Archive for November, 2011

Less Meat, More Plants For Healthier Monument Kids

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Less Meat, More Plants For Healthier Monument Kids The meat-heavy Standard American Diet (SAD) is, well, sad. Monument diets high in meat and low in plants are the reason we have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. If you have been eating the SAD diet for the past 30 years, you probably ought to get your cholesterol checked.

How can we help our Monument kids eat more live foods? One of the best ways is to grow them yourself.

You can plant a garden in a yard, in containers on a deck or patio, or even in pots indoors. I have seen each of these types of gardens in my Monument neighborhood.

Your garden can be pesticide and hormone free. Your kids will have fun planting, weeding, and harvesting their own ‘crops’. Our children don’t need to grow up believing that carrots and spinach come from the produce section at their nearest Monument grocery store.

My family is trying to eat less meat and more plant-based foods. I also sell a fantastic antioxidant plant-based product. For more information on my kids favorite health food, call me today at 719.439.0142.

Treating Colorado Springs Kids’ Minor Cuts And Bumps

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Treating Colorado Springs Kids' Minor Cuts And Bumps

Spending lots of time outside is important for healthy kids in Colorado Springs, and with all that outdoor adventure come the inevitable bumps, scrapes, and cuts. But parents in the Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs areas shouldn’t fear, all you need to know are a few simple steps for treating your children’s minor injuries.

A minor cut should stop bleeding on its own, but using a clean cloth and applying gentle pressure may be necessary.

Once bleeding has stopped, rinse the wound with water and pull out any debris with alcohol-cleansed tweezers. The area around the wound can be cleaned with mild soap and a washcloth, no hydrogen peroxide or alcohol is necessary.

Once the wound is clean, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment. Appropriate topical antibiotics can be found at any drugstore in the Colorado Springs area. Next, you should cover your child’s wound with a bandage. When the bandage becomes wet or dirty it should be changed. Once a wound has healed enough to keep infection out, bandages should not be used since air exposure will speed your child’s healing.

Remember to watch for signs of infection such as redness, drainage, increased pain, swelling, or warmth. Contact your Monument, Woodland Park , or Manitou Springs area pediatrician if you have any other concerns.

I’m Elsa Shields of Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Children’s health in Colorado is very important to me. I am the owner of a Colorado Springs home business that sells a nutritional chocolate product. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/ or call me at 719.439.0142.

Keep Kids Hydrated In Colorado Springs

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Keep Kids Hydrated In Colorado Springs

Children, with their smaller body weights and higher turnover of electrolytes and water, are very susceptible to dehydration. Most Colorado Springs parents know to look for the signs of dehydration when their children have a stomach sickness, but even healthy kids are at risk for dehydration, especially when they are outside on warm, sunny days. The risk is particularly high for kids who play outdoor sports in Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs.

Since dehydration is such an important issue in children’s health, be sure to insist on regular fluid intake before and during all physical activity. Opt for lightweight, loose, and light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Also, stay in close communication with coaches and make sure they are aware of dehydration risk.

Children who don’t exercise much, are obese, or who are sick, have an increased risk of dehydration. It’s important to allow all kids to acclimate to the heat when the temperature goes up in Colorado Springs. Let them take it easy for the first few practice sessions.

It’s also important to help your kids recognize the symptoms of dehydration:

Thirst
Dry mouth
Headache
Dizziness
Cramps
Excessive fatigue

My name is Elsa Shields and children’s health is a top priority of mine. I am the owner of a Colorado Springs home business that sells nutritional chocolate product. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/elsashields/.

Rethinking Denver Schools

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Rethinking Denver Schools Welcome to today’s Healthy Denver Children blog. This site is dedicated to promoting children’s health in the Denver area.

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last 20 years, you have heard about the obesity epidemic among U.S. children.

There are many worthwhile programs in the Denver community that promote healthy eating habits and increased exercise for our youngest residents. I came across an interesting article last week that focused on how the design of schools can affect children’s health in general and obesity rates in particular.

‘Many schools were planned without thought given to how students can safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Playgrounds have been cut from budgets. An overemphasis on competitive sports has created a disproportionate amount of funding going to a select group of high profile sports, while minimizing the opportunities for the majority of students who desperately need exercise.’ Joel K. Sims, AIA, “Designing Schools To Fight Childhood Obesity,” School Designer, May 2007, http://www.schooldesigner.com/Articles/Designing-Schools-to-Fight-Childhood-Obesity-Part-1.asp, accessed on May 16, 2011

Here are some suggestions for making schools fitness-friendly:

  • Incorporate features of professional health clubs
  • Partner with community fitness centers to create multi-use facilities
  • Combine electronic entertainment and exercise
  • Incorporate movement into lesson plans

As we plan for new and renovated Denver schools, let’s take our children’s fitness into consideration. As Denver parents and educators, we can also promote lesson plans that incorporate movement. I also believe we need to look at how our tax dollars are spent. Do competitive sports programs in Colorado receive more than their fair share of available funds? Could we better use this money to provide exercise opportunities for all Denver children?

I encourage you to raise awareness of these issues in your Colorado city. The only thing that will spur change is if parents, educators, and government leaders work together to lower the obesity rates in our Colorado communities.

Elsa Shields
719.439.0142
esshields88@msn.com

~101 Ways To Praise A Child-

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

~ Wow ~ Way To Go ~ You’re Special ~ Neat ~ Outstanding ~ Excellent ~ ¬†Great ~ Good ~ Astonishing ~ Well Done ~ Remarkable ~ Tops ~ Amazing ~ I”m Proud ~ You’re Sharp ~ Fantastic ~ Superstar ~ Nice Work ~ Looking Good ~ Beautiful ~ Thumbs Up ~ Now You’re Flying ~ You’re Catching On ~ Now You’ve ¬†Got It ~ Incredible ~ Bravo ~ You’re Fantastic ~ Hooray ~ You’re On target ~ Right On ~ Nice Job ~ Smart ~ Good Job ~ That’s Incredible ~ Hot Dog ~ Dynamite ~ You’re Beautiful ~ You’re Unique ~ Good For You ~ I like you ~ You’re A Winner ~ Remarkable Job ~ Beautiful Work ~ Spectacular ~ Stunning ~ You’re Darling ~ You’re Precious ~ Great Discovery ~ Fantastic Job ~ Hip, Hip Hooray ~ Bingo ~ Magnificent ~ Marvelous ~ Terrific ~ Phenomenal ~ Super Work ~ You’re Important ~ Sensational ~ Creative ~ Super Job ~ Exceptional Performance ~ Your’re A Real Trooper ~ You’re Responsible ~ Exiting What An Imagination ~ Good Listener ~ Fun ~ You Tried Hard ~ You Care ~ Sharing ~ That is A “10” ~ You’re A Good friend ~ I Trust you ~ You’re important ~ You Mean A Lot To Me ~ You Make Me Happy ~ I’m here For You ~ You Make Me Laugh ~ You Brighten My Day ~ I respect You ~ That’s Correct ~ You’re A Joy ~ Smart ~ You’re Wonderful ~ You’re perfect ~ Awesome ~ A+ Job ~ You’re A-Ok ~ My Buddy ~ You Made My Day ~ The Best ~ Hand Shake ~ Eye Wink ~ High Five~ A Back Pat ~ A Big Hug ~ A Big Kiss ~ Say I love You ~ Remember: A smile is worth a thousand words.

Colorado Springs Kids and Bug Bite Dangers

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Colorado Springs Kids and Bug Bite Dangers Healthy Colorado Springs kids love to play outdoors, but Colorado parents need to be aware of a potential danger: bug bites. The ability to tell a harmful bug bite from a benign one is essential to keeping your active Colorado Springs child safe.

Flea bites are common in Monument, Woodland Park , and Manitou Springs. They appear as a rash on a child’s skin with individual raised spots that might have a puncture in the center. Colorado Springs children will usually complain of itchy skin if they have been bitten by fleas.

Bee and wasp stings, also common in the Denver area, can be differentiated by the number of stings. Bees only sting once, lose their stinger and then die, whereas wasps (as well as hornets and yellow jackets) can sting multiple times. Colorado homes often harbor wasp nests under the eaves.

The sting of a fire ant will usually cause Denver kids to have a red hive that may develop into a itchy, pus-filled lesion. Chiggers, which are tiny arachnids, cause multiple itchy red welts on kids’ skin. Check your local Colorado Springs drugstore for itch-relief products and watch the welts for signs of infection.

Ticks bites will cause an uncomfortable redness on your Denver child’s skin and may even swell. Since ticks can carry harmful diseases, you should contact your Colorado Springs area pediatrician if you child has had a tick bite.

My name is Elsa Shields and children’s health is very important to me. I sell a fantastic nutritional product for Colorado Springs families. Call me at 719.439.0142 if you would like more information. Thanks for visiting my Colorado Springs children’s health blog!

XoBiotic Squares Is A Turnkey Business, Start Today!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

XoBiotic Squares Is A Turnkey Business, Start Today!

If you are interested in starting your own online business in Colorado Springs, but don’t what product or service to sell, I invite you to consider the XoBiotic Squares opportunity or another network marketing business.

Few Colorado Springs entrepreneurs have a unique concept for a new venture. And those that do find that it takes a lot of time and money to develop the idea into a business. Capital is hard to come by for first timers. Fortunately, MLMs are turnkey operations. The concept, product, and marketing materials are there for you when you sign up.

If you are ready to start a home based business ASAP, find a product that gets you excited.
XoBiotic Squares did it for me. When I tried it for the first time, I knew that I had found my new business.

If you would like more information about the Denver Xocai Nuggets business, let’s get together to talk about it. You can email me at esshields88@msn.com or call me at 719.439.0142 to learn why I chose XoBiotic Squares.

Exotic Pet Dangers In Manitou Springs

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Exotic Pet Dangers In Manitou Springs

Does your child have an unusual pet? Many Manitou Springs parents have bypassed cats and dogs for pets that don’t leave hair, urine, or vomit on the carpet. Ease of care, however, is not always a wise trade-off. Manitou Springs parents should be aware of the multiple health and safety risks associated with reptiles, rodents, ferrets, primates, and even fish.

The following list of pets and the possible dangers reads like a script for a horror movie:

Fish: infections that can cause lung disease, skin infections, and leprosy
Hamsters: a virus that causes irreversible nerve damage
Hedgehogs: salmonella, yersinia pseudotuberculosis, rabies, and fungal infections
Iguanas, lizards, snakes: salmonella (the animals themselves can tolerate levels of salmonella far greater than humans)
Monkeys and other primates: herpes B (can cause meningitis in humans), tuberculosis, serious injury
Ferrets: these fierce critters with razor-sharp teeth have maimed many children
Prairie dogs: tuleremia (often fatal infection)
African Gambian rats: monkeypox (smallpox-related disease)

The foregoing information was taken from an excellent U.S. News article which can be found at http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/on-parenting/2008/10/06/8-pets-that-pose-major-health-threats-to-kids

With proper hygiene and safety precautions these pets may not cause problems, but it is important to understand the possible dangers. Consult an expert for comprehensive instructions on caring for any traditional or non-traditional pet.

Thanks for visiting my Manitou Springs Children’s Health Blog. I sell many nutritional products for Manitou Springs parents. For information about XoBiotic Squares and Xocai Nuggets, contact me today.

health consultant Elsa Shields
719.439.0142 esshields88@msn.com
XoBiotic Squares
Xocai Nuggets

~Hello Friday!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Fight Fatigue Friday

There are lots of ways to fight fatigue. You’ve had a long, productive week and perhaps you’re dragging just a tad. Let us help you snap out of it.

Do this today: Choose 3 fatigue-fighting activities from the list below and accomplish them by the end of the day.

1. Get on the move. It may seem counterintuitive — you’re so tired you can barely drag yourself home at the end of the day, so why would climbing a few flights of stairs or walking the dog help? In fact, exercise is one of the best ways to combat fatigue. More movement, not less, boosts energy levels. Fifteen minutes should do you wonders.

2. Cat nap. It sounds simple, but how often do you get a good night’s sleep? If you actually keep a log of your sleep habits, you may find that your late-night puttering robs you of precious shut-eye hours. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. If you’re sleep deprived, a 5-minute cat nap will resuscitate you – maybe at lunch you can put your head down or take 5 in your car.

3. No flour or sugar. While sugary snacks and caffeine-laden soft drinks may give you a short-term boost, they will quickly dump you into a low-energy slump. What should you eat instead? Try an apple or pear along with 1 ounce of almonds for a low-fat energy boost. Stick with whole fruits or veggies and lean protein to keep your energy reserves peaked out.

4. Cooling eye mask. Okay, you may feel a little silly, but who cares how you look? These eye masks typically contain a cold-retaining gel. Keep a few in the fridge and pop them on at the end of the day when your eyes are burning from computer glare or throbbing with tension. Look a little funny, feel fantastic – and if you don’t happen to have an eye mask at work, improvise by putting some moist paper towels in the fridge.

5. Get the beat. Put on some music that gets you going. Remember when you could dance until dawn and watch the sun rise? Those days may be long gone, but your old Michael Jackson album may give you just enough energy to power through the last few hours of work. The faster the beat, the higher your heart rate is likely to be – sort of like a jump start for your body.

6. Just say no. To too many commitments, that is. Do you feel exhausted because you try to do too much? It may be time to say no once in a while. And if the negative word is super-hard for you to say, then practice with a qualified yes. As in, “Yes I can complete my TPS reports, but I can’t do it this month. How about next month?”

7. Soak your fatigue away. Take a hot bath — the warm water loosens tight muscles and cuts stress, leaving you with more energy. A hot soak can erase the day’s tensions and leave you ready to face the rest of your evening with a little bit of pep. Plus, it will help you sleep better.

Hey, you had a hard week. You’ve earned some “YOU” time. Have a great, relaxing, rejuvenating weekend!

Denver Mega-Meals: Don’t Eat The Whole Thing!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Denver Mega-Meals: Don't Eat The Whole Thing!

It’s no wonder that many Colorado Springs children and teens struggle with weight issues. What is considered a ‘normal’ food portion has been getting bigger and bigger. In some cases, as with gargantuan Colorado Springs fast food soft drinks and Denver Costco muffins-on-steroids, it is absolutely ridiculous. And extremely unhealthy.

The findings from three large national surveys demonstrate:

‘Hamburgers have expanded by 23 percent; a plate of Mexican food is 27 percent bigger; soft drinks have increased in size by 52 percent, snacks, whether they be potato chips, pretzels or crackers, are 60 percent larger.’1

Colorado Springs restaurants and Denver food and beverage manufacturers are not the only ones sabotaging our children. Portion sizes have increased in homes, also.

If Colorado Springs parents are going to help their children maintain a healthy weight, learning proper portion sizes is critical. If we don’t know the size of a healthy portion, how can we teach our children?

The Mayo Clinic website has a great slide show that helps Denver parents and other children’s health advocates understand what ‘4 ounces’ or a ‘half cup’ actually looks like. You can see it here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/portion-control/NU00267

To order a terrific nutritional product for Denver kids, call me today!

Elsa Shields   719.439.0142   esshields88@msn.com

1John McKenzie, ‘Food Portion Sizes Have Grown, A Lot,’ ABC News, Jan. 21, 2011, http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=129685&page=1, accessed on June 28, 2011