Helmet hair is cool

Each day in emergency rooms nationwide, more than 700 kids are treated for injuries received while riding bikes, skateboards and scooters. Many of these injuries are life-threatening and disabling. Wearing helmets and other protective gear, and following the rules of the road, can help prevent injuries.

I recommend the following tips to assure your child wears a bike helmet:

  • When you buy your child’s first bike, buy a helmet, too.
  • Make wearing a helmet a rule you enforce.
  • Be a role model; always wear a helmet when you ride a bike.
  • Let your child personalize the helmet by using stickers to decorate it.
  • Praise your child and others for wearing their helmets.
  • Help your child realize the head is the most important part of the body.
  • Help your child’s school establish and support the rule: “If you ride your bike to school, you must wear a helmet.”
  • Make sure the helmet fits properly. If the helmet is too loose, it is not protecting your child’s head.

Do your kids make positive choices when it comes to safety? Each day, they find themselves in many situations where they have to make a choice. The new exhibit, Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee makes learning about safety fun.

As kids climb, crawl and move through the exhibit, they’ll have to complete various health-related activities and challenges, including a take-off on the game, Operation.  Kids use a stylus to carefully navigate throughout their “days.” Along the way, they’ll be faced with situations in which they must choose the safest way to get out. If they make a bad choice, they’ll get buzzed.

Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! was developed in partnership with Children’s Hospital and Health System and brought to you by Kohl’s Department Stores. Learn more at bbcmkids.org.

-Colleen Schultz, Children’s Health Education Center.

Get moving!

Kohl's Healthy Kids:  It's Your Move is an exhibit at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee.

It’s a fact: At least half of kids do not take part in physical activity that promotes long-term health. Here’s another fact: Exercise is an important part of keeping kids healthy. Regular exercise helps kids:

  • Manage stress.
  • Build a positive self-image.
  • Learn in school.
  • Keep weight under control.
  • Build and keep healthy bones and muscles.
  • Get a better night’s sleep.

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Wash those germs right off of your hands

Kohl's Healthy Kids:  It's Your Move is an exhibit at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee.

Yea, it’s April! Spring has sprung, and that means cold and flu season is over, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, it’s hanging on. So, we have to continue to be good hand washers. After all, that is the best way to stop the spread of those pesky bugs.

Get your kids into the hand-washing habit early. Teach them to:

  • Wet hands with warm water to kill germs.
  • Place a small amount of soap in palm of the hand. (Turn off the faucet to save water.)
  • Rub hands together quickly, rubbing soap between fingers, on backs of hands and lightly scratching fingernails on palms of hands. Rub for as long as it takes them to sing their ABC’s or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
  • Turn on warm water. Rinse hands well, being sure to scrub while rinsing. Point fingers down in sink. This will rinse germs off hands.
  • Dry hands, making sure they are completely dry.
  • In public restrooms, when possible, turn off the water and open the door with the paper towel in hand. This will help prevent picking up more germs.

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The choice is yours – live healthy

Kohl's Healthy Kids:  It's Your Move is an exhibit at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee.

It sounds simple, but talking to your kids about eating healthy works. A recent poll found that 82 percent of Milwaukee kids who talk with their families on a monthly basis about eating healthy eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more water. Overall, they’re more likely to eat healthy foods. I recommend following the tips to help foster your child’s healthy habits today.

Serve a variety of healthy foods. Eating a variety of healthy foods helps us get the nutrients our bodies need. Take your child to the grocery store to see the number of fruits and vegetables available. I often let my daughter pick out one or two I normally wouldn’t buy. Together, we create healthy snacks with our choices.

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Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! opens soon

Who says learning about health can’t be fun? Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee has teamed up with Children’s Hospital and Health System to build a new exhibit, Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! And it is cool!

You’ll be able to jump into a giant, interactive board game with your kids and play your way to a healthy lifestyle. This exciting, new exhibit features action-packed activity stations and …Click here to continue reading