Vanderburg: Technology has taken its toll on youth fitness

The Calgary Hrald – Helen Vanderburg

Are your children suffering from EDD? Exercise deficient disorder. In other words, not enough physical activity to meet the minimum requirements for health. According to Health Canada, children and youth aged 5 to 17 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day. (more)

Promoting healthy summer sleep routines for your family

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The lazy days of summer can be peaceful and relaxing, but they also can wreak havoc on your body’s internal clock. Longer days, evening outdoors activities and a lack of school the next morning can throw even the most conscientious family’s sleep schedules out of whack. Dr. Cheryl Tierney, chief of behavior and developmental pediatrics at Penn State Children’s Hospital, said it’s unrealistic to expect children and parents to keep the same rigid school year schedule during the summer months. (more)

Kids, vegetables, and the Farmers’ Market

The Sedalia Democrat – Emma Rollings

It’s a common assumption: given the option, most children will not list vegetables amongst their favorite foods. I know that for me, if it was the choice between a plate of mac ’n cheese and a bowl of green beans, you can bet that I was lunging for that plate of heavenly, golden cheesiness. (more)

Obesity plagues rural America

Medical X-Press – Dennis Thompson

Country folk are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show. Nearly 40 percent of rural American men and almost half of rural women are now statistically obese, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Tuesday. (more)

Exercise can foster brain health for kids with autism and ADHD: Study

Canoe – Staff Writer

A new report says kids with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other brain-based conditions could stand the most to gain from boosting physical activity. For the first time, ParticipAction’s annual report card on physical activity for children and youth links brain health to regular exercise. (more)

Emotional eating in childhood is learned at home

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The tendency for children to eat more or less when stressed and upset is mainly influenced by the home environment and not by genes, according to a new UCL-led study. The study, published today in Pediatric Obesity, found that genetics only play a small role in young children’s emotional overeating and undereating, unlike other eating behaviours in childhood such as food fussiness. (more)

Is your child old enough to cut herbs? Crack eggs? Grate cheese? An age-by-age guide

The Washington Post – Casey Seidenberg

I often wonder which family memories will stick in my children’s minds as they grow up and craft lives of their own. Will it be the forced family hikes, the loud and competitive game nights, the trips we’ve taken where the suggestion of a hotel room seemed more enticing than the destination itself? Or will it be the smaller, less structured times together hanging out on the couch watching a baseball game or laughing over a big pancake breakfast? (more)

Here’s where added sugars are lurking in your toddler’s food

The Global News – Leslie Young

New research presented this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that many American toddlers are eating more added sugar than is recommended for adult women. The study looked at 800 children aged between six months and two years old, and found that 85 per cent of them were consuming added sugars on any given day. Nearly all toddlers between 12 and 23 months old were eating added sugar on a daily basis. (more)

Essay: Eat fruit, veggies and kids will too

The Wayne Post – Maggie McHugh

Summer is almost here, and that means lots of fresh produce is available at your local farmers market or curbside market. Vegetables and fruit are an important part of every family’s eating. There’s so much to enjoy, but the reality is 3 in 4 Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. (more)

If your kid hates veggies, they might just be a supertaster

Kid Spot – Staff Writer

The one food group that parents worry about their kids not eating enough of are definitely vegetables. The cry of “my child won’t eat vegetables” is very common, so you are not alone. For some kids this fussiness over vegetables is likely to be behavioural … why have vegetables when you can have plain carbs? For some children, the reason for their dislike of vegetables is real, and may be because they are a supertaster. (more)