AAP lays out child health priorities for new administration

AAP News – Devin News

The transition period between presidential administrations is a critical time to educate incoming leadership about key policy priorities. For the Academy, this means ensuring children’s health is at the top of the policy agenda for Joe Biden, who will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, and Kamala Harris, the first woman and first Black and Indian American to serve as vice president.

Read More: https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/11/20/washington111720

Are Children Born With the Ability to Focus or Can It Be Taught?

Med Shadow – Staff Writer

American schools measure students by their ability to understand and regurgitate knowledge. But do you ever recall a class in school that actually taught you how to focus? Likely not. The building blocks of knowledge are not what we learn but how we learn. While some children  have an innate ability to focus on tasks, most children (and adults alike) find it difficult to zero in on one thing, especially if that task is of no particular interest to them. Mindfulness meditation is a great way to teach focus. 

Read More: https://medshadow.org/are-children-born-with-the-ability-to-focus-or-can-it-be-taught/

Sneaky ways to get your child to eat their veggies

The Springs Advertiser – Staff Writer

We all know vegetables are an important source of vitamins and minerals for your children. Yet, very few children actually enjoy eating their greens. It’s recommended that children (and adults) eat at least five portions of different vegetables and/or fruits a day. But ensuring your child is eating enough veggies can be challenging.  The good news is there are a few creative ways for parents to sneak extra veggies and fruits into their child’s meals and snacks.

Read More: https://springsadvertiser.co.za/252413/sneaky-ways-to-get-your-child-to-eat-their-veggies/

Shut Down Your Computers, Kids, and Lace Up

The New York Times – Rachel Levin

Many students, particularly tweens and teens, are not moving their bodies as much as they are supposed to be — during a pandemic or otherwise. (60 minutes per day for ages 6 to 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) A March 2020 report in The Lancet offers scientific evidence as to why your kids won’t get off the couch: As children move through adolescence, they indeed become more sedentary, which is associated with greater risk of depression by the age of 18. Being physically active is important for their physical health as well as mental health.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/at-home/exercise-for-kids.html

Here’s the type and amount of exercise you need, WHO advises

WRAL – Kristen Rogers and Jacqueline Howard

While we’re all cooped up during the pandemic, the World Health Organization wants you to exercise.

The organization released new physical activity guidelines recommending that adults get at least 150 minutes — that’s 2.5 hours — of moderate to vigorous physical activity weekly.

The WHO’s new physical activity recommendations come at a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world — and being overweight or obese has been associated with an increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization from Covid-19.

Read More: https://www.wral.com/heres-the-type-and-amount-of-exercise-you-need-who-advises/19402113/