Family Watch

Posted: January 07, 1990

KIDS' GAMES

Forget about musical chairs. With the Iron Curtain crumbling and cooperation the catchword of the '90s, it's time for kids' games that allow each child to win, says Marianne Torbert, a Temple University physical education professor. She suggests that parents ask themselves whether games will include everyone, encourage children to try again, allow children to work together, provide a safe environment, and challenge each child.

DUST TO DUST

Some winter tips for those allergic to dust, mold spores or dander from pets: Open windows; ventilate, mop and dust your house regularly; clean or replace forced-air heater filters monthly, and cover vent ducts with filters, says the University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter.

DIABETICS' BABIES

Infants born to insulin-dependent diabetic women run a higher risk for some major birth defects than previously thought. The journal Pediatrics also reports that such infants also are more likely to have major problems diagnosed during the first year of life than babies born to non-diabetic mothers.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Just because you have smoke detectors, don't forget to keep a home fire extinguisher handy. If you're looking for an extinguisher to hang in the kitchen, the University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter recommends one that is labeled BC (Class B for fires fueled by fast-burning liquids, such as gasoline, cooking oils and grease; Class C for electrical fires).

CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION

Has your third- or fourth-grader come home from school with an assignment to read labels on food packages with you? The child's school probably is using a new cholesterol-awareness program developed by the Gladstone Foundation Laboratories for Cardiovascular Disease called Special Program in Nutrition (SPIN). For copies of the curriculum, contact the foundation at 2550 23d St., Box 40608, San Francisco, Calif. 94149; 415-826-7500. The 660-page guide costs $30, the cookbook, $10. You can get both for $35.

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