Children who sit too much ‘more likely to get depressed’

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

Children who spend lots of time sitting still are more likely to develop depression by the age of 18, a study suggests. Researchers at University College London looked at the activity levels of 4,257 12- to 16-year-olds. Those who did an additional hour of light activity each day, such as walking or chores, had fewer depressive symptoms when they reached adulthood.

How Cuddly Creatures Tell A Story Of Emotional Wellness

Forbes – Goldie Chan

How can we raise confident, resilient children? This was the question educators and parents constantly asked. As a result, mom duo Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard created a snuggly solution—Slumberkins. These cuddly creatures look simple but were created by therapists and educators to teach necessary social-emotional skills to children.

Air pollution has major impact on children in sport, study warns

The Guardian – Jessica Murray

Britain’s future sporting performance could be hampered by air pollution because some training grounds are in areas with dangerously high pollution levels, a report has revealed. The Breathe GB study analysed pollution levels at 94 sporting sites, with one of the highest recorded levels at Birmingham’s Perry Park, host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Physical exercise may help combat health issues in children

The Hindustan Times – Staff Writer

A recent study has revealed that high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which alternates short phases of intense physical exercise with periods of recovery, can potentially induce a significant improvement in the health of children within a very short time. Many children don’t get enough exercise. As a result, often have health problems such as being overweight and having high blood pressure. A research team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Medical School Berlin (MSB) has disclosed the efficacy of HIIT in combating such health issues among juveniles.

Poor diet, lack of exercise in childhood a ticking time bomb – how to live longer, healthy lives

Asia One – Sasha Gonzales

More than ever, it is important for parents to guide their children to live healthily: childhood obesity is a growing problem all over the world and, along with it, the risk of developing serious health problems, from stroke and cancer to heart disease and diabetes. The World Health Organisation calls it one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

Toddlers who spend three hours a day in front of the TV or on screens exercise FOUR HOURS less every week than their peers by the age of five, study finds

The Daily Mail – Ben Spencer

Toddlers who spend hours in front of the TV or looking at tablets are more inactive a few years later, researchers have found. A study of 500 children tracked from the age of two discovered screentime habits set at a young age were ingrained later in childhood.  Those who spent more than three hours a day watching TV or looking at tablets at the age of two and three did far less exercise aged five. They spent 40 minutes more sitting down each day when they had started school, adding up to four hours over a week.

To get kids to eat their veggies, play a game

Futurity – Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen

The researchers reviewed 43 studies from the around the world that investigate the use of games and “gamification” meant to influence the eating habits of children. “Most games succeed at influencing child behavior in a desired direction. For example, by getting them to consume larger amounts of fruit and vegetables and raise their awareness about food. The games that work combine aspects of competition, such as earning points, with a compelling plot, where the player is typically a hero on a mission,” says first author Ching Yue Chow of the food science department at the University of Copenhagen.