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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers

Early to bed in preschool reduces the risk of adolescent obesity.

A new study suggests that putting preschoolers to bed early may help prevent the risk for adolescent obesity. The risk for adolescent obesity was cut in half when children went to bed before 8:00 PM compared to those who stayed up past 9:00 PM. It is estimated that 25% of U.S. preschoolers go to bed after 9:00 PM, and only 25% retire before 8:00 PM.

PositiveTip: Parents, encourage your preschoolers to establish a routine of early bedtime!

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Sugary Beverages and Preschoolers

Preschool obesity linked to sugary beverage consumption.

Preschoolers who drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were found to be at higher risk for obesity. At ages 2, 4, and 5 years old, the youngsters who drank one or more SSB every day tended to have obese or overweight mothers compared to those who drank less than one serving per day. The 4 and 5 year olds who drank SSBs watched more television, used less milk and were more likely to be overweight.

PositiveTip: SSBs are not necessary for good nutrition or health. Teach your children to enjoy plain, no-calorie water!

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TV Before Bedtime Impacts Kids' Sleep

Kids who watch violent media any time of day have more sleep problems.

Preschoolers who watch television, play with computers or play video games after 7:00 PM report more sleep issues such as repeated awakenings, nightmares and daytime tiredness. Watching violent content at any time was also associated with sleep problems. Having a TV in the child's room increased viewing of violent content. Nonviolent daytime viewing did not increase sleep problems.

PositiveTip: Carefully monitor and control the media your children view and play, and find positive substitutes for evening media use.