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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Faster DNA Testing for NICU Babies Means More Accurate Diagnoses
A new genetic test can rapidly screen the DNA of babies in intensive care for about 3,500 diseases. (via Time)

New Child-Proof Spray Bottle Designed to Prevent Chemical Injuries
A new type of spray bottle could prevent thousands of chemical injuries that occur yearly when children get their hands on household cleaners and accidentally spray themselves. (via MyHealthNewsDaily)

Mom’s Blood Pressure May Affect Baby’s IQ
Hypertension isn’t just risky for a pregnant woman, as it can also have lasting consequences for a child’s cognitive ability, a new study suggests. (via CNN)

Do Exercise Programs Help Children Stay Fit?
A new review of the outcomes of a wide range of different physical activity interventions for young people finds that the programs almost never increase overall daily physical activity. (via New York Times)

Common Solvents Tied to Birth Defects
Pregnant women with frequent exposure to solvents at work may be at higher risk of having babies with birth defects, French researchers have found. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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Midlife Fitness Delays Chronic Disease
A study in this week’s Archive of Internal Medicine finds that being fit in the middle of your life not only delays the onset of chronic diseases later in life, but also shortens the duration of disease. (via CNN)

Is Technology Harming Your Child’s Eyes?
While technology is revolutionizing the classroom, health experts warn computers, smartboards and tablets could lead to eye strain and fatigue. (via Fox News)

Only Children More Likely to Be Overweight
Kids with no siblings may be at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study from Europe suggests. In the study, children between ages 2 to 9 with no siblings were about 50 percent more likely to be overweight than children who had siblings. (via NBC)

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Block on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a decision 2-1 barring the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people. (via Time)

How Making Brain Tumors Grow Saves Lives
A neurosurgeon at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center has developed a method to make cancerous tumors grow, which helps to identify tumors more easily and facilitate a more thorough removal. (via ABC)

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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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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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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

How Did Your Childhood Affect Your Sexuality?
Dr. Aline Zoldbrod examines how childhood shapes one’s adult sexual life, and she divides home environments into the seven following types based on how sexual topics are handled.

Thousands of Students Entering Schools Without Vaccines
Last year’s California kindergartners had a record high percentage of parents who used a personal belief exemption to avoid immunization requirements.

Less Play Time Equals More Troubled Kids, Experts Say
Researchers find that children in the United States have far less time to play than kids 50 years ago, a trend that may have consequences for their development and mental health.

Do Hospitals’ Formula Freebies Undermine Breastfeeding?
Hospitals sending newborns home with formula may undermine a woman’s determination to breastfeed.

D.C. Parents Raise Concerns About Middle Schools
Middle schools are the latest hot spot in D.C. Public education. With preschool and elementary enrollment ticking up for the first time in decades, parents and policymakers are scrutinizing the lack of attractive middle-grade options with increasing urgency.

A New Law On School Fitness Data Faces Obstacles
Under the new law, researchers can access unidentified individual student data, which they say will help bolster aggregate analyses that already show correlations between physical fitness and academic performance, gang activity and absenteeism.

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Smart Workout Help

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Hats off to Betty Wong and our friends at FITNESS Magazine for publishing a truly helpful new book, Fast Track to a Better Body. Even when I’m motivated to exercise, I’ve always had a hard time figuring out which strength and toning moves to do—my mind goes blank. The experts at FITNESS have compiled a never-get-bored series of 15-minute workouts that you can do at home or at the gym that focus on your arms, abs, butt, legs, or your whole body. The book also includes enlightening chapters on maximizing fat burning in less time. Even though I have been covering health and fitness issues for years, I learned new things:

1. Women who maintain a healthy weight do weekly exercise equal to 21.5 METs (metabolic equivalents). The book includes the METs of different aerobic activities.

2. You don’t actually need to stay in the so-called “fat burning zone” to shed pounds (even you burn a higher percentage of fat calories when you’re walking than when you’re running, you burn a lot more total calories when you’re running, so higher intensity is more effective).

3. Interval training is indeed the best way to kick-start your metabolism, but it’s stressful on your body so you should do a lighter workout the next day.

You can buy the book here.

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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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