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The Lovejoy Children’s Health Blog: Your Source For Helpful Information

Nutrition for Lovejoy children

Hi! My name is Derrick Winkel of Saint Louis. I own a home based business that sells Xocai Activ. I am passionate about helping Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City parents raise happy and healthy kids. That is why I started the Children’s Health Blog. Today I would like to explain what the blog can do for you.

There truly is a wealth of children’s health and wellness information on the internet, but sometimes it can feel a bit like getting a drink from a fire hose. In my blog, I try to distill this information into helpful tips that busy Lovejoy parents can really use.

Some of the topics that I am most concerned with are proper nutrition, childhood obesity, and immunization schedules.

Keeping our kids healthy can really be a challenge these days. They seem to be eating more junk food, watching more television, and playing outside less and less. But having healthy children is possible. Visit the blog often to find out how!

If you would like to discuss any children’s health issues, or if you would like to know more about my home business and the Xocai Activ that I sell, please feel free to give me a call at 801.437.5994. You can also visit my website at http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/ or email me at 585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com.

Contact me today!

Anti-oxidant Chocolate Leader Derrick Winkel
Saint Louis, Missouri 63138
801.437.5994
585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar
Xocai Activ

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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Planning For Hospital Emergencies In Lovejoy

Planning For Hospital Emergencies In Lovejoy

Saint Louis parents hope to never have to take their children to the emergency room, but if the need arises, you will want to have done your homework.

First, make sure you know all of the hospitals in the Saint Louis area. If the one nearest to you is a Children’s Hospital, then you’re in luck. If not, you should find out if the hospital near you has child-sized equipment and facilities (like a waiting room with toys and cartoons).

Secondly, having a brief summary of your child’s health history with you at all times is invaluable in an emergency. This is especially important if you child is on any medication or takes vitamins regularly.

Third, enlist the help of your Granite City, Saint Louis, or Florissant pediatrician in finding the right emergency room for you and your child.

Lastly, when you’ve made an informed decision about your hospital choices, drive the route from your Lovejoy home to the hospital. Find out exactly where the emergency room is located and become familiar with traffic patterns on the route.

My name is Derrick Winkel and I am very interested in kids health in Florissant. I am the owner of a Lovejoy area home business that sells Xocai Activ.

If you would like to discuss Xocai Activ or an at-home business opportunity, contact me at 801.437.5994 or visit me on the web at http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Remember Saint Louis parents, plan ahead and keep your kids healthy!

The following online article was used for this post:
Cohen, Elizabeth, “How to find the best ER for your child”, April 10, 2008, http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/family/04/10/ep.kids.er/index.html?eref=rss_topstories, accessed on Sept. 19, 2012.

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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How Does Nature Make Florissant Kids Happier?

Florissant kids shot schedule

Hello Saint Louis parents! Welcome the the Lovejoy Kid’s Health Blog. I’m sure most of you know how important it is for your kids health to spend time outdoors each and every day. But it may be even more important than you think.

Just like proper nutrition, immunizations, and vitamins, getting outside is essential for your child’s health.

One reason if for the natural light of the outdoors. This natural light keeps kids alert and healthy. Also, exposure to this light in the morning has a way of setting children’s internal clocks to promote better sleep and earlier bedtimes. (And what Granite City parent doesn’t want earlier bedtimes?!) Another reason is that nature soothes and comforts children in safe, healthy ways. Studies have shown that children have better ability to focus with increased time outdoors. This will translate to more productive learning time as well as more tranquility in the home. Lastly, outdoor exercise is superior to indoor exercise because it promotes more physically vigorous play like jumping, running, and tumbling. These are all of the things that Saint Louis area parents are always telling their kids to stop doing in the living room!

Arrange your family’s schedule so that your children have time to explore the Saint Louis outdoors, and everyone will be better for it!

My name is Derrick Winkel and I want to help Saint Louis families to raise healthy, happy kids. I am the owner of a Lovejoy area home business that sells Xocai Activ. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/ or give me a call at 801.437.5994.

The following online article was used for this post: “Green Time for Sleep Time”, http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/Benefits/Green-Time-Sleep-Time.aspx, accessed on Aug 16, 2013.

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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Music is Magic for Saint Louis Kids

Florissant immunization schedule

Parents in and around Saint Louis know that healthy kids need proper nutrition, lots of exercise, and well-rounded lives. It’s also safe to say that for all children, a well-rounded life should include music in one form or another.

Studies have shown that music does so much more than simply entertain!

Did you know that children who are involved in some kind of musical training during school perform better in math and science? They also develop better coordination, do better in reading, concentrating, and goal setting. Studies show that students who are involved in a music education program also perform better on their SATs, and are more likely to attend college.

While it’s ideal for Granite City, Saint Louis, and Florissant parents to start their kids young, it is never too late to learn a musical instrument. Music stores in the Lovejoy area will have great advice on age-appropriate music lessons and teachers for your curious child.

But lessons aren’t the only way! Keep an eye out in the Saint Louis community for musical events such as church, school, and community performance programs. Check with Granite City, Saint Louis, and Florissant libraries, websites, and community centers for more information.

Keep up the good work, Saint Louis parents! Your children are lucky to have you to help them stay safe, healthy, and happy!

My name is Derrick Winkel and I am very interested in kids health in Florissant. I am the owner of a Lovejoy area home business that sells Xocai Activ. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/ or give me a call at 801.437.5994.

Anti-oxidant Chocolate Leader Derrick Winkel
Saint Louis, Missouri 63138
801.437.5994
585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar
Xocai Activ


The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Brown, Laura Lewis, “The Benefits of Music Education”, http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/, accessed on October 10, 2013

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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Lovejoy Parents: Think Twice Before Buying A Used Car Seat

Lovejoy Parents: Think Twice Before Buying A Used Car Seat

In these days of rising prices and shrinking paychecks, Lovejoy parents are trying to save money wherever they can. They shop sales for food, clothes, school supplies, and other necessities.

Many Lovejoy thrift stores have seen their business increase in the past few years as parents have discovered how much money they can save by buying used items. Perfectly good toys, clothes, books, sports gear, and children’s furniture can be purchased for a fraction of retail price at Lovejoy thrift stores.

One place Lovejoy parents should not scrimp, however, is on their child’s car seat. If you are considering buying a used child safety seat, make sure it comes with the user’s manual, the model number, and date of manufacture. You want to be certain that you know the complete history of the car seat. Check to see if it is on the list of recalled products. (Information at http://www.carseat.org/Recalls/recall.shtml.) If it has ever been involved in anything more severe than a low-speed fender bender, don’t buy it.

For more information about children’s safety in Lovejoy, or my favorite nutritional product, contact me today at 801.437.5994.

Derrick Winkel
http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/
801.437.5994
585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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Keeping Saint Louis Kids Regular

Nutrition for Lovejoy children

It might be an awkward subject for Saint Louis parents to bring up with an older child, but making sure your son or daughter is having regular bowel movements is essential for their health – at all ages. If your child is experiencing problems with this, try these natural fixes before you resort to a medication.

Increased water intake is often all it takes for Lovejoy area kids to overcome this problem since dehydration is a common cause.

To encourage your child to drink more water, try getting them their own water bottle and keeping it full in the fridge. That way, even if your child is too small to reach the tap themselves, they always have easy access to cold water.

It’s important to evaluate the diet of your child and look for opportunities to introduce more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods contain the fiber that is necessary for bowel health. Plus, you’ll see lots of additional health benefits from these steps toward proper nutrition.

If natural remedies don’t alleviate the problem, consult with your Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City pediatrician.

My name is Derrick Winkel and I want to help Saint Louis families to raise healthy, happy kids. Issues such as proper nutrition for children and childhood obesity in Granite City concern me. I also own a fantastic Lovejoy area home business that sells Xocai Activ and Xocai Protein Bar.

Please contact me today at 801.437.5994 if you would like to know more about Xocai Activ. I hope to talk to you soon!

Anti-oxidant Chocolate Leader Derrick Winkel
Saint Louis, Missouri 63138
801.437.5994
585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar
Xocai Activ

Join Winner’s Circle today!

I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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Do Your Saint Louis Kids Get Enough Fiber?

Do Your Saint Louis Kids Get Enough Fiber? In the eighties, the importance of fiber garnered a lot of public attention in Missouri. Bran appeared in cereals, muffins, and cookies, and whole wheat bread sales skyrocketed. You don’t hear much about fiber these days, but wise Saint Louis parents still serve high-fiber meals and snacks daily.

We all know that fiber is important for healthy bowel function, but this is not its only benefit. Lovejoy people who eat a high-fiber diet keep their cholesterol numbers in check. Numerous studies have shown a relationship between fiber intake and LDL levels.

Saint Louis children fed diets rich in fiber are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Fiber-filled meals have lower calorie-volume ratios. Fiber is also important for blood sugar, as it can slow the rate of blood sugar absorption.

Do your Lovejoy children get enough fiber? School lunches rarely feature whole wheat breads and most kid-friendly snacks have too little fiber and too many empty calories.

Though it takes a little extra effort to locate fiber rich foods in many Lovejoy grocery stores, everyone in the family will benefit from increasing their fiber intake.

Xocai has several high fiber products that kids love. The Xocai X Protein Meal Shake has 8 grams of fiber per serving. Xocai Activ provides 28% of the daily recommended value for dietary fiber. Xocai healthy snacks and beverages are a great way to help your kids stay healthy.

Children’s Health Advocate Derrick Winkel
801.437.5994 585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar
Xocai Activ

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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Prevent Classroom Sickness In Florissant

Prevent Classroom Sickness In Florissant

To curb the spread of viruses, lice, and other kid’s health threats in Florissant schools, parents need to teach their kids proper hygiene practices and review them on a regular basis.

Here is a rundown of some unwelcome classroom visitors and steps to combat them:

  • Head lice: wash hands frequently, don’t share combs, hats, scarves.
  • Ringworm (skin infection with circular lesions, not actually caused by worms): keep sores covered, don’t share combs or clothing.
  • Pinkeye: vigilant hand washing can help stop the spread. Florissant parents should keep kids home if their eyes are pink or draining fluid.
  • Colds, flu, strep: anti-bacterial wipes and no-rinse hand sanitizer can supplement soap and water scrubbing. Remind kids not to share drinks, snacks, lotion, chap stick, and lip gloss.

Florissant children who know and practice these safeguards will be prepared when the next H1N1 threat visits Lovejoy.

I promote children’s health issues in Lovejoy. For information on my health business, contact me today.

Anti-oxidant Chocolate Leader Derrick Winkel
Saint Louis, Missouri zip code 63138
801.437.5994 585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar

Join Winner’s Circle today!

I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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3 Tips For Improving Saint Louis Kids’ Attention Spans

Florissant immunization schedule

Hello Missouri parents! Today in the Saint Louis Children’s Health Blog, we are going to look at various ways to lengthen kids’ attention spans. An increased attention span can improve learning ability as well as behavior and is an important aspect of kids health in Florissant.

1. Find an activity that will hold their attention. This might mean that you need to experiment with different types of toys and crafts. One child might enjoy building blocks while another may become engrossed in an art project. There are many craft and hobby stores in the Granite City, Saint Louis, and Florissant area where parents can get great ideas.

2. Recorded stories are a wonderful resource for increasing attention spans. Have your child lie on the floor and close their eyes, then play a recorded story. When it’s finished, have your child retell the story to you. Local Lovejoy libraries are perfect for finding recorded books and stories. Or you can download audio books for your iPad or other electronic reader.

3. Make sure that your child is using age-appropriate toys, crafts, and media. Age recommendations can be very helpful when deciding what activities will effectively engage your child.

Remember that it’s natural for different children to have varying attention spans, but the attention span of all kids should improve with age.

I’m Derrick Winkel and I am passionate about helping Missouri parents raise healthy and happy kids. I try to keep apprised on the latest in proper nutrition, childhood obesity, and immunizations. I am the owner of my own Saint Louis home business that promotes Xocai Activ. If you are interested in learning more, please visit my website at http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/ or give me a call at 801.437.5994.

Anti-oxidant Chocolate Leader Derrick Winkel
Saint Louis, Missouri 63138
801.437.5994
585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar
Xocai Activ


The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Paxton, Jackie, & Shoemake, Teresa, “Fun Ways to Increase Children’s Attention Span”, http://www.atu.edu/research/ProfessionalDevelopmentGrants/06-07/JackiePaxton/Final_Report-Fun_Ways_to_Increase_Children_s_Attention_Span.pdf, accessed on October 10, 2013

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I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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3 Easy Ways For Saint Louis Kids to Get More Antioxidants

Florissant kids shot schedule

Because antioxidants are associated with cell damage and cell death, parents in the Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City area often mistakenly assume that antioxidants are only important for adults and the elderly, those with more visible cell death and damage. But that simply isn’t the case. Everyone needs antioxidants for their health, even kids.

Antioxidants work their magic by protecting cells from free radicals. Free radicals are a by-product of the normal metabolic processes that take place in everyone’s bodies (even kids!) all the time. Free radicals may also occur from pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, or when the body breaks down certain medicines.

Free radicals damage cells through oxidation. You might remember from chemistry class that this is the same process that causes an apple slice to turn brown. During oxidation in the cells, DNA can be damaged and changed, which can create the beginnings of disease. A chain reaction of damage can also occur with one damaged molecule becomes a free radical itself and then damages another, and so on.

Now that you know their importance, here are 3 great ways to get more antioxidants into your kids’ diets.

1. Get more veggies on their plates at dinner time and in their lunch boxes

2. Make fruit the snack of choice for your family

3. When buying processed snacks, choose those fortified with antioxidants.

My name is Derrick Winkel and I sell Xocai Protein Bar in the Saint Louis and Lovejoy areas. If you are interested in learning more about how Xocai Protein Bar can be a part of your child’s healthy lifestyle, call me today at 801.437.5994.

Anti-oxidant Chocolate Leader Derrick Winkel
Saint Louis, Missouri 63138
801.437.5994
585derrickwinkel@derrickwinkel.com
Xocai Protein Bar
Xocai Activ

Join Winner’s Circle today!

I am Derrick Winkel, and I am a Saint Louis-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in September 2008. I sell the industry-leading Xocai Protein Bar and Xocai Activ online and in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, and Granite City. Our valued Lovejoy customers recommend Xocai Activ because Xocai Activ chocolate covered strawberries will make you feel great!.

Winner’s Circle is also a fantastic Xocai Protein Bar home-based business in the Lovejoy area. Missouri entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand Missouri healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Winner’s Circle, visit http://derrickwinkel.com/contact-us/.

Call me at 801.437.5994 to own your own Xocai Protein Bar business in Saint Louis, Florissant, Saint Louis, or Granite City.

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