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Childhood obesityAREA DOCTORS SAY RISING CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS A REAL CONCERN

We’ve all seen young kids, cute as buttons and pudgy as can be, snacking mindlessly on Goldfish crackers while swiping away at the family’s iPad. It’s the image of present-day childhood.

It’s also the image of an epidemic.

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SHOW YOUR CHILD YOU LOVE THEM WITH THESE EDIBLE IDEAS 

A heart a day….
Add a shaped candy to your child’s lunch box every day of the school year. Be sure to stock up during after-Valentine’s Day clearances so you don’t run out.

Heart shaped lunch
Use a large, heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart-shaped sandwiches, toast, and other treats. Your kids will love the shape and that you’ve eliminated the crust.

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In today’s world of Instagram, YouTube and video games, it can be hard to get kids interested in books.

But for some — like Margaret Zendzian — reading sparks the imagination in a way that technology doesn’t.

The 14-year-old Bluffton student has always loved reading. When she’s not playing tennis or practicing her violin, Margaret can often be found curled up with a book.