Obesity prevention interventions needed beyond preschool

Medical X-Press – Patti Verbanas

A Rutgers study has found a need for early childhood obesity prevention interventions beyond preschool education settings. The paper, which appears in the journal PLOS ONE, reviewed 34 studies of obesity prevention programs and policies spanning pregnancy, infancy and preschool and found that there is a need for culturally adapted, bilingual nutrition and physical activity programs for children and their families. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-obesity-interventions-preschool.html

It’s cold. Put on a hat. Seriously.

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

It’s a chorus repeated frequently by parents to their children during cold weather: “Where are your hat and gloves? Why don’t you have your coat on and zipped up?” But as a large part of the United States prepares for dangerous subzero winter weather, those overused parenting lines will make a grand comeback this week. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-cold-hat.html

Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’

BBC – Michelle Roberts

Letting a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability, according to a large Canadian study. The research, which tracked nearly 2,500 two-year-olds, is the latest piece of evidence in the debate about how much screen time is safe for kids. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47026834