Benefits to raising children around pets

KXLY – Holly Gough

Your child is bound to get bored and lonely. This happens most when you are raising a single child. However, having a pet around helps your child to have a constant companion in the house. Pets also can match the energy and excitement level of a child. A human adult can never match the energy and enthusiasm a pet, in the form of a dog, has. The pet can keep your child busy and engaged. It can be your child’s constant playmate without getting bored. (more)

Body mass index is an indicator of your child’s health

The Miami Herald – Ethan F. Camacho And Amanda C. Fifi, M.D.

“Body mass index (BMI) is an established measure used by physicians and health experts to determine weight status in children and adults. BMI is measured at every pediatric well-child check-up, and in the Miami-Dade public school system it is measured in specified grades throughout elementary, middle and high school. It is calculated using factors of age, gender, weight, and height. In children it is measured in percentiles with four main categories: underweight (below the 10th percentile), acceptable weight, overweight (85th to 95th percentile), and obesity (above the 95th percentile). (more)

The effects of happiness and sadness on children’s snack consumption

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“A University of Texas at Dallas psychologist has examined the preconceptions about the effects of emotions on children’s eating habits, creating the framework for future studies of how dietary patterns evolve in early childhood. Dr. Shayla C. Holub, head of the psychological sciences Ph.D. program and associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, demonstrated that children from 4½ to 9 years old chose chocolate candy over goldfish crackers more frequently in response to both happiness and sadness. (more)

Healthy lunch box ideas that kids will eat

News.com.Au – Susie Burrell

“Considering though that growing children do consume up to 30 per cent of their total calories while they are at school, what we pack them each day is important. So here are the easiest steps to take to pack a healthy yet child friendly lunch box, and the best packaged snacks out there if you are looking for some guidance. The easiest way to pack a nutritionally balanced lunch box is to think of it in terms of compartments or sections. This way you will ensure you have enough items in the lunch but also the right nutritional balance. (more)