School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Ask just about any parent whether napping has benefits and you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes,” particularly for the child’s mood, energy levels, and school performance. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal SLEEP backs up that parental insight. A study of nearly 3,000 fourth,… Continue reading School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Scientists with the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and lipstick, as well as plastic containers and children’s toys. Results… Continue reading Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease finds that mothers’ stress levels at the moment they conceive their children are linked to the way children respond to life challenges at age 11. SFU health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy led an interdisciplinary research team on this first cohort study.… Continue reading Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

A new study conducted among more than 177,000 students suggests that insufficient sleep duration is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents. Results show that insufficient sleep duration was associated with unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast (adjusted odds ratio 1.30), fast-food consumption (OR 1.35) and consuming sweets regularly (OR 1.32).… Continue reading Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

How to Avoid Halloween Candy Overload!

It’s just around the corner! The one day each year when kids of many ages get to dress up, pretend to be ghosts, ghouls, goblins and goofballs!   It’s also one of the worst days each year for maintaining healthy eating standards – whether you’re a kid OR a parent!   The iconic picture is… Continue reading How to Avoid Halloween Candy Overload!

6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow

“He’s slow. Other kids are running by him.” “Her coach says she’d play more, but she’s not fast enough.” “He used to be faster than all the other kids. I’ve done everything I can do, now I need help.” “She needs to be faster. We have the hurdles and ladders, but I can’t get her… Continue reading 6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow