Blog Archive

Acting Classes for Parents: Acting Up, Acting Out, and Learning to Read Cues May 17th, 2019

Acting classes for parents: acting up, acting out and learning to read cues A summary of a behavior and discipline Q and A conversation with Drs Scott Goldstein and Rebecca Unger in the Family Matters Parenting Discussion Series By Rebecca Unger MD May, 2019   Q:  What do I do...

Family Fitness Project Jan 8th, 2019

A Family Fitness Project January 2019 By Rebecca Unger, M.D. A Few Family Fitness Facts Fact 1. Guidelines from Healthy People 2020 state that physical activity improves health in all age groups by: improving bone health, improving cardio respiratory fitness, decreasing obesity, decreasing depression, increasing attention and improving cognitive skills....

JUULing Quu & A Oct 18th, 2018

JUULing Quu & AOctober 2018By Melissa Shaw, MS3, Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineWith Rebecca Unger, M.D.What is vaping?“Vaping” is a relatively new term that actually describes several different types of inhaling nicotine that does NOT involve a cigarette. There are many different objects that teenagers use to vape, primarily “pod-mods”...

Let’s Go Viral: Strategies for Parents Tackling the Online Interface Oct 15th, 2018

Let’s Go Viral: Strategies for Parents Tackling the Online Interface October 2018, Bullying Prevention MonthBy Oby Ekwueme, MD/MPH Student Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Rebecca Unger, M.D. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of bullying prevention. The Internet can be a daunting place for children and...

Food for Thought: A Prescription For Obesity Prevention Sep 26th, 2018

Food for Thought:A Prescription For Obesity Prevention September 2018, Obesity Awareness Month By Rebecca Unger, MDWhat if there was a “medicine” that prevented diabetes, heart disease, orthopedic problems, liver disease, mental health disease, and sleep disorders?Since all of those conditions are related to obesity, preventing obesity is a vital strategy to reduce...

Parenting Resilient Kids: ACE-ing the Test! Jun 28th, 2018

Parenting Resilient Kids: ACE-ing the Test!By Jacob B. Pierce, MD/MPH studentNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine From car seats to vaccines, lots of our time as parents and healthcare providers is spent trying to protect our children and patients from potential threats to their health.  Most of this time is...

Lemonade Stands and Beyond: Outdoor project ideas for your family May 18th, 2018

Lemonade Stands and Beyond: Outdoor project ideas for your whole familyBy Alex Hu, B.S. and MS4, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine andRebecca Unger M.D.Spring, 2018Spring is actually here and summer break is on its way! As the weather is warming, try turning off the screens, putting on your sandals, and...

All Year Resolutions Feb 28th, 2018

Why waste time and energy on making New Year’s resolutions that mightresult in undefined or unrealistic goals that may or may not last two weeks?Instead, consider making “All Year” resolutions with your entire family thatare inspired by the science behind healthy living.The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020 focuses on preventingchronic...

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: Prevent and Treat Sleep Problems May 5th, 2017

Dr. Marc Weissbluth’s first question to the audience at the Northwestern Children’s Practice’s evening discussion was, “How many of you have ever been or are currently sleep deprived?" Not surprisingly, everyone's hands went up.  After a discussion of how many uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms result from being overtired, Dr....

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Recipes for a healthy home May 1st, 2017

Dr. Scott Goldstein’s subtitle, and big question, at his discussion about pediatric environmental health at our NWCP Brown Bag Chat on April 19, 2017, was “Is anything not going to kill us?” (His answer was, “Probably not!”) Dr. Goldstein’s goals were to present common pediatric environmental health concerns, to offer...

Kindness: A Contagious Disease Mar 20th, 2017

Kindness: a contagious diseaseBy Rebecca Unger MDkind ·nessnounThe quality of being friendly, generous and considerate* The signs and symptoms of this condition include an increased level of happiness, an increased sense of wellbeing, improved relationships and improved communication about concerns of relationships. Be careful! This is a very contagious condition. There...

Guidelines on healthy fitness and nutrition habits! Mar 10th, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics published new guideline for families about focusing on healthy fitness and nutrition habits rather than teen's weight to decrease risk of obesity and eating disorders. Dr. Rebecca Unger was interviewed by WTTW Chicago Tonight to discuss these guidelines. Click the link below to learn more.http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/09/12/prevent-teen-obesity-eating-disorders-family-meals-exerciseIf...

Working Together: Helping kids manage technology and social media Nov 27th, 2016

Psychologists Drs Michelle Cutler and Emily Arnstein from Michelle Cutler and Associates joined us at our Brown Bag Chat for parents of children of all ages. Here is my summary of 5 Takeaways, as described by Drs Cutler and Arnstein, to help parents work together with their children to create and...

Sleep Training Tips Jul 21st, 2016

 Dr. Marc Weissbluth, the founding member of the Northwestern Children's Practice, wrote a blog for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital about sleep training tips. Click here to read the article.

Motivating Teens To Stay Active During Summer Jul 11th, 2016

Please read Dr. Unger's post on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Children's Hospital blog here!

Family Nutrition Q and A Jun 17th, 2016

Welcome to our Share the Health blog! The Neighborhood Parent Network (NPNparents.org) implemented an Ask the Expert Discussion Forum about several family friendly topics. I participated as the expert in the discussion forum about nutrition. The NPN members submitted questions about nutrition and I answered the questions which were posted...

What? Me Worry? Jun 17th, 2016

Karen Pierce, MD, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University, joined us at our Brown Bag Chat to talk about strategies and tools to help parents and families identify and manage anxiety. Here is some information from our discussion with Dr Pierce. The concepts Dr Pierce discussed relate...

The Art of Snacking Jun 17th, 2016

Providing healthy yet tasty snacks is one of the true arts of parenting. It is right up there with creating thoughtful birthday goodie bags. The article from the Washington Post, No, Your Kid May Not Have A Snack by Amanda Kolson Hurley was recently posted on our Facebook page. It...

Parenting Matters Jun 17th, 2016

Dana Hirt, a parenting coach (danahirtparenting@gmail.com) came to our Brown Bag Lunch Chat series on November 6, 2015 to talk about Intentional Parenting. We discussed how it is never too early to talk and share ideas about making mindful decisions based on your values and what kind of parent you...

Gather ‘round the Table! : The Importance of Family Meals Jun 17th, 2016

A review of studies about family meals indicates that frequent family meals are not only associated with better nutritional value and meal structure, but also many positive psychosocial outcomes. Shared family meals have higher intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber as well as less intake of sugary beverages....

A Day at the Museum Jun 17th, 2016

Ready for an adventure? Looking for a family activity that tickles everyone’s fancy? Want to run away from screen time for an afternoon?Go to an art museum. Whether you picture you (or your children) as art museum goers or not, this will be a rewarding outing for all. Take the...

9 Things to Teach your 9-Year-Old Jun 17th, 2016

Children get a lot of information about their changing bodies from many avenues. They learn, for better or for worse, from their peers, teachers and family members…and of course from a variety of media sources. The conversation about sensitive topics is a life-long conversation that starts at any age, by...