Is more physical education at school linked to higher student math scores?

The Washington Post – Perry Stein

“The amount of time students spend doing physical activity in school appears to be linked to higher standardized math scores in D.C. schools, according to a new American University study that examined the success of the city’s Healthy Schools Act and found that schools offering more physical activity had significantly better math success…Schools across D.C. struggled to meet those targets for physical education, but those that provided about 90 minutes each week saw higher standardized math scores, according to the report.”(more)

How An Elimination Diet May Improve Your Child’s Health

CBS Miami – Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

“Many children in my practice improve tremendously from any number of conditions—asthma, eczema, constipation, headaches, ADHD, seizures—when we remove foods that bother their bodies. Unfortunately, traditional allergy tests don’t always tell the whole story of food reactivity. The best way to determine whether a food contributes to your child’s symptoms—whether allergy, sensitivity, or otherwise—is to eliminate it from his or her diet for a month and then reintroduce it to see if the worrisome symptoms recur.”(more)

A Diet High In Fiber May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

NPR – Allison Aubrey

“If the advice to eat more fiber seems easy to ignore, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t get the 25 to 38 grams a day that’s recommended, depending on age and gender. But if you’re skimping on fiber, the health stakes are high, especially if you’re a teenage girl. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics concludes that eating lots of fiber-rich foods during high school years may significantly reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. The findings are based on a long-term study of 44,000 women who were surveyed about their eating habits in high school. The women also completed detailed questionnaires about their dietary habits every four years.”(more)

Increased Risk of Child Autism Linked to Maternal Obesity, Diabetes

Education News – Grace Smith

“A US study has suggested that mothers who are obese during their pregnancy have roughly twice the chance of having a child with autism compared to mothers who weigh less. Lisa Rapaport writes for Scientific American that when a woman is obese and has diabetes, the risk of her child having autism is quadrupled, at the minimum, according to the report published online in the journal Pediatrics.”(more)

Global Obesity: A Growing Epidemic

The Huffington Post – Susan Blumenthal, M.D. and Samara Levin

“Obesity is a global epidemic. The global population is expanding in numbers, but also in weight. Rates of obesity worldwide have more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, 1.9 billion adults were overweight and 600 million were obese…And the obesity epidemic is not just an adult problem; 42 million children under the age of 5 worldwide were overweight or obese in 2013…According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if current obesity trends are not reversed, over 70 million infants and young children will be overweight or obese by 2025…Globally, America has one of the highest rates of obesity…Despite the significant actions that many nations have taken so far, much more needs to be done. For the obesity epidemic to be reversed within a generation, all sectors of society must be mobilized in a “health in all policies” approach with government, schools, media, businesses, health care providers, families and individuals involved. Governments must establish policies to promote physical activity and healthy eating…”the health in all policies” approach is a cornerstone to eradicating this preventable condition.”(more)

In Baby’s ‘First Bite,’ A Chance To Shape A Child’s Taste

NPR – Terry Gross

“Food writer Bee Wilson has a message of hope for parents struggling to get their children to eat their veggies: “As parents, we have a far greater power than we think we have to form children’s tastes,” Wilson tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. In her new book, First Bite, Wilson examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns contribute to our food preferences. She says that a child’s palate can be formed even before birth. And this insight can be helpful for parents who want their children to eat well and healthfully…A mother of three, Wilson notes that babies are most open to trying new flavors between the ages of 4 and 7 months. But, Wilson adds, even if parents miss introducing a food during the so-called “flavor window,” all hope is not lost.”(more)