How to Prevent Your Kids from Getting Food Poisoning

Michigan Health – Kevin Joy

Young people’s bodies are more susceptible to the toxic organisms that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever, says Alison Tribble, M.D., a pediatrician at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. (more)

Does running a mile a day really improve children’s lives?

The Guardian – Linda Geddes

It was an 80-year-old volunteer who prompted Elaine Wylie, the then headteacher of St Ninians primary school in Stirling, to reappraise the fitness of the children in her school. “Your children are not fit,” the volunteer told her. Wylie was stung by the comment, even though she suspected it was true. The PE teacher confirmed it. “Most children these days are exhausted by the warm-up,” she said. (more)

Give Your Kid Who Hates Vegetables Some Frozen ‘Pea-sicles’ Instead

Life Hacker – Michele Woo

Through the ages, parents have tried various tactics for getting kids to eat more vegetables—baking them into brownies, blending them into smoothies and brainwashing them with songs. But there may be a simpler way to get some green stuff in your child’s diet—no trickery required. Simply serve frozen veggies. A few kid-favorites: frozen peas, frozen corn and frozen edamame. (more)

Is It Okay To Sneak Vegetables Into My Child’s Meals?

CBC – Sarah Remmer

Many parents of picky eaters wonder whether it’s okay to sneak vegetables into their kids’ meals. The intentions are good, but it could cause a bigger problem. Registered dietician and nutritionist Sarah Remmer (and mom of three) shares her quick and easy advice. (more)

Fun ways to entice your kids to exercise

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Kimberly Garrison

Teaching children to love exercise when they’re young can inspire a lifetime of fitness. The key is to keep the focus on “playing” exercise games or sports, because the moment they becomes “work,” the kids will tune you out and turn off. For example, when I tried to sign my son up for a basketball camp, he said, “No thanks, Mom. That’s like a job — that’s not fun.” He promptly told me that playing basketball with his dad or his friends was fun, but not the basketball camp. (more)

Make physical activity a family priority

The Brunswick News – Elizabeth Ko and Eve Glazier

We all want the best for our kids, which is often how those smartphones, tablets and video game consoles get into their hands in the first place. But as you rightly observe, children need a certain amount of physical activity in their lives for optimum health. Decades of research have (repeatedly) shown that adults who are physically fit have a decreased risk of developing chronic illnesses and conditions like heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and diabetes. (more)

How Do I Know if My Child Has an Eating Disorder?

The University of Utah – Staff Writer

In the United States, 1 out of 100 teenagers will struggle with an eating disorder. If your child is starting to develop one of these disorders, it’s important to get professional help. Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner explains what exactly an eating disorder is and some of the common signs you should be looking for as a parent. (more)

Summer camp programs can keep children occupied and educated

KLKN TV – Alden German

School is quickly coming to an end, which means children all across the nation will have a lot more free time on their hands. That’s something most children are excited about, but parents may be dreading; so what can be done to keep the young ones occupied, especially for busy, working parents? (more)

Tooth decay crisis: Dentists plead with parents to reduce children’s sugar intake

The Sydney Morning Herald – Esther Han

Dentists are pleading with parents to cut the amount of sugar in their children’s lunch boxes, as figures show NSW is in the grips of a child tooth decay crisis. More than 100 children are having multiple rotting teeth extracted, filled and capped under general anaesthetic each week, the latest NSW hospitalisation data shows. (more)

Here’s Where To Find A Bunch Of Healthy Meal Ideas For Kids

Coach – Nick Harris-Fry

You want to be a role model for your kids. You want them to look up to you, to follow your lead, to respect you. But sometimes it doesn’t hurt to recruit ane outside influence to point the little ’uns in the right direction, especially when it comes to their diet. You can set a good example by wolfing down greens at every opportunity but there’s no way you can shield their impressionable eyes from ads for high-fat high-sugar high-calorie junk food. (more)