Parenting

St. Cloud Hospital lights up Dec. 6
The 30th annual Festival of Lights is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in front of St. Cloud Hospital, 1406 Sixth Ave. N. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Shelf. In addition to the traditional holiday lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., there will be horse-drawn trolley rides, reindeer, holiday carols by the Tech High School Chamber Choir, a living nativity presented by Messiah Lutheran Church of Sartell, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as cookies and cocoa.

Stop by the St. Cloud Hospital Gift Gallery for its annual holiday sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Merchandise will be 20 percent off storewide; some exclusions apply. Also meet our special guest, Olaf, from 5:30-8 p.m. and receive a special treat!
Big Tobacco gets sneaky with new products
The school year is in full swing and Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is warning parents that Big Tobacco may be in your kids’ backpacks.

“Today’s tobacco products are designed by the industry to look like everyday items like candy and school supplies,” said Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs at ClearWay Minnesota and Co-Chair of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation. “Through stealthy designs, high nicotine content, aggressive advertising and candy flavors, this generation of tobacco products threatens our progress to reduce teen smoking.

See the products hiding in your kid’s backpack.
Life in the fast lane
Dedication and perseverance are not something the Morris kids lack. When USA Swimming announced its Top 10 Minnesota Swimmers in March 2018, all three siblings — Chris, Mary and Ella — made the list. This dedication showed when the Morris kids teamed up with Exercise Physiologist Dustin Henkelman, a sports performance expert at Lifestyle Health. With Dustin’s assistance they shaved 2-3 seconds off their times, which is monumental in the world of swimming. Read their story.
Picky eaters, underweight or overweight — what do you do?
Do you find mealtimes exhausting? Is eating out or family holidays overwhelming? Have you become a short-order cook in your own home? Check out this class that offers common sense approaches to feeding your family and helping kids ages 0-5 and school-age children feel positive about eating for life.

Try Small 'Bites' to Get Kids to Exercise

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 -- Kids take their cues from mom and dad, so it only makes sense to participate with them when teaching them the merits of exercise.

Couch potato kids are a real concern. The College of New Jersey exercise science professor Avery Faigenbaum defined the term exercise-deficit disorder -- or EDD -- to draw attention to our children's shortfall when it comes to meeting moderate-to-vigorous physical activity recommendations of at least 60 minutes a day.

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Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters - but What Works?

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The nightly dinner battles many parents have with picky toddlers can be exhausting. Now, research suggests that either pressuring or rewarding kids to eat healthier may backfire.

"These practices can reinforce fussy eating, increase preferences for unhealthy foods, and lead to excessive weight gain," study author Holly Harris, from the Centre for Children's Health Research at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, said in a statement.

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