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)

TOOTH OF IT Brushing your kid’s teeth alone WON’T stop tooth decay caused by sugary treats, experts warn

The Sun – Andrea Downey

“BRUSHING your kid’s teeth twice a day is NOT enough to protect them from tooth decay, experts have warned. Toddlers who only brush their teeth once a day, or not at all, are twice as likely to suffer from rotten teeth. But, snacks are the biggest risk to a child’s smile – and only by cutting down on sugar in their diet can you lower their risk of decay, and even tooth extraction. (more)

Want your child to have stronger bones? Encourage them to play ball games

The Economic Times – Staff Writer

“Want your child to have stronger bones? Encourage them for ball games or circuit strength training as it may help them to develop stronger bones, a new study has claimed. According to the researchers, eight to ten-year-old school children develop stronger bones, increased muscular strength and improved balance when ball games or circuit training are on the timetable. (more)

Competitive parents need a benching to ensure kids enjoy their sport

The Globe and Mail – Madison Sheward

“As someone who grew up in the world of competitive sports, the “competitive parent” is a breed I know all too well. I have seen it all: dance moms feeding their kids sugar sticks before a performance, parents involved in fistfights in the stands of a hockey game, monetary incentives for points scored and even an anonymous hate letter delivered as a result of jealousy and spite. (more)

Schools are not the answer to childhood obesity epidemic, study shows

The Guardian – Sarah Boseley

“Childhood obesity programmes in schools are not the answer to the epidemic affecting the UK, according to researchers who say much wider local and national action is needed, including curbs on the advertising of junk food. A major obesity programme introduced into more than 50 primary schools in the West Midlands has failed to have any significant effect on children’s weight. Children were given a year of extra physical activity sessions, a healthy eating programme and cookery workshops with their parents. Families were invited to activity events, including sessions run by Aston Villa football club. (more)

Sleep, exercise vital in healthy children

Cherokee Phoenix – MARK DREADFULWATER

“Sleep is important. Exercise is important. A good balance of both promotes a healthier lifestyle for children and adults alike. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s website, sleepfoundation.org, children aged 6 to 13 years old need nine to 11 hours of sleep per night. However, there are factors that can lead to difficulty falling asleep, thus reducing sleep time. These factors can also cause nightmares or disruptions in sleep. (more)

Exergaming: workouts that work for all ages

Medical X-Press – Julie Davis

“Exergaming”—playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action—has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. It can be a way to introduce sedentary kids to exercise and even keep seniors fit. Because it engages the mind, it also may lead to better cognitive function in your later years as well. Whether simulating tennis, golf or dance, which is particularly effective at burning calories, these games engage your entire body in interactive physical activity. Exergaming has many things going for it. First of all, it’s fun, and that’s important if you think of exercise as a chore. Many people don’t even feel like they’re exercising as they play. (more)

Healthy Living: Picky Eaters

Illinois – Steven Bardwell

Beth Peralta registered & licensed dietitian joins the Morning Show and in this week’s healthy living she is discussing helping picky eaters at home. Point 1: Have kids get involved with choosing new foods: Get children involved in the experience. At the grocery store, ask them to pick out a new fruit or vegetable they want to try. Have them help with washing and preparing the new food. (more)

Easing Your Child’s Asthma

Health Day – Julie Davis

If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it. Start by working with your child’s allergist to identify his or her unique asthma triggers and ways to avoid them. Common asthma triggers include (more)