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November 20, 2017

Smarty Fitness: Ride for FREE at CycleBar Waverly and Midtown this weekend + Black Friday Specials

This Thanksgiving, CycleBar Waverly and CycleBar Midtown CLT are giving thanks in a big way with FREE RIDES! The Smarties are LOVING CycleBar and are beyond grateful to them for this incredible deal. Come to either studio to sweat away your holiday-induced stress, regain your sanity, and do it all FOR FREE! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring any ol’ turkeys you can find—and get ready to ride free and gobble ‘til you wobble. We will see you there!ceb4354fc638dd62c07e81f0_640x400

Here’s their holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving: 7:00am, *​8:​​00​am Endurance – Rock the Bird, 9:​30am
Black Friday:7:00am, ​8:00​am​​, 9:​30am
Saturday, November 25​: 8:00am, 9:30am, 10:45am
Sunday, November 26​: 9:00am, 10:15am Read More →

November 2, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: A Smarty Podcast: Are things a little out of focus?

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CSP Team Note: Welcome to our Smarty Podcast Series where we talk to experts from all over Charlotte on relevant parenting topics from health to education and everything in between! Feel free to listen while you’re commuting to work, making dinner, folding laundry, exercising, or any other multi-tasking endeavor! We LOVE the podcast flexibility! We’ve partnered with Southeast Psych’s Shrink Tank and Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. for this podcast – enjoy!

In this week’s podcast, we talk to Dr. Kashyap Kansupada of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. about something that MANY of us are either going through now or will be going through in the near future. Presbyopia. Fancy word, right? It means the loss of ability to focus on things that are near to you. So, when you’re holding the menu out and your arms are suddenly too short to see what salad to order for lunch, or when your iPhone text is bigger than your thumbprint, you just MIGHT be experiencing presbyopia. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. But there are things you can do about. Dr. Kansupada explains it all.

Dr. Kashyap Kansupada is an ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive lens implant surgeries. He practices in CEENTA’s Belmont and Huntersville offices.

A big thanks to Dr. Kansupada for his time. Hope you enjoy the podcast. To listen to other Smarty podcasts, click here, and make sure to share, share, share!


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November 1, 2017

Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0 Parent Resources

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Thank you so much for coming to the Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0. And a HUGE thanks to Charlotte Latin School for hosting such an amazing event. The following is a list of resources parents and educators can use to further educate themselves on social media parenting. Let’s keep the conversation going!

Social Media Parenting Resources

HANDS-ON SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP:

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Common Sense Family Media Agreement K-5

Family Device Contracts

What you need to know about SnapChat

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October 31, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: A few tricks to make Halloween a safe treat

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

For most children (and plenty of you, parents), Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year. However, you want to make sure your children stay safe while they’re out there trick-or-treating. Below are a few tips to make sure their night is a fun and healthy one.

Keep your children visible:

It’s important your children remain visible so drivers can see them. It’s a good idea for them to wear reflective tape on their costumes. They should also walk on the sidewalk and never step out from around parked cars, since it would be easy for cars to hit them.Halloween children candy

It’s a good idea your children not wear masks that restrict their vision. It is helpful for them to also carry flashlights so they can see well in the dark.

Keep your children safe from allergies:

While candy can be a danger to children with allergies, it’s easy to keep them safe. You should inspect all your children’s candy by unwrapping it and reading the food labels before your children eat it. If you are unsure if your child is allergic to it, it’s best to not give it to your child. Because you cannot guarantee the safety or contents of homemade treats, it is best that your children do not eat them, either.

That said, there’s no guarantee that a candy won’t trigger an allergy. Sometimes people might not be aware of a food allergy or sensitivity. If you suspect your child is allergic, it is best to not let them eat the candy and have them tested for allergies as soon as possible. Read More →

October 26, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and Signature Pediatrics: Should You Post That?

By Smarty Guest Blogger Laura N Sinai, MD, Signature Pediatrics

How often have you been part of this conversation, “Awwww, did you see that picture of the adorable preschooler running around naked on the beach?” Or maybe you have been part of this one, “OMG did you see that picture of the 10-year-old who had to stand on a street corner holding a sign of apology?” Even if you haven’t heard of either picture, chances are you’ve seen plenty of other images of children on social media in surprising circumstances. Some are your friends’ kids, and many are pictures of strangers shared thousands or even millions of times. There is even a term coined for posting pictures of your children – Sharenting. Signature Pediatrics Facebook Screenshot

Sharenting is ubiquitous. According to The Wall Street Journal “A parent on average will post almost 1,000 photos of a child online before the child turns 5”. But this is incredibly new. Facebook came online in 2004 and the first iPhone was produced in 2007. Since then there has been an explosion of social media platforms including Snap chat, Twitter, Instagram and more. Our ability to document and share every detail, including photographic evidence, of our lives is entirely without precedent. We are without historical and cultural norms regarding how to manage and respond to social media.

Is there an upside to sharing pictures of your children on social media? Absolutely! It’s a way to connect with family and other parents. It’s a way to show pride and joy in your family. It’s a way to build community. Your picture may lift the spirits of someone in desperate need of a smile. And sometimes it’s a way to find much needed support. Sharing photos in a respectful, positive, community can be a lifeline; a way to spread and receive joy. But there is also a downside to sharing. Every parent should think through the following issues before clicking “post”. Read More →

October 18, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Is Vaping Harmless?

By Smarty Guest Blogger, Darrell Klotz, MD, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. This was originally posted on their blog. We thank them for the opportunity to share with Smarty Charlotte!

You see it more and more these days: people inhaling vapor from a thin metal cylinder that emits a smoky mist. Shops with names like “Vapor Smoke Shop,” “Queens Crave Vapor,” and “Vaporium” seem to be springing up everywhere you turn. Vaping has seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” are battery operated devices that heat a nicotine-laced liquid (in addition to a number of chemical additives – glycol, glycerin and usually some type of flavoring) into a vapor so that it may be inhaled like a cigarette, and “vaping” is the act of inhaling the flavored nicotine fog. Vaping has been marketed as a healthy alternative to smoking because it does not contain tobacco, but are e-cigarettes and vaping really harmless?CEENTA doctorwithecigaretteweb

Cigarettes vs. e-cigarettes

The danger in traditional cigarettes comes primarily from the tobacco as it burns, creating carcinogens (carbonyls) and particulates that cause well-established health issues such as head and neck cancer, lung cancer and chronic debilitating lung disease (e.g., COPD). Tobacco smoke is also an irritant to the breathing passages of the smoker and those around them (second-hand smoke), which can lead to a higher rate of respiratory illnesses, ear infections, asthma exacerbations, chronic sinus conditions and chronic hoarseness. However, vaping gives off less “second-hand” smoke and 1,000 times fewer toxic carbonyls than cigarettes, and in that way, may seem safer than normal cigarettes. Nonetheless, e-cigarette emissions still cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, atherosclerotic disease and insulin resistance. The chemical additives found in the e-liquid that is vaporized may have yet untold adverse effects on our breathing passages. In addition, the ratios of the glycol, glycerin and nicotine in these liquids vary widely, with the number of toxic byproducts also fluctuating. When combined with the ease of keeping one of these “smokeless” puffers in your hand most of the day, the amount of toxins to which one is exposed could be substantial. Read More →

October 11, 2017

Smarty Reminder: LCH’s Kids Helping Kids Day this weekend

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Here’s a Smarty reminder to join Levine Children’s Hospital on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon for the Kids Helping Kids Day – a morning where families can:

– Visit our Teddy Bear Clinic for a child-friendly, hands-on demo of what happens to our patients inside the hospital

– Make cards and blankets to encourage and support our patients

– Enjoy food, games and giveaways, plus a bounce house and more family-friendly activities

Kids Helping Kids

When: Saturday, October 14 | 9 a.m. to noon, after the Hopebuilders 5K
Where: Parking Lot B, in front of the hospital on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital
1000 Blythe Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28203
Don’t miss out on the fun!
Learn more and RSVP!

October 5, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: The Importance of the HPV Vaccine – A Smarty Podcast

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CSP Team Note: Welcome to our Smarty Podcast Series where we talk to experts from all over Charlotte on relevant parenting topics from health to education and everything in between! Feel free to listen while you’re commuting to work, making dinner, folding laundry, exercising, or any other multi-tasking endeavor! We LOVE the podcast flexibility! We’ve partnered with Southeast Psych’s Shrink Tank and Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. for this podcast – enjoy!

In this week’s podcast, we talk to Dr. Douglas Villaret of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. about something you might not associate with eye, ear, noses, and throats – the HPV vaccine. While at first glance, you might think these things don’t go together, we encourage you to take a listen to this podcast. HPV can affect many different areas of the body in different ways, and Dr. Villaret is great at bringing this real-life issue into the forefront.

Dr. Villaret is an ENT doctor and head & neck cancer specialist who practices in CEENTA’s SouthPark and Pineville offices. He graduated from Stanford University and earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is fellowship-trained in head and neck cancer treatment and has cared for patients in both North and South Carolina.

A big thanks to Dr. Villaret for his time. Hope you enjoy the podcast, and make sure to share, share, share!


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October 3, 2017

Smarty Save the Date: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Charlotte Walk

Smarties, save the date and consider donating to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual Out of the Darkness Charlotte community walk on October 28 in Romare Beardon Park. The Out of the Darkness Walk is the only fundraiser in Charlotte that promotes hope and healing for survivors who have lost loved ones to suicide. It is also a way to bring awareness and funding for suicide prevention activities in our community and brings mental health issues to the fore front.2017.CW.Flyer.CUSTOM.Charlotte

Like last year, this year’s walk has special Smarty ties – our 2015 Smarty Mom of the Year Nikki Warren is co-chair of the event and is leading her own team, Team Gregg, in honor of her late brother, Gregg Doule, who died from suicide just over three years ago at the age of 35.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Out of the Darkness Charlotte walk. We are so proud of Nikki and all of the other families who work to bring suicide out of the dark. It’s time to start talking about suicide and mental health so we don’t lose another friend or family member. Here’s a great video from AFSP site that gives you a feel for this amazing event and cause. Help spread the word #OutoftheDarkness and hope to see you there! Read More →

September 29, 2017

My Child Has Head Lice…Now What?!

By Sheila Fassler, RN – Owner of Pediatric Hair Solutions

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School is in full swing and some of you have already received the dreaded ‘lice letter’ with news that a case of head lice has been discovered in your child’s classroom. If that’s followed by the discovery that your own child has head lice, make sure you know the facts before making your next move. There is A LOT misinformation on the internet that can lead to all-out panic, ineffective treatments and over the top cleaning that’s not necessary.

Here’s a helpful list of DO’s and DON’Ts that will help you get your child lice-free and keep your sanity in the process.

1. Don’t panic. Head lice are a nuisance but they are not harmful. Also remember that lice do not discriminate! They like all heads (of all ages) and often prefer clean hair.

2. Do get all household members checked by professionals. Head lice is very contagious. If one child in your family has lice there is a good chance someone else in the household is positive, so it’s important to have everyone checked. Read More →


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