UPI – Staff Writer
Mom and Dad, if you want your little ones to eat their fruit and vegetables, both of you must set an example, Finnish researchers say. They noted that early childhood is a critical time for encouraging healthy eating habits that continue into adulthood. Researchers surveyed 100 parents to see how they influenced their 3- to 5-year-olds to eat vegetables, fruit and berries. The three food groups were analyzed separately.
The Huffington Post – Al Donato
Stomping on logs, leapfrogging over lily pads, and popping bubbles sound like summer break shenanigans for the great outdoors. But for Canadian kids attending schools that have embraced the concept of “sensory paths,” these actions help them move from class to class every day.
CNN – David G. Allan and Kristen Rogers
As my wife, daughters and I hiked through the woods at one of the many state parks near our home, I explained to them how we were doing three things that were simultaneously boosting our happiness at that moment. First, we were getting exercise, a proven mood booster. Second, we were spending quality time with loved ones, long associated with life happiness in surveys. And third, we were in nature. A hike in the woods is a trifecta of joy, and all it took was making this modest effort.
Moms – Katie Lear
Parents, teachers, and other professionals, who work with kids are increasingly aware of the impact trauma has on children’s health. When you think of trauma, you might imagine an extreme scenario, like war or violent crime that primarily impacts adults. In reality, there are many forms of trauma, that regularly affect children, and the effects of trauma in childhood can be lifelong.
The Huffington Post – Catherine Pearson
When officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that it is likely not a matter of if but when the new coronavirus spreads in the United States, my first thought was of my own little germ factories: my kids. One is in elementary school, the other is in day care. One or both of them has been sniffling — or worse — since September. I worry about what an outbreak here could portend for them. Also concerned? Here’s what we know so far — and what parents should keep in mind when it comes to keeping their kids healthy.