18 - March 9, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News Well Care For most people, selecting eyeglass frames is the highlight of the
eye appointment and the lenses are seen as pieces of plastic or glass that don’t involve a lot of buyer choice. But on the contrary, the best eyeglass lenses today are as hi-tech as any smartphone, and the visual difference between adequate lenses and great lenses can be as pronounced as the difference between a standard TV and your new HDTV. Once you’ve experienced the latter, you’ll never want to watch TV the old way again. The first step toward getting the best possible vision is, of course, a visit to your eye doctor. Even if you don’t see any vision problems, it is still important to have your eyes checked often. Children should be checked at ages 6 months, 3 years and when beginning school. Adults and children who are school-age should get an eye exam once every two years, even if they aren’t having any vision issues. People age 40 or older should get an eye exam annually. At the doctor’s office, keep in mind that selecting the right lenses is the key to the best vision, just as the right frames are the key to the
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Customized lenses like Zeiss Individual can enhance your visual experience because the optics of the lens are designed based on your personal parameters. This includes your prescription, of course, but also factors like the size and shape of your frame and the way it positions the lenses in front of your face. Surprisingly, these factors also affect the optical performance of your eyewear. By incorpo- rating them into the lens design, Zeiss Individual lenses can offer sharper vision and greater viewing comfort. According to a study conducted by University of California at Berkeley’s School of Optometry, patients preferred Zeiss Individual customized progressive lenses over conventional progressive lenses, and had a wider field of view when looking at close-up objects (for example, the page of a book). To find an eye doctor who creates custom eyeglass lenses, visit www.better-vision.zeiss.com
. Like many eyeglass wearers, you may feel like the vision you’re getting now is good enough. But chances are you were also pretty satisfied with your old TV before you saw how much better ev- erything looked with HDTV. Many people are having a similar
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children to actively confront the childhood obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that obesity rates for children ages 2 to 5 have more than doubled over the past 30 years, and The White House Task Force on Obesity reports that more than half of obese children became obese by their second birthday. “With the obesity epidemic looming large, it’s absolutely cru- cial for parents to instill healthy habits right from the start,” says Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician and award-winning parenting author. “While this may seem like a tremendous responsibility for those still adjusting to diapers, play dates and the many other demands of new parenthood, it’s not hard to help children grow up healthy by com- mitting to some simple yet important lifestyle changes.” Jana recommends some tips:
Downsize your plate, upsize the veggies. An easy way to cut down on unhealthy eating is to use a smaller
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plate. Portion sizes are now two to five times larger than in years past, and studies have shown that the bigger the serving dish, the bigger the serving is likely to be. “The more we heap on our children’s plates, the more likely we are to unin- tentionally encourage them to overeat. Avoiding large plates can help you avoid serving supersized meals,” Jana says.
What belongs on that healthier-sized plate? The
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USDA MyPlate program recommends making half your plate fruits and vegetables and the other half protein and grains. Other important recommenda- tions include serving fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk to children older than 2, choosing lower- sodium foods and skipping sugary drinks. This simple, fresh-plated picture-of-nutritional-health program even comes with online tools to create a customized food plan for your little one. Swap screen time for playtime. Young children thrive and learn best through in-
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teracting with others and playing with real objects in their environment. While watching TV may be fun and entertaining, or even appear to be educa- tional, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports it does not support learning for children younger than 2. In fact, evidence suggests that screen time may interfere with young children’s healthy development and encourage sedentary behaviors and poor sleep - both are habits implicated in the obesity epidemic. Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for
Primrose Schools, recommends independent play as an alternative to TV. “The early years are critical to a child’s development, so it’s important to ensure that children have opportunities to explore their surroundings and find out what they can make happen,” Zurn says. Singing songs, drawing, playing with puzzles and stacking blocks are fun, “unplugged” activities children can do on their own that also support their creative, problem-solving and reasoning skills. Get moving. Pediatricians recommend children ages 1 to 3 get 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity every day, while preschoolers need 90 to 120 minutes. Regular exercise helps children grow to a healthy weight, build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, and strengthen their hearts. There are many fun ways to add physical activity to your family’s daily routine: turn a casual stroll into a scavenger hunt, play tag, race through the sprinklers or simply get up and dance. “I love get- ting children to dance because it not only gives them a healthy dose of exercise, it also supports their creative development and self-ex- pression and, as a bonus, enhances positive family time,” says Jana. Need more motivation to get your family up and moving? You could win as much as $5,000 and a $30,000 donation to your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital by entering the national Family Dance-off. Entering is easy. Film your family’s best dance moves and upload your video to FamilyDanceoff.com
between Feb. 25 and March 23. Visit the contest website for full details. For more parenting tips, visit www.DrZandFriends.com
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