How to keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service – Staff Writer

“February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and now is a good time to brush up on proper dental hygiene techniques. Dental health is important for overall health in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Here are some ways you can make sure your children have clean and healthy teeth. (more)

Most parents don’t believe their child’s BMI report card

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“53% of parents who receive their child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) report card do not believe that it accurately categorizes their child as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese, according to research out today in Health Promotion Practice. Researchers Jones et al. conducted a study to determine how parents responded to their child’s BMI report card, which contains health information about their child’s weight and the steps families can take if their child is categorized as “overweight” or “at risk” for certain diseases, such as heart disease or high blood pressure. Looking at data from 66 parents, they found that. (more)

6 tips on getting active with your kids

Destiny Connect – Yamkela Mdaka

“When children are much younger, they’re often quite active. They’re usually climbing tress or jungle gyms and running all over the place. Sadly, this level of activity doesn’t last as other demands creep in and the environment they’re in no longer supports activity and play. (more)

Too much TV at age two makes for less healthy adolescents

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Watching too much television at age two can translate into poorer eating habits in adolescence and poorer performance in school, researchers at Université de Montréal’s School of Psychoeducation have found. In a new longitudinal study published in Preventive Medicine, graduate student Isabelle Simonato and her supervisor, Professor Linda Pagani, looked at a birth cohort of nearly two,000 Quebec boys and girls born between spring 1997 and 1998. (more)

Are you worried about your child’s weight? Pre-school physical activity is the solution

The Hindustan Times – Staff Writer

“Turns out, before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness. According to a new Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) report, children participating in a 12-week, before-school physical activity program, experienced improvement in body weight and social/emotional wellness, compared to their classmates who did not participate. A previous study said exercise could improve children’s memory. (more)

Scientists, researchers fight against online plague of nutrition pseudoscience

The Toronto Star – Cara Rosenbloom

“Finding health information online is easy. Cutting through the clutter and getting facts is very difficult. There’s a cacophony of voices, each saying something different. The confusion worsens when charlatans provide false hope and bad advice. But there is a glimmer of hope. Scientists and researchers are working to debunk the most egregious health myths and educate readers with evidence-based, factual information. Let’s call them skeptics, myth-busters or debunkers. In any case, this group is collectively using science to fight back against the pseudoscience (such as fad diets and quack cancer cures). What advice do they offer so we find better information online? I spoke to four myth-busters to find out. (more)

Does Your Child Have an Iron Deficiency?

The U.S. News and World Report – Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, M.D.

“Iron is an important micronutrient in the human body and an essential nutrient for your little one’s development. That being said, an iron deficiency can have many implications on your children’s overall health and growth – and can even lead to anemia. So what is iron, exactly? Iron is an important component of hemoglobin that’s present in the red cells and actually gives blood its red color. Hemoglobin helps transport oxygen from the lungs to the body. It’s also present in myoglobin in muscles, and it helps muscles both store and use oxygen. In addition, iron is present in the mitochondria – the power house of the cell – and helps generate ATP, the energy molecule in the body. If you aren’t getting enough iron, the tissues and organs won’t get the oxygen they need, and anemia may develop. (more)

What makes kids picky eaters – and what may help them get over it by Sarah DiGiulio

KVOA Tucson News – Staff Writer

“Why are some kids so fussy about food? It turns out there a dizzying number of reasons your child may turn up his nose at mealtimes. A 2015 review of dozens of studies that date back to the 1990s that looked at kids’ eating patterns found that fussy, picky or choosy eating habits were linked to and affected by everything from personality traits to parental control at mealtime to social influences to maternal eating patterns. Or it could just be your kid being, well, a kid. (more)

Tips For Getting Your Kids To Exercise

SRJ News – Paul Linus

“Keeping kids active can be a daunting task, and that’s because our modern lifestyle is anything but healthy. Unfortunately, if children see that their parents have zero interest in spending time outdoors and exercising, they can develop the same unhealthy habits. Managing the daily activity of a child can be challenging, and that’s because there are many demands from school and most parents or tutors have busy working lives. (more)

Building the exercise habit

Cleveland Jewish News – DR. LAURA SHEFNER

“Children 6 years of age and older should be physically active for at least an hour every day, but studies have shown that only about one-third of children do so. Exercise is essential to healthy living and weight control, and not surprisingly, the percentage of children who are overweight and obese has risen as children become less active. (more)