Margarine or Butter: The Heart-Healthiest Spreads

Butter. Yogurt butter. Olive-oil margarine. There’s no end to the variety of spreads available today. How do you know which ones are healthy for your heart? Heart & Vascular Institute dietitians Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, and Kate Patton, RD, LD, break down nine types of spreads for you below.   You can’t go by the … Read More

The Couch Potato Cure

When it’s dark long before dinnertime and temperatures are finger- and toe-numbing outside, the urge to hibernate hits. Although winter can be tricky, there are many ways to keep your children active during the cold months. The first step is to limit screen time, says Eileen Kennedy, PhD, pediatric psychologist with Cleveland Clinic’s Center for … Read More

Recipe: Sandwich on a Stick (Infographic)

Sometimes, presentation is everything. If your son or daughter is bringing that ho-hum sandwich back home uneaten, try our fun take on the traditional. Even the pickiest eaters can’t resist gobbling up our deconstructed version – which serves up healthy doses of calcium, whole grains and vitamin C.   Ingredients 1 slice whole-wheat bread 4 … Read More

Recipe: Holiday Gingersnaps (Infographic)

If you’re looking for a no-fuss – but festive – holiday treat that’s easy for the kids to help make, look no further than our Holiday Gingersnaps! Packed with flavorful cinnamon and ginger, they’re a lower-calorie alternative to many sugar-coated cookies around this season.  

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Allergy Shots: A Proven Option You Shouldn’t Ignore

Antihistamines and allergy medication offer a quick fix for the sneezing, runny nose, itchiness, teary eyes and difficulty breathing brought on by allergies. But a longer-lasting, proven treatment often goes ignored: allergy shots. “When it’s impossible to avoid allergy triggers or allergy medicine isn’t working, it may be time to consider allergy shots,” says Cleveland … Read More

Easing Heart Disease for a Loved One

When a loved one is diagnosed with heart disease, it is life altering for everyone involved. If someone you love—say a spouse or parent—has been diagnosed with heart disease, your committed support can increase longevity and go a long way toward a better quality of life for him or her. Here are some of the … Read More

How to Fight Childhood Ear Infections

By age 5, nearly every child has had at least one ear infection. Consider it a rite of passage, like learning to walk and getting your first loose tooth. But some kids seem to get more than their fair share of infections. To weary parents, it can feel like each time their child gets a … Read More

From the Jar or Blender: Which Baby Food Is Best?

The debate continues on whether homemade baby food is better than commercially produced food. Most moms have been in on the conversation at some point, whether or not they still have a 6- to 9-month-old. “Both types of food have pros and cons,” says Mona Rifka, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital. Baby food … Read More

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8 Tips for Talking About Bad Grades

Every child brings home the occasional disappointing grade. Sometimes their own hurt or shame is enough to set them on the right path. Other times, parental intervention may be needed to make sure it’s not the beginning of a pattern. But when is the best time to talk? And what do you say? Here are … Read More