Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Is it possible that maternal stress both during and before pregnancy can have a negative effect on the brain development in the baby? Yes, says new research from King’s College London. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, a research team headed by Alexandra Lautarescu, MRC Doctoral Researcher and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging Professor Serena… Continue reading Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

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Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on whether parents should hire a youth fitness coach for their kids. Of course, since I am a Youth Fitness Professional, you might imagine that I’m biased toward a “yes” answer. You might be surprised! While I do believe that every kid would benefit from working with a… Continue reading Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Your Kids, Their Smartphones, Depression and Loneliness

Most people with functioning brains realize that excessive smartphone use isn’t good for your mental health. It seems like inherent wisdom that this is especially true for kids. Now, research out of the University of Arizona tells us what most of us “know” is true: an increased risk of depression, isolation and loneliness exists for… Continue reading Your Kids, Their Smartphones, Depression and Loneliness

Want to Get More Vegetables Into Your Kids? Offer More Variety!

If you’re a parent struggling to get your kids to eat vegetables, there’s hope! There is at least one way to get your kids to accept and even eat more vegetables. The good news? It doesn’t involve threats, punishment or banishment to the “naughty corner.” In fact, researchers in Australia may have hit on a… Continue reading Want to Get More Vegetables Into Your Kids? Offer More Variety!

Is Starting School Early Linked to ADHD?

Is it possible that the month and year in which a child is born is an indicator of the likelihood they’ll be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD?) Is early age admission to school a factor in the likelihood of diagnosis with ADHD? Is it possible that some, perhaps many, ADHD diagnoses are the… Continue reading Is Starting School Early Linked to ADHD?

Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Emotional and behavioral problems in 2 year olds may be connected to the emotional difficulties experienced by expectant parents, according to new research. The study suggests that stress and conflict may be a serious contributor to the creation of “difficult” toddlers. The research team, made up of researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, New York,… Continue reading Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Why Don’t PE Fitness Tests Seem To Help?

If you know me, have heard me speak or read anything I’ve written about youth fitness, physical literacy for kids or even the training of youth athletes, you know there’s one unifying idea that I believe cannot be ignored if we intend to create positive connections to fitness and exercise for kids. It’s a pretty… Continue reading Why Don’t PE Fitness Tests Seem To Help?

Get Girls Active Early For Better Lungs Later: Study

It’s been accepted wisdom (and for good reason) for what seems like forever that physical activity is good for humans of all ages, sizes, ethnicities and both genders. The myriad of benefits makes it well worth the time and effort, according to, well, everyone! However, its connection to lung function during childhood years and into… Continue reading Get Girls Active Early For Better Lungs Later: Study

Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

When we think of concussions, traumatic brain injuries and serious head and brain injuries, we tend to associate them with trauma, collisions and catastrophic incidents. It’s common to hear about concussions from football or other sports collisions, falls and accidents. Stories about children thrown from bikes or horses or who fall from heights being diagnosed… Continue reading Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity

Another study has confirmed what most parents already know innately. If you offer children a wide variety and large quantities of tasty, less-than-healthy snack foods, they will eat a lot of those foods – and get fat! There are a couple of interesting thing about this study, however. First, it focused on snack foods and… Continue reading Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity