Your Child’s Sleep Environment

The National Sleep Foundation has summarized three important parts of a "sleep friendly" environment for children. They are noise, light, and temperature. The noise generated from the household and neighborhood can disturb sleep patterns. Unwanted light levels can disrupt sleep, although complete darkness isn't necessary. A room temperature that is not too cold, but is…

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Nature or Nurture?

Which has the greatest effect when it comes to the cause of disease? Although only a few statistical studies try to answer this question, one recent study suggests that about 5% of obesity is caused by genetics. That means 95% of the overweight problem is a result of environment – cultural patterns, economic constraints, formal…

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It Takes a Village to Produce Positive Youth

The "Find Youth Info" website talks about elements of positive youth development:Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; it recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing…

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Are Really Chubby Babies Healthy?

Ten percent of children under the age of 2 are overweight, and the percentage of overweight children between 2 and 5 years old has more than doubled since 1980.The New York Times has reported that obesity may start even before birth, and that prevention needs to start even earlier. Leann Birch, of the Penn State Center…

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