College is an exciting and transformative time for many young adults. However, with the pressures of coursework, social activities, and newfound independence, college students often neglect their physical and mental well-being. As a result, common health problems can arise, affecting not only their academic performance but also their overall quality of life.

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From the crawling stage to running full tilt in what seems like no time at all, parents encounter the toddling stage when a child begins to learn to walk. At first, the beginning stage of learning to walk may seem slow because the child must first develop the bone strength and muscles to support the body in an upright position. But once the little one has mastered standing and balancing on two legs, the time from “baby steps” to zooming around will pass quickly. A parent’s goal during this stage is to provide encouragement, support and safety, and that includes choosing the proper footwear. While style might catch the eye, the fit, form, and function are what a parent needs to focus on when buying proper toddler shoes.

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Whether it's the first day of preschool, a sleepover at a friend's house, or simply leaving the room for a few minutes, children of various ages experience bouts of separation anxiety. While it's a normal part of child development, for some children, the fear of being apart from their loved ones can be more pronounced and can significantly impact their daily lives. As parents, it is vital to understand and learn how to help children navigate through this emotional challenge.

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 Shyness is a common trait that many children possess, yet it is often misunderstood and overlooked in childhood development. As parents, we may worry about our shy child and their ability to make friends or participate in activities. However, embracing shyness and understanding its role in our child's development can have a positive impact on their overall growth. 

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Our very own Dr. Robert Duffey was interviewed by North Carolina Medical Society, read the entire interview...

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