Sneaky ways to get your child to eat their veggies

The Springs Advertiser – Staff Writer

We all know vegetables are an important source of vitamins and minerals for your children. Yet, very few children actually enjoy eating their greens. It’s recommended that children (and adults) eat at least five portions of different vegetables and/or fruits a day. But ensuring your child is eating enough veggies can be challenging.  The good news is there are a few creative ways for parents to sneak extra veggies and fruits into their child’s meals and snacks.

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Shut Down Your Computers, Kids, and Lace Up

The New York Times – Rachel Levin

Many students, particularly tweens and teens, are not moving their bodies as much as they are supposed to be — during a pandemic or otherwise. (60 minutes per day for ages 6 to 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) A March 2020 report in The Lancet offers scientific evidence as to why your kids won’t get off the couch: As children move through adolescence, they indeed become more sedentary, which is associated with greater risk of depression by the age of 18. Being physically active is important for their physical health as well as mental health.

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Here’s the type and amount of exercise you need, WHO advises

WRAL – Kristen Rogers and Jacqueline Howard

While we’re all cooped up during the pandemic, the World Health Organization wants you to exercise.

The organization released new physical activity guidelines recommending that adults get at least 150 minutes — that’s 2.5 hours — of moderate to vigorous physical activity weekly.

The WHO’s new physical activity recommendations come at a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world — and being overweight or obese has been associated with an increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization from Covid-19.

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For teens with migraine, sleeping in (a bit) may help

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Research indicates that starting school later in the morning yields health and academic benefits for high schoolers, whose natural body clock tends toward late-to-bed, late-to-rise habits. While parents raise concerns about drowsy driving, irritation and impaired school performance, a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco suggests another reason to push back the start time.

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Psychologist Says Chores Are Good For Kids (Duh!), But Here’s Why

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

It turns out that chores are incredibly beneficial to children, just don’t tell them that or they may never want to do them. There is a lot to do when it comes to running a household, and there always seems like there is something to be done. Mom is always grateful when her children start reaching an age where they can help out around the house. Getting children to do chores is something that can start as soon as they are a toddler, and it can start off easy, like putting away their own toys. As they get older, mom can add more difficult tasks to the list.

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Green front gardens reduce physiological and psychological stress

The Conversation – Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

There is growing evidence that being in natural spaces – whether while gardening or listening to bird song – has a positive effect on mental health. Being in nature is also linked to improved cognitive function, greater relaxation, coping with trauma, and alleviating certain attention deficit disorder symptoms in children.

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Strong Immunity, Stronger Community: Boosting a Child’s Immune System

CBS News 19 – Chelsea King

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting some of the most vulnerable children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, data revealed more than a million children in the United States were diagnosed with COVID-19. The immune system, just like for adults, can be the first line of defense for children to fight illnesses like the cold, flu and coronavirus.

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Friendship strengthens mental resilience of adolescents with unpleasant childhood experiences

Medical X-Press – Rianne Lindhout

Children who have had unpleasant childhood experiences often tend to develop mental problems later in life. They are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety and they experience a lower level of well-being. Unpleasant experiences include abuse, neglect, divorced parents or financial or psychological problems at home. For a previous study, Van Harmelen and her colleagues repeatedly interviewed a group of more than 1,200 young people between the ages of fourteen and seventeen. They also interviewed one of their carers, usually their mother, about their childhood experiences and their mental state.

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