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Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids

Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids

from Eastern Idaho Public Health Raising a child in today’s world can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips that will help you raise safe and healthy kids. Get check-ups and vaccinations. Routine check-ups, including dental and eye exams, help...

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Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Blake Cameron, DDS, FAGD, Aspen Dental Fellow Academy of Laser Dentistry Have you ever passed by your child’s bedroom before going to bed and thought you heard a razorback hog in there with him or her? If that kind of noise comes from your child’s bedroom while...

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Hand Washing: Why Is It So Important?

Hand Washing: Why Is It So Important?

from Southeastern Idaho Public Health Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. You can spread certain “germs” casually by touching another person. You can also catch germs when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and...

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Brush Up on the Basics of Dental Care

Brush Up on the Basics of Dental Care

Blake Cameron, DDS, Aspen Dental When was the last time you heard someone say, “I can’t wait to go get my cavity filled!”? My guess is never. If you’re like most people, you would rather have your dental visits end with a congratulations from the dentist, telling you...

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10 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Matthew S. Payne, DO, East Falls Primary Clinic The holidays are an exciting time of year filled with family traditions, festivities and plenty of delicious foods. With it being a busy time of year, sometimes we put our own health on the back burner and forget to take...

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Holiday Food Safety

Holiday Food Safety

from Southeastern Idaho Public Health  With the holidays upon us, many Idahoans will be preparing holiday meals for their family and friends. The holidays are usually a joyous occasion, but if the meal is not properly prepared it could be a source of foodborne disease...

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Learning  from Loss: Teaching Children to Cope With Death

Learning  from Loss: Teaching Children to Cope With Death

Tara Bone, contributing writer When my oldest son was three, he begged to get a Betta fish. As parents, we felt this was doable — how hard could a fish be to care for? We brought the fish home and our son affectionately named him “Grape.” He loved Grape. He watched...

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Preventing Suicide in Idaho: How You Can Help

Preventing Suicide in Idaho: How You Can Help

From Eastern Idaho Public Health Completed suicides are statistically rare, but Idaho has some of the highest rates of suicide in the United States, ranking fifth in the nation in 2015. Though rates are high, it’s important to know that recovery from suicidality is...

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Family Mealtime: Tips for Success

Family Mealtime: Tips for Success

McKenzie Rockwood, RD, Citrus Pear Family life seems to be packed with activities and responsibilities. As parents, our days are overflowing with desires to participate in games and activities, congregate with friends and family, rejuvenate ourselves with physical...

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Back-to-School Immunizations

Back-to-School Immunizations

Mimi Taylor, M.S., public information officer, Eastern Idaho Public Health August reminds us that school will be starting soon and summer will be fading into fall. Is your child up-to-date and fully vaccinated for school? If not, make sure to add back-to-school...

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Stay Cool in the Extreme Heat

Stay Cool in the Extreme Heat

Courtesy of Southeastern Idaho Public Health With the joys of summer come the perils of extreme heat. Extreme heat can cause a variety of illnesses and can even be fatal.  For this reason, Southeastern Idaho Public Health wants to share some tips for staying safe...

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Why Sun Safety is Important

Why Sun Safety is Important

Mimi Taylor, M.S., public information officer, Eastern Idaho Public Health  With summer practically here, more people will venture outside to work and play. Activities like swimming, hiking, biking, yard work and backyard barbecues will expose our bodies to the...

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Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Thomas Baker, DMD, Baker Pediatric Dentistry Parents often spend time looking for a pediatric doctor, learning what to expect during their child’s first year, and how to potty train their child. They receive pamphlets in the mail about formula, diapers and the...

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Safe Food Preparation for Picnics and Barbecues

Safe Food Preparation for Picnics and Barbecues

Courtesy of Southeastern Idaho Public Health  To decrease the risk of foodborne illnesses during the upcoming summer months, Southeastern Idaho Public Health would like to remind the public to take the following precautions when enjoying a picnic or barbecue with...

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Seven Ways to Adapt to a Healthier Lifestyle

Seven Ways to Adapt to a Healthier Lifestyle

Kara Campbell, contributing writer  The fire is burning! You sign a two-year gym contract, download a meal plan that cuts all carbs and buy two cartloads of veggies, Slimfast and prepackaged “lean” meals, and five days later you are hiding in the storage room crying...

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Do You Know Your Risk of Developing Cancer?

Do You Know Your Risk of Developing Cancer?

Mimi Taylor, M.S., Eastern Idaho Public Health I have worked as a Cancer Prevention Specialist for many years. So, imagine my surprise when I asked my husband a few simple questions about cancer risk and he didn’t know the correct answers. I went online to see how...

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Eat More Fruits and Veggies — Because More Matters!

Eat More Fruits and Veggies — Because More Matters!

Courtesy of Southeastern Idaho Public Health Are you having a hard time eating your fruits and vegetables? The majority of Americans don’t get enough fruits and vegetables. According to the 2013 Idaho Behavioral Risk Surveillance System Survey, only 17 percent of...

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Five Ways to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

Five Ways to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

Dana Rigby, NASM, Fitness Research Lab program director, Icon Health & Fitness The holiday season has arrived! For most people, this means eating — lots of eating. With family obligations, traveling, parties and delicious meals, it’s no surprise that belt lines tend...

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Does My Child Need Braces?

Does My Child Need Braces?

Thomas C. Baker, D.M.D, Baker Pediatric Dentistry This is one of the most common questions I hear from parents. I typically try to explain to parents that most patients never actually need braces as it is mainly an elective procedure, but for aesthetic reasons, braces...

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