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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fitness May Boost Kids’ Brainpower

MSN Healthy Living – Randy Dotinga

“Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids’ minds.” (more)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Obesity, School Violence And Gun-Related Injury Among Top 10 Child Health Concerns In US

HNGN – Staff Writer

“Though childhood obesity remains the number one child health concern in the United States, school violence and gun-related injuries are also major issues in the country.” (more)

Childhood mental health disabilities on the rise

WWLP – Val Wadas-Willingham

“Over the past half century, the prevalence of childhood disabilities in the United States has been on the rise, possibly due to an increased awareness about these issues. Now a study published in this week’s online issue of Pediatrics suggests the nature of those newly diagnosed disabilities is changing.” (more)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back-to-school food: 5 worst and best things to pack in your child’s school lunch

Oregon Live – Grant Butler

“The new school year is almost here. If you send your child to school with a packed lunch, you want to make sure it’s not loaded down with lots of fat, sodium and dreaded high fructose corn syrup. Here are 5 suggestions for the worst things you can put in a school lunch, and 5 foods to consider:.” (more)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Back-to-School Message: Emphasize Childhood Health, Not Obesity

The Huffington Post – Daniel J. Shultz

“Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta released a powerful anti-obesity PSA showing a man suffering a heart attack in the ER, which then progresses to an intense flashback to what food choices and activities led to this event. During the PSA you see the man’s first person view as an adult, teenager and child. This includes failed attempts to be healthy, food choices of soda, fast food and him choosing to play video games instead exercising. Additionally, the video ends with the mom of the child literally shoving French fries into the kid’s mouth.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Study: Physical Fitness Can Lessen Depression in Early Teens

Education News – Grace Smith

“A study presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention found that sixth-grade girls who were physically fit were less likely to suffer from depression when they reached seventh grade.” (more)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

One man’s uphill fight to stem childhood obesity

The L.A. Times – Soumya Karlamangla

“Last year, Khananashvili started Activate Hawaiian Gardens — a city and school district collaboration funded by the hospital — to teach nutrition classes to kindergartners’ parents.” (more)

Kids at high-performing charter schools make better health decisions: study

Reuters – Daniel Gaitan

“Low-income teenagers who attended high-performing charter schools engaged in fewer risky behaviors and performed better on standardized tests, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.” (more)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Study: Parents of College-Educated Children Live Longer

Education News – Grace Smith

“Parents whose children have graduated from college increase their life expectancy for a few more years compared to parents who have children who never finished high school, says Robin Burks of Tech Times…Just as interesting was the fact that even if parents had college degrees of their own, having children with college degrees was more important to creating longer lifespans.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Julia Steiny: Healthy Families Spawn Healthy Economic Conditions

Education News – Julia Steiny

“If a municipality or state got really serious about investing in the health and welfare of their kids, wouldn’t the economy also get healthier? I don’t mean political blah-blahing about “the children are our future.”…Governments support them with good schools, parks, safe neighborhoods and so on.” (more)