Don’t Leave a Child Trapped in a Car!

With summer in the northern hemisphere arriving soon it is important to recognize the dangers of leaving a child, elderly adult, or pet in an overheated parked car. According to researchers, if the car is parked in the sun, interior temperature can reach 116 degrees F (46.6 C) and the dashboard can reach 165 degrees F…

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Exercise Lowers Depression in School Age Children

Almost 800 children in Norway were assessed for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at ages 6, 8, and 10 years old. Researchers found those with higher levels of MVPA at 6 and 8 years old experienced fewer symptoms of depression 2 years later. Each hour of MVPA per day resulted in about 0.2 fewer depression symptoms, similar…

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Poor Kids More Likely to be Obese

A large British cohort study has found children living in poverty were two to three times more likely to be obese than the wealthiest. A poor diet, insufficient exercise, irregular bedtimes resulting in loss of sleep, the introduction of solid foods before 4 months old, and having a mother that smoked were all significant risk factors. Over time, obesity…

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Lifelong Cancer Prevention

You know healthy habits can reduce the risk of cancer and other health issues. Did you know the sooner those habits start, the greater the impact they will have? The American Institute for Cancer Research has many practical activities and tips to help you adopt a low-risk lifestyle for your home. Checkout this printable chart and place…

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Set Down That Salt Shaker

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 90% of U.S. school children consume too much sodium each day. It may come as a surprise that only 10 common foods contribute 40% of the sodium eaten by children. Check out the great resources and infographics to help your family be sodium wise. Remember, healthy…

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Your Kids and the Internet

Did you know the average U.S. teen types over 150 texts each day? Texting consumes at least one hour of time normally used for sleep by that same teen! Are you looking for some practical tips on tech savvy parenting? Brian Housman shares realistically how parents can prevent the dangers 'out there' from waltzing in through the front door…

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Keep Energy Drinks Away from Children

Data suggests more than half of calls to U.S. poison control centers are about unintentional energy drink exposure by children younger than six. Steven Lipshultz, a pediatrician from Wayne State University made a case at the American Heart Association meetings this month to place explicit risk warnings on the packaging of these drinks. Many children suffer seizures and heart problems,…

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Screentime at Bedtime Robs Kids of Sleep

The National Sleep Foundation's 2014 survey found that almost 72% of children go to bed with an electronic device. The light from these devices disrupts the natural sleep patterns, causing children to sleep 1 hour less on average. Insufficient sleep can adversely affect children's school performance, decision making and overall behavior. PositiveTip: Parents should set…

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Fruit and Veggies Report Card

A recent report from the CDC shows mixed results for children’s nutritional health. On the positive side, consumption of fruit juice is down while whole fruits are up. However vegetable intake is unchanged and the average intake of fruits and veggies for children are still below the recommended 5 servings per day. PositiveTip: Lunch is…

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Fit Kids May Be Faster…at Reading

They're not sure why, but researchers have found that fit kids have stronger language skills. Researchers measured brain activity for aerobically fit and unfit children while reading both normal and jumbled sentences. The fit kids performed better on both sentences. While they can't prove fitness directly causes improved cognitive performance, it appears fit kids' brains…

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