5 Signs That Kids Are Eating Too Much Sugar

Moms – Jessica Tucker

Kids, by and large, are eating too much sugar today. While it is easy to remove the obvious sugar-laden treats, many forget that pre-packaged foods, even those that claim to be healthy, are full of sugar as well. Because of this, kids continue to have more than the recommended amount of added sugar to their diets. This excess of sugar consumption is easy to do, given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids do not exceed more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of sugar daily. And while parents likely realize that their kids are eating more than this recommended sugar amount daily, they may not recognize the signs as to when their kids are eating too much sugar in general.

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What Is The Right Age For Kids To Get Contact Lenses

Moms – Jessica Tucker

When young kids ask to wear contact lenses instead of their glasses, parents may have a knee-jerk reaction to say “no” until they are older. With the thought of eye infections and lost contact lenses flashing through their brains, it is understandable that parents may think that their kids are not ready to put the lenses into their eyes. However, there comes a time when kids will be able to wear contact lenses and that time is not based on age. It is based upon each individual personality of kids.

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How COVID-19 increases challenges for youth with ADHD

Medical X-Press – Emily Collins

New research has found that youth with ADHD were more likely than their peers to experience COVID-19 symptoms, sleep problems, fear and anxiety related to infection risk, difficulties with remote learning, family conflict, rule-breaking behavior, and lack of school preparation during the first year of the pandemic. Additionally, youth with ADHD are less likely than their peers to be responsive to factors, such as parental monitoring and school engagement, that may mitigate the impact of pandemic school closures. 

Read More: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-01-covid-youth-adhd.html

8 Foods That Boost Kids’ Mental Health

Moms – Jessica Tucker

In this day and age, people have forgotten that what eating is about is to fuel the body to give it optimal physical and mental health. Instead, it has become about eating for convenience, emotional eating, and mindless eating. This is important because kids who are not getting in their daily serving of five fruits and vegetables do not have the same mental well-being as those who do get their fruits and vegetables do. Couple that with kids not starting the day with a filling and nutrient-rich breakfast, many are not properly fueling their bodies or brains. And this can be seen by kids’ performance in the classroom and their overall outlook on life. This is why kids need to eat foods that boost their mental health consistently so that from head to toe they are healthier overall.

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Children exercised less during lockdown – here’s how to get them moving again

The Conversation – Alison Owen

Lockdowns during the pandemic aimed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and related deaths. However, these lockdowns also affected how active people were. Children became significantly more sedentary.

There is a risk that short term changes in children’s physical activity in reaction to COVID-19 may end up extending beyond the duration of the pandemic. It is very easy for habits to become established, and for a more sedentary and less physically active lifestyle to become normal and ingrained in young people. 

Read More: https://theconversation.com/children-exercised-less-during-lockdown-heres-how-to-get-them-moving-again-174662

Encouraging Teenagers To Choose Healthy Snacks

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

It is important that teenagers live a healthy life and that is because they are in an important part of their development. They are growing and developing at a rapid pace and this means that it is important that they are fueling their body with all the nutrients they need to thrive. Teenagers are trying to find their identity away from their parents, and this means that they are exploring the ability to be a bit independent and make some of their own choices. They feel like they are more grown-up than they are a child, and this means that they want to pick their own snacks throughout the day.

Read More: https://www.moms.com/encouraging-teenagers-choose-healthy-snacks/

How To Best Help A Child With ARFID

Moms – Megan Glosson

Most children go through some sort of picky eating phase at some point in their life. Usually, kids eventually outgrow this and learn how to eat a balanced diet filled with a wide variety of food. Unfortunately, kids who suffer from a condition called avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) aren’t just “picky eaters” — they deal with a wide variety of feeding disturbances that impact their ability to eat and keep their bodies properly nourished. 

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Regular exercise could be the key to children getting good grades in school

Study Finds – Staff Writer

Could joining a soccer team or taking a daily jog be the key to good grades for children? There is a correlation between a child’s cardiorespiratory health and their academic success, particularly in language and math, according to a recent study. Such intellectual qualities, including memory and concentration, may be improved by cardio exercises.

Read More: https://www.studyfinds.org/children-exercise-grades-education-cardiorespiratory-fitness/

Five clever ways to encourage your kids to exercise more

Philly Voice – Julia Aspen

There may be nothing your child loves more than their tablet, but eSports still don’t count as exercise! Winter’s shorter days and cooler temperatures can make it tempting for kids to turn into couch potatoes, but exercise is essential for children all year long. Not only is regular physical activity important for a child’s bone and muscle development, but it also lowers their risk of depression, fights obesity, and promotes quality sleep at night.

Read More: https://www.phillyvoice.com/five-ways-encourage-your-kids-exercise-more-059991/