Watchful Waiting Doesn’t Work: New Obesity Treatment Guidelines for Children & Teens

Available for Interviews: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Franchell Hamilton, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FOMA, is the Founder of NeuroSwitch™ Weigh Loss–a place for people to receive treatments ranging from bariatric surgery and medical weight loss to hormone therapy. Dr. Hamiltion is also the author of two books, Transformation Is a Mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . .

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How Emotions Play a Role in :

    • New! Updated obesity treatment guidelines for children and teens include behavioral therapy, lifestyle changes (for the whole family), medications, and surgery (for some) young people.
        • The American Academy of Pediatrics says more than 14.4 million children and teens live with obesity. Children who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, bone & joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Bringing Families Together With Music

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

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Bringing Families Together With Music:

As we fall into Fall, don’t you feel like this year has just flown by?

Although it’s sometimes difficult to agree on what to do together, I love adding music to activities and find that most kids do too — whether it’s an impromptu dance party, karaoke, or creating a playlist for a family outing.

If you’re looking for ideas for a family activity, here’s a fun Fall challenge for your family, that will not only fuel creativity but also remind you of what this year was all about.

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Obesity in Kids Is an Epidemic Problem. Here are 6 Healthy Eating Tips for Parents

Available for Interviews: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Franchell Hamilton, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FOMA is the Founder of NeuroSwitch™ Weight Loss. Dr. Hamiltion is also the author of two books, Transformation Is a Mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . .

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Obesity & Kids:

    • During the pandemic, the national rate of obesity among kids ages 2 to 19 increased to 22.4% in 2020, up from 19.3% in 2019.
    • In the U.S., childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.
    • Caused by eating more processed foods and less physical activity as well as socioeconomic differences.
    • Bariatric surgery is becoming more prevalent and a standard in the pediatric population.
    • Better nutrition and increased physical activity with parental support remain a must.
    • https://stateofchildhoodobesity.org/data/cdc.gov

Mindfulness Activities Help Kids Balance “Screen” Overload

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. New for 2022, Levitt has launched a new professional development resource for teachers called PD Reimagined.

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Mindfulness Activities for Kids:

    • Mindfulness really means real-time awareness: consciously tapping into our awareness, which is achievable only when we create space with intention where we can observe thoughts, feelings, sensations, our environment, etc. without any expectation or judgment.

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Arrested Development: Debunking the Myth About What Causes Burnout

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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Human Development & Burnout:

Whether you are getting in arguments with colleagues, taking 3-hour lunch breaks, regularly calling out sick, or quitting your job, burnout manifests as a series of avoidance, withdrawal, and acting out behaviors.  With this in mind, burnout is simply maldevelopment.  If we understand burnout as maldevelopment, then by definition, we can understand that burnout is caused by an insufficiency in one of the 3 core ingredients required for healthy human development.  

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If Divorce Was a Baseball Game, Here’s 3 Steps to Play Fair

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer who has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

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3 Steps to Managing a Divorce:

Divorce would be easier if we played it like baseball.

There is the warm-up, the relationship between the pitcher and catcher along with the hitter and the first base coach, and finally the running of the bases.

Baseball’s a great game! 9 players on the team; 4 bases; one ball, and easy scoring. The players know how to hit the ball, run and catch it. I’m aware of the strategy behind the game, the one we never notice while watching the game, sipping our cold beer, stretched out in the warm sun.

I couldn’t help but think that divorce would be easier if we played it like baseball.

In baseball, players warm up before the big game. That’s what couples need to do; envision themselves playing catch to warm up for a divorce. If couples could all warm up together, it’d be a different game.

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8 Mental Health Activities to Best Support Kids and Teens

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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Mental Health Support of Our Children:

    • It is important to teach our children about mental health early in life because mental health is health. Human behavior is a manifestation of feelings and thoughts that then elicit specific actions and activities. The epidemic of chronic physical diseases that ail us as a society can be prevented, cured, or managed by lifestyle modification, or by simply changing our behaviors. Therefore, good mental health is a necessity for the consistent and sustained behaviors required for lifelong physical health and overall well-being.
    • It’s often challenging to identify a child’s specific mental health needs. Unlike physical health needs, mental health needs are difficult to target because they are often invisible, and hidden inside the individual until disclosed through direct communication or maladaptive behaviors.

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Cultivating Emotional Intelligence for a Healthy Mind and Body

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

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Emotional Intelligence:

    • Emotional intelligence is an understanding of how emotions work, and how they can be processed for a healthy mind and body. But what is unique about the My Mama Says approach is that we don’t teach it in a singular way (meaning one emotion at a time)—the reason for that is that we never feel one emotion—they ALWAYS come in groups. And since they influence each other, emotions can look very different depending on what other emotions they present themselves with. The way we look, act, and feel is the result of the entire group of emotions, NOT just a single emotion.

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What’s Your Parenting Style? Why It Matters.

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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4 General Parenting Styles and Why It Matters:

It’s very helpful for parents to know where they fall when it comes to parenting styles. Awareness can help parents carry out their parenting responsibilities more effectively and support healthy emotional growth in their children. How parents communicate, relate, and discipline has lasting effects and can influence their behavior not only through their childhoods but also throughout adulthood as well.

While we can separate parenting into four general styles, it’s important to note that parents rarely fall into one specific category. In general, parents may favor one style over the rest. There are generally four main parenting styles per the research:

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Healthier Sweet Options for Halloween

Available for Interviews: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Franchell Hamilton, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FOMA is the Founder of NeuroSwitch™ Weigh Loss–a place for people to receive treatments ranging from bariatric surgery and medical weight loss to hormone therapy. Dr. Hamiltion is also the author of two books, Transformation Is a Mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . .

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Healthy Halloween Options:

Here we go, and here comes the start of the holidays! Halloween is upon us and it’s important to look at healthier options if you’re concerned about the extra consumption of sugar, fat, and calories. Here are some healthy Halloween tips:

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