Parents have concerns over food allergy precautions at schools

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A substantial portion of parents whose children have food allergies have concerns over the safety of their child at school, according to a study published online May 12 in BMC Pediatrics. S. Shahzad Mustafa, M.D., from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York, and colleagues conducted an electronic survey of parents of children with food allergy to better understand their opinions on the effectiveness of current food allergy policies in schools and/or the need for additional policies. (more)

Exercise, good nutrition can improve heart and brain health

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Exercise, good nutrition and other steps can lower your risk of heart disease. Those same steps can also improve your brain health. Some of the same risk factors affecting cardiovascular health are closely associated with the health of the brain. By embarking on a heart-healthy lifestyle you also are boosting your chances of avoiding the debilitating physical and financial effects of a stroke or dementia. (more)

Gardening at Any Age: Tips for More Accessible Planting, Weeding & Harvesting

Care 2 – KD Angle-Traegner

Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding hobby that offers some pretty amazing benefits for both our physical and mental health. But let’s be honest, gardening can also be a lot of tough work. And depending on age and ability, that could be a problem for people. In this article, I’m going to focus on two different gardeners — children and seniors — and ways to help make the garden a more inclusive space for them. (more)

Only parents can halt the obesity crisis of Generation XL

The Sun – Jane Moore

Alarming new statistics show that ­Britain is in the grip of a child obesity crisis where primary school pupils are now twice as likely to be dangerously obese at the age of 11. That’s around 22,000 unnecessarily fat kids each year who amount to a ticking timebomb for the NHS in terms of potential diabetes 2, joint problems, heart issues and myriad mental health issues. (more)

Avoid the summer doldrums with fun exercise for your kids

Agri News – Amy Osmond Cook

The end of the school year brings with it conflicting emotions, from exuberance for the children to dread for parents who aren’t sure what to do all summer. While the first things kids want to do is play when school gets out, that may soon turn to little faces glued to glowing screens. (more)