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Posted: Aug 22, 2023

Ask An Expert: Addressing Childhood Obesity

With Pediatrician Susan Mihm, MD

In response to a rise in childhood obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines on the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity for the first time in 15 years. We spoke with First Physicians Group pediatrician Dr. Susan Mihm to learn more.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2023

Protecting Student-Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

SMH & ACSP partner for Cardiac Athletic Screening for Adolescents

Nearly 2,000 children and adolescents die from sudden cardiac arrest each year, with student-athletes being at particular risk. That’s why Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Specialty Physicians team up each year to present Cardiac Athletic Screening for Adolescents, or CASA, as an opportunity for parents to have their children evaluated for risk of sudden cardiac arrest, free of charge, and to schedule whatever follow-up care they may need.

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Posted: Aug 8, 2023

School Safety 101

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Focused

Summer is out and school is in. But before you send the wee ones off for another (or their first!) year of scholastic enterprise, take a moment to re-familiarize your favorite student and yourself with some basic tips to keep everyone healthy, safe and focused this year.

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Posted: Aug 1, 2023

Setting Boundaries, Building Resiliency

By Sarasota Memorial Hospital IRF Services Social Worker Crystal Brooks, MSW, LCSW

When living with chronic illness, building resiliency is key. Learning how to set healthy boundaries that promote self-care—and how to identify unhealthy boundaries that hinder it—can help lay the foundation to weather any storm.

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Posted: Jul 24, 2023

What To Do About Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

With Pediatrician Deirdra Myers, MD

Hand foot and mouth disease (HMFD) is a very common childhood illness. It is not typically serious, but it is very contagious and can become serious if untreated. Read more from FPG Pediatrician Dr. Myers about how to spot, treat, and prevent HMFD in your family.

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