Want to Get Closer to Your Kids? Exercise Together

The Good Men Project – Scott Huntington

We all need to exercise, but unfortunately, many of us don’t. While kids seem to have endless energy, they can crash pretty hard at the end of the day. As adults, we usually don’t exercise because we think we are too busy with work, raising a family or tending to other commitments. Plus, with all the innovative electronic devices, video games and triple-digit television channels, physical activity is being reduced to unhealthy amounts. (more)

How early is too early to talk to your kids about weight and exercise?

Global News – Dani-Elle Dubé

When is it appropriate for a child to start dieting and exercising? Many would argue it is never appropriate for a kid to start dieting, as the kid may be being set up for a life of body image issues. It’s a question that has left many divided after a weight loss company and a fitness blogger have both been accused of promoting damaging body image messages targeted towards kids and teens in recent days. (more)

3 of 4 kids may have high blood pressure and not know it

The Miami Herald – ALLISON HORTON

Anywhere from 2 to 5 percent of all children have hypertension but the condition is missed in up to 75 percent of children as the condition is generally asympotomatic and often unrecognized. To address the issue, the American Academy of Pediatrics last year issued new blood pressure tables and streamlined recommendations that can help doctors identify the disease, one of the top five chronic conditions in children and teens. Under the old system, a doctor would have to consult multiple pages of charts to determine whether a child’s blood pressure was elevated. (more)

A Before-School Exercise Program May Help Children Thrive


A supervised exercise program that gets young children running and playing for an hour before school could make them happier and healthier, while also jibing with the needs and schedules of parents and school officials, according to a new study involving two dozen elementary and middle schools. (more)

Sweet, bitter, fat: Genetics play a role in kids’ snacking patterns

Science Daily – Staff Writer

The types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics, a new study found. The study investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet, fat and bitter tastes influence the snacks preschoolers choose and found nearly 80 per cent carried at least one of these genotypes that could predispose them to poor snacking habits. These findings could help parents tailor their kids’ diets based on their genetics of taste. (more)