Healthy & Happy
April, 2012 - Issue #90
American Academy of Pediatrics
Encourages Mothers to Exclusively Breastfeed

Updated guidelines issued from pediatricians state that moms should breastfeed babies exclusively (no formula or combination feeding) for about the first six months. After that, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that breastfeeding continue - along with other food supplementation - until the baby is a minimum of 1 year old.

The pediatricians reached these conclusions after noting a vast collection of evidence showing that both Mom and Baby benefit health-wise from breastfeeding. Studies indicated that breastfeeding protects against respiratory illness, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome. Immune-boosting elements in breast milk also help keep Baby healthy. Moms benefit from a lowered risk of heart disease, as well as breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding moms also experience less postpartum depression, on average.

For local assistance, Mother & Baby Boobtique Lactation Center offers a Mom & Baby Support Group on Mondays beginning March 19. 259-8802

"As we age and aches and pains creep up on us,
inactivity creeps up on us, too. But beware:
The less you do, the worse your body may feel.
Get out there and walk for just 30 minutes a day,
10 minutes at a time.
If you can do more, that's great,
but don't feel bad about starting small...
IT ALL HELPS! You'll see your strength and
stamina increase and you may even
lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Fewer health conditions mean fewer medications and fewer doctors' visits, and that can put a spring in anyone's step,"
~ Charlene Perrone, CSA & owner of
Home Instead Senior Care 254-8701

Relieve Back Pain, Stress and More with Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is considered the most comprehensive yoga, combining meditation, prayer, physical and breathing exercise. Kundalini yoga balances the nervous and glandular system. It works great in helping to diminish back pain, depression, insomnia, addiction and stress. It offers incredible healing power. It is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly. It stimulates the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility, as it centers the mind and opens the spirit.

Kundalini Yoga uses movement, sound, breath and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body. Each Kundalini Yoga pose is done in conjunction with a specific breath that intensifies the effects of the poses with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. Kundalini sequences may consist of rapid, repetitive movements done with breath or holding a pose while breathing in a particular way. Yoga Yoga is the only studio that offers Kundalini Yoga within 25 miles radius. Classes are held both Monday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.

"Many children in our community suffer silently
and are unable to eat, sleep and learn
due to untreated tooth decay.
The Foundation for Children's Dental Health, a local
nonprofit serving the SCV since 1993, recently
partnered with the American Dental
Association to participate in the 10th-anniversary
event for the 'Give Kids a Smile' program.
Over 50 SCV kids from underserved families were
treated by 47 volunteers,
including dentists, hygienists, assistants, board members and more. Nearly one in four children ages 2 to 11
have untreated cavities and don't have access to dental services.
YOU CAN HELP by donating at"
~ Gail Ortiz

Run on Over to Runners Lane's
New "Trailfront" Location

This April, Runners Lane will be moving around the corner and across the street from 26248 Bouquet Canyon Road to 22959 Soledad Canyon Road. The great new location includes trailfront property. The new store will be right next to the running and biking trail that connects to the vast system that runs all over the Santa Clarita Valley. The company plans on staging "fun runs" with no street crossing required. Customers will also be able to "run on over" anytime, perhaps to meet up with friends for a workout or to stop in for a cold sports drink before they continue on, rehydrated and reinvigorated.

Runners Lane, which also strives to fit walkers and cross-training enthusiasts with perfect shoes and gear, has served the Santa Clarita running community for over eight years. You can only run so many miles in a day. How do you keep that running feeling the rest of the time? "Run on over" and share your passion for the running lifestyle and make a connection now - and at the new location that opens April 2. 260-3368

"The weather is warm and the temptation to go
barefoot is high. Don't do it - your feet will be more
prone to injury and infection. They're also prone to sunburn,
so if you're wearing sandals or heading to the beach,
don't forge to apply SUNBLOCK to your feet,"
~ Dr. Robert Abrams, DPM, of Foot Care Center
of Santa Clarita 253-3668

PRP Helped Kobe Bryant - Can it Heal You?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing; bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair; promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process. When PRP (made from your own blood) is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures it begins to shrink, causing tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligament of the damaged area.

This cutting edge treatment is already being touted as a medical miracle, replacing cortisone shots, drug therapy and surgery. This amazing procedure is currently the rave in sports medicine. Kobe Bryant, Cliff Lee, Tiger Woods and Bartolo Colon are among the many professional athletes who have seen dramatic results with this procedure. Simply put, this is a natural way to heal (not mask) acute or chronic conditions without any side effects. Ailments currently being treated by the Valencia Foot & Ankle Center with the PRP therapy are arthritis, tendonitis, muscle sprains and tears, neuritis and ligament injuries. They have seen phenomenal results with treatments for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, joint pain, neuritis, neuromas and various other chronic conditions. 288-2321

Smart Option for Adults Needing Braces
Technology has made everything so fast paced. People want results now. Things are quickly changing in the dental world, as well. Traditional braces have sometimes taken up to two to three years to optimize results. Waiting for the results of a beautiful smile can wear on your patience - and your budget. Now, with Power Prox Six Month Braces, you can have the smile you always wanted in about three to six months. Free consultations are available from Valencia Dental Arts. 799-9989

Comfort Keepers Embody Interactive Caregiving
For maximum effectiveness, Comfort Keepers tailor Interactive Caregiving to the personality and unique interests and abilities of each senior client. Interactive Caregiving may include walks in the neighborhood or dancing to music; working together on household chores; discussing current events or personal interests; reminiscing while viewing photo albums; working on hobbies, puzzles or crafts; and going shopping or to church, senior center or civic group activities. 287-4200
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