Friday, May 20, 2011

Sleepy Teenagers a Common Problem

We've all read articles that laud the benefits of sleep -- it restores, it repairs, it rejuvenates. Most adults readily see the rewards of a good night's sleep.

Personally, I love to sleep. It's one of my favorite activities -- maybe it's not an activity, but I love it anyway. When it's time to peel away the world and crawl into bed, I'm a happy camper.

With teenagers, it's a tougher sell. There are so many more interesting things -- most of which involve electronics -- to be doing. Problem is, after staying awake until 2 a.m., they sleep through the first couple of class periods the next day.

There is a good article at the NPR website that includes practical answers to parents' questions. It doesn't offer solutions, but you'll find some food for thought. I emailed it to my son (he's 19), but he won't see it for awhile. It's noon, and he's still asleep.

For the minority of teenagers who sleep long but not well, parents can speak with their teen's doctor about the possibility of doing a sleep study. The Fauquier Health Sleep Center is located in Warrenton and can help determine if there are any underlying factors.

The Zombies Are Coming. Are You Ready?

I love the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website. It has tons of reliable information on diseases, injuries, emergency preparedness and lots of other topics. But recently, the folks at CDC went above and beyond. There is a blog on the site that addresses a very real problem: what to do in case of a zombie apocalypse. At last, some real, practical advice for those tense times when the brain-hungry are at your door.

Go to www.cdc.gov and click on Zombie Blog in the beige box at the top of the page. Or, just click here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

June Calendar of Events for Fauquier Health

Wednesday, June 1
Lecture on Ear Infections
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Dr. Jairo Torres, Ear, Nose and Throat physician, will speak on “Chronic Ear Infections: What Parents Need to Know”
Register: 540-316-3588

Monday, June 6
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: Four sessions; June 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, June 8
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 9
Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When:10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Saturday, June 11
First Aid/Adult/Infant & Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65

MS Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When:1 to 3 p.m.
Register: 800-344-4867

Wednesday, June 15
Breast Feeding Made Simple
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, June 16
Baby Care Essentials
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $25

Saturday, June 18
First Aid/Infant & Child CPR
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore room
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60
Register: 540-316-3588

Tuesday, June 21
Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23
AARP Driver Safety Program
Where: Sycamore Room
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Details: $12 members, $14 non-members

Wednesday, June 22
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, June 24
Babysitter Training
Where: Sycamore Room
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Register: 540-316-3588

Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Family Birthing Center
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Wednesday, June 29
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fun Veggie Recipes for Kids




Here's a fun website for parents who want some creative ideas about healthy eating for kids. Get the kids to help create these imaginative snacks. They'll love them!