he is canceling his membership in the American Medical Association as a way of publicly protesting what he says is the AMA’s control by special interests that do not represent most physicians. The AMA has come under fire for endorsing healthcare overhaul legislation after…
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