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CDC: Teen Sleep Deprivation Correlates With Riskier Behavior

Education News – Grace Smith

“A recent report from the CDC found that over 75% of public schools in 40 states begin the school day earlier than 8:30 a.m., with high school students not getting the eight to ten recommended hours of sleep each night because teens have a built-in biological inclination to fall asleep later in the evening…teenagers who were getting under seven hours of sleep on school nights were also more apt to take risks such as drinking and driving, texting and driving, riding with someone who has been drinking, and not wearing a seat belt…In 2014, the AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] issued a statement recommending that American schools begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. so that teens could get the suggested 8.5 to 9.5 hours of nightly sleep. A majority of schools did not comply.”(more)

No Pain, No Gain

Inside Higher Ed – Ellen Wexler

“College is a balancing act, and it can be hard to manage the demands of classwork while staying healthy and fit. But spending an afternoon at the gym might yield positive results in the library, a new study finds. When college students exercise more, they don’t just get healthier — they are also more likely to succeed academically. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University, looked at 20,000 students’ recreational activities during the 2013-14 school year. For every extra hour that students exercised, their odds of graduating (or returning the following year) increased by 50 percent.”(more)

Percentage of US children who have chronic health conditions on the rise

Eureka Alert – Staff Writer

“The percentage of children with chronic health conditions is on the rise, and new research being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting shows this is especially true among children who live in or near poverty. Researchers presenting the study abstract, “National Trends in Prevalence and Co-morbid Chronic Conditions among Children with Asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” looked at data from the National Survey of Children’s Health data for 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2012 to spot trends surrounding these conditions by sociodemographic characteristics in the United States.”(more)

Most US adults say today’s children have worse health than in past generations

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“More than half of adults believe children today are more stressed, experience less quality family time and have worse mental and emotional health than children in past generations, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. “We have seen major advances in medicine and public health over the last century that have greatly reduced children’s illness and death. On the other hand, conditions like childhood obesity, asthma and behavior problems have become more common,” said Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the poll and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.”(more)

5 Clues You Are Coddling Your Toddler & Need To Let Them Live

Romper – Yvette Manes

“Parents want to protect their children from harm, danger, and disappointment. They want them to become successful adults without experiencing the negative aspects of growing up. They want to shield them from embarrassment, conflict, failure, and exclusion…The natural protection instinct a parent has toward a newborn can turn into a compulsion to safeguard them from anything perilous and all of life’s letdowns. But, this actually hinders your child’s future…coddled children turn into adults who have more health issues, are more susceptible to drug and alcohol addictions, have more difficulty maintaining relationships and financial stability, and are more likely to run into trouble with the law…Worried you’re holding on too tight to your little one? Or maybe not aware of it? The following are some clues you may be coddling your toddler.”(more)

If parents see their kids as overweight, they’re more likely to be so


“One way health programs today are trying to reduce the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States is by making parents aware that their child is overweight. The thinking is they can take steps to help their child eat more healthily and exercise more. But a new study has turned that thinking on its head. Researchers found that young children were actually more likely to gain weight during childhood if their parents thought they were overweight…Angelina R. Sutin, who led the research, believes the reason behind this could be that parents who thought their children were overweight, regardless of whether they actually were, could have been limiting how much their kids ate and the kids could have rebelled by eating more. Alternatively, these parents may have shamed their children about their weight, which could have led them to overeat or avoid physical activity. Neither possibility could be tested with the data available from the Australian study, Sutin added.”(more)