June 14, 2024

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Priscilla Serrano did everything she could to keep her child’s teeth clean and healthy. She rubbed his gums twice a day with a finger brush when he was 3 months old. She brought him to the dentist before his first birthday. She weaned him off a bottle early, gave him healthful snacks, avoided juice, brushed his teeth twice a day, and even flossed for him.

But despite her best efforts, Daniel still developed two cavities before his 6th birthday.

“I was kind of devastated. You work so hard to prevent any of this, and then you see your child in pain,” said Serrano of Long Beach. “I was in denial at first. I was like, ‘No, I did a good job.’ But I finally accepted.”

At the time of year described by dentists as the scary season for teeth — a Halloween holiday laden with sticky, sugary treats — children’s dental care takes on a sense of renewed urgency. The stakes couldn’t be higher in California, where the health of little teeth is sobering.

A dental hygienist holds open the mouth of a stuffed animal so a young boy can learn good teeth brushing habits.

Dental hygienist Elizabeth Valdivia, right, holds a stuffed animal so that Armani Allen, 2, can learn good teeth brushing habits as he his held by his mother, Nicole Nelson, at the Children’s Dental Health Clinic in Long Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

California ranks among the worst states when it comes to pediatric dental disease. A national survey from 2020-21 found that 14.8% of the state’s children ages 1 to 17 had decayed teeth or cavities in the past 12 months studied — ranking 47th out of 51 among all the states and the District of Columbia.

“We’re really pushing for prevention because we don’t want to go down the line of having cavities, oral pain, possible infection and spread of infection,” said Dr. Abrey Daniel, a dentist with the Oral Health Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “Sometimes parents may just do a quick brush and not even notice that cavities are forming.”

Nationwide, more than half of children develop cavities by the age of 8, usually because of poor nutrition, bad hygiene habits or a lack of dental care. Other factors include drinking water without fluoride, inadequate saliva flow and genetics; even a child with good dental habits can develop cavities.

As with so many health issues, children from socioeconomically disadvantaged families are most at risk. The California Department of Public Health’s 2018-19 Smile Survey of third-graders found that children from communities of color and Spanish-speaking households are more likely to experience tooth decay. Latino children had the highest rates, with 72% having experienced some sort of tooth decay, compared with 40% of white children. Black children had the highest rate of untreated decay at 26% — almost twice the rate of white children.

Throughout the state, many low-income children have limited access to dental care, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fluoridated tap water, said Dr. Ryan Huang, the dental director at the South

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This is an installment of Good Fit, a column about exercise.

I took my first CrossFit Kids class when I was 10 years old, the summer between fifth and sixth grade. I remember a circuit that involved situps and running around cones, facilitated in the parking lot outside the CrossFit “box” my mom went to. I was immediately hooked. In part, I’m sure, because it was fun—the instructors were kind and encouraging, the other kids nice. But more fundamentally, because of what I hoped it would do: make me thin.

CrossFit itself is famously controversial, even when it’s just adults in question. Its critics argue that the workouts, which encourage participants to complete complex weightlifting movements as quickly as possible, are injury minefields. Die-hards say that this caricatures CrossFit, and that the mistakes of some coaches aren’t representative of the whole community.

At a more fundamental level, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman has described CrossFit as “a religion run by a biker gang”—and CrossFit the company historically appears to have incorporated the worst elements of both. Glassman stepped down as CEO and then sold CrossFit in 2020, following deeply racist comments about the murder of George Floyd, which themselves intersected with a corporate pandemic response defined by both dismissiveness and ignorance of science. (Glassman also faces allegations of workplace sexual harassment, which he denies but which were thoroughly reported by the New York Times.) Those crises set off a domino of CrossFit gyms’ disaffiliating from the brand—and the company, under new leadership and ownership, now faces the challenge of charting its future.

The controversy surrounding CrossFit’s exercise philosophy and the brand’s serious culture problems are even more pressing when you take into account the CrossFit Kids program, which has been a part of the company since 2006. The aim of the program is to provide “a physically and psychologically fun and safe space for kids to socialize while supporting a healthier lifestyle,” Nick Pappas, a CrossFit Kids seminar trainer (aka a trainer who trains trainers), said in an email. More than 3,500 CrossFit affiliates offered kids programs as of 2018, and that year there were 407 grade schools registered as affiliates, the company told me. Participants range in age from 3 to 18.

When I started CrossFit, the classmates who called me fat behind my back—and the adults who tried to subtly suggest various exercise routines to me—had already convinced me that I needed to lose weight. At CrossFit Kids, that was never explicitly the goal: The instructors talked about healthy lifestyle choices and the mental benefits of movement. But it was impossible to separate the kids’ classes I took from my underlying shame, vulnerability, and deeply rooted fatphobia. The atmosphere of the classes certainly did not dispel the idea that a central goal of exercise was to have a particular body shape: Adults at the gym discussed macros and the calories they were burning on the rowing machine, and swapped anecdotes about fellow gym-goers

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One of the easiest ways to pack healthy lunches for kids is to prepare pizza. You can make mini pepperoni slices or regular sliced pepperoni and top them with shredded mozzarella cheese. You can also pack a yogurt smoothie in a thermos or a sealable plastic container. You can serve this with a spoon.

Healthy school lunches for children

As the obesity epidemic continues to spread, a healthy school meal for your kid’s lunchbox is becoming increasingly important for the health of children. Research has shown that children who are not properly nourished have trouble focusing in school. Eating nutritious meals can also help children fight off illnesses. Eating nourishing foods is good for the immune system, which makes it easier for children to fight off the flu, colds, and other ailments.

Providing healthy school lunches for children is the responsibility of the school. Unfortunately, a majority of children are not provided with the nutrition that their bodies need to thrive. Providing a nutritious meal helps combat sickness, malnutrition, and poverty. To help combat these issues, schools must make sure that their children are served only the best and most balanced meals.

Children should also be encouraged to pack their own lunches. Having a say in what goes into their lunch is a great way to boost their confidence and teach them about the importance of macronutrient balance. If possible, consider taking a cooking course or workshop for children, so they can prepare healthy lunches themselves.

Recipes

Lunchboxes can be a challenge, but with a little creativity, you can make lunches that are both healthy and tasty. Wraps and sandwiches are great options. Wraps are a good choice because they can be made ahead of time. Mac and cheese is another great option. This two-ingredient meal is easy to make and a great choice for kids.

Egg rolls are a healthy way to pack eggs in a lunchbox. Boiled eggs get soggy and are tough for kids to eat, so egg rolls are a good choice. Egg rolls are also easy to make and are packed with fiber, protein, carbs, fat, and folic acid. Bananas are another good option, as they are packed with potassium. Potato patties are also a great option for lunchboxes. Just cook the potatoes until they’re golden on both sides and your kids will enjoy the delicious treat.

Another easy snack is a pizza pocket. You can use jarred pizza sauce but add finely chopped veggies. You can also make a Greek salad. This salad is full of colorful vegetables and is a fun alternative to the typical green salad.

Tools

When you pack lunches for your kids, you can do so much more than just pack a few boxes of snacks. There are tools you can use to make meal preparation easier, such as spoons, forks, and measuring cups. Some tools are even reusable. For instance, a lunchbox chalkboard lid can replace paper notes and can save you money on paper. Similarly, a miniature salad … Read More...

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HOUSTON – Texas Children’s Medical center has been named the 2nd-most effective pediatric medical center in the country, and the top selection for cardiology and pulmonology, in this year’s U.S. Information and Planet Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Texas Children’s enhanced on past 12 months, when it ranked as the 3rd-ideal pediatric medical center in the state. It also rated as the very best clinic in Texas for the 14th calendar year in a row.

“We are past thrilled with the most recent U.S. Information & Globe Report rankings that spot Texas Children’s Medical center next in the United States and initial in the state of Texas,” Mark A. Wallace, the hospital’s president and CEO, mentioned in a information release. “Consistent collaboration, newfound discoveries and remarkable individual treatment is what has brought us to wherever we are right now. I am exceptionally very pleased of this outstanding team and every little thing we have achieved with each other — and our promise to just about every loved ones is that we are just getting started.”

The Very best Children’s Hospitals rankings, introduced on Tuesday, are centered on information from 119 health care centers across the U.S. Texas Children’s is included on the Honor Roll, which acknowledges 10 pediatric hospitals that offer you a substantial level of care throughout several specialties.

Boston Children’s Hospital gained the top rated spot on the Honor Roll for the ninth year in a row, boosted by 1st-put rankings in 5 pediatric specialties.

Texas Children’s rated in all 10 of the pediatric specialties evaluated by U.S. News. The medical center rated to start with in cardiology/heart surgical procedures and pulmonology second in neurology, third in neonatology and nephrology fourth in cancer and gastroenterology fifth in diabetic issues/endocrinology and urology and eighth in orthopedics.

“I believe the most outstanding factor about Texas Children’s is that it has obtained a diploma of outstanding in every solitary specialty that we consider that is almost unparalleled,” said Ben More challenging, main of well being evaluation and controlling editor at U.S. Information. 

The Ideal Children’s Hospitals rankings are designed to help people discover the most effective care for small children who have scarce of existence-threatening clinical problems, according to U.S. Information.

Texas Children’s Medical center was the only pediatric hospital in the condition that was bundled on the Honor Roll, but many others have been recognized in U.S. News’ regional and specialty rankings.

Children’s Health care Heart Dallas ranked as the second-most effective pediatric hospital in Texas, whilst Cook Children’s Healthcare Heart in Fort Worth rated 3rd.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Medical center rated as the fourth-very best pediatric clinic in Texas. It acquired national rankings in four specialties: 27th in neurology, 35th in cardiology and gastroenterology and 49th in orthopedics.

MD Anderson Children’s Most cancers Healthcare facility also acquired a nationwide rating of 23rd in most cancers treatment.

The Finest Children’s Hospitals rankings are primarily based on clinical info and an annual study of countless

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