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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
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
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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.
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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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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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
At 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 www.parents.com/12weeks 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 Parents.com 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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Friday, December 10th, 2010
Parents aren’t just worried about improving their children’s reading prowess, they’re also worried about improving their children’s athletic prowess. A recent NYTimes.com 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 Reuters.com, 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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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Even kids who play sports don’t exercise enough
On average, kids enrolled in soccer, baseball or softball exercised heavily for only 45 minutes during practice — 15 minutes less than the amount recommended by national guidelines. (MSNBC)
A winter birthday may affect your biological clock
The finding is the first of its kind in mammals, and could explain why people born in the winter are at higher risk for mental health disorders including bipolar depression, schizophrenia and seasonal affective disorder. (MSNBC)
Study links cell phones to child misbehavior
Researchers studying the health effects of cellphones say they have found evidence that when pregnant women use them regularly, their children are more likely to have behavioral problems. (MSNBC)
Study finds bisphenol A (BPA) on money
A new report says Bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial hormone disrupting chemical widely used in plastics, is turning up in an unlikely place–the money in your wallet. (Paging Dr. Gupta)
Consumers Union raises concerns about mercury in tuna
Younger women and children should limit the amount of tuna they eat and pregnant women should not eat tuna at all, because of mercury levels found in the canned and packaged fish, says new report in the January 2011 issue of Consumer Reports. (Paging Dr. Gupta)
Children’s Hospitals Lose Some Drug Discounts
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In an unintended consequence of the new health care law, drug companies have begun notifying children’s hospitals around the country that they no longer qualify for large discounts on drugs used to treat rare medical conditions. (New York Times)
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
If your same ol’ workout is starting to wear on you, try stealing some time with your kid’s Playstation and pop in Get Fit with Mel B, the new total fitness program from enviably fit former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. The technology puts you on screen next to Mel B for interactive exercises like yoga and kick boxing. She’ll make you sweat, but you’ll have fun doing it! We caught up with the mom of two to chat about making working out work when you’re a parent.
You’re so busy. How do you make exercise fit into your life? My workout is my “me time,” so every or every other day I schedule in an hour of exercise. It’s all about being able to juggle being a mom and work, and exercising makes that possible because it helps clear my mind. But if I’m in a time crunch, I’ll run or do abs. It’s quick and effective.
What exercise advice do you have for busy moms? Take your baby with you when you work out. Put him in a stroller and go for a walk that has some hills. The biggest thing is getting yourself motivated. Getting to the gym is often the hardest part!
Your kids are lucky to have a health-conscious mom as a role model. What sort of live-healthy tips do you try to pass on to them? Everything in moderation. On the weekends we eat what we want. We’ll have a movie night with popcorn and pizza, because you have to be realistic; you’re not going to never have that burger or pizza. But then during the week it’s healthy eating. The kids are in the kitchen helping us cook–whether it’s quinoa or chicken–and they’ll prepare the veggies or put on the herbs and spices, so it makes the meal more exciting for them. And we ‘ll go on hikes together too.
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Friday, June 11th, 2010
Olympic runners Paula Radliffe (left) and Kara Goucher (right) have more in common than their speed. Both ladies are pregnant, and get this–they have the same due dates. They were in NYC this week to run a 10K on Saturday, so I snagged the opportunity to ask them for their thoughts on keeping fit with a bump. (Their tips are fab, but remember to talk to your doc about what level of fitness is safe for you during pregnancy.)
* You’re bound to feel exhausted during pregnancy, but keep in mind that working out, whether it’s a jog down the street or yoga in your living room, can help snap you out of your sleepy slump. “Both of us found that our runs really helped us with our fatigue,” says Paula, who is already a mom to 3-year-old Isla. “But it’s important to listen to your body. Some days I’d decide to take a nap instead.”
* Although running is a job for these gals, they found that continuing the sport throughout pregnancy has been a huge benefit. “For me, training isn’t about staying fit as much as it is about staying sane,” says Kara. “Running is when I have some of my most intimate thoughts, and I use this time as a chance to talk to the baby.”
* Don’t stop your workout routine after pregnancy! Being an active mom will set a great example for your kid. “I’ve learned not to feel guilty about leaving Isla to go for a run,” says Paula. “I come back feeling better, and I’m a better mom for her because of that.”
How did you stay in shape while pregnant? Share your tips!
Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners.
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