5 approaches parents can take to help guide their children to a healthier New Year

The Tennessean – Abbie Stofel

In our first article on New Year’s health resolutions, Kelly Snyder, M.D., and Scott Arthur, M.D., discussed steps adults can take to get on the path to better health. Today, pediatrician Allison Couden, M.D., shares five approaches parents can adopt to help children kick off the New Year with a healthier lifestyle. (more)

Family Fun & Wellness for the New Year

Sentinel-Source – Paula Sienna

The dawn of a New Year brings the infamous avalanche of New Year’s resolutions. But instead of each person setting their own goals, particularly regarding health and fitness, why not explore the idea of family goals? Your family can kick off 2018 with these 20 ideas for all ages to amp up a healthy lifestyle. (more)

Exercising at own pace boosts a school child’s ability to learn

Nursing Times – Steve Ford

School pupils’ attention and memory improves after exercise and the best responses to tests come after physical activity set at their own pace, as opposed to exhaustive exercise, a study has found. Part of the BBC Learning’s Terrific Scientific campaign, the research involved primary school pupils across the UK and was supported by the universities of Stirling and Edinburgh. (more)

Mindfulness: Help your child increase focus, reduce anxiety and cultivate empathy by training the mind

The Sun-Sentinel – Rebecca McBane

Mindfulness is a term that gets a lot of attention these days. We see it on the covers of books, in magazine headlines, and on links as we scroll through our newsfeeds. It might seem like the latest fad, another buzzword filling up the communal space. But mindfulness is, at its core, a simple and profoundly beneficial concept. It is as easy — and as complicated — as training your mind to be aware of where you are and what is happening in the moment, instead of wandering off to other, more abstract thoughts. (more)

Our fight with fat—why is obesity getting worse?

Medical X-Press – Kenneth Cusi

Gyms across the country will be packed in the new year with people sticking, however briefly, to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Most of them do not know that the cards are stacked against them and that weight loss is much more complicated than working out and not eating dessert. Years into the obesity epidemic, millions of Americans have tried to lose weight, and millions of them have failed to do so long term. (more)