As the holiday season gets into full swing, we are all undoubtedly all racking our brains and scouring the internet looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Whether you are searching for a gift for a health-conscious family member, a fit and active friend or a special little one in your life, Ochsner’s experts have you covered.
Dr. Sonia Alencherry, MD
Primary Care Physician, St. Charles Parish Hospital
Often times, people take the holidays, and particularly the new year, as a time to make commitments to new fitness goals. If this sounds like someone you know, something to help them achieve their goals may be the perfect gift idea. Consider purchasing a loved one a gym membership or some workout gear, like running shoes or jump rope, to help give them a jumpstart on their path to better fitness. Activity tracking devices like the Fitbit are also extremely popular gifts and are great for encouraging people to take an interest in their daily activity.
Another great gift to give and receive is a health cookbook or cooking classes. By learning to prepare healthy meals at home, your loved one will be able to take control of their own personal health and you may even be able to benefit when they invite you over for a delicious healthy home-cooked meal.
Dr. Samira Brown, MD
Pediatrician, Ochsner Hospital for Children
Parents commonly ask about new toys that help promote developmental skills, creativity and innovation. Here’s a few you may want to consider putting on your list:
Choose games that involve interaction from children and require decision making through forethought and complexity. The new rage is toys that involve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and coding. Fisher Price, Bose and Google are just a few of the companies promoting toys that teach children coding skills through play using blocks, robot mice and caterpillars just as a few examples of how these toys spark engagement. Kids have fun making creations and problem solve through fun exploration.
For those children who love videos and Snapchats there are kid-friendly cameras from GOPRO and Vtech that allow kids to attach a camera to film live action and then learn to edit and filter film for a final product. Some are even waterproof.
When it comes to apps, there are almost a million apps that advertise educational capabilities. Be sure to check out www.commonsensemedia.org to help guide decisions about which ones to choose. One recommended app is Bedtime Math. It promotes quality time with parents, reading, math and problem solving skills.
Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD
Sports and Lifestyle Dietitian
There is nothing better than giving the gift of health and wellness to the ones we love. Here are a few gift ideas to help your loved ones eat healthy and stay fit.
Giving the gift of a scale can be a bit of a risky but you can’t go wrong with the Perfect Portions Food Scale by Nutrition Gurus. This scale does all of the work of your standard kitchen scale while also featuring a built-in nutrition facts database, meaning that, when you weigh food, the scale tells you the nutritional facts for the exact amount you have on the scale.
While we all love fried food, most of us know that it’s not exactly “healthful,” and can be the archenemy of even the most well-intentioned diets. A good solution for resisting the temptation of fried food is an electric air fryer. These appliances use minimal oil to “fry” foods, leaving them with the crispy exterior and tender interior that we all expect from our favorite fried foods.
If you are searching for a gift for your friend or loved one who suffers from celiac disease or gluten intolerance, then look no further than the Nima portable food sensor. This device is small enough to carry in your purse or pocket and tests a sample of food for gluten in about two minutes.