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A little vigorous exercise may help boost kids’ cardiometabolic health

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, according to an international study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The investigators found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardiometabolic benefits in young people with relatively large waist measurements and elevated levels of insulin in their blood.”(more)

Parents struggle to keep the junk food out of little mouths

USA Today – Jueun Choi

“The survey results are positive in the sense that most parents recognize that healthy eating is the goal, Clark said. But there’s a problem if one in four parents in the country acknowledge that their kids’ diet is not the ideal, she said. Parents face several day-to-day challenges, but the main problem (70%) behind an unhealthy diet is the high cost of healthy food. The next reason (60%) is children’s preference for sugary and fatty food. Parents with a low-income level and low education have a hard time determining which foods are healthy (52%), or those food are unavailable where they shop (23%). Research shows that frequent consumption of fast food leads to heart disease, obesity, headaches, acne, high blood pressure, dental problems and high cholesterol. Diet also affects mental health.”(more)

Teach kids heart-healthy habits for lifelong health

The Apopka Voice – Reggie Connell

“Kids have amazing resiliency. And while it may seem like childhood naturally brings with it an endless stream of junk food and video games, science is showing us the importance of early cardiac health as the heart may not be as forgiving. “In pediatric cardiology, much of the focus is on congenital heart disease, but the fact is that your child is much more likely to die of acquired heart disease in their lifetime” states Dr. Matthew Zussman, Medical Director of Pediatric Interventional Cardiology at the Florida Hospital for Children. Dr. Zussman further explains why conversations about heart health must start young.”(more)

Brisk exercise linked to better arterial health already in childhood

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“High levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity are associated with lower arterial stiffness in 6-8-year-old children, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. No similar association was found for light physical activity. Published in Pediatric Exercise Science, the findings constitute part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study carried out in the University of Eastern Finland. The study was conducted in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.”(more)

High Blood Pressure in Children

The News-Medical – Sally Robertson

“Although people usually assume that only middle-aged or elderly people develop high blood pressure (hypertension), it is also possible for the condition to arise in teenagers, children and even babies. The American Heart Association advises that all children should be checked for high blood pressure on a yearly basis, as detecting the condition and treating it early will improve the child’s health and reduce or prevent the harmful effects of the condition.”(more)

Less Education Increases Heart Attack Risk, Study Finds

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“Yet another study has linked higher rates of education to health benefits that can potentially lead to a longer life. According to DNA India, “[r]esearchers from Sax Institute in Australia investigated the links between education and cardiovascular disease events – such as a heart attack or stroke – by following 267,153 men and women in the state of New South Wales aged over 45.” The researchers found that individuals who had lower levels of education were significantly more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke.”(more)