Karen Bongiorno | Family Health & Wellness
Karen Bongiorno is a writer, researcher and mom. She recently completed a series of practical guide books for mothers. They give an overview of motherhood, offering encouragement, knowledge, inspiration, organization tools and resources to help mothers handle the full-nest years.
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Keeping your family and yourself healthy is a significant responsibility. The resources in this category will help you manage. You’ll find reliable health information sources, tools to keep track of your child/children’s immunizations and topical information on potential health concerns for children and women.

General Information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is the health protection agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The site has credible information on health, well-being, vaccines, the diseases each vaccine prevents, up to date scientific health information, resources and more.

National Institute of Health Information

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is the center of Federal medical research and is one of the world’s premier research centers. The NIH conducts its own research and supports research at universities, hospitals and other medical research centers throughout the world. Their website has a wealth of information on healthy living, disease symptoms and prevention and new research studies and findings.

Children’s Vaccination Schedule

The CDC has the schedules shown below on their website. You can use these schedules to keep track of your child/children’s vaccines.

Immunization Tracker and Milestones – Birth Through Age 6

This chart has spaces to fill in the date of each immunization as well as developmental milestones for your child.


Immunization Schedule for Children – Birth Through Age 18

This chart shows the immunizations your child will need from birth through age 18.

Healthy Living

The Family Dinner Project

Eating dinner together regularly as a family benefits children’s emotional health and well being. This website, The Family Dinner Project, explains these Benefits and gives ways to make dinner fun and engaging. It lists Conversation Starters by age, gives Recipes and Resources for involving your neighborhood, organizations and your children’s schools in Community Dinners to support healthy dinner habits.

Moms’ Health Concerns

Postpartum Depression – Topic Overview

This article from the website WebMD gives a good description of Postpartum Depression

Mommy Mentors Help Fight The Stigma Of Postpartum Mood Disorder

This article comes from National Public Radio’s Health News, September 29th, 2017. It explains how a Florida program connects women to support one another through the emotional difficulties of postpartum.  It includes information for connecting mothers that live outside of Florida who want this same kind of support.

Social Media Concerns

Importance of Sleep

Why Is Sleep Important?

This information from The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB) explains the importance of sleep on emotional and physical well-being, brain and body functions.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

This February, 2015 press release published in The Sleep Health Journal for the National Sleep Foundation gives guidelines on how much sleep is needed, at each age.