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3 Critical Toy Safety Rules For Winterset Parents

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Between holidays and birthdays, there are plenty of opportunities for gift giving in the Redfield area, so parents are often on the lookout for toys to give at the next big event. Toys can promote children’s health by stimulating the mind, encouraging imagination, or by getting kids moving around and exercising. But whatever toy you choose, make sure it is safe.

Next time you are browsing the toy aisle of your favorite Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor department store, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Be sure that you purchase toys that suit the child’s age and abilities. Buying a toy that is meant for older children is a possible safety hazard and should always be avoided.

2. Once you’ve chosen an age-appropriate toy, read all of the enclosed instructions before allowing your kids to play with it.

3. This can be difficult when you have children of differing ages, but you should always make sure that older kids play with toys containing small parts away from younger children, and never allow them to leave the game pieces unattended.

And, speaking of gifts, remember that ribbons and strings should be taken away immediately after a gift or toy is unwrapped.

My name is Derrick Winkel and I am passionate about kids health in Stuart. I want to help parents in and around Redfield to raise healthy children and I do this by discussing important issues in my Children’s Health Blog, such as proper nutrition, immunization schedules, and safety.

I own a home based business here in Winterset that sells Xocai Omega Squares. If you would like to learn more, call me at 949 412-1001 or visit me on the web at http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Thanks for reading, Redfield parents!

The following webpage was consulted for this post:
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Holiday-Safety-Tips.aspx, accessed on August 15, 2013.

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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3 Tips For Improving Winterset Kids’ Attention Spans

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Hello Iowa parents! Today in the Winterset Children’s Health Blog, we are going to look at various ways to lengthen kids’ attention spans. An increased attention span can improve learning ability as well as behavior and is an important aspect of kids health in Stuart.

1. Find an activity that will hold their attention. This might mean that you need to experiment with different types of toys and crafts. One child might enjoy building blocks while another may become engrossed in an art project. There are many craft and hobby stores in the Lorimor, Peru, and Stuart area where parents can get great ideas.

2. Recorded stories are a wonderful resource for increasing attention spans. Have your child lie on the floor and close their eyes, then play a recorded story. When it’s finished, have your child retell the story to you. Local Redfield libraries are perfect for finding recorded books and stories. Or you can download audio books for your iPad or other electronic reader.

3. Make sure that your child is using age-appropriate toys, crafts, and media. Age recommendations can be very helpful when deciding what activities will effectively engage your child.

Remember that it’s natural for different children to have varying attention spans, but the attention span of all kids should improve with age.

I’m Derrick Winkel and I am passionate about helping Iowa parents raise healthy and happy kids. I try to keep apprised on the latest in proper nutrition, childhood obesity, and immunizations. I am the owner of my own Winterset home business that promotes Xocai Omega Squares. If you are interested in learning more, please visit my website at http://derrickwinkel.com/ or give me a call at 949 412-1001.

Chocolate Advocate Derrick Winkel
Winterset, Iowa 50273
949 412-1001
371derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
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The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Paxton, Jackie, & Shoemake, Teresa, “Fun Ways to Increase Children’s Attention Span”, http://www.atu.edu/research/ProfessionalDevelopmentGrants/06-07/JackiePaxton/Final_Report-Fun_Ways_to_Increase_Children_s_Attention_Span.pdf, accessed on October 10, 2013

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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Lorimor Kid’s Health: Guard Against Chapped Skin

Lorimor Kids Health Guard Against Chapped Skin

When it comes to your Lorimor child’s health, you might first think of their diet. While putting vitamins and minerals inside your child’s body is important, you also need to pay attention to what is going on on the outside. I’m talking about your child’s skin.

The skin is our body’s largest organ and when skin’s smoothness is disrupted, small cracks and openings can create an entryway for bacteria and germs.

Active Lorimor kids don’t often think of the condition of their skin until it starts hurting. Playing outside in hot, cold, or dry weather can lead to small cracks around knuckles or nails. This painful condition is called dermatitis, or extreme dryness. Temperature extremes in Lorimor make it harder to keep skin moist and healthy – dry, chapped and cracked skin is common in summer and winter.

Many kids lick their lips until they turn red or bleed. Reminding your child to drink plenty of water can prevent over-dryness.  Using a humidifier during the night in your child’s bedroom can also help.

Make sure you leave moisturizing lip balm in handy locations: by their bed, the front door and in the car so reapplying it becomes habit. Remind them to slick some over their cuticles as well, to prevent cracking.

Peru dermatologists suggest a using a daily skin moisturizer that contains shea butter and aloe to draw moisture into the skin and keep it in place.

Encourage Peru kids to use waterproof gloves when playing outside in the cold. Lightweight gloves with grips added to the palms are great for playing ball and riding bikes. In addition to protecting skin from dryness, they keep small hands from slipping. You can pick these up at Iowa sporting good stores or Peru big box stores.

Using a non-drying sanitizer is another way to prevent bacteria from entering through the skin. Look for brands that are alcohol-free to prevent excessive dryness.

For additional tips for Peru children’s health and to learn about a nutritional supplement kids love, contact me today at 949 412-1001!

Derrick Winkel
Winterset, Iowa zip code 50273
949 412-1001
371derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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Flu Shot Guidelines For Stuart Kids

Flu Shot Guidelines For Stuart Kids

Every year as winter approaches, many Stuart parents wonder if they should get their kids a flu shot.

Everyone gets the flu, right? Is it that big of a deal?

In most cases, the flu is an inconvenience, but not detrimental beyond missing a few days of school. However, Stuart pediatricians caution that it is extremely important for high risk kids to get a flu shot. Ditto if your child is in regular contact with a high risk person.

What qualifies a child as high risk? Stuart experts say that chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma puts a child at greater risk because the flu can contribute to serious complications. Many Stuart doctors also recommend flu shots for all children under five years old. Stuart experts advise getting your child’s flu vaccination as early as possible, in August or September or as soon as it is available, to protect them through the entire season which generally lasts from October to April.

Remember that two shots are required for children under the age of eight, given four weeks apart, for full protection your first year of getting vaccinated. Just one shot per year is needed after that.

Flumist is a nasal spray vaccine that can be given to healthy children ages two and up, an option that can be more child friendly. Side effects from either method of vaccination may include runny nose, muscle aches, vomiting, or low grade fever. The new flu vaccines offer protection from both H1N1 and the seasonal flu.

For more information on current Stuart children’s health issues or to learn more about my Xocai Omega Squares health and wellness business, call me today!

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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Hidden Sugar In Stuart Kid’s Snacks

Hidden Sugar In Stuart Kid's Snacks Excessive sugar is a serious health threat for Stuart children. Do you know how much sugar your Redfield son or daughter is really consuming? I am children’s nutrition advocate Derrick Winkel.

Here are some popular Redfield kid’s snacks with more sugar than I realized:

Yogurt covered raisins
Fruit Roll-ups, Gushers, and Fruit By The Foot
Quaker Rice Cakes
Yoplait yogurt
Gogurt
Juice drinks: Capri Sun, Minute Maid
Flavored milk

The next time you and your kids are shopping for snacks at your Stuart grocery store, Redfield convenience store,  or Peru ball park snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Limiting the amount of sugar in your Stuart child’s diet is an important step toward better lifelong eating and oral health. To hear about another great way to improve your child’s nutrition in Iowa, call me today!

Derrick Winkel 949 412-1001 371derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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Keep Your Redfield Kids Fit

Keep Your Redfield Kids Fit An important element in any Iowa child’s health is physical activity. Most young Winterset children are busy exploring their world and don’t need any encouragement to run, skip, or jump. But spontaneous activities like these may decline during the tween years when most Stuart children begin spending more time on indoor activities like TV watching, video game playing, and texting.

As Redfield parents we need to be more proactive during these years to make sure our kids are physically fit. Helping them choose a popular Redfield sport such as soccer, baseball, or skiing is an excellent way to encourage activity.

Provide active toys such as jump ropes, hula hoops, bikes, and roller blades and limit sedentary activities like movie watching.

Model the physically active behavior you want your Winterset child to have. Take walks with your kids. Take advantage of Redfield recreational options. Go snow boarding, swimming, or hiking with them to show them that being active and fit is important to you.

Active Stuart kids need healthy between-meal snacks such as dried fruit, nuts, string cheese, and protein bars. As a child’s health advocate in Iowa, I would love to share one of my favorite super-nutritious snacks with you. Please contact me today!

Chocolate Advocate Derrick Winkel
Winterset, Iowa zip code 50273
949 412-1001
371derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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5 Benefits Of Family Dinners For Lorimor Kids

Stuart Kids Health

Lorimor parents have to juggle schedules in order to help their kids use their time to do things that will help them be healthy and successful. Prioritizing is the name of the game for most Stuart, Winterset and Peru families. With all this competition for your child’s time, don’t discount the powerful benefits from simple family rituals such as family meal time.

Studies have shown that kids who have frequent family dinners gain the following benefits:

1. Their grades improve

2. The meals they eat are healthier

3. They are less likely to try cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana

4. They enjoy an increase in family communication

5. These children are less likely to suffer from childhood obesity

If your family dinners are less frequent than you would like them to be, here are some tips. Start by setting a small goal, like sitting down for dinner twice a week, and then add days on after that. Next, involve the kids by letting them help plan and prepare the meals and set the table. Lastly, always make mealtime a technology-free zone: no TV or phones allowed!

And remember, even if you’re in a rush and have to pick up dinner at a local Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor restaurant, take the time to sit down together to eat. Your family will still enjoy many of these benefits.

My name is Derrick Winkel and I want to help Winterset families to raise healthy, happy kids. I am the owner of my own Redfield area home business that sells Xocai Omega Squares. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http://derrickwinkel.com/ or give me a call at 949 412-1001. We can discuss various issues regarding kids health in Stuart.

Thank you for visiting the Redfield Children’s Health Blog!

The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Jeanie Lerche Davis, “Family Dinners Are Important,” WebMD, http://children.webmd.com/guide/family-dinners-are-important, accessed on Apr. 24, 2013

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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AAP Immunization Information For Stuart Parents

AAP Immunization Information For Stuart Parents In the past century, the rates of many serious diseases in the United States have significantly declined, in some cases, they have been virtually eradicated.

Many Stuart people have never met a person with measles, polio, small pox, rubella, tetanus, or diphtheria; though these diseases killed thousands of Iowa children in past generations.

One of the main reasons many dangerous communicable childhood diseases have been minimized in our area is due to Redfield children’s immunizations. The increase in immunization use has gone a long way to improve health in our Iowa communities.

Recently, I have noticed that many Stuart parents are questioning the children’s immunization schedule. I came across an informative American Academy of Pediatrics FAQ sheet that addresses most of the common concerns.

The AAP document entitled ‘The Vaccine Schedule, Why Is It Like That?,’ can be downloaded at http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm

I certainly learned a lot after reading the FAQ sheet and thought I would tell you about it here in my Stuart children’s health blog.

I think it is important for all Stuart parents like myself to be reminded of the scientific evidence that supports the use of the immunization schedule.

I am Stuart children’s health advocate Derrick Winkel. Call me at 949 412-1001 to learn about my favorite healthy snack for Iowa kids.

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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Three Cheers For The Family Dog In Lorimor

Three Cheers For The Family Dog In Lorimor

Lorimor parents want their children to be safe and healthy. Those of us in the 50273 zip code area spend a good chunk of income on keeping kids healthy: visits to Iowa pediatricians for well-child checkups; buying vitamins and medicines; and making sure they get enough exercise. Here is something that Iowa parents might not have thought of: having man’s (kid’s?) best friend in the home.

A group of Finnish researchers have recently found that parents reported fewer illnesses and less need for antibiotics for their babies where there was a dog in the household.

Benefits were also associated with cats, but not as much as with dogs – and especially dogs that spend much of their time outside.

The researchers are unclear exactly why a pet dog is linked to these health benefits. It could have something to do with the animal itself, or it could be the bacteria and germs they carry, giving just the right amount of exposure to infants to help create healthy intestinal flora and immune system.

Also, most participants in the study who had dogs lived in rural environments, and those without dogs lived in more urban settings, perhaps this has something to do with the study results as well. The Finnish study found the health benefits were evident with early exposure (during the first 12 months of life). On a side note, remember that dogs are not recommended for Lorimor people with asthma or respiratory issues.

Three cheers for the family dog or cat! (Well maybe just two cheers for cats.)

Thanks for visiting my Lorimor children’s health blog. Stay healthy, safe, and keep on being the great Redfield parents that our children deserve. To learn about my home based business selling Xocai Omega Squares, an extraordinary healthy snack, call me today.

The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Daniel J.DeNoon, “Many Babies Healthier in Homes with Dogs”, WebMD, http://children.webmd.com/news/20120709/many-babies-healthier-in-homes-with-dogs, accessed on July 16, 2012.

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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3 Easy Ways For Winterset Kids to Get More Antioxidants

Stuart kids shot schedule

Because antioxidants are associated with cell damage and cell death, parents in the Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor area often mistakenly assume that antioxidants are only important for adults and the elderly, those with more visible cell death and damage. But that simply isn’t the case. Everyone needs antioxidants for their health, even kids.

Antioxidants work their magic by protecting cells from free radicals. Free radicals are a by-product of the normal metabolic processes that take place in everyone’s bodies (even kids!) all the time. Free radicals may also occur from pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, or when the body breaks down certain medicines.

Free radicals damage cells through oxidation. You might remember from chemistry class that this is the same process that causes an apple slice to turn brown. During oxidation in the cells, DNA can be damaged and changed, which can create the beginnings of disease. A chain reaction of damage can also occur with one damaged molecule becomes a free radical itself and then damages another, and so on.

Now that you know their importance, here are 3 great ways to get more antioxidants into your kids’ diets.

1. Get more veggies on their plates at dinner time and in their lunch boxes

2. Make fruit the snack of choice for your family

3. When buying processed snacks, choose those fortified with antioxidants.

My name is Derrick Winkel and I sell X Power Squares in the Winterset and Redfield areas. If you are interested in learning more about how X Power Squares can be a part of your child’s healthy lifestyle, call me today at 949 412-1001.

Chocolate Advocate Derrick Winkel
Winterset, Iowa 50273
949 412-1001
371derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
X Power Squares
Xocai Omega Squares

Join Winner’s Circle today!

I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Winterset-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in November 2011. I sell the industry-leading X Power Squares and Xocai Omega Squares online and in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, and Lorimor. Our valued Redfield customers recommend Xocai Omega Squares because Xocai Omega Squares white chocolate by Xocai is healthy!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic X Power Squares home-based business in the Redfield area. Iowa entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Iowa healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/.

Call me at 949 412-1001 to own your own X Power Squares business in Winterset, Stuart, Peru, or Lorimor.

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