Woodloch Pines Family Resort Amps Up The Adventure

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Award-winning family resort adds a level of intensity to its Active Vacations Program starting this May

familyjogFamily travel trends have started to take an interesting swing toward the adventurous. In order to meet those needs, Woodloch Pines Family Resort is ready to roll out its VENTURE program this spring. Showcasing new adventure partners, expanded locations and extended hours, the Woodloch Pines team is ready to help families rise to the challenge this family-travel season.

“We have been seeing an increase in families wanting to take advantage of our adventure sports,” stated John Kiesendahl, owner and general manager of Woodloch Pines. “Beaches are for wimps! Families want adventure, challenge and unique ways to bond and reconnect. Of course we also offer a sandy lakeside beach for post-adventure relaxation,” continued Kiesendahl.

With strong support and loyal followers, the Active Vacations Program will be gaining intensity this May, just in time for National Family Wellness Month as it adds new activities and offerings to help vacationing families become more aware of how fun and easy it can be to keep an active lifestyle. The VENTURE program will be available beginning in April and will include the following:

· An expanded Archery Course to include evening archery

· New Stand-Up Paddle Boards available beginning Memorial Day Weekend for private lake experiences or group-led challenging exercises.

· Delaware River White-Water Kayaking Excursions with new partner Northeast Wilderness Experience*

· Hot Air Balloon Adventures for couples and families with new adventure partner Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons*

· Challenging forest Paint Ball course*

· Zip-lining

· Climbing Wall

family· Nature Trails

· Trap Shooting

· Mountain Biking

· Water Skiing

· Lake Kayaking, Paddle Boats and Sail Boats

The Active Vacation Program takes a three-pronged approach to family wellness and awareness. Physical, emotional and nutritional components need to be addressed when aiming for integrated family wellness. The program includes:

Physical activities:

· Family Fitness Classes

· Family Fitness Exercises (done individually), developed by kids fitness expert, Steve Ettinger.

· In addition, there is a Passport to Fitness which highlights all of the social and physical activities that promote an active lifestyle. Passport holders will get “stamped” after participating and will potentially win a “Woodloch Medal” when the passport is full.

Emotional activities:

· Keep it simple, spend time with family

· Reconnect in meaningful ways with loved ones

· Bond-building games designed to reconnect and encourage families to unite together
Nutritional options:

· Woodloch Pines has partnered with Greener Fields Together™ to create a program that provides local meats and produce and promotes sustainable food sourcing.

· The family-style meals now feature kid favorites that are revamped to pack in nutrition. For example, macaroni and cheese and spaghetti entrees feature a vegetable-infused whole-grain pasta. Apples are options instead of French fries, and sugar-free desserts are now on the menu.

Designed to be informative and educational, the Active Vacations Program has been blanketed throughout the Woodloch Pines experience. New resources have been added to the website as well as to collateral materials and will continue to be added as the program evolves. The new VENTURE offerings and enhanced Active Vacations Program will kick-off in May 2014 during National Family Wellness Month.

All Active Vacation programming is included within the all-inclusive vacation price. Special May rates offer packages starting from $149 per person per night.
*Certain VENTURE program activities require a minimum age/height to participate and may have limits on the number of people participating. Those marked with an asterisk *also have additional fees that apply, and advance reservations are required.

About Woodloch Pines Resort:

Creating a magical experience for families since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort’s signature warm hospitality keeps guests returning year after year and offers a truly unique all-inclusive family vacation experience fitting for everyone’s taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and sister property featuring a luxury destination spa are just 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York City nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region.

Fun Outdoor Activities For The Whole Family

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rollerbladeWith spring in the air, and the last of winter melting away, most of us have warm weather on the brain. And with summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning those fun activities that get the entire family outdoors and into the spirit of the season. So, if you’re looking for fun, exciting ways to spend time with your family this summer, keep reading for a list of activities designed to keep your brood active, healthy and happy!

Rollerblading

Want to have hilarious outdoor adventures with your family? Give rollerblading a try! This super-fun activity offers cardiovascular benefits that equal those of running, cycling and other intense workouts, but is also amusing, light-hearted and fun for individuals of all ages. Plus, rollerblading can promote balance, endurance and flexibility, and is a great way to introduce kids to sports like hockey, figure skating, etc. So if you’re interested in picking out some rollerblades for summer and getting in on the inline action, check out the following tips for beginners:

• Choose the right skate. In order to provide adequate ankle support, skates should fit snugly. If your skates feel a little loose in the ankle area, try a smaller size or tighten up the laces.

• Protect yourself. Every skater, no matter their skill level, should wear the proper protective gear when rollerblading. Helmets, plus pads for the knees and elbows, are absolute musts.

• Take baby steps. Rollerblading requires a great deal of balance. To build your way up to serious skating, lace up your skates and practice walking in grass or gravel.

• Once you feel comfortable enough to actually skate, look for a flat, smooth surface on which to practice turning, stopping, etc. Go slowly at first, then try your hand at picking up some speed.

Lawn Games

Classic lawn games can be a great way to bring the family, and maybe even the whole neighborhood, together for some outdoor fun and excitement. To make the most of a beautiful day, consider getting your family and friends together for classic outdoor games like the ones listed below. For added fun, host a barbecue or potluck picnic, centered around some friendly competition.

• Croquet.
• Lawn darts.
• Badminton.
• Horseshoes.
• Beanbag toss.

Camping

familyvectorCamping can be a vigorous physical activity, especially when you add in hiking, swimming and other camping-related fun. And while taking the entire family on a camping excursion may seem like a lot of work, the rewards definitely outweigh the effort. Enhance your experience by keeping the following points in mind:

• When it comes to packing, less is more. Remember, your kids will have nature at their disposal, so leave the toys and electronics at home.

• Use rubber storage bins to tote your food, toiletries and other items.

• Don’t forget essentials like flashlights, bug spray, toilet paper, folding chairs, soap, sunscreen, a first aid kit, plates and cups, wet wipes, etc.

• In case of bad weather, bring along a few books, puzzles, or maybe even a board game.

• If possible, choose a spot near a lake, pool or other outdoor attraction. Don’t forget the swimsuits!

• Plan hikes and other activities during your camping trip. One great idea is a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of things found in nature (e.g., acorns, bugs, specific types of leaves and rocks), and see if each member of your family can find one of each item.

• So as not to tempt the wildlife, never leave food or scraps outside the tent. Likewise for trash and personal items.

Paddle-Boarding

If you spend any time at all near the water, you’ve probably witnessed the latest trend in water sports. Stand-up paddle-boarding, also called stand-up surfing, is quickly becoming a favorite among water lovers of all ages. And with good reason! Paddle-boarding is a lot like surfing; but, as the name suggests, lovers of this sport glide through water with the use of paddles, and typically stick to calmer waters. Benefits include fun in the sun, improved balance, enhanced strength and more. Beginners should heed the following advice:

• When choosing a board and paddles, consult an expert. Factors like height, weight and fitness levels really come into play, so, instead of buying online or from a private seller, visit a reputable shop and make use of the sales staff.

• Before boarding in deep waters or waves, get plenty of practice in calm, shallow waters.

• Safety first! Life jackets are a must.

With the activities listed here, your family is all set for summer fun and excitement. Plus, by staying active, you’ll receive added benefits to health, as well as the advantage of family togetherness. Have fun, and play safe!

Family Health And Weight Loss Tips

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By Dee Doanes

familywalk2It’s important to get the entire family involved in being healthy. If you have a child or are a parent who is dealing with health or weight issues, it requires involvement from the entire family. This will motivate all family members to make necessary changes and reinforce good healthy habits.

If you’re an overweight parent, in addition to losing weight, you want to make sure that your children don’t develop weight problems too. This is important since childhood obesity has long term effects that continue into adulthood.

According to several peer reviewed studies posted on The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ website, “Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.”

You don’t want your kids to be unhealthy adults. Now is the time to change your family’s health. Get started on the journey to good health by using these nutrition and fitness tips!

Check out these Family Health and Weight Loss Tips

1. Cut Back on Video Games and TV

When I grew up I spent lots of time outside playing with neighborhood kids—hopscotch and running in the yard. Now, when I drive around neighborhoods I see empty streets, definitely no kids playing. What the heck happened? Limit TV and video games to four hours per week. The entire family should go outside. Shoot some hoops and bicycle together. These are fun ways to exercise and lose weight, and will increase family bonding.

2. Eat and Grow Nutrient-Rich Organic Vegetables

motherdaughtergardenEating a diet based on organic vegetables is a great way to be healthy and lose weight. You don’t have to become a vegan, though vegetarianism works well for some people. Find a balance that works for you. Your daily diet should include a variety of food groups, such as: fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish, and lean meat.

Planting a small garden will show your kids how to grow food and get them directly involved in taking charge of their health. This is another great family activity that increases emotional bonding. I grow beets, basil, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes with my family.

Start small and poll your family on what two or three vegetables to grow. Assign garden duties to each family member and gradually add to your garden. Also, this is a continuing science lesson for your kids!

3. Cook at Home More

Cooking at home will save money, control meal quality, and allow more quality time with your loved ones. As a kid, my parents talked to me about school and friends at dinner time. There never was a rush. Today, a lot of kids tell me they eat in front of a TV or in the car. Texting and Tablet use are common at the dinner table. Occasionally, kids eat with the entire family.

Break away from these bad habits. Start with the entire family preparing the grocery list ahead of time. When grocery shopping read food labels together, so kids learn how to pick healthy food and not food high in fat, sugar, and salt. Then, cook using healthy recipes so the entire family can sit together and enjoy the meal.

– Dee Doanes is the founder and editor-in-chief of Health Plus Style, an alternative health lifestyle blog. She’s passionate about spreading the philosophy of the body, mind, and spirit connection. Her motto is, “Be free, be open, be happy!”

Keeping The Family Healthy During The Holidays

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Tips for Enjoying Meals Without Going Overboard

groupkidsThe temptations and treats of the holidays can have a significant impact on the entire family’s waistline. From cookies and candies to large meals and sugar-filled punch, holiday celebrations often focus on food and encourage overeating.

According to Rania Batayneh, nutritionist and founder of Essential Nutrition For You, a nutrition consulting firm, the average person gains five to seven pounds over the holidays.

Don’t let the joy of the season leave you feeling bloated and lacking energy while your children battle upset stomachs. Instead, practice mindful eating and utilize these tips to keep you eating healthy during the joyous season.

Eat Breakfast

Most people set themselves up for overeating by starving all day, says Batayneh. “We all know that this is not an effective strategy for many reasons and with all of the fattening and starchy carbs on the dinner table, you will likely feel the need to fill up on them because your body has been deprived all day.”

Instead of waiting for the main course, fill up on veggies and fruits in the early morning hours so your appetite will not be in rare form when the holiday platters are set in front of you.

Get Your Workout In

When the holidays arrive, try not to slack on your daily workouts. Encourage the entire family to take a walk or run early in the morning to decrease your appetite and provide you with the energy to get through the day of celebrations. Think about taking a post-dinner walk, too, suggests Batayneh. “This can even happen after the meal and before dessert,” she says.

Many gyms offer morning workouts or boot camps on holiday mornings to help you burn calories before the big meal.

Decrease Alcohol Intake

Between the stuffing, bread rolls and mashed potatoes, this meal is a carbohydrate-lovers dream, but not your waistlines, says Batayneh. Don’t overdo it by adding too much carb-filled alcohol to the mix. “Limit the portions of the above foods to make room for your glass of wine and to keep your blood sugar more stable,” she says.

Try opting for lower calorie non-alcoholic drinks or mixing sparkling water with wine for a wine spritzer to keep your figure in shape.

Limit Portions

myplateWhy is it that most holiday celebrations include large plates? Opt for a smaller plate to limit your portions. Portion size is key when diving into a holiday meal. You can still sample the best of the lean meats, veggies, potatoes and desserts, but you are less likely to over-indulge when you have smaller portions of each. Pay attention to your body, too, warns Batayneh. “If you feel full, put your fork down and enjoy the conversations,” she says. “The good news is that you can always take leftovers home and enjoy them the next day.”

Hydrate and Rest

To curb your appetite, stock up on water before the big meal. According to Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, a clinical psychologist, physical therapist and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness, dehydration is often misinterpreted as hunger, and people end up eating more as a result.

Beyond dehydration, there are other factors that can encourage weight gain during the holidays. “Sleep deprivation and stress are two key variables often present during the holidays that put on weight,” says Lombardo. Encourage the entire family to go to bed early the night before a big celebration and minimize the stressors that cause anxiety during the holidays.

Eat More

Although it may seem contradictory to eat more when you’re trying to stay healthy, consuming smaller, regular meals can help you to eat less. Lombardo suggests eating healthy meals and snacks leading up to the big meal so you are not feeling starved when inhibitions are not as strong.

When you are regularly fueling your body with healthy greens and fresh fruits, the temptation to eat just one more cookie or slice of pie is drastically reduced. When divulging on sweets, Lombardo recommends mindful eating. “Eat it slowly and mindful, enjoying every morsel without feeling guilty,” she says. “This will help you not feel deprived and actually enjoy it more.”

– Submitted by Ethel Wooten of Houston Nanny.

Family Is A Child’s Life Center

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

familysoccerWhile on a recent trip to Greece, my husband and I made a two-night layover in Rafina (the second busiest seaport town in the Athens area). The first night we spent there was Saturday, and our hotel was conveniently located about 4 blocks from the town center (square). After arriving in town at 10:30 p.m. we then decided to walk to the square and enjoy a late dinner.

Much to our surprise, the town square was alive with children, families playing and parents visiting friends while enjoying the cafes. The children were playing tag, kicking a soccer ball, and talking “best-friend” girl talk. Interestingly, both genders played together without an apparent agenda.

While it delighted both my husband and me, at the same time it brought back nostalgic memories of our childhoods. They were so different from the childhoods most of our children experience today.

The Rafina families were united by food, laughter, and friendship. The children were secure and ran back and forth between their friends and their parents. The parents knew the children who were playing with their kids and talked with them with as much ease as they spoke with their own children.

In the United States, we rarely see this behavior. Our children play inside on computer games, shoot “selfies” of what they want to be perceived as, and text people who aren’t with them. Our children have suffered a great loss when compared to the children in Rafina.

familyMost parents today try too hard to be their kids’ friends, and thus have sacrificed their duty of being parents. Today’s parents too often have lost the ability to say no, and rarely choose to spend family evenings socializing as a family group and/or with other families. Parents in the U.S. confuse giving their children stuff as being more important than giving them time. Work exhausts their time, and they choose not to interrupt the cycle for a night socializing with others face to face without texting or emailing. Americans have become vigilant about not missing something important at work, the office, or world happenings, but they are less vigilant about missing a strong family connection.

The community of Rafina has something invaluable to teach every American: “family” IS the center of life. If you lose your family, you lose a huge root system for all of your life.

I grew up like the Greek children I saw that night; most of the time my face had the same happy expression these kids had. My siblings and I, and our friends, knew we were loved. We were not hurried to grow up; we had security; and our family was at the core.

When was the last time you saw children playing freely with one another outside? How old were they? Do you hear sighs of boredom and frustration when your child is forced to spend time with the family and not use electronics? This should be a red flag that maybe we have been prioritizing stuff instead of giving our children some undivided time.

Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever.

Preparing For A Family Walking Holiday

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By Danielle Steele

familyGetting out and about with your loved ones is certainly a fantastic experience. This is even more so when you plan on trekking through the wilderness for days on end, enjoying some of the finest sights that nature can provide. As well as experiencing some amazing vistas, you’ll also keep fit and active, bonding with your loved ones in a manner that brings everyone together. Of course, you’ll need to plan your journey in the right way, especially since you’ll have to take care of your family in remote locations away from standard facilities. Here, we’ll look at a few of the most important aspects to consider when preparing for your next walking holiday.

Is the Route Suitable?

Since you’ll want to make the upcoming trekking adventure as enjoyable as possible, you’ll also need to think about your family’s physical capabilities as well as the type of outdoor gear you own. In this regard, you’ll need to choose a route that matches their exercise level. When researching nearby trails, keep an eye on the following characteristics:

• Amount of incline
• Change in altitude
• Type of walking surface
• Surrounding scenery

If you’re going on your first walking holiday, choose a path that’s relatively flat and that has a well-marked path. This will help remove most of the hurdles, giving you a simple holiday itinerary that each member of your family can enjoy regardless of their fitness ability.

Do You Have the Right Gear?

Now, you’ll need to prepare your loved ones for the forthcoming journey by supplying them with the necessary gear. If you’re spending a few nights in the wilderness, you’ll need a decent tent, some cooking supplies, and the right bathing necessities to make a comfortable journey in which everyone can enjoy themselves significantly. You’ll also need to think about the clothing that you bring along. Avoid purchasing anything too cheap as this won’t be durable enough for the expedition.

Is Your Family Prepared?

Now that you’ve got the right equipment, you’ll have to hone your loved one’s physical capabilities to get through the upcoming walking holiday with ease. After all, if you just spend your time in front of the television, going on a three-day trek with no fitness preparation is a recipe for disaster. This means that you should plan an exercise routine before you depart to build up your loved ones’ fitness levels. You can do this by putting on your walking gear and heading to the park every weekend. Start by trekking to the maximum limit possible and then build up the duration slowly each time that you and your family practise your walking after that.

What Belongings Do You Need?

Now, you’ll need to think about what you should take along with you on your next wilderness adventure. You’ve bought your clothing and accessories, but you should also think about other items as well. Some of the most important include:

• Food and beverages
• Toiletries and bathing products
• First aid and medication
• Maps, compasses and guidebooks
• Cameras, GPS trackers, etc.

Depending on where you’re going, you’ll need different items for your adventure. For example, those walking through villages might be able to stay in a local motel instead of a tent. Likewise, if you’re passing a river, lake or waterfall, you should bring along some swimming gear, towels and sunscreen so you and the family can cool down along the way.

– Danielle Steele represents Trekwear, a company based in the United Kingdom that offers clothing and merchandise for skiing, running, and cycling. Find out more of the products such as walking sandals available from Trekwear on their website.

Mental Health And Children: A Family Affair

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By Adelle Cadieux, PsyD

friendWhen talking about mental health, focus is often given to how the disease or condition affects the individual living with it. However, what about that individual’s loved ones? Mental illness affects the whole family.

Mental illness, mild or severe, disturbs people’s ability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. Changes in mood, personality, and social behavior can put stress on the family. When the family member with a mental illness is a child, the dynamics within a family can shift; increasing the amount of attention and family resources devoted to that child. It is important to be cognizant of how a family is balancing the amount of focus given to a child with a mental illness, as at times that attention could be at the expense of other children or even a spouse.

By being mindful about the impact of mental illness to the entire family, parents can make pointed efforts to preserve or regain healthy balances within their home. Below are realistic strategies for parents to consider implementing.

Families Dealing with Mental Illness – Tips to bring about balance:

• Get organized – Structure time so that each child gets dedicated, special time with parents, and so that parents get dedicated time with each other. Make note of the dedicated time on your family calendar. It is crucial each family member feel important and connected.

• Focus on the positive – Try to minimize how “different” the child with the mental health issue is from the other siblings. Instead, focus on each family member’s positive qualities and strengths. Each family member brings something unique and positive to the family unit.

• Think ahead – Know the situations that tend to trigger the most problems and prepare ahead of time. For example, grocery shopping can be boring, over stimulating and/or triggering for some children, particularly children working through mental illness. Plan ways to incorporate children’s help or keep them busy with games.

• Keep being a parent – Parents can get fatigued, but being overly lenient will add more work to a parent’s day in the end. Establish structure and expectations of all the children within a family. Provide consequences to reinforce behavior (praise, privileges, etc.) and negative consequences for inappropriate behaviors (removal of privileges, etc).

• Be perceptive – Watch for changes in behavior (increased arguments, withdrawal or spending more time alone, aggression, changes in sleep/appetite, changes in academic performance, mood swings).

• Seek help – If a sibling has had changed in behavior, consider getting additional support to help the child deal with the stress of having a sibling with a mental health illness. Support groups, counselors and other health professionals can help a parent give greater attention to the needs of both the child with mental illness and their siblings.

Working together and being mindful of the experience of each person within a family unit can help families dealing with mental illness gain balance, strength and common ground.

– Adelle Cadieux, PsyD, is a pediatric psychologist at Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Cadieux provides evaluation, treatment and psychological testing for children and adolescents at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. She has a special interest in treating children with eating disorders and obesity. Cadieux earned a master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Central Michigan University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. Cadieux is a member of The American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Division 54: Society of Pediatric Psychology, and Division 54 Pediatric Obesity Special Interest Group.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of nine hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 130 ambulatory and service sites; 975 advanced practice providers and employed physicians including members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart physician groups; and Priority Health, a health plan. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 19,200 employees. The organization provided $204 million in community benefit during its 2012 fiscal year.

Balance your Family Right This Summer!

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By Helen Agresti

familyAre you setting your child up for a healthy life? Your willpower as a parent will most likely determine the health of your child’s life as an adult. Naturally, children acquire their parents eating habits and practices.

Now that summer vacation is upon us, most parents stress over the abrupt change of schedule and finding enough activities to occupy their kids. Whether you’re a stay at home parent or a working parent, it’s a challenging time to be a chauffer, cook, and housekeeper. In the midst of this chaos, most parents find themselves taking the “whatever’s easy” or “convenient” path to feeding their family.

Even with game filled nights of lacrosse, soccer, or a swim meet, planning healthy family dinners 3-4x a week should be achievable. If we can make time for camps, practices, and games, we can find the time to eat healthy meals at home with our family. Many people often ask, but how do I balance our busy summer schedule with having enough time to prepare healthy meals at home?

Here are a few things you can do to achieve that balance:

1. Schedule family dinners on the calendar at least 1 week in advance. Pencil in an entrée on each of those days. For example, grilled salmon, barbecue chicken, pork tenderloin or pulled pork sliders.

2. Grocery shop with a plan. Work around your entrées for the week. Purchase enough produce to create easy to prepare side dishes. For example, corn on the cob, asparagus, salad greens, and zucchini.

greenpeppers3. Save time by having your vegetables washed and your entrée marinating prior to dinnertime.

4. Don’t commit to everything. Avoid spreading your family too thin. There’s nothing wrong with putting what’s best for your family first.

5. Limit your time on social media. Program your phone to alert you when it’s time to disconnect. We’re much more productive when we allow ourselves a specific amount of time to be social.

6. Enjoy the moment. Get your kids involved with preparing family meals. Use this time to talk and listen to your kids. Sitting down at a table with your family should be free of distractions from the television, phone, and laptop.

Cheers to a Healthy, Happy, and Safe Summer!

– Helen Agresti is a Registered Dietitian with Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC. For more healthy tips and recipes visit her on the web at pronutritionconsulting.com.

Impacts Of Medical Injury On Victim And His Family

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By Chelsey Lewis

doctorProfession of doctors and medical persons is highly sensitive, and mistakes made by them cannot be accepted. When a person consults some medical man, doctor surgeon or nurse, he expects quality and standard treatment by them. But unfortunately many cases of medical negligence have seen. Faults made by doctors during treatment of their patient turns into serious injuries sometimes leading to death. Due to the medical negligence very simple sickness turns into serious disease which is never even imagined by the patient. All such medical injuries can make life miserable for the victims and their families. Resulting factors of medical injury; pains, sufferings and financial losscan totally change the life of victim and his family.

Medical Injury Types

There are different types of medical negligence practices which result in different serious types of medical injuries. Misdiagnosis is one of the medical negligence, when doctor fails to identify exact extent and type of disease. Late diagnosis and delayed treatment is another medical malpractice. Wrong medication and prescriptions, unneeded surgeries, long term wrong treatment and negligent child birth care are some other types of medical negligence.
All these medical faults can harm patient with severe injury, sickness and even death. Different types of medical injuries resulting due to negligent medical treatment may include brain and spinal cord injury, heart or other organ failure injury, pregnancy related injuries, surgical injuries, beauty treatment injury, diseases gone out of control due to late diagnosis like cancer, hepatitis and tuberculosis and injury due to careless practices by medical staff.

Effects on Victim and his Family

Serious medical malpractices can lead to very distressing and disappointing effects on victim’s life and on life of his family.

* Pain and Suffering: first and major impact person receives is intense pain and extreme sufferings. This state is not only unbearable for the person himself but also for his family. It is possible that you would face major operation or surgery in result of medical negligence.

* Disability: life long disability or deformation can be the result of wrong treatment, injury resulting in amputation or disability of any other body part is devastating for person and his family. It is very depressing for a disabled personeither losing his leg, arm eye or other body part. Being dependent on others is something unendurable.

* Financial Loss: Unexpected serious diseases may totally destroy economy of an average person. Long term treatment processes, required operations, medication and prescriptionsand medical fees and all other costs can bring financial crisis to the person and his family. Moreover economical crisis in the form of loss of earnings and wages is also very serious.

* Fatality: In result of medical injury fatalities of victims have most tragic outcomes. Family of the person would face huge loss if they were totally dependent on victim. Other than loss of financial support, loss of moral support, loss of household help, loss of affection and love are much more significant in case of fatalities.

* Psychological Problems: Psychological problems last for long time and thus are more overwhelming and disturbing. Victim and his family are supposed to pass through most distressing mental trauma for long time.Unexpected anger, extreme frustration, deep depression, and long sleep are some common mental conditions faced by victim of medical negligence.

* Social Impacts: Victim of medical malpractice experiences difficulties in facing society; he lives isolated life, and presumes negative-image for himself and for all others. Medical malpractice brings long term changes in person’s life style, practices and thinking. Victim and his family face failure of all life plans and commitments.

– Chelsey is a dynamic member of personal injury law firm. She is a professional medical negligence Solicitor, also a legal adviser. Her strong Comments and forceful articles guide her readers about types of medical Injuries, their impacts and compensation claim methods.

** This web site is for advice and information purposes only. Opinions expressed by other individuals on this web site through guest posts or comments does not mean the creators of this website support or disagree with their opinions or products. For direct questions on this article, please contact the author (Chelsey Lewis) directly.

Good Nutrition Beyond The Family Meal !

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By Stacey Antine

healthyeatingboyFamily meals are an important tool to emphasize healthy eating and social habits, but the sky is the limit when you connect good nutrition to exploring the great outdoors on family time! Warm weather means it’s time to shut off the TV, to stop texting and get connected with trees, birds, worms and so much more right in our own state, town or backyard. Here’s how to get started on your exciting outdoor adventure with family and friends:

• Mark the Calendar. Schedule play dates with nature at parks, farms, farmers’ markets events and botanical gardens by getting them on the calendar when everyone (pets, too!) is available and then, start the research!

• Start a Garden. From my personal experience of working with thousands of kids of all ages, they love to grow, harvest and cook with their hand-grown food. There is nothing more rewarding for a child (or grown-up kid) to plant carrot seeds, watch their tops grow and then, dig for orange gold when these delicious carrots loaded with beta-carotene are ready to be harvested. Remember you won’t see dancing chicken nuggets in the garden or cans of soda being dumped on the plants because it would hurt the plants. Once kids make the nature-nutrition connection and apply it to their own bodies, their light bulbs go off and you will see their food choices move in a healthier direction.

• Jump into Composting. Composting and gardening go hand-in-hand. It’s an exciting way for the family to eat more fruits and veggies to help build up the pile, reduce landfill garbage, get some exercise and hang out with worms!

• Variety Cures Boredom. Each weekend can bring a new adventure by visiting the local zoo, hike a new path, bike ride as a family and pack a fun, nutritious picnic at the local park. Splurge by camping overnight (I can promise you that you will not find any vending machines at these locations!).

• Go Veggie Picking. Visit a local farm that offers the public the opportunity to pick your own produce and enjoy the experience knowing where your food comes from.

• Bring the Binoculars. Sitting still is a new concept for many of us in our 24/7 lifestyles, but if you just rest and take in the sites, you will be amazed to watch nature at work!

• Keep a Journal. Kids love to create journals of their experiences including what foods they picked and tried, what bugs they found, and any other family adventure. Everyone can participate in drawing, writing or adding stickers of what was observed. Don’t forget the camera!

Get planning and enjoy the great outdoors with your family and remember that good nutrition is an experience that can be achieved beyond the plate at the family meal.

– Stacey Antine, MS, RD, founder, HealthBarn USA, author, Appetite for Life and recognized as top 10 dietitians nationally by Today’s Dietitian magazine for her work with HealthBarn USA.