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July 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
The link between childhood obesity and chronic illness
Written by Kate Geier, CRNP, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics provider Kate Geier, CRNP, meets with a patient during a wellness exam

Childhood obesity is a serious health threat to children. Kids who are obese have surpassed simply being overweight and are at risk for a number of chronic health conditions. Poor health stemming from childhood obesity can continue into adulthood.

Family history, psychological factors and lifestyle all play a role in childhood obesity. Children whose parents or other family members are overweight or obese are more likely to follow suit. But the main cause of childhood obesity is a combination of eating too much and exercising too little.

A poor diet containing high levels of fat or sugar and few nutrients can cause kids to gain weight quickly. Fast food, candy and soft drinks are common culprits. Convenience foods, such as frozen dinners, salty snacks and canned pastas, can also contribute to unhealthy weight gain.

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Think before you ride: ATV safety tips

With summer in full swing, kids are headed out to enjoy more outside activities. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular among both youth and adults. While there are no federal regulations or age limits when it comes to riding ATVs, follow these safety tips to reduce the risk of an accident or injury while riding.

  • Take a safety certification program with your child to learn how to operate an ATV safely.
  • Be sure your child rides an ATV that is right for his or her age and size.
  • Always wear an approved helmet and eye protection. In many states, helmets and eye protection are required by law – particularly for kids.
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Rachel Zimmerman, DO, joins Mount Nittany Physician Group
Rachel Zimmerman, DO, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Rachel Zimmerman, DO, to Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics.

Dr. Zimmerman’s philosophy of care is to always put the child first. “When communicating with families, giving the most attention to the child is essential,” she says. “The most rewarding part of my job is watching patients grow. You never know what they will become, and it’s amazing getting to witness their progression.”

Originally from Mifflintown, Dr. Zimmerman earned her bachelor’s degree in life sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and her medical degree from the Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Ask the pediatrician: Milk allergy

Hi Dr. C.,

I think my three-month-old daughter has a milk allergy. Is there a way to know for sure and how can I treat it?

A milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies in infants and children. Typically, a milk allergy appears in the first five years of life, when an infant’s digestive system is still immature.

An allergic reaction usually occurs minutes to hours after consuming milk, but the more severe symptoms usually occur within a half hour. The most common symptoms are rashes, gastrointestinal/stomach upset, vomiting and/or diarrhea. In babies, they may develop chronic nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, cough, wheezing, or difficulty in breathing if the milk allergy affects their respiratory system.

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Join us at Paint the Park Pink

Help raise money for breast cancer awareness and honor survivors and those battling the disease while having a blast at the State College Spikes' Paint the Park Pink Night on Sunday, July 30, at Medlar Field against the Auburn Doubledays.

The Spikes' players will be wearing special jerseys in support of the fight against breast cancer. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free gift. The first pitch is at 6:05 pm, but the gates will open early for pregame activities.

Rachel Zimmerman, DO, will be at the game, along with other healthcare representatives from the Mount Nittany Physician Group team, to provide health and wellness information before the start of the game.

Held annually and sponsored by Mount Nittany Health, all proceeds will benefit Mount Nittany Health Foundation, which supports the advancement of healthcare available to the community. The Foundation will designate all the money it receives from this game to Mount Nittany Health's Breast Care Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Paint the Park Pink Night, visit

Recent product recalls

Here are recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.


Name of product: South Shore 5-drawer chests

Hazard: The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. The chests do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14).   

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