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To Watch or Not to Watch: Media and Children

It's summer break again and the struggle to keep children entertained without school, homework and after school activities is back. It can be easy and convenient to turn on the TV and let your children get absorbed while you take care of other needs in the house.

Although it is tempting, it's best to encourage outdoor play and less screen time. The Academy of American Pediatrics recommends making children's rooms a "screen-free" zone and turning off the TV while eating dinner together.

By limiting electronic forms of entertainment and providing alternatives such as books, board games or simply playing outside, you can help guide your child's media experience.

Are you doing what you can to monitor and help guide your child's media use? Find out here.

Bus Kickoff

The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) launched the Happy Birthday Baby Book Vol. 2 with a bus kickoff on April 16th.

SCHD has partnered with the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) to promote the Happy Birthday Baby Book Vol. 1 and 2.

(Pictured: Director of the Shelby County Health Department, Yvonne Madlock, and the Happy Birthday Baby Book MATA Bus.)

Pregnancy and Exercise

Pregnancy can cause you to be tired and aching in places you didn't even know could ache. You may feel like now is not the time to walk the dog or pop in the yoga DVD, but exercise actually has many positive effects on pregnancy.


Exercise can:

  • Ease pains
  • Boost energy and mood
  • Help you sleep better
  • Prevent excess weight gain
  • Increase stamina and muscle strength
Before beginning an exercise program, talk to your doctor to make sure it's right for you.
Click here to get moving!
Dads and Depression

Mothers often go through postpartum depression, but what about dads? It's not completely uncommon for fathers to experience depression. Those who do should talk to their doctor or their child's pediatrician.


Do you know a depressed dad? Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website for information on how his depression can affect his parenting behavior.


To read about the father's role in a child's life, click here.

Allergy Tips

Spring is here, along with increased allergy-related sniffles, sneezing and watery eyes. Allergies can be caused by a number of things inside your own home. Dust mites, furred animals, pollen and mold are all common household allergens.


To determine whether or not your child has allergies, it's important to be familiar with allergy-related clues. Some of these include cold-like symptoms that last for more than a week or two and recurrent coughing.


Think you know the symptoms of allergies? Click here to find out if you're right.


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