It’s National Kidney Disease Month. Read These Tips for Better Kidney Health

| Brandie Heiseler

Your kidneys are very important organs in your body. Taking proper care of them will help you live better and longer. Many people don’t understand kidney disease or how to prevent it. For National Kidney Disease Month, you can learn how to better care for your kidneys and prevent disease.

Get Tested

kidney Kidney failure is a slow and progressive disease that usually has no noticeable symptoms. Kidney disease awareness is important. Unless your kidneys have been injured in an accident, you may not know you have kidney disease without medical testing. Your doctor can perform a few types of tests to determine kidney function. These are usually blood tests or urine tests.

The blood test for kidney function is called glomular filtration rate or GFR. This measures the amount of creatine in your blood. Creatine is a waste product produced by working muscles. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering this waste from the blood. If the kidneys are not working properly, this acid will build up to unsafe levels in the blood stream.

The urine test for kidney function is called albumin-to-creatine ratio or ACR. The urine is tested for the protein albumin. This protein that should not be found in urine. If the test is positive, it indicates your kidneys are not functioning as well as they should.
There are five stages of disease that lead to kidney failure. There is no way to correct full kidney failure, so it is a life-threatening disease. The best option for a person in the advanced stages is a kidney transplant. Health can be maintained with dialysis, but this does not heal the kidneys.

Diabetes and Sugar

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. When you have diabetes, your body has trouble maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood, so when you have high blood sugar your kidneys are under a lot of pressure to balance your system. They eventually become overloaded and begin to fail.

There are many things that may contribute to developing diabetes. Sometimes the disease is genetic, and there isn’t much you can do about that. Most diabetes, however, is brought on by a poor diet. Excess sugar in the diet is one of the leading causes of diabetes. It is important to avoid excess sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that children consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day. This is also a good rule for adults to follow. Diabetes can affect a person of any age. The sooner you take steps to avoid it, the healthier your kidneys will be.

Salt and Blood Pressure

Blood pressure also has a major impact on kidney function. When blood pressure is high, more blood is forced through the sensitive tissues of the kidney faster. Over time, this may damage the kidney tissue that filters the blood. This tissue is very difficult to heal once damaged.

Too much sodium in the diet contributes to high blood pressure. Salt may also pose a danger to the kidneys directly. Sometimes minerals like sodium will harden in the kidneys. The result is a kidney stone. The kidney eventually forces the stone through the kidney tissue. The process is very painful. It may also damage the kidney tissue, which reduces function. The damage caused by passing a kidney stone often does not heal. A scar will form that is never able to filter any blood.
You do not have to eliminate all salt from your diet, but you should keep it to a healthy level. This means not adding salt to most foods and avoiding processed foods already high in salt. You can help balance sodium levels by also getting plenty of potassium from food and drinking plenty of water each day.

Drinking Too Much

too much alcohol Your kidneys are responsible for getting toxic substances out of your blood stream. Alcohol is highly toxic to the body, so your kidneys work extra hard to get rid of it. When you drink too much, you put strain on your kidneys and may damage them.

Alcohol also dehydrates you. Your kidneys’ other job is to maintain the right balance of water in your body. Consuming alcohol can make this job much more difficult. Over time, this may result in lost kidney function.
It is important to know how much is too much. Three drinks or less per day is considered safe for your body and is unlikely to cause serious problems.

Your diet has a lot to do with your kidney health. By maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and smoking and choosing healthy foods most of the time, you can keep both your kidneys functioning for your entire life. Many of the conditions that lead to kidney disease are preventable.

Good Nutrition Made Simple: What to Remember During National Nutrition Month

| Brandie Heiseler

If you feel like you’ve fallen off the healthy habit bandwagon, you’re in luck. March is National Nutrition Month, so it is the perfect time to tackle that health commitment you made at the beginning of the year with renewed energy.

You may be wondering why we celebrate nutrition month and how it can help you get back on track. It’s simple really. Nutrition Month is a time set aside to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and exercise habits.

This year the National Nutrition Month theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” So instead of feeling like you have to change everything at once, you can start small, with just one fork at a time. Whether your eating habits involve preparing meals at home or making choices while eating out, it’s important to develop a way of eating that is sustainable.

Are you ready to join the movement? Then here are a few effective ways you can start putting your best fork forward.

  1. Eat a balanced, varied diet.

    balanced diet Eating a variety of nutrient dense foods across all of the food groups reduces your risk of many preventable and primarily lifestyle-based chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Work to incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your daily diet.

  2. Choose lighter options while dining out.

    Finding healthy options at restaurants is now easier than it ever has been. Most restaurant chains offer lighter, healthier choices. As you peruse the menu, look for options that are steamed or roasted. Likewise, ask for sauces, dressing, and cheese on the side, and control your own portions by asking for a to-go box and putting half of your meal in the box.

  3. Set a good example for children.

If you have children, you know how quickly they pick up on things. That is why it is especially important to model good eating habits for children. This modeling begins in the kitchen. Inviting your child into the kitchen to participate in age-appropriate cooking tasks is a fun way to get young ones involved. Serving balanced meals and making the time to enjoy dinner together is also important to help your family build healthy, mindful eating habits.

  1. Eat breakfast every day.

Breakfast is one of the most frequently skipped meals by everyone, but it’s also one of the most important. Breakfast helps get your metabolism going and sets the tone for your eating all day long. If you really don’t have time for breakfast, then at least grab a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts to give you a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.

  1. Drink more water.

drinking water Water is another essential to a healthy lifestyle. Your body uses water for nearly ever metabolic process it completes. If you have a hard time drinking enough water, try keeping a water bottle with you all day, using a simple tracking system, or flavoring your water with a few pieces of fresh fruit. Try to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water each day.

  1. Adopt the “one more” mentality.

It can be tough to completely overhaul the way you eat all at once. Instead of trying to do it that way, focus on getting in just “one more” healthy food choice each day. If you struggle with veggies the most, work on fitting in one more serving each day. Then once you have that mastered, move on to another healthy habit. Doing a little at a time will make the process much easier and help you stick with it.

If you really want to make your celebration of this month fun, then consider getting involved or organizing some nutrition month activities, such as

  • A cooking demonstration or nutrition event
  • A presentation at your local park or senior center
  • A food donation campaign for your local food pantry or shelter
  • A commitment to try one new healthy recipe as a family each week
  • A visit to a local farmers market or farm
  • A “lunch and learn” on healthy eating
  • A scavenger hunt for healthy foods or recipe ingredients

National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to refocus on the healthy habits you started in January or to invite others to join you in your efforts. Use these tips and remember that it’s about starting small and making simple changes every day that you can stick to long term.

The Benefits of Preschool Education

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Studies into healthy child development continues to record the positive impact that preschool education has on the development of children intellectually and socially. The developmental benefits are not just academic. Preschool education has been shown to impact nearly every area of a child’s life, learning and development, even many years into the future. And the benefits are seen across the socioeconomic spectrum. The benefits of preschool education programs for children from low income families are especially remarkable, leading to the creation of a number of state and federal programs designed to increase the enrollment of low income children in preschool.

So you might be wondering about some of the details. Keep reading for an introduction to some of the benefits of preschool education programs on child development.

Academic Benefits of Preschool Programs

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Preschool education is where learning begins!

The academic benefits of preschool programs have been well studied and documented. According to a report on the effectiveness of New Mexico’s pre-K initiative released by the National Institute for Early Education Research, four year old participants showed increases in math, early language and literacy skills.

Another study of Oklahoma’s preschool initiative reported that the study results “provide solid support for the benefits that such a program can have on the test scores of young children of differing ethnic and racial groups and from differing socioeconomic backgrounds.” The authors of the study go on to say that “the program appears to have its largest effects on the Letter– Word Identification subtest, which assesses pre-reading abilities; followed by the Spelling subtest, and finally the Applied Problems subtest.” Because of these statistically solid results, the authors conclude that “our research supports the proposition that a universal pre-K program financed by state government and implemented by the public schools can improve pre-reading, prewriting, and pre-numeracy skills for a diverse cross-section of young children”

Socialization Benefits of Preschool Education

It should be noted that preschool is first and foremost a bridge between unstructured and structured learning. From birth to preschool age, your child has been learning a ton about the world and developing verbal and large and fine motor skills. These skills are generally acquired naturally during the course of normal family socialization.

But just because they appear to be easy developments doesn’t meant that they are. In fact, the first years of life are some of the most rigorous and rapid periods of intellectual and emotional growth human beings ever undergo. By the time they are ready to start preschool, children are already well adapted learners.

The role of preschool is to guide learning in a more structured way and to ensure that age appropriate social skills are developed and reinforced.

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Preschool Programs at Watch Me Grow North Las Vegas

At Watch Me Grow Las North Vegas, we a re committed to providing your child with the quality preschool education they deserve. With a record of excellence and NECPA accreditation, you can be sure that your child is getting the best at Watch Me Grow. Come check out our programs and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education is an umbrella term that encompasses learning and developmental theories and teaching strategies for children from birth to the age of 8. Early Childhood education is a constantly changing and robust field of study and practice. One of the most well established facts coming out of the studies involving early childhood education is that toddler and preschool age children benefit both academically and socially from preschool and other education oriented day care programs.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is a great first step for your child!

Preschool and Early Childhood Education

Preschool is a great transitional milestone for both children and parents. As a parent, it is perhaps the first time that you have willingly surrendered your child over to a near total stranger for any significant period of time. Naturally, that in itself can produce a good deal of anxiety. To reduce this added stress, it is important that parents get to know their childcare providers.

For children, the preschool experience is actually slightly less traumatic. The world of a child is a world of wonder and new experiences. The preschool environment is just a new chapter in their day to day adventures. That is not to say that all children adjust perfectly. The most common issue children entering preschool face is separation anxiety. You can help your little one through this with these fantastic and easy tips

Preschool is the transition between structured and unstructured learning. It is the pathway to kindergarten and grade school and, later on, college and adulthood. As toddlers and infants, the primary learning environment for children is the home and family. It is here that the little scholars take their first steps, speak their first words, make their first mistakes and learn from all of it. It is a precious time for parents, often thoroughly documented in photo and video!

Benefits of Preschool and Early Childhood Education

Children fortunate enough to be enrolled in preschool or other early childhood education programs have an easier

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education at Watch Me Grow is designed with your child in mind!

time adapting to kindergarten. Long term studies show that preschool students actually end up earning more money, are less likely to need remedial or special education programs, are less likely to have behavior issues and have higher earnings later in life than children who did not attend a preschool or early childhood education program.

Children in early childhood education programs benefit significantly from the excellent socialization environment that is provided in these programs. Children learn to play, work with and learn in social groups, which teaches them concepts like turn taking, sharing and develops their sense of empathy and compassion for others.

These benefits prepare the little scholar of an early childhood education programs for learning in kindergarten and beyond!

Early Childhood Education at Watch Me Grow North Las Vegas

Watch Me Grow North Las Vegas is devoted to providing children the high quality early childhood education they deserve. With accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, the programs at Watch Me Grow substantially exceed the minimum state licensing requirements. Come check out or quality childcare programs, stop by or contact us online today! We look forward to hearing from you!

Starting Preschool Tips

| Brandie Heiseler

Starting preschool is one of the biggest milestones for both parent and child. The start of a child’s first preschool year is often the beginning of his or her first formal learning experiences. And it may also be the first time that parent and child have been separated for any significant period of time. Both the newness of the experience and the separation can create anxiety for parent and child. But if you are both prepared, the transition to preschool doesn’t have to be miserable and scary. Here are a few tips to help you and your child prepare for the first day of preschool.

Starting preschool tips for the Nervous Parent

Preschool doesn't have to be nervous butterflies. Come smile with us at Watch Me Grow!

Preschool doesn’t have to be nervous butterflies. Come smile with us at Watch Me Grow!

Believe it or not, parent are just if not more nervous than their child on the first day of preschool. As a parent of a young child, leaving them to the staff and teachers of a preschool can be an intimidating experience. This may be one of the few times that your child has been away from you for a long period of time and you worry about how they will take it. This cyclical worry in which you become worried about your child’s worry – – let that spin for a moment – – is a totally natural reaction. Follow some of these tips to help calm your nerves.

  1. Remind yourself of the great benefits that enrolling your child in preschool will impart on them. Keeping this positive thought in mind can help relieve some of your anxiety, which are mostly negative and defeating thoughts not based in reality.
  1. Get to know the teachers and staff a little before starting preschool. Getting to know the teachers makes it easier to leave your child with them. They are no longer strangers, but partners in your child’s development!
  2. Make friends with the other parents. Being able to share your concerns with another parent is a great way for both of you to deflect and dissipate the anxiety of starting preschool.
  3. Go do something for you! If you have up till this point been focused on your child, the start of preschool may be a great time for you to do some fun stuff that you have wanted to do. Join a gym, take a class you always to take, or just go out to lunch with a few good friends – kid free!

These tips will help make the transition from parent of toddler to parent of young scholar much easier.

Starting preschool Tips for a Nervous Child

Starting preschool can be just as intimidating and nerve racking for the child as it is for the parents. While you as the parent are trying to calm your own nerves about the beginning of preschool it is important that you don’t let your anxiety rub off on your child. In this scenario, your over worry is very counterproductive and can end up making your child more nervous than she would be. So the first tip to helping your child overcome any anxiety about the first day of preschool is to speak positively about preschool and how much fun it will be. Below are some more tips to help your child adjust and become the accomplished little scholar you know they can be

  1. Associate the first day of school with new and exciting things. Take your child to pick out a new backpack and fun school materials. Let your child pick out most of the items. This will help them to get excited about preschool instead of nervous.
  2. Make a play date with some of the other children in your child’s class. Get a list of other parents from the preschool and call them up and ask if the want to have a play date. This will make it easier for both kids to start preschool because they will have already made friends, making the environment more familiar.
  3. If your child is still exhibiting nervousness about the first day, give them something of your that they can hold onto during the day. Tell them that you are giving it to them for safe keeping and that you will be back to get it. This will help calm separation anxiety.
  4. Talk to your child about your preschool experience and how much you learned, laughed and loved and all the friends you made. If you have any, show your kids pictures of you on your first day of preschool. They will love this and it will show them that it is a positive experience.

The last thing to remember is to never give up. Don’t pull your child out of preschool because you are her may be having a hard time adjusting. It is totally natural to be nervous with such a new setting and situation and any nerves wear off I no time as your child experiences new and fun activities and events. And you get the awesome benefit of hearing all about their great days at school!

Preschool at Watch Me Grow Child Development Center

At Watch Me Grow Child Development Center, our caring and nurturing staff are ready to help you and your child make a smooth transition into the world of learning. Watch Me Grow has an engaging preschool curriculum that will help to turn those butterflies in your child’s stomach into smiles! We also courage parents to get involved in everyday school activities! Come check out our programs and contact us today!

 

The Benefits of Outdoor Play for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

| Brandie Heiseler

Many of us remember all the fun and adventurous things we did outdoors as kids. We may even remember our parent demanding that we “go outside and play!” Depending on the mood they were in, this was either a suggestion or an order. But, sadly, these memories may not exist for children of recent generations.

According to research (Clements, 2004; Hofferth and Curtin, 2006) children today spend less time outdoors than

We believe in outdoor play at Watch Me Grow!

We believe in outdoor play at Watch Me Grow!

any previous generation. And the negative effects of this inactivity are increasingly serious. The percentage of children who are overweight has increased from 5.8% in 1971 to 18.4% in 2009. Part of that increase can be attributed to the reduced number of hours spent outdoors in active play.

While the negative effects of a lack of outdoor play on children are known. What is less frequently discussed are the benefits of outdoor play on the development of children intellectual, physically and emotionally.

Benefits of Outdoor Play on Academic Performance

According to a report released by the National Wildlife Federation the benefits of outdoor play are not just physical. The report finds that many of the traditional academic success criteria – including SAT and college entrance scores – – are increased in those children who engage in outdoor play as children. The key findings of the report include:

  1. Improvements in class behavior
  2. Children who play outdoors exhibit increased motivation and enthusiasm about learning
  3. A reduction in symptoms associated with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  4. Better tested performance in science, social studies and math
  5. Improved and higher scores on Standardized Tests

Benefits of Outdoor Play on Health

The Benefits of Outdoor play on the health of children is not just associated with a decreased likelihood of being overweight. There are some other benefits that are not talked about as much but are certainly important.

According to a study published in the Journal of Optemetry and Vision Science, children who play outdoors benefited from better distance vision than children who spend most of their time indoors.

Another study by the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that many children are suffering from vitamin D deficiencies. Vitamin D is created by the body when it is exposed to sunlight. If the body does not get enough sunlight, a Vitamin D deficiency can take hold. Outdoor play allows children to be in the sun, which will provide them with the vitamin D they need to avoid bone and other health problems in the future.

The physical and intellectual benefits of outdoor play on children of all ages has been well documented and even policy makers and educators are beginning to understand that play is just as important are the three R’s.

Outdoor Play at Watch Me Grow Child Development Center

At Watch Me Grow Child Development Center, we believe in the health and cognitive benefits of outdoor play. Our caring and professional staff will make sure that your child is safe while they play outdoors. Watch Me Grow Child Development center offers programs from infant to before and after school programs for school age children. Come check out our great programs and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!

Parent Shopping Day!

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Watch Me Grow is happy to help our families get those last minute details done during the holidays with a special day just for you!

Parent Shopping Day

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT- KID’S LATE NIGHT PARTY!!

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Mark your calendar NOW!!
Join us on August 7th as Watch Me Grow provides a great night for the entire family!!

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Open House 2014!!!

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Please join us for our Open House!!

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Join us on September 18th!

On September 18th Watch Me Grow will host an open house from 6:30 to 7:30.

The open house will include a presentation from The Meadows School, as well as door prizes and a meet and greet with our amazing Watch Me Grow Staff.

Attendees should RSVP at 702-646-4386. See you there!!

 

 

Back to School? Watch Me Grow Has Got Busy Parents Covered

| Brandie Heiseler

It’s nearly back to school season as we head into August, and busy parents may need to drop older kids off at school or go back to regular work hours. Watch Me Grow is here to pick up to slack, let us handle before-and-after school pickup and drop off. We even offer our Voyager school transportation program to get your kids to and from school and our Watch Me Grow Child Development Center.

Back to School is the most stressful time of the year for many parents. No more summer vacation or playdates for your kids, they soon return to a schedule of classes and homework, and when parents are also working, juggling commitments can be difficult. This is especially true with children in multiple years of school- when you have a preschooler, a kindergartner, and a high school student (for example), it’s not always easy to schedule pickup and drop-off times from school, or to arrange after-school activities or soccer practice while also dealing with starting dinner and dealing with household upkeep.

For working parents, Watch Me Grow offers daycare programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool 3-5 year olds, providing a safe, caring, worry-free environment for learning and play. We also offer a before-and-after school program, providing children with a dedicated center for supervised activities, outdoor and indoor play, and help with homework assignments. Our facility is a clean, safe, accommodating place for children to learn and grow before and after regular school hours.

Watch Me Grow is North Las Vegas’ premier child development center. Kids of all ages are welcome, and parents can set their minds at ease leaving their children in our care.