The United States of … stasis? | Health Beat

More time on the couch or staring at a computer screen increases your risk of developing serious health problems. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Uncle Sam has a message for sluggish Americans: Get moving now.

More than 15% of American adults are physically inactive, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports. And all that time on the couch or staring into a computer screen adds to the risk of health problems and premature death.

“Too many adults are inactive and they may not know how much it affects their health,” said Dr. Ruth Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

The CDC defined inactivity as doing no leisure-time physical activities in the past month—such as running, walking for exercise or gardening.

“Being physically active helps you sleep better, feel better and reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and

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Kids suffering from RSV | Health Beat

RSV is a scourge of young children this season. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

RSV continues to plague children, and may be one of the worst seasons for the virus in years.

Respiratory syncytial virus hit earlier than usual, said Dan McGee, MD, a pediatric hospitalist with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. And it has hit hard.

“In the 35 years I’ve been doing this, I don’t know that I have ever seen RSV come on so strong,” Dr. McGee told “Not to make people panic, but this year seems to be particularly bad.”

Typically, the emergency department sees an upswing in cases after Christmas. This year, the children’s hospital saw a huge influx in cases starting in November, and it hasn’t eased up.

“It has hit very hard and very early this year,” Dr. McGee said.

So far this season, the children’s hospital in West Michigan

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COVID-19 meals: Keep it simple | Health Beat

If you’re looking for quick, easy and delicious, look no further than mac and cheese—the time-tested, kid-approved favorite. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Meal planning might be the last thing on parents’ minds as they live isolated at home 24/7 with their kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

And that’s completely understandable, says Jessica Corwin, a Spectrum Health registered dietitian.

“I am encouraging families to offer themselves and their children plenty of grace,” Corwin said.

“While I wholeheartedly believe in filling our bellies with whole foods, I also believe we must nourish our mind and spirit first.”

As a mother of three young children, she understands the struggles families face as they balance a job at home, lesson plans for kids and meeting their family’s emotional needs without their usual social outlets.

“Motherhood can feel isolating in many ways already,” she said. “Now the feeling is actually literal.”

Corwin shared her dietitian-mom

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