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No Child Left Inside

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Should kids get an hour of gym every day? 

With physical activity as a proven brain booster, the Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students.

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind law in 2001, 44 percent of school administrators report slashing big chunks of time from physical education, arts, and recess in order to boost classroom time for reading and math. Mandatory PE classes can help lower our nation’s childhood obesity rates, increase brain power, and add a healthy dose of fun to our kids’ school day, experts say.

A recent study by the Delaware Department of Education and the nonprofit Nemours Health & Prevention Services analyzed the records of more than 80,000 Delaware public-school students. It found that the kids who were more physically fit generally performed better on reading and math tests than their less-active peers.

Another study done by researchers at the University of Rome found that the test scores of 8-11 year olds improved by an average of 10 percent when they exercised right before an exam.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that PE be adopted as a core subject.

Do you think PE should be a core requirement?

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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Newtown Children’s Choir Nears Final Performance 
Sunday’s performance on the Ryan Seacrest-hosted E! Grammy pre-show coverage will likely be the Newtown Music Project’s final one. “It wasn’t meant to be a road show,” said Tim Hayes, the New York-based producer who conceptualized the choir. “It’s our expectation that this project has run its cycle,” he said, and it’s time for the children to get back to their childhoods. (via The Washington Post)

Type 1 Diabetes Up 70 Percent in Kids, Study Finds
Researchers have documented a startling rise in the rate of type 1 diabetes in one city: Diagnoses in kids younger than 5 jumped by 70 percent between 1985 and 2004 in Philadelphia. (via US News)

Workshops Gets Kids Started as Entrepreneurs 
According to a Gallup poll released in January, now 43% of students in grades five-12 want to be entrepreneurs, and around the country youngsters are signing up for lessons in business savvy. Almost 60% of students say their school has classes on how to start a business, up from 50% in 2011. Those numbers don’t even include after-school entrepreneur workshops, which are reporting a similar burst in popularity. (via USA Today)

Arne Duncan Defends No Child Left Behind Waivers In Senate Committee Hearing
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced an angsty Senate education committee Thursday as he was forced to defend his administration’s workaround of the No Child Left Behind Act. (via Huffington Post)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House
In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified. (via NY Times)

Schizophrenia, Autism May Be Linked in Families
Families with a history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are also more likely to have a child with autism, new research from Sweden and Israel suggests. (via Reuters)

Does Being an Intense Mom Make Women Unhappy?
According to a new study, women who believe in intensive parenting — i.e., that women are better parents than men, that mother should be child-centered, and that children should be considered sacred and are fulfilling to parents — are more likely to have negative mental health outcomes. (via ScienceDaily)

Video: Watch a Face Formed in Womb
An eerie animation based on scans of a developing embryo has captured the formation of the face in the womb. The video, produced for the BBC series “Inside the Human Body,” reveals how sections of the face grow and fit together like a puzzle just three months after conception. (via ABC News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era
As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time using them for purposes other than for education.

Waivers for 8 More States From ‘No Child Left Behind’
The move brought to 19 the number of states granted waivers this year, and Arne Duncan, the education secretary, said that more states would soon qualify for them.

Infant ‘Smarts’ Similar With Different Types of Formula: Study
Babies who are fed soy formula do as well as babies drinking cow’s milk formula on tests of mental ability in the first year of life, a new study finds. But breast-fed babies score slightly higher than infants on either type of formula, the researchers say.

Genetic Cause of Stunted Growth in Babies Discovered
The genetic cause of a syndrome that causes stunted growth in babies has eluded scientists since it was discovered 20 years ago. Now, a gene mutation thought to be linked to large stature has been pinpointed as the culprit of the so-called IMAGe syndrome.

‘Blissful’ Mom Jessica Simpson Shares First Look at Baby Maxwell
Just weeks after giving birth to her first child, entertainer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-new-mom Jessica Simpson is giving the world its first glimpse of her baby girl.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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10 States Given Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law
President Obama will waive central provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law for 10 states that have embraced his educational agenda and promised to raise standards, and improve accountability and teacher effectiveness, the White House announced on Thursday morning.

FDA Approves a 10-Minute, No-Comb Treatment for Head Lice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday a prescription-strength lotion for the treatment of head lice in children 6 months and older.

C-Sections Can Increase Premature Babies’ Risk of Breathing Problems
Contrary to popular belief, cesarean section appears not to be the best way to deliver preterm babies who are small for their age, according to research presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Youths Are Watching, but Less Often on TV
Americans ages 12 to 34 are spending less time in front of TV sets, even as those 35 and older are spending more, according to research that will be released on Thursday by Nielsen, a company that tracks media use.

Pageant Mom’s ‘Go-Go’ Juice Comes Under Fire
One mother routinely gives her daughter caffeine before each pageant competition.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches
Congress blocked changes proposed by the Agriculture Department that were meant to reduce childhood obesity.

Teachers Caught on Tape Bullying Special-Needs Girl
The parents of special needs student Cheyanne, 14, caught her teachers’ verbal abuse on tape.

Delay Cord Clamping for Baby Health, Say Experts
Waiting a few minutes after delivery to cut the umbilical cord is best for a newborn’s health, research suggests.

11 States Seek Relief From ‘No Child’ Provisions, in Return for Raising Standards
Eleven states asked the Education Department for relief from some provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, in exchange for adopting higher standards.

Study: A Curious Link Between Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer
Could women’s use of birth control pills increase men’s risk of prostate cancer? A new study in the medical journal BMJ Open suggests there’s a link, finding that countries where more women take oral contraception have higher rates of prostate cancer and prostate cancer deaths.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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Number of U.S. Kids Injured on Halloween Is Scary
Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other night of the year, according to experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bill Would Overhaul No Child Left Behind
Senator Tom Harkin’s bill would dismantle the provisions of the Bush-era law that used standardized test scores to label tens of thousands of public schools as failing.

Stutterer Speaks Up in Class; His Professor Says Keep Quiet
At the County College of Morris in New Jersey, a history teacher showed little patience with Philip Garber Jr. when he raised his hand.

Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Better Toddler Talk
Women who took folic acid supplements in the first two months of pregnancy were less likely to have kids with severe language delays in a new study from Norway.

Got Water? Schools Scramble to Provide Kids Most Basic Supply
Across the country, administrators are scrambling to comply with a new federal requirement that free drinking water be offered at lunch as part of an ongoing push to improve the health of the nation’s 49 million public school children.

Foster Children Gain Protection from ID Theft
A new federal law intended to protect foster children from identity theft is just the first step to ensuring foster children enter adulthood with a clean slate, said the Rhode Island congressman behind the initiative.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

New York Mother Suspected of Abducting Her 8 Children in Visit
New York City police were searching on Wednesday for a mother suspected of abducting her eight children, all of whom had been placed in foster care, during a supervised visit.

Obama Prepares to Revamp ‘No Child Left Behind’
Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in local schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind and substituting his own brand of reform.

Giving Flu Shots to Tots Cuts ER Visits By a Third
Recommending that all U.S. preschoolers get a flu shot cut visits to the emergency department for flu-like illness by more than a third, U.S. and Canadian researchers said on Monday in a study that showed the direct impact of vaccination policy changes on flu transmission.

Playing in the Grass May Ease ADHD
Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who regularly play outside in settings with lots of green, such as grassy open fields and parks, have milder ADHD symptoms than children who play indoors or at playgrounds, a new study shows.

ADHD Meds May Delay Boys’ Puberty, Study Suggests
A medication taken by millions of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may delay puberty, at least temporarily, according to a new study in animals.

Vaccine for Childhood Diarrhea Helps Kids, Saves Dollars
Since the 2006 introduction of routine inoculation against rotavirus — a leading cause of diarrhea in infants and young children — almost 65,000 fewer American children have been hospitalized and about $278 million in healthcare costs have been saved, according to new research.

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