Fun ways to fill an Easter basket without too much sugar

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Helena Oliviero

Easter baskets can be so much fun to put together for the kiddos. And while the Easter Bunny is not going to fill up a basket with broccoli and Brussels sprouts, there’s no reason for the basket to be loaded with sugar either. Sugary candies may be easy to buy, but did you know that one prefilled plastic egg can contain more than 30 grams of sugar? That is the same amount of sugar as what’s in two ice cream sandwiches. By adding toys, coins and books to the mix, the Easter Bunny can dial back the sugar — and amp up the fun. (more)

Six ways to get teenagers more active – suggested by the teens themselves

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The UK department of health recommends that young people (aged five to 18) should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. But not enough teenagers actually do. In schools, children and teens are taught from a young age about the benefits of being active. They should know that it reduces the risk of obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes, and increases well-being. Yet the lack of teenagers’ activity has become such an issue that it is now a serious public health concern. (more)

World Oral Health Day 2018: How parents can help kids start good oral hygiene habits

Inquirer – Staff Writer

Results of a new international survey released Tuesday, March 20 on World Oral Health Day has revealed improvements parents can make in helping children establish a good dental care routine, starting with earlier dental checkups before a child’s first birthday. Carried out by the FDI World Dental Federation, the survey questioned 4,056 parents with children aged 18 and under in the United Kingdom, Australia, Egypt, Philippines, France, United States, Morocco, Sweden, China and Argentina. (more)

Praise may motivate young adults with autism to exercise more

Science Daily – Staff Writer

Simple statements of praise may have a big effect on the amount of exercise young adults with autism complete, according to preliminary research from the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). The study also found that praising people with autism by pre-recorded messages through iPhones and iPods shows promise for producing more exercise. “As people with autism age, they tend to exercise less and less than their peers without autism,” said FPG’s Melissa N. Savage, who headed the study. “Previous studies have shown that individuals with autism are at special risk for health challenges like obesity, as well as for secondary conditions like depression and diabetes.” (more)

How children are vulnerable to junk food ads on social media

The Independent – Mimi Tatlow-Golden, Amandine Garde, and Elizabeth Handsley

From spreading fake news, to fostering narcissism and online bullying, social media is under increasing fire. The question of how to harness its potential while limiting negative effects is one of the biggest of our age. And its effects on children’s physical and mental health is perhaps one of the greatest challenges. Yet among all this debate about how social media has changed our lives, children’s exposure to advertising on social media is rarely discussed. (more)

Hammerling: Help kids make smart nutritional choices

Florida Today – Susan Hammerling

Teaching children how to select and eat healthy food choices is important. So much so that March has been dubbed National Nutrition Month. Eating healthy foods help children properly grow physically and mentally. The nutrition a child receives during the first few years of life can affect their health for years to come. Children need specific nutrients to thrive and grow. (more)

Harvard study tests impact of K-8 exercise program

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A before-school physical activity initiative started by a group of moms is an effective path to helping kids lose weight, according to a study by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School. The K-8 BOKS program, which has spread to 2,700 schools in four countries and attracted sponsorship from sneaker giant Reebok, requires little from school districts by way of staff and equipment, relying on volunteer leaders and emphasizing simple, accessible activities. (more)

In children with obesity, impulsivity may be linked with greater weight loss when treated

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Children with obesity may be more impulsive than those with normal weight, but during family-based behavioral treatment (FBT), the more impulsive of children with obesity may lose more weight, a new study suggests. The results of the study will be presented in a poster on Sunday, March 18, at ENDO 2018, the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Ill. FBT aims to change parent and child behaviors and is currently the recommended intervention for children with obesity. (more)

PE: It’s not just traditional sports anymore

The Maui News – Chris Sugidono

Snyder is among a growing number of physical education teachers statewide who have changed how middle schools think about physical fitness and wellness by incorporating yoga, dancing and skateboarding. Over the past few years, the longtime teacher added another alternative exercise: the healing technique Reiki. (more)