24
Sep

Similac Formula Recall

baby formulaOn September 23, 2010, Abbott Laboratories Inc announced a recall of many of their powdered infant and toddler formulas. None of their liquid ready-to-feed formulas were included in this formula recall.
 
The reason for the formula recall is that their plant in Sturgis, Michigan was found to be contaminated with beetles and larvae. Although only 0.2% of the formula produced at the plant was contaminated, this involves approximately five (5) million units.
 
The Food and Drug Administration has stated that children who have consumed the contaminated formulas may have experienced gastrointestinal discomfort or refusal to eat or drink.
 
To discover if your specific formula has been recalled, go to www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm226885.htm or call (800) 986-8850.
 
You can also obtain information regarding refunds and formula returns. You will need the lot number on your container.
The following powder formulas have been affected:
Similac Advance LCP with Iron Powder
Similac Advance Early Shield Powder
Similac Sensitive with Iron Powder
Similac Sensitive R.S. Powder
Go & Grow Milk Powder
Go & Grow Milk Early Shield Powder
Go & Grow Milk with Early Shield
Go & Grow Soy Powder
Similac Organic Powder
Isomil Advance Powder
Isomil Advance Early Shield Powder
22
Sep

Eat Your Fruits & Veggies

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that we are not eating enough of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. The CDC report stated that in 2009, 67.5% of adults ate fruit less than two times daily and 73.7% ate vegetables less than three times per day.
 
How much fruit servings per day is recommended for my child?
Children 2-3 years old should have 1 cup per day, 4-8 years old should have 1 - 1½ cups per day.
Girls and boys 9-13 years old should have 1 ½ cups per day.
Girls 14-18 years old 1½ cups per day, whereas for boys it’s 2 cups per day.

How many veggie servings per day are recommended for my child?
Children 2-3 years old should have 1 cup per day, 4-8 years old should have 1 ½ cups per day.
Girls 9-13 years old should have 2 cups per day, whereas for boys it’s 2 ½ cups per day.
Girls 14-18 years old should have 2 ½ cups per day, whereas for boys it’s 3 cups per day.

What about for us parents?
You serve as the best role model for your children. Let them see you eat healthy every day.
Women 19-30 years old should have 2 cups of fruits per day & 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
Women 31-50 years old should have 1½ cups of fruits per day & 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
Men 19-50 years old should have 2 cups of fruits per day & 3 cups of vegetables per day.

In addition, eating enough fruits and veggies will help with your and your children’s overall health. It helps with weight control, prevention of chronic diseases and certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and several other illnesses.

What counts as a cup?
An 8 ounce cup of raw fruit, fruit juice or ½ cup of dried fruit counts as a cup of fruit. An 8 ounce cup of raw or cooked veggies, two cups of leafy green veggies, or a cup of pure vegetable juice counts as a cup of veggies.

Two excellent resources to utilize are www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/index.html and www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx. These websites have lots of examples, pictures and interactive tools to help you know how to make sure your family eats a healthy diet.

4
Sep

Labor Day Fun: Staycation!

The Labor Day Weekend is here. Fun is on the horizon. But how? You used to vacation on this long holiday weekend, but now you can’t. Maybe it’s because of the economy; times are tough. Or maybe travel isn’t as fun as it used to be. Or the idea of going through another search at the airport is not appealing to you, especially with kids and all their gear in tow. Maybe you’re simply tired and just don’t want to pack or travel.  So, how can you still have fun, locally, happily, and on a budget? Staycation!

Everyone is being affected. So what can you do with your family that won’t cost much & will still allow you to enjoy? Enjoy the local fun. You can make it special.  Most of us are so busy day to day that we don’t ever seem to enjoy what’s in our very own backyard.

Some helpful hints for how to handle your Staycation:
Plan each day:
Without a plan, you will not have any fun, as your household chores and other life obligations will take a priority. This could leave you and your family feeling stressed instead of gaining the needed rest.

Don’t over plan:
Leave a day open “to do nothing”. Over-planning each day can lead to overload.

Meet a few obligations:
Set aside specific times for chores, banishing them at all other times. After all, you wouldn’t be able to clean house or garage if you were away, would you?

Schedule some alone time:
It can be a simple pizza night with a movie rental and a glass of wine. Or get a babysitter for just two hours. Whether you are a single parent or a couple, you can enjoy two (2) hours of “me” time. Then, you’ll return a happier parent. Life is what you make of it. Many times, we forget enjoy the simple things.

Some low budget ways to have fun
Ride bike trails, use public parks, play in your own backyard:
The family will remember the good times when you played with a frisbee, football, hula-hoops, badminton, and water slides or sprinklers.  Maybe you can even do a treasure hunt!

Scrapbooking, arts & crafts, other hobbies, and board games:
The kids will love this family time.  Kids love pictures of themselves.  You can do all sorts of activities with this.  Be creative!

BBQ Party with just a few friends:
Keep it simple so you can enjoy. If you make it big, you’ll be knee deep into clean up, asking yourself, ‘What was I thinking?’

Other possible affordable fun activities
Beach
Zoo
Museum
Aquarium
Movies – Consider a matinee.
Local amusement park

Keep in mind that this is a lot cheaper than a traditional vacation in which your expenses can include flights, hotel, car rentals, gas, and dining. It also saves you a lot of time and stress, as you won’t be packing or planning for the getting away. After all, if you plan it right, you can have fun and get away right in your own back yard.

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the special rare treat of extra time with your love ones. After all, it’s about spending quality time with your family and loved ones.  In the end, it’s the only thing that matters.

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