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Herald Health: The children's issue

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  • Ava Kaiser, 7,  has PKU, a rare metabolic genetic disorder. With care and caution she is thriving.

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    Ava Kaiser, 7, has PKU, a rare metabolic genetic disorder. With care and caution she is thriving.

Left on their own, many kids would be happy to eat Lucky Charms for most meals, possibly while watching a favorite cartoon. Habits formed in childhood, though, can carry through life and have huge repercussions on a health. That's why we've focused in kids for this issue of Herald Health. We share the story of a program that has helped one family kick the Lucky Charms habit. We share the story of an inspiring girl living with a rare disease. And we talk to a pediatrician who makes it clear that parents must fight the battle against childhood obesity. We share tips to make hiking fun for the whole family.
Follow the links below to read these stories and more. Here's to your health.
Go exploring: Tips to help you make hiking fun for the whole family.
• Child obesity: The effort to keep kids at a healthy weight must start at home, doctors say.
• Step by step: With help from a YMCA program, an Everett family moves toward a healthier life.
• Tonsils, reconsidered: Except in severe cases, tonsillectomies are rarely needed.
• PKU is no picnic: The rare disease that changed a Mukilteo family's life.
• A break for parents: The Everett Clinic now offers Saturday hours with its pediatricians in some locations.
• Know the ABCDEs: The alphabet can help you spot the signs of skin cancer.
• Zzzzzzz: It's normal for teens to be tired, but sleepiness can sometimes be a symptom.
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