Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Pass the turkey, gravy, and the family health history form

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

thanksgiving-turkey21Thanksgiving, or any other family gathering, is a great time to share good times, delicious food, and family memories. It is also a great time to learn about your family health history.

Taking your family health history can help you make important health decisions. It can help you learn about the health of your baby even before he’s born! Knowing about health conditions before or early in pregnancy can help you and your health care provider decide on treatments and care for your baby.

By understanding the health issues that run in your family, you can take positive steps for a healthier future. Since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family History Day.  Here are a couple of ways you can easily gather your FHH:

So, somewhere between dinner and dessert, start a conversation with your relatives, and find out about your family health history.  The info you learn may make a huge difference in all of your lives, and in your baby’s life!


Giving thanks

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015



As Prematurity Awareness Month draws to a close, we just want to take a moment to say how grateful we are for all of our volunteers. Without your tireless efforts we would not be the organization we are today, fighting to give every baby a healthy start in life.

Thank you for helping us spread awareness about the serious problems of premature birth. You are helping more babies be born full term and healthy. We thank you, and the babies thank you!

We at the March of Dimes wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Taking Thanksgiving in stride

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

turkeyThanksgiving and the start of the holiday season is here. For children with special needs, the unstructured vacation time, introduction of new foods, travel and social situations can bring on a new level of stress. Kids with special needs tend to have extra difficulty adjusting to unexpected changes in routine and their coping ability gets challenged to the max.

What can you do to help your child?

Prior posts on News Moms Need talk about what you can do to help smooth transitions for your child, especially during holidays. Here are a few posts to help you:

Bracing for the holidays

Holidays  🙂  or  🙁

A transition tip

Avoiding and handling tantrums

More resources for handling meltdowns

Hopefully, by having a game plan up your sleeve, you can make your Thanksgiving day as calm and happy as possible.

Note: This post is part of the weekly series Delays and disabilities – how to get help for your child. It was started in January 2013 and appears every Wednesday. While on News Moms Need, select “Help for your child” on the menu on the right side to view all of the blog posts to date. You can also see a Table of Contents of prior posts, here.

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Holidays are a time for family

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Family at Thanksgiving dinnerAnd learning about family health history! I recently visited some relatives that I had not seen in years. After we caught up, they mentioned to me that colon cancer runs in that side of the family. This was news to me, as I did not know much about our family’s health history. At my next doctor’s appointment I told my doctor what I had learned from my relatives, and we made a plan on how to manage my health care going forward.

At Thanksgiving, you may be getting together with your family over a delicious turkey dinner. This is a great time to bring up your family’s health history. You may discover important information to keep in mind at your next doctor’s visit like I did.

On our website, we have a lot of helpful tips on how to talk to family and relatives, how to use the information they share, and what to do if some family members don’t want to talk about their health.  You can also use our Family Health History form to help you start a conversation with your family.

Knowing your family’s health history is helpful, especially if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. If you learn that your family has a health condition that gets passed from parent to child, you may want to see a genetic counselor. This is a person who is trained to help you understand how conditions run in families and how they can affect your health and your baby’s health.

Enjoy spending time with your family this Thanksgiving, and learn about each other’s health at the same time. You may discover a few new things that can help you make healthy decisions for your future.

Don’t forget your family health history

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

generations-at-the-tableAs everyone is preparing for holiday travels or out-of-town visits from relatives, it is a good time to remember that family gatherings give you the perfect opportunity to discuss your family health history.  Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day.

A family health history is a written or graphic record of the diseases and health conditions present in your family. A useful family health history shows three generations of your biological relatives, the age at diagnosis of any specific diseases, and the age and cause of death of deceased family members. The family health history is a useful tool for understanding health risks and preventing disease in individuals and their close relatives.

If you have already discussed your family health history, now is a great time to update it.  And if it is not something you have had a chance to do, holidays are the perfect opportunity, when everyone is gathered together.  You can read more about the importance of family health history in some of our previous blog posts.  And you can go to our website to find our helpful family health history forms.  Learning about your family’s health history may help to ensure that your family can celebrate more holidays together in the future.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

thanksgiving-turkey1We’re grateful for so many things, especially all of you. While I eat my Thanksgiving turkey with my family, I’ll also be thinking of the great family of March of Dimes volunteers. Thanks so much to all of you who helped us spread the word this month about the seriousness of premature birth. People wrote blog posts and shared their stories at length, or in shorter posts on our Facebook pages, or sent lots of tweets. We’re very grateful for your energy and support. Feel free to list the names of your special preemies here. They really are important to us.

The efforts of our friends and volunteers are what make this organization strong and resolved to push even harder for a day when all babies are born healthy. To all of you and your families, our thanks and best wishes.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


In the spirit of Prematurity Awareness Month, I’d like to invite any of you who wish to add a name of a preemie in your family or circle of close friends to my list.  You’d be surprised at how many preemies you know! 

I’m incredibly thankful for:

My husband – born 8 weeks premature .  It’s miraculous that he is here.

My grandson, Matthew – born 6 weeks early.

Pumpkin cookies

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

36857764_thbI came across this recipe and thought I would pass it along. These cookies might make a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dessert menu. Although I heard that canned pumpkin is really hard to come by this year. Have you heard anything about this?  Apparently heavy rain in the Midwest where most commercial pumpkins are grown has caused a problem with harvesting and now there’s a shortage. I’ll find out for myself when I go grocery shopping later this afternoon. Good luck with all of your holiday prep this week. Feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes with us!

2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together into a medium bowl and set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 1 stick of the butter and the sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the yogurt and pumpkin, and mix again. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until just incorporated. Form the cookies into tablespoon-size balls and place about 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes. While the cookies bake, mix the remaining stick of butter with the confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup in a bowl until well blended. When the cookies are done, place them on cooling racks set over a sheet of aluminum foil and spread some of the glaze over each hot cookie, letting the extra glaze drip down onto the foil. Allow the glaze to set before storing the cookies. (Makes 48 cookies)

Nutrition Facts
Calories 85
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium 84 mg
Carbohydrate 11 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g
Calcium 14 mg
Iron 0 mg

Air Travel Safe During Pregnancy

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

airplane-2Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Where did the time go? Between family get-togethers, holiday gift shopping and my husband’s birthday (which usually falls on or around Thanksgiving), the end of the year feels like one big race to New Year’s. Thankfully, both my and my husband’s families are just a few hours drive from our home. But plenty of my girlfriends are hopping on a plane to see their loved ones.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently strengthened its position on air travel during pregnancy. The organization reassures women that air travel is safe for most pregnant women. So long as a woman’s pregnancy is healthy and free of complications, it’s safe for her to travel by air. Most airlines allow women who are up to 36 weeks in their pregnancy to travel, but it’s a good idea to double check with your air carrier.

If you’re pregnant and plan to travel by air this holiday season, follow these tips (which are helpful for everyone as well):
• Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You may want to wear support stockings.
• When it’s safe to move about the plane’s cabin, take a walk up and down the isle. This can help improve your circulation and avoid the risk of blood clots.
• Stay hydrated, but avoid foods and beverages that may cause gas. Gas in your belly expands at high altitudes, making you feel less comfortable.
• Always wear a seat belt when seated to avoid injury in the case of turbulence.
• When making air travel arrangements, try getting an isle seat so you don’t have to climb over other passengers to go to the bathroom. Also, try sitting towards the front of the plane, where the ride feels smoother.
• If you’re experiencing nausea during pregnancy, you may want to take a preventative anti-nausea medication before getting on the plane. Talk to your health provider about a medication that’s safe during pregnancy.

Organic Thanksgiving Dinner?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

If your house is anything like mine, there’ll be LOADS of food at the dinner table on Thursday. As I get ready to help my mother prepare our Thanksgiving meal, I’ve noticed more organic foods are available at the grocery store. From organic turkeys to organic whipped cream, it seems you can by almost anything organic.

The New York Times Well column recently blogged about the cost of an organic Thanksgiving Day meal compared to a non-organic one. They found you could end up paying nearly 75% more when going all organic!

These rough economic times can make it hard to shop for food on a budget. And the American Dietetic Association says that more research needs to be done before we know for sure if organic foods are healthier or safer than other foods.

If you have a tight budget but want to buy some organic foods, try going for the foods that usually have more pesticide residue as compared to their organic versions. These include foods like lettuce, potatoes, apples or pears. But don’t sacrifice good nutrition for the organic label.  It’s more important that you eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies than buy the organic whipped cream!