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All About Ears!

When it’s really quiet take a moment and listen.  What do you hear?  Dog barking, mom vacuuming, a fly buzzing around your head…ever wonder how you can hear all these sounds?

Each of your ears is made up of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.  Sound waves are collected by the outer ear and travel through the ear canal to the eardrum, located in the middle ear.  When the sound waves hit the eardrum, vibrations are created causing three tiny bones to move.  While these tiny bones are moving, the vibrations travel into the cochlea, located in the inner ear.  The cochlea is filled with fluid and is covered with really small hairs.  After the vibrations reach the cochlea, all those tiny hairs send nerve impulses to your brain.  Next thing you know, you are watching your favorite TV show, listening to your favorite song, or hearing your mom asking you to clean your room!

Here are some other things you should know about your ears:
• They help you control balance, so you’re not falling over all the time.
• Earwax helps keep dirt, infections and other things from traveling inside your ears.
• The three tiny bones inside your ears are called the hammer, anvil and stirrup and they are the smallest bones in your body!

If you are having trouble hearing or if you feel any pain in your ears, make sure you tell your parents right away.


Healthy Snacks

You just got home from school, and you’re hungry. Before you reach for candy or chips, let’s talk about fun, healthy snacks.

Talk to your mom about having some vegetables or fruit in the refrigerator for quick snacks. Your mom can cut up carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, celery or cucumbers that you can dip in low-fat salad dressing. Fruit like melon or bananas are great snack choices. Even apples – but not me – make great snacks.

Trail mix can be a great after-school treat. Or you could enjoy a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.

Water, low-fat milk or 100 percent fruit juice are good drinks after a long day at school.

Choosing good food helps you stay healthy.


Homework, Oh Homework!

Now that school has started, I’m sure your teachers have begun to assign you homework.   Homework doesn’t have to be so bad, just follow these helpful tips and you’ll be on your way to the top of the class!

• Pick a quiet and permanent space to do your homework. 
• Don’t rush when doing your homework.  Also, don’t wait until the last minute to start your homework.  You may run out of time!
• No TV or video games while doing your homework. 
• No cheating or sharing your work with other kids.  It’s very important that you do your own work.
• If you start to feel tired, take a quick break and grab a healthy snack, maybe an apple?!.
• If you are having trouble with your homework, don’t be afraid to ask your parents and teachers for help.  They want to help you be the best that you can be!

I know sometimes homework is hard and you may not want to do it, but homework helps you learn.  Just think how proud everyone will be when you bring home all those good grades.  I know I’ll be!


School Bus Safety

Wow! I can’t believe school started again. That means lots of my friends are riding the school bus each day.

Here’s some things you can do to stay safe:

• Don’t run up to the bus when it’s moving. Stop and look both ways before you cross a street.
• While you’re waiting, stand back from the curb and the street. Don’t push or shove near the bus.
• Wait until the driver opens the door before you walk up to the bus.
• Use the handrails when you’re going up the steps.

Once you’re on the bus, find a seat and sit down. You can talk to your friends but don’t get too loud and distract the driver. Listen to the bus driver and do what he or she says.

When the bus drops you off, be careful crossing the street. If you drop something in the street or near the bus, don’t stop to pick it up. The bus driver may not be able to see you.

I hope you have a great school year!


Back To School

It’s that time of year again. Summer vacation is over and each morning your alarm clocks will be going off a few hours earlier. Don’t be nervous about the new school year. There are a lot of other kids who may be uneasy about starting another school year too. But you’ll get to see all your old friends and you might even meet new ones!

Check back later to learn about things like school bus safety, homework help and what foods you should eat after school. Together we’ll make this school year the best ever!



Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog!  I’m Chris the Apple and I work at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.  Sometimes kids just like you get sick, but here at St. Christopher’s Hospital, we help them get better.  I know it can be scary when you have to visit the doctor or the hospital, but I’ll be here to help.

Being healthy is really important.  I try my hardest to make sure I eat right, wash my hands and do all the other things that can help keep me healthy.

I’m excited to share all of my healthy information with you and I hope you and your friends will come back and visit me soon!

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