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Winter 2009

Living with Asthma during the Winter Season

Oftentimes we look forward to winter as a refuge from the hot Texas summers - cooler weather, lots of indoor celebrations and good family fun. However, those cool temperatures and crowded gatherings should also be cause for increased awareness of asthma triggers.


Inspire Kids to Eat Better with Creativity

The holiday season is a great time to educate children about good nutrition and eating habits.


Pack a First Aid Kit

Regardless of how careful you and your child are, injuries are bound to happen now and then. So, a well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have - in your home and in your car.

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Free Program Teaches Diabetes Prevention

The “Healthy Kids” program offers free diabetes-prevention classes for children ages five to 18 who are overweight or who have other risk factors for developing diabetes. Families who attend will receive information about healthy food choices, benefits of exercise and the importance of choosing a healthier lifestyle to prevent diabetes. Snacks and amazing prizes are also provided!

The program is FREE, but registration is required. Classes are available in English and Spanish and are held at various locations around Austin including the
East Communities YMCA, Rosewood-Zaragosa Clinic,
Seton Kozmetsky Clinic,
Seton McCarthy Clinic
and Seton Topfer Clinic.

Please call
(512) 324-4911
for more information
or to register.

Safe Kids Walk this Way

Pedestrian injury remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages five to 14. To help avoid injuries while walking outside, Safe Kids USA recommends that parents teach their kids:

  • Do not cross the street alone if they are younger than 10 years old.
  • Stop at the curb before crossing the street.
  • Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing.
  • Walk facing traffic.
  • Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Do not play in driveways, streets, parking lots or unfenced yards by the street.
  • Wear white clothing or reflectors when walking at night.
  • Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.

Good Health for Kids is produced by Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.
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