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Monday, August 26th, 2013
We know that your kid is a star on the soccer pitch. Or on the football field. Or on the basketball court. But even if an athletic scholarship doesn’t seem in the cards, keep him busy this fall sports season — and save yourself up to 50 percent off retail prices — with sporty gear from Shop Parents.
• Help your little Mia Hamm perfect her kick with a Mikasa soccer ball and adidas soccer cleats.
• It’s never to early to work on his spiral. This beginner’s football and receiver glove set is ideal for small hands.
• At 19 inches in length, Prince AirO Scream is the perfect starter tennis racquet for 3-5 year olds.
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Friday, September 14th, 2012
I recently got to have breakfast with U.S. Olympic soccer team captain Christie Rampone (I even got to try on her gold medal from London! That’s me holding it in the photo). Rampone is a super down-to-earth mom of two who is working on keeping her kids healthy just like all of you.
Rampone recently returned from the London Olympics where she led her team to its third straight gold medal. Her world-traveling daughters Rylie, 7, and Reece, 2, got to see their mom play in London and loved every minute of it.
The Rampone family doesn’t travel with a nanny, but instead Rampone and her husband balance responsibilities. “Traveling can be a struggle at times because it’s hard to keep my girls on a routine with all of the time changes and jet lag,” she said. “But the benefits far outweigh the costs. It’s taught my daughters to be more self-sufficient. They love meeting kids of all nationalities. When they’re playing together it doesn’t matter if they don’t speak the same language.”
Rampone, a spokesperson for FRS Healthy Performance natural energy supplements, gave us some tips on how she keeps herself and her kids healthy.
Find time to rest.
Rampone makes a point of relaxing despite her hectic schedule. “This summer I was hooked on ‘Friday Nights Lights’ so I would sit down and watch that after a long day of games and practice. I also like to go on quiet walks with no music, just my thoughts,” she said.
Lead by example.
“I’ve noticed that Rylie will be more hesitant to try a new food if she sees that I don’t like it,” Rampone said. “She used to not eat seafood because I didn’t like it, but after she saw me try a bite she realized it wasn’t bad.”
Teach your kids how to plan healthy meals for themselves.
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Rampone teaches her 7-year-old how to pick nutritious foods by giving her healthy options and allowing her to pack her own school lunches. Beyond healthy options, she always lets her indulge in one treat.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Soccer fever is coming to the States again as the U.S. Women’s Team goes for the gold tomorrow against Japan. I recently had the chance to chat with one of the sport’s most famous players: retired superstar Mia Hamm. Goodyblogger and big soccer fan Taryn even managed to the crash the interview at our office for a pic with her hero (at right, with Mia). For her new project, the athlete and mom of three (5-year-old twins and a new baby boy) has teamed up with the Grain Foods Foundation to share her nutrition and fitness tips with families. Check out what she had to say:
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What made you want to get involved with this project?
“I think being involved in something like this and sharing my experiences with families about eating healthy and the importance of grains and whole grains in your diet is a good thing. I’m four months postpartum, and I’m 40, so my body doesn’t respond as well as it used to. I could sit there and eat pasta all day long and not worry about it when I was younger, and now I really have to focus on making sure I set a good example for my kids. I make a lot of mistakes, too, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how I’m doing things and trying to be better every day, whether it’s as a mom or taking care of myself. This is a new stage of my life, and it’s been a big transition for me from pretty much working out for living every day to just trying to find ways to get myself where I want to be.”
Congratulations, by the way…you look great!
“I’ve got 15 to 20 more pounds to go so….”
Was losing weight harder the second time? Or was it the same?
“Second time is harder. I’m older, and I was dealing with postpartum injuries. I had a C-section, and I tried to start running way too soon. And my body was like, ‘No!’ so I had to stop. My daughter came by the other day, and she patted me on the stomach and was like, ‘Mom, your tummy is getting smaller.’ It’s so humbling.”
I think our readers will be happy to know that it’s hard for an Olympic champion as well.
“One who likes to eat, who likes her food!”
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Targeting Child’s Play to Help Tackle Autism
As efforts expand to diagnose autism earlier and more accurately, researchers also are striving to figure out ways to treat children as young as one year old.
Concussion Crisis Growing in Girls’ Soccer
The number of girls suffering concussions in soccer accounts for the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
FDA: Kids’ Medical Tests Need Child-Size Radiation
The government is taking steps to help ensure that children who need CT scans and other X-ray-based tests don’t get an adult-sized dose of radiation.
Bans on School Junk Food Pay Off in California
Five years after California started cracking down on junk food in school cafeterias, a new report shows that high school students there consume fewer calories and less fat and sugar at school than students in other states.
Kids Who Sleep in Parents’ Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight
Children who wake up at night and are allowed to fall back asleep in their parents’ bed are less likely to be overweight than kids put back into their own bed, a new study says.
Four Kids Rescued from Hood of Moving Car, Fort Wayne Police Say
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Two people are in police custody after they allegedly strapped four children to the hood of a car and drove off after leaving a Fort Wayne liquor store, CBS affiliate WANE reported.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Heading Soccer Balls Can Lead to Brain Damage, Study Says
Regularly heading a soccer ball—even just a few times a day—can lead to brain injury, according to a recent study.
What’s in a Name? Ask Google
In our still-budding digital world, where public and private spheres cross-pollinate in unpredictable ways, perhaps it’s not surprising that soon-to-be parents now routinely turn to Google to vet baby names.
Young Adults’ Coverage May Cost Parents Even More
An increasing number of employers are turning to “per participant” or “unitized” pricing so an employee’s payroll contribution increases with each dependent a worker adds to their coverage, according to Aon Hewitt, a large Chicago benefits consultancy.
Soldier Races Home from Iraq, Just in Time for Son’s Birth
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Spc. Asbai Ramirez says he made it to the hospital on Thanksgiving about 30 minutes before his wife, Ashleigh, gave birth.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Inner-city girls inspired by women’s World Cup
The Anderson Monarchs girls’ soccer team is part of an urban league in south Philadelphia. After leaving his legal practice, Walter Stewart started coaching the girls in 1998.
Balancing books and babies
Rooney is one of about 3.9 million student parents working on their undergraduate degrees in the United States. Nearly half those students are single parents and work full-time jobs, according to a 2011 report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
2 Atlanta educators step down; 176 others also face ultimatum
They were among 178 Atlanta Public Schools employees, including 38 principals, whose jobs are on the line after allegedly being involved in a widespread standardized-test cheating scandal that has caught the attention of federal officials.
Parents Decide To Slow Down On Activities
Parents know the feeling all too well, too many activities and not enough hours in the day. Some families are constantly on the go. But at what cost? CBS 2′s Mary Kay Kleist reports on families making a choice to do less.
Wrong Mothers Breastfeed Babies Switched at Hospital
Two newborn babies were mistakenly given to the wrong mothers who then breastfed them at an Australian hospital, the Herald Sun reported Monday.
C-section rates hit all-time high, study finds
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Rates of Cesarean section deliveries in the United States climbed to 34 percent in 2009, hitting an all time high, a new study says. Florida, New Jersey and Texas had the highest rates, while Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado had the lowest of the 19 states included in the study.
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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Friday, October 1st, 2010
Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup champion soccer star and mother of two, gives tons of high-fives to kids’ germ-covered hands, so she knows the importance of washing hands when it comes to flu prevention. This year she’s one of the spokespeople for “When Will You Pick?” as in, which day you’ll pick to get your flu vaccination.
When we spoke to Chastain, she talked about her own experience with the vaccine last year. She allowed her 3-year-old son (pictured with Mom on the right) to choose between the shot and the nasal spray version. In a not-shocking twist, he picked the spray. “I think giving him a choice kind of empowered him, like was taking care of fighting the germs,” Chastain says. However, not everyone is eligible to receive Flu-Mist. Click here for more information.
Chastain keeps herself and her family healthy not only through vaccination, but also by teaching them healthy practices like sneezing into elbows, exercising regularly and eating nutritiously. They live by the motto “Grow big and strong.”
This Saturday, Chastain will play her retirement game at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Proceeds from the game will benefit her Reach uP! Foundation, an organization that encourages healthy lifestyles for girls. Chastain invites you, our Goody Blog readers, to join in on the fun. Don’t forget to wash your hands before you give her that high-five!
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