Why is swimming an essential skill?

The Potomac Local – Eliut Morales

Throughout your children’s lives, they will learn great amounts of skills that will help their long-term development. Basic skills like reading, writing, and math are picked up throughout school, while social skills like manners and conversation are taught at home. Swimming, however, is a skill that is not specifically taught in school or at home. It is a skill that not only promotes health but is also proven to be a potentially life-saving skill. (more)

Why your child probably doesn’t need a sports drink

The Stoke News – Staff Writer

As we move into summer, doctors say it’s important for everyone—including kids—to think about the importance of hydration. “Most of us just don’t take in enough fluids,” said Dr. James Jewell, a pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Novant Health Mountainview Medical in King. “Important points to remember this time of year include practicing during lower heat times of the day, providing plenty of fluids and breaks and being vigilant about watching for the early signs of heat stress.” (more)

The benefits of child’s play extend beyond exercise

The Montgomery Herald – Staff Writer

When you think about the most important part of a child’s school day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about recess? Children will likely mention recess as their favorite part of the day, and new research shows that this free time is actually a fundamental component to their future development and host to numerous educational opportunities. (more)

Walking a dog won’t make your child fitter, but it can give them a healthier start

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Dogs have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years. But it is only in the last 30 years of contemporary, convenience society that man’s best friend has taken on a new role – helping convert couch potatoes into active folk. There has been a significant amount of curiosity from scientists on the relationship between dog ownership, physical activity and health. Studies have reported that dog owners have a 34% higher chance of meeting the 150 minutes exercise per week guideline set by the World Health Organisation, and that they are 69% more likely to do any physical activity than non-owners. (more)