Health

Importance of Swimming Lessons

Summer: that time of year we all look forward to, filled with vacations, time off from school, outings with the kids and all around FUN. For most of us this will include activities in or around the water such as pools, lakes, rivers, oceans, and water parks. Many vacations are taken to a water oriented…

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Food Additives to Avoid

With the recent food and nutrition movements encouraging us to buy from local farms, grow our own produce, and lessen our processed food intake, most of us have heard something about preservatives and other food additives. Growing Up in the Valley decided to take a look at some of the more common chemical additives. We…

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Emergency Preparedness in Southwest Virginia

By definition “emergencies” are a serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation that requires immediate action. Dr. Stephanie Harper, Director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Departments wants families and businesses to proactively prepare for a wide variety of potential emergencies by taking some simple, proactive steps.   Too often, emergencies catch us off guard and…

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Zika Virus: Explained

Zika virus was reported in Africa and South East Asia as early as 1947 but it has increased in prevalence around the globe. In February of 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Dr. Stephanie Harper, Director of the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Departments of Virginia’s…

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Surprisingly simple potty training tips

(BPT) – Your toddler sits in unusually quiet concentration as you smile and give two thumbs up, the universal sign of encouragement between parent and child. After what seems like an eternity, when you’re about to give up hope, you suddenly hear the long-awaited sound of victory – that little tinkle that signifies potty training…

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Week 1 Fit Family Challenge VA-kick off event

Did you get to attend the Fit Family Challenge kick off event at the Star City roller rink this past Sunday? Our family went and it was a lot of fun! They had some vendors set up inside and outside that are participating in this challenge-like the dietician Kayla Williams, YMCA, Launching Pad, and Super…

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Fit Family Challenge starts soon!

Did you know the “Fit Family Challenge” starts this Sunday, May 1st?! This is the first year that it’s been offered in our area and I’m so excited that “Growing Up In The Valley” Roanoke VA magazine is running it.   Our family found out last month that we were selected as one of the…

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