Family Health Bits

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It’s springtime! Clean house, practice self-care and see to it that kids get a good night’s sleep.

Spring Cleaning! 

Get prepped for warm days ahead

HONEY & SAGE; HONEYANDSAGECO.COM; MONTHLY PRESCRIPTION PACKAGE STARTS AT $26
Kick off spring by practicing self-care – includes amazing skincare products, teas, bath soaks and more! Send a care package to a new mom or pregnant mom to fulfill her pregnancy and postpartum needs, plus these products help with stress relief and overall well-being.

SUKK STRAWS; SUKKSTRAWS.COM; $10
Lose the plastic straws and be good to the environment with these BPA-free food grade silicone straws. Comes in a four-pack; choose from colors including: Mother of Pearl, Blush, Black and Clay.

VEO CLEANER; VEOCLEANER.COM; $8.99 FOR THE 22 OUNCE
Spring clean the healthy and safe way – this microbiome product really does the trick using no harsh chemicals; instead using biotechnology while releasing potent probiotics to get down to the dirt and sneaky crevices. Available at Amazon.com and Walmart.com; coming to grocery stores across the country this year.

National Sleep Awareness Week March 8 – 14

How to Get the Zzzs You Need!

The National Sleep Foundation hosts Sleep Awareness Week on March 8 -14, celebrating sleep health and encouraging everyone to get more sleep to improve their health. Toddlers need 11 to 14 hours; preteens and teens require 8 to 10 hours. Here are some ways you can help your kids sneak in those extra zzz’s:

CREATE REGULAR BEDTIME ROUTINES — For better sleep habits — especially for little heads to hit the pillow at an ideal hour. Going to bed too late actually makes it harder for kids to fall asleep.

HEAD OUTSIDE — Burning off steam during the day really helps to create better sleep at night.

LIGHTEN THE ATMOSPHERE — Soft music and lighting, a comfortable temperature and satisfied bellies all set the scene for better rest.

DEVICES, OFF! — Turn off devices at least an hour before bed; the blue light found in iPads, computers and TVs can keep you awake.

Source: Sleep Foundation; sleepfoundation.org

Teen Smoking Decline; E-Cigarettes Rising

While the American Academy of Pediatrics reports a decline in smoking cigarettes for teens in a study called, “Trends in Smoking Behaviors Among U.S. Adolescent Cigarette Smokers,” the uptick in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers can’t be denied. Since e-cigarettes are loaded with nicotine, the news is not good. To learn more about kids and Juuling, click here. 

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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