Media Story Tips from Creighton University Health Sciences
Holiday Season Doesn’t Need to Spell Sugar Blues for Diabetics
November is American Diabetes Month. One of the most challenging seasons for diabetics and others watching their weight – Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day – is rapidly approaching. The most important thing a diabetic can do is plan ahead, according to Joni Pagenkemper, a registered dietician who works with diabetic and cardiac patients at Creighton University Medical Center. Stepping up your exercise routine, practicing moderation when eating, and making a few healthy ingredient substitutions to those cherished family recipes, can help keep the season jolly, she says.
Your youngster may already have visions of TMX Elmo, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii dancing through his or her head, but Ray Heller, M.D., of Creighton Medical Associates warns that choosing appropriate Christmas gifts for young ones is not mere child’s play.
Among his recommendations when selecting toys this holiday season: Follow manufacturer age recommendations, avoid toys with small and sharp parts for younger children, and choose gifts that encourage physical and creativity activity. When buying new gaming systems, be sure to check video-game ratings and set usage limits for your children, he adds.