Archive for September, 2011

Rethinking Indianapolis, IN Schools

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Rethinking Indianapolis, IN Schools Welcome to today’s Healthy Indianapolis, IN Children blog. This site is dedicated to promoting children’s health in the Indianapolis, IN area.

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last 20 years, you have heard about the obesity epidemic among U.S. children.

There are many worthwhile programs in the Indianapolis, IN community that promote healthy eating habits and increased exercise for our youngest residents. I came across an interesting article last week that focused on how the design of schools can affect children’s health in general and obesity rates in particular.

‘Many schools were planned without thought given to how students can safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Playgrounds have been cut from budgets. An overemphasis on competitive sports has created a disproportionate amount of funding going to a select group of high profile sports, while minimizing the opportunities for the majority of students who desperately need exercise.’ Joel K. Sims, AIA, “Designing Schools To Fight Childhood Obesity,” School Designer, May 2007,, accessed on May 16, 2011

Here are some suggestions for making schools fitness-friendly:

  • Incorporate features of professional health clubs
  • Partner with community fitness centers to create multi-use facilities
  • Combine electronic entertainment and exercise
  • Incorporate movement into lesson plans

As we plan for new and renovated Indianapolis, IN schools, let’s take our children’s fitness into consideration. As Indianapolis, IN parents and educators, we can also promote lesson plans that incorporate movement. I also believe we need to look at how our tax dollars are spent. Do competitive sports programs in Indiana receive more than their fair share of available funds? Could we better use this money to provide exercise opportunities for all Indianapolis, IN children?

I encourage you to raise awareness of these issues in your Indiana city. The only thing that will spur change is if parents, educators, and government leaders work together to lower the obesity rates in our Indiana communities.

Nena Pruitt-Merrill

Less Meat, More Plants For Healthier Phoenix, AZ Kids

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Less Meat, More Plants For Healthier Phoenix, AZ Kids The meat-heavy Standard American Diet (SAD) is, well, sad. Phoenix, AZ diets high in meat and low in plants are the reason we have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. If you have been eating the SAD diet for the past 30 years, you probably ought to get your cholesterol checked.

How can we help our Phoenix, AZ kids eat more live foods? One of the best ways is to grow them yourself.

You can plant a garden in a yard, in containers on a deck or patio, or even in pots indoors. I have seen each of these types of gardens in my Phoenix, AZ neighborhood.

Your garden can be pesticide and hormone free. Your kids will have fun planting, weeding, and harvesting their own ‘crops’. Our children don’t need to grow up believing that carrots and spinach come from the produce section at their nearest Phoenix, AZ grocery store.

My family is trying to eat less meat and more plant-based foods. I also sell a fantastic antioxidant plant-based product. For more information on my kids favorite health food, call me today at 765-427-4963.

Treating Lafayette Kids’ Minor Cuts And Bumps

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Treating Lafayette Kids' Minor Cuts And Bumps

Spending lots of time outside is important for healthy kids in Lafayette, and with all that outdoor adventure come the inevitable bumps, scrapes, and cuts. But parents in the Phoenix, AZ, Oregon, and Maryland areas shouldn’t fear, all you need to know are a few simple steps for treating your children’s minor injuries.

A minor cut should stop bleeding on its own, but using a clean cloth and applying gentle pressure may be necessary.

Once bleeding has stopped, rinse the wound with water and pull out any debris with alcohol-cleansed tweezers. The area around the wound can be cleaned with mild soap and a washcloth, no hydrogen peroxide or alcohol is necessary.

Once the wound is clean, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment. Appropriate topical antibiotics can be found at any drugstore in the Lafayette area. Next, you should cover your child’s wound with a bandage. When the bandage becomes wet or dirty it should be changed. Once a wound has healed enough to keep infection out, bandages should not be used since air exposure will speed your child’s healing.

Remember to watch for signs of infection such as redness, drainage, increased pain, swelling, or warmth. Contact your Phoenix, AZ, Oregon, or Maryland area pediatrician if you have any other concerns.

I’m Nena Pruitt-Merrill of Lafayette,
Indiana. Children’s health in Indiana is very important to me. I am the owner of a Lafayette home business that sells a nutritional chocolate product. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at or call me at 765-427-4963.

New Crib Guidelines For Indianapolis, IN Parents

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

New Crib Guidelines For Indianapolis, IN Parents

First time Indianapolis, IN parents have many issues to deal with as they prepare for the arrival of their little one, but nothing is more important than crib safety. The federal government has issued new guidelines for crib manufacturers.

As of June 28, 2011, all cribs manufactured and sold in Indianapolis, IN and nationally must meet the new standards. The guidelines also apply to used cribs that are resold. Deadly drop-side rail cribs are now prohibited. The new rules also affect crib slat strength, mattress supports, hardware and the amount of testing required.

The new crib guidelines can be found at:

I am an advocate for Indianapolis, IN children’s health and safety
. I also sell a powerful antioxidant product that supports health at any age. For more information on delicious Power Squares, call me today!

chocolate specialist Nena Pruitt-Merrill
Lafayette, Indiana
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Tips For Feeding Sick Lafayette Kids

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Tips For Feeding Sick Lafayette Kids

Though the Indianapolis, IN media is more focused on rampant Lafayette childhood obesity, there are some underweight children in Indiana.

When Indianapolis, IN kids refuse to eat, it is a challenge for Indianapolis, IN parents to make sure they get proper nutrition.

Understandably, Lafayette kids that usually eat normally often lose their appetite when they are sick. Kids who don’t eat much during a two-day bout with the flu will probably have no health issues from the temporary reduction in nutrition.

Lafayette children who undergo chemo treatment at Indianapolis, IN hospitals, however, are at greater risk for malnutrition. Ironically, this is the time when adequate calories, vitamins, and minerals are needed the most for ill Lafayette children.

Here are some suggestions for helping Indianapolis, IN kids with poor appetites receive adequate nutrition:

Don’t let your Lafayette child fill up on beverages before meals, serve liquids between meals
Offer small meals throughout the day
Always have healthy snacks available like protein bars, fruit, and cheese
Alter food temperature to see if it makes the food more appealing to your Indianapolis, IN child
Try smoothies and soups if your sick Lafayette child has a hard time swallowing
If your child is turned off by intense smells or flavors, try bland foods with little seasoning

I want every Lafayette child to receive excellent nutrition and the best healthcare available in Indiana. I am excited about a new Indianapolis, IN children’s nutrition product and would love to tell you about it. Call me today for more information.

Nena Pruitt-Merrill 765-427-4963
Lafayette, Indiana zip code 47909

Lafayette Home Business: Earn Cash In Your Spare Time

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Lafayette Home Business: Earn Cash In Your Spare Time

You can earn extra cash in your spare time, even if you have very little spare time. I am Nena Pruitt-Merrill. I started my Power Squares business in April, 2009. I work in the communities of Phoenix, AZ, Oregon, and Maryland selling Power Squares.

A quality product that provides value for Indianapolis, IN people is the key to a successful home business. If you want to supplement your income in Lafayette, I recommend Power Squares.

Whether you are a 9-to-5er, Indianapolis, IN shift worker, or independent Phoenix, AZ contractor, the Power Squares business works with your busy life.

Running my Lafayette home business is not stressful. Processing Power Squares orders is actually a nice change from my day job.

If you would like more information about the Indianapolis, IN Power Squares direct selling opportunity, let’s get together and discuss it. You can email me at or call me at 765-427-4963.

Thanks for visiting my Lafayette home based business blog. If you want to join my team, call me right away! Chocolate Diamonds are Forever, Nena Pruitt-Merrill

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