Category: Health & Safety

Summer is here – are you and your kids ready and safe?

With warmer days and summer upon us, it's the perfect time to think about getting your kids back outdoors, lots of fun in the sun and making sure they're ready to be safe and independent swimmers.

It seems like every time you read an article on water safety the same tips come up: vigilance, protective pool fences, alarms on doors…. We all read them and agree that these are, indeed, very wise pieces of advice but often think "it’ll never happen to me" when...

Posted on July 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Antony White

Your car seat safety questions- answered!

Did you know that more than 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? In an effort to reduce misuse and confusion as the travel season heats up, KID has compiled some of the most common questions we get about car seat use and installation and asked Jess Choi, Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids Chicago for expert answers.

Question: How do I know if my car seat is safe to use with my child?

Answer: The first step in using a car seat safely is to make sure it has not been...

Posted on June 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Make a Deal to Be Safe this Spring Season

As the season turns towards warmer weather, families will traditionally store away their winter gear and re-organize with some old-fashioned spring cleaning. These clean-ups typically mean spring is also yard sale season, an excellent time to find great prices on interesting items. However, we here at KID want to remind you not to bargain with product safety, and keep an eye out for dangerous, recalled products. Use our handy Yard Sale Safety Checklist as you prepare to buy or sell, and he...

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

From infants to school children; injury prevention tips for every age

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the possibilities of potential injury to your children but don’t have to feel this way. To help alleviate anxiety, we have listed some common sources of injury to children by age below and follow with simple steps you can take to help prevent the injury from happening.

At this age, it’s really important to create a safe sleep environment for baby and this starts with making sure your child has a safe product to sleep in. The ...

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Spring into Fitness with 7 Upcoming Fit and Healthy Events!

Spring is around the corner and ok, admit it....those New Year's resolutions froze with Lake Michigan weeks ago. After 3 polar vortexes and just as many boxes of Thin Mints, we probably all need to break out of the house and get moving.  NOT TO WORRY! NPN has some GREAT Fit and Healthy Before and After Baby Classes that will not only bust you out of that cave you've been hiding in but get you moving enough to thaw those muscles. Here are the next five classes in the lineup:


Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM by Christa Reed

Lifting Tips for New Parents

New parents are overwhelmed: sleeping routines, breast feeding issues, constant visitors, check-ups, and all the other stuff they had going on before their new child was born.  It doesn’t take much to figure out why we see so many new parents show up in the clinic with aches, pains, and muscle strains.  With so much going on, it is easy to forget how to properly lift or hold something to avoid hurting your back.  The problem is usually not one particular instance of li...

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Jason Jared

Online safety resources worth bookmarking

Safety is one of the most important concerns for families, as we all know that life is unfortunately full of hidden hazards. Too often it takes a tragic death or injury to raise awareness about dangerous products or the preventative steps that should be taken for safer environments. Lack of public awareness about safety issues is a major problem across different industries, perpetuated by a lack of adequate regulation and the failure of manufacturers to promote and publicize safety recalls...

Posted on February 07, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

The little card that can keep your kids safe

Got some great gifts for the kids over the holidays? Super! You’ll want to register the products purchased for your children. Here are some fast facts about product registration:

Durable products must include a registration card; it is the only way a manufacturer can contact you directly in the event of a recall.

Manufacturers cannot request marking information on this card, and the information you provide can only be used to alert of you of a safety hazard with the pro...

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Laura Nikolovska

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Anyone who’s lived in Chicago knows the winter weather can be downright frightful. However, the outdoors can still be delightful for you and your family as long as you’ve got the basics — hands, feet and heads — covered.


According to Dr. Andy Sagan, pediatrician at Swedish Covenant Hospital, the cold weather shouldn’t be a reason to keep the kids indoors.


“So as long as you are keeping your children’s hands and heads c...

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Jessica Womack

Mom's New Body: Favorite FAQs

Our bodies are capable of amazing things – like creating human life! As a trainer working with new/expecting moms, I know it’s important to understand how and why our bodies change, and what we can do about it.

Here are my five favorite facts.

(Read the prequel: Mom’s Expecting Body: A Few FAQ’s – And How Exercise Can Benefit You & Your Baby.)

Do I really have to wait six weeks to exercise?

Yes! Making a baby is a lot of work and your musc...

Posted on January 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Cassandra Hawkinson