Branson Youth Football

Patient PAL is a proud sponsor of Branson, Missouri’s very own youth football league. For 4th to 6th graders in the Branson school district there is no better place to learn lessons in practice, leadership and teamwork. Patient PAL has equipped these young ballers with all the gear they need to put in a great season of work.

You can find out more about the league on their twitter handle:

https://twitter.com/bransonyouth

Go CJ! Go Pirates!

3 Ways to Stay Fresh, Fit and Fall-bulous

This fall, keep your family’s health and well being top-of-mind! Here are 3 health tips to keep you smiling as the weather changes:

1. Shoo Away Bugs!

The cold bug, that is! As the weather gets colder, we tend to stay inside more, spreading germs and illness more easily. Prevent catching and spreading an illness by washing your hands and eating a healthy diet. Flu season also starts in late fall, so take the proper precautions to keep you and your family healthy.

If you do get sick, make sure to drink plenty of water and maintain a proper dental routine.

2. Brace Yourself…

…Winter is coming! Being too cold can cause serious harm to the body. Stay warm by dressing appropriate for the weather, reducing your time outdoors and winterizing your home. Prolonged exposure to cold air can cause sensitivity. Breathe through your nose to reduce tooth pain.

3. Scare Away Cravings  

Halloween, Thanksgiving, football season and pumpkin-spiced everything…fall is full of holidays and events that encourage unhealthy snacking and indulgences! Don’t give in to your sweet-tooth cravings! 

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR PARENTS WITH DIABETIC KIDS

August is back-to-school month for many kids, but children with diabetes have more to worry about than buying a new lunch box, or getting new school supplies.

A recent report released by the American Diabetes Association Safe at School Working Group suggests that parents who help organize and prepare for the start of school can significantly influence their child’s success when it comes to diabetes management.

There are more than 208,000 children under the age of 20 living with diabetes in the United States. The American Diabetes Association is raising awareness through its Safe at School campaign to emphasize the importance of ensuring all children are able to have access to proper diabetes care during the school day. The Association & the Safe at School campaign are committed to achieving effective school-based diabetes management for all children living with diabetes.

Parents can prepare in many ways for the start of school by focusing on one or all of the options listed below:

Reach out to teachers & administrators before the school year begins to update your child’s diabetes plan & inquire about supplies.
Meet personally with the school nurse or other staff responsible for providing care.
Encourage your child by talking about healthy choices while at school and during extra-curricular activities.
Shopping for healthy foods may be tricky, and sometimes costly, but the benefits will last for a lifetime.

Talking with a nutritionist is a great resource for planning a diabetic friendly diet. Nutrition education programs are a great way to get your child involved with choice making and knowing what they can and cannot have, what will make their sugars spike and what will help them maintain a consistent “number” throughout the whole day, so they can minimize the highs and lows that most diabetics experience.

Always be prepared, always talk with your child about diabetes and you will have success!