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!

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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?

Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

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

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

Should Obesity Be Considered a Disease?

Here in the United States, there has been much discussion already about whether obesity should be recognized as a disease. Certainly, the health problems, conditions and diseases to which obesity contributes strongly are a major health cost factor and consideration. Now, the medical and health systems and practitioners in the United Kingdom can no longer… Continue reading Should Obesity Be Considered a Disease?

New Parenthood Leads to Increased Produce Purchases

In the United States, both children and adults eat too few fruits and vegetables, which puts them at risk for poor diet quality and adverse health consequences. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found new parents increased their spending on produce in middle- and high-income households. “Although… Continue reading New Parenthood Leads to Increased Produce Purchases

Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer recovery time after concussion, according to a study published in the July 3, 2019, online issue of Neurology┬«, the medical journal of the American Academy… Continue reading Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time