Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

Is There a Link Between Video Games and Obesity?

For a long time, we’ve assumed a correlation between the video game habits of many kids and obesity. As a society, we’ve even assigned a visual stereotype to it. You know the one. A chubby teen lolling on the sofa for hours on end, the game controller in one hand, a bag of chips at… Continue reading Is There a Link Between Video Games and Obesity?

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The study also found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at… Continue reading Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

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!

Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of… Continue reading Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?