Study: Young kids are getting even less exercise than we thought

WCNC – Staff Writer

We hear it all the time – kids today aren’t getting enough exercise. Now, a recent study said the age in which physical activity drops off for most kids is younger than experts originally thought. The study looked at data on 600 children between the ages of 6-11.

https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/health/study-young-kids-are-getting-even-less-exercise-than-we-thought/275-88d6f786-6afb-4e0c-b931-f5e8f9dce406

Kindness Can Be Taught. Here’s How

NPR – Anya Kamenetz, Cory Turner, and Chloee Weiner

Most kids value success and achievement more than caring for others, according to Harvard’s Making Caring Common project. Who is to blame? We are. We talk to Scarlett Lewis of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement; Jennifer Kotler Clarke, vice president of content research and evaluation at Sesame Workshop; and Thomas Lickona, author of How To Raise Kind Kids, for some ideas on how to do better, and why.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/09/721721668/kindness-can-be-taught-heres-how

Young and fit: How to build healthy bodies? Do it as a family

WHYY

By Angela Gervasi

The 8-year-old had just spent the evening setting volleyballs at the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, a high-ceilinged gymnasium in Pennsport. Her T-shirt proclaimed, in shiny pink letters, “I got it from my Mama.” Mother and daughter exercise together. Long before Faith was old enough for sports, Corinne Green joined Black Girls Run, jogging as she pushed Faith in a stroller. https://whyy.org/articles/young-and-fit-how-to-build-healthy-bodies-do-it-as-a-family/

8 Reasons Pets Improve Your Health And Wellbeing

Forbes

Bye Nicole Fisher

It’s officially National Pet Week. Since 1981, the first week in May is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA as a time dedicate to celebrating the more than 200 million pets in the U.S., as well as the health and wellbeing of the humans and animals across the U.S. that live together. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2019/05/12/8-ways-pets-improve-your-health-and-wellbeing/#14a83d353d4c

18 Creative Ways To Get Your Family To Eat More Veggies

Mind Body Green

By Caroline Muggia

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could invent a magical pill that could make children eat all their vegetables, clear their plates after dinner, never wake their parents in the mornings, and only ask for ice cream and cookies on Saturdays? How easy life would be for us. Well, we don’t have that pill yet. But what we have instead is this list. Here we have gathered all our thoughts, tips, and methods on how to get your little (and big) ones to try new flavors and eat more greens: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/18-creative-ways-to-get-your-family-to-eat-more-veggies

Emotional Resilience In Early Childhood Is Possible. Here’s 7 Signs Your Kid Is Already Mastering Their Feelings.

Romper

By Jamie Kenney

As a parent, I know I’m not alone in my desire to shield my children from any and all adversity. But as a rational human being who recognizes that both my children and I live in a real world full of potentially hurtful situations, I know they’ll be far better served if I help them develop a sense of resilience instead. It’s a process, but as you move along you will find signs your kid is already pretty emotionally resilient. https://www.romper.com/p/emotional-resilience-in-early-childhood-is-possible-heres-7-signs-your-kid-is-already-mastering-their-feelings-17864012

Adam Klutts: Help kids stay safe around the water

The Virginia Pilot

By Adam Klutts

THERE IS A list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. This list includes habits like looking both ways before crossing the street, washing your hands with soap and water, and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day. However, for too many parents, safety in and around water is not on that list. https://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/article_6acf8ba0-711a-11e9-8ea3-eb91ccbb100a.html