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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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Moms’ Caffeine Intake Doesn’t Wake Babies
Pregnant and nursing women who consume caffeine aren’t causing their babies to wake up at night, a new study says.

Nearly Half of Pre-Schoolers Not Playing Outside
Nearly half of 3 to 5 year olds are not taken outdoors by a parent or caregiver every day, according to research presented in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine this week.

India Parents ‘Reject Newborn Girl for Baby Boy’
A newborn Indian girl has been left unwanted as her presumed parents seek custody of a baby boy handed to them by mistake, officials say.

Small Bomb Detonates Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisc.
Police say a homemade explosive device damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Wisconsin.

Most Parents of Overweight Kids Don’t Hear It from the Doctor
Just one quarter of parents of overweight kids say they’ve been told by a doctor that their kids weighed too much, according to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

NYC Parents Irritated by Ice Cream Carts at Playground
Parents in Brooklyn are talking about trying to ban ice cream carts from a playground, frustrated by having to deal with cranky children when they deny them the cold treats.

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Motivation Monday

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Let’s start the week off with a new snack and work-out move to keep up healthy habits!

This Week’s Work-Out Move: around-the-world plank. Try this variation of the plank to keep your core muscles guessing! Building strong abs is part of functional fitness, so you will be able to keep up with all of your kiddos more easily. Lie down on your stomach; then, lift up onto your forearms. Hover while keeping your core tight and your back straight. Make sure your head is neutral by looking a few inches in front of you. Here comes the mix-up! Straighten your right arm out to a 45-degree angle, and bring back to center. Then, step the right leg out and repeat this motion on the left leg and arm. Keep this circular pattern up for 20 to 30 seconds. Do 3-5 sets for some strong momma abs.

Healthy Snack of the Week: spring parfait. Whip up a delightful parfait for a snack that has some spring-time flair. Grab a Greek yogurt, fresh papaya, a handful of Goji berries, Agave nectar, coconut flakes, and toasted almonds. Fill the bottom of the dish with a third of the Greek yogurt, adding a layer of sliced papaya. Spread another layer of yogurt; then, drop a handful of Goji berries on top. Finally, add the last layer of yogurt and sprinkle the top with toasted almonds and coconut flakes. Drizzle with Agave nectar to your liking. This parfait is packed with protein, fruit, antioxidants, and a little bit of sweetness.

Enjoying the nature. Young woman arms raised enjoying the fresh air in green forest via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Shipments From Abroad to Help Ease Shortage of Two Cancer Drugs
Dire shortages of two critical cancer drugs — shortfalls that have threatened the lives and care of thousands of patients — should be resolved within weeks, federal drug officials said.

Moms with Migraines Twice as Likely to Have Baby with Colic
When babies with colic cry – sometimes for weeks at a time – Mom and Dad might get headaches. But according to a new study, a mother’s headache may be causing her baby’s colic in the first place.

Exercise in Pregnancy Safe for Baby, Study Finds
Exercising at moderate or — for very active women — even high intensity during pregnancy won’t hurt your baby’s health, a new study finds.

Movies Influence Teen Alcohol Consumption More than Parents, Study Finds
Major exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in movies is a bigger risk for teen drinking than having parents who drink or if booze is easily available at home, says a new study.

Authorities Say Children Tied to Bed in Texas Home
The eight children confined in a small, dark bedroom with a piece of plywood over the window included two 2-year-olds tied to a bed and a 5-year-old girl “in a restraint on a filthy mattress,” the child welfare worker who discovered them said in a court document.

Parents Sentenced Over Kids’ Drowning During Camping Trip
The parents of two Ohio youngsters who drowned during a family camping trip have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for not better protecting their children from harm, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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Study: Healthy Eating May Help Children with ADHD
There’s limited evidence that any particular diet or supplement helps kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but at least some research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help while fatty “Western-style” diets do these children no favors.

Ga. District Investigates Math Homework on Slavery
Suburban Atlanta school officials are deciding whether to discipline teachers who gave third-grade students math homework with word problems about slavery.

Childhood: Exercise Yields Dividends in the Classroom
Physical exercise in children improves not only cardiovascular health but also academic performance, an analysis of several studies has found.

Seeing Social Media More as Portal Than as Pitfall
Though there are certainly real dangers, and though some adolescents appear to be particularly vulnerable, scientists are now turning to a more nuanced understanding of this new world. Many have started to approach social media as an integral, if risky, part of adolescence, perhaps not unlike driving.

After Beyoncé Gives Birth, Patients Protest Celebrity Security at Lenox Hill Hospital
Noncelebrity maternity patients said they experienced a series of indignities as Lenox Hill Hospital went all-out to protect the privacy of Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

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Kids Getting “Fit,” a New Healthy Lifestyle Site from WebMD and Sanford Health

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

You all know WebMD as the trusted site for all health-related issues.  Now, WebMD and Sanford Health (the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the U.S.) have partnered to create fit, a colorful and dynamic new website just for kids that will motivate them to be aware of their fitness, health, and nutrition.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the CDC, 12.5 million (17%) children and teens between ages 2-18 are obese and suffering from related health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.  To help parents, health professionals, and educators become more aware of the increasing obesity issue, the fit website is tailored to three age groups.  fit Junior is for ages 2-7, fit Kids is for ages 8-12, and fit Teens is for ages 13-19.  Each site focuses on four categories of living a healthy lifestyle: food, move, mood, and recharge. 

By playing games and activities, taking quizzes, and watching videos aimed for each age group, kids will learn how to increase nutritional, physical, emotional, and restorative fitness.  Kids will be taught why a healthy life is important and how to achieve overall well-being.  Eating the right foods, making sure to exercise, and getting enough sleep will go a long way in decreasing obesity and increasing energy.

For parents, the site Raising Fit Kids will also offer more information on help kids remain fit and happy.

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Exercises for Kids with Autism – And Everyone

Monday, March 14th, 2011

A smart mom friend of mine who used to be a reporter at The New York Times told me about the new book, Super Body, Super Brain, by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace. He is a personal trainer who has collaborated with neuroscientists to develop a series of research-based exercises that encourage connections between different regions of the brain. Says neurobiogist John H. Martin, Ph.D., in the book’s Forword: “Michael’s program is not only highly aerobic, but cognitive as well, in that it requires the participant to learn and perform complex movements. The Super Body, Super Brain program is a particularly efficient way to improve brain functions as it makes us more agile and fit.”

My friend knows about it because Michael works with her daughter, who has autism. He also runs programs for kids in New York City schools. She told me: “Michael’s workout would be beneficial to all children, but I have found it to be critical for children who have developmental disabilities. Children with autism are often so busy with therapy that they don’t have the opportunity to get the exercise they need—and on top of that, many children don’t have good awareness of their bodies in space. My daughter has become more grounded, more focused, and more in control of her body since she began working with Michael. She now runs like the wind, and is then able to settle herself to meditate. For a child with autism, these are huge steps.”

The exercises can help kids who have autism and other special needs strengthen motor skills, hand-eye coordination, balance, multitasking, and sensory integration. “I wanted to make it fun for children to be improving in all those areas with their parents,” says Michael. Click here to see a video clip.

The progressive series of exercises take just 10 minutes per day. I haven’t tried them yet but I’m very intrigued—and my husband is now eager to start the program. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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12 Weeks to a Healthier Family

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

family-hopscotchAt Parents, we’re excited to share the launch of our 12 Weeks to a Healthier Family initiative.  With the help of doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), we developed a 12-week program to help your family get fitter, healthier, and happier.

By following four simple steps (fitness, nutrition, health, and happiness) each week, you and your family will develop smart habits in just three months.  In addition to reading the goals in our magazine (the March, April, and May issues), you can track the ones you have accomplished in our new online tool.  We created an easy-to-use  goal tracker that allows you to read each week’s tips and record the ones you are working on. 

Simply go to and click “Get Started!” to register for the goal tracker.  You can sign up for our new 12 Weeks to a Healthier Family newsletter to receive weekly goal reminders and healthy recipes. Plus, you can enter to win a family vacation for four to Maui worth more than $8,000!

Once you’re in the goal tracker, you can click on the “Tried It?” buttons located next to each goal so the goals will be  recorded.  To see all the goals you have tried or not tried, click on the “All Goals” tab.  You can also visit your community profile to see your goals recorded in the “Mom’s Notebook” tab.  Just look for the “My Healthier Family Goals” section on that tab.

Remember to come back every week to see the latest week’s goals!  So inspire your family to start having fun and getting fit!

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Training Toddlers to Be the Next Big Sports Star

Friday, December 10th, 2010

p_101144114Parents aren’t just worried about improving their children’s reading prowess, they’re also worried about improving their children’s athletic prowess.  A recent article revealed parents are involving their babies and toddlers (from 6 months to 2 1/2) in exercises that develop their coordination, motor skills, agility, core strength, health, and fitness.

Companies are now competing to offer exercise and sports DVDs aimed at young children that show jumping, kicking, and sports movements.  Children-oriented gyms are also offering sports classes, particularly soccer, to improve children’s physical development.  These sports DVDs and classes not only help kids combat childhood obesity at an early age, they can also give kids an advantage later when they play sports in schools.   

However, some pediatricians and fitness experts are skeptical that enrolling toddlers in sports classes can speed up coordination or lead to careers as all-star athletes.  Kids could actually strain muscles or fracture bones at an early age. Plus, other studies have shown that even if kids grow up to play more sports, they may not get enough exercise.  According to, kids on sports teams can spend more time developing skills and strategies than playing the actual sport.  Plus, as more physical education classes and recess are reduced in schools, sports classes are still not enough to provide well-balanced exercise and physical activity.

Still, maybe a little exercise is better than having no exercise at all, and starting at a younge age might develop better health habits.  As a parent, would you enroll your toddler in a sports or gym class?  Would you want your toddler to be the next big sports star? Share your comments below.

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