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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development

The Star – Andrea Gordon

“Here’s what kids at play have always liked to do: Race, climb, wrestle, hang, throw, balance, fence with sticks, jump from heights and gravitate toward sharp objects. Ideally, while escaping the watchful eye of grown-ups.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekly Wellness: The quickest way to get your kids in shape

The Doings Weekly – Matt Gallagher

“As a trainer of children and adults of all ages, I have realized there are more effective ways of improving a child’s fitness level compared to adults. Many of the basic concepts apply but, for kids, I have narrowed the list down to several key concepts to start applying immediately that will have dramatic effects on a child’s fitness level and body fat reduction, if needed.” (more)

5 summer tips to introduce your child to the world

the star.com – Angela Jackson

“Summer is a great time to introduce your child to a new language and culture. Studies show students lose, on average, about two months of learning over the summer and many times they fall in to unhealthy eating habits. But with a little help, they can avoid the dreaded “summer slide” by trying new foods and going on a fantastic imaginary journey around the world.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Report: Parent Involvement Crucial in Fighting Childhood Obesity

Education News – Grace Smith

“A UC San Diego School of Medicine-led study, published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has found that often, parents of obese children are unaware of the health hazards of childhood weight gain, and ignore the importance of daily exercise in order to assist their children in maintaining a healthy weight.” (more)

Number of Parents Refusing Vaccinations on the Rise in Arizona

Education News – Grace Smith

“Public health officials continue to worry about the number of children who are asking for exemptions from being immunized. In Arizona, the number of kindergartners and sixth-graders who opted out of being vaccinated has nearly tripled in the last 10 years.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Explainer: Why Does the Teenage Brain Need More Sleep?

Epoch Times – Michelle A. Miller

“Throughout our lives we experience changes in sleep patterns and in the amount of sleep we need…Circadian rhythms change around puberty, probably due to hormonal changes. This results in adolescents displaying a delayed circadian sleep phase with a preference for going to bed late and getting up later than adults.” (more)

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Education Week – AP

“Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How A Good Education Can Actually Improve Poor Students’ Health

Think Progress – SAM P.K. COLLINS

“A recent study may have confirmed what public health and education advocates have long tried to argue: a positive and supportive school environment improves the health of children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ultimately increasing their academic performance.” (more)

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it…It is the 25th such annual report released by the foundation, which collects and analyzes a mountain of data about the well-being of America’s children…” (more)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obesity rates among U.S. children have leveled off in last decade

UPI – Brooks Hayes

“The report analyzed the size and weight of children between the ages of 6 and 18. Using data collected from a compendium of other health studies, researchers calculated the average abdominal obesity (the ratio of waistline to height) of children over the eight years leading up to 2012.” (more)