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Kinetic Kids: Cognitive Benefits Of A Physically Active Childhood

“Let’s get moving!” As a mom of two easily distracted daughters, I find myself often repeating this phrase when we’re running late for school, dance class, or a doctor’s appointment. But far beyond getting out of the house on time,... more

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Does Sugar Make Kids Hyperactive?

Generations of well-meaning parents and highly educated doctors can’t all be wrong…or can they? For decades now, sugar-laden holidays have been a source of celebration and consternation. Parents and grandparents alike happily satisfy a child’s sweet tooth with birthday cakes,... more

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How Schools Can Help Solve Childhood Obesity

We keep hearing that the rate of childhood obesity—a true nationwide epidemic—keeps going up…and up…and up, but in some places, the rate is finally starting to dip. A new report by data analysts at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation draws... more

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Book Review: Yawning Yoga

I didn’t know if the book would work, but I was desperate for something—anything—to make the day end on a good note. The day was consumed with whining by my 5-year-old son and voice-raising by me—back and forth, a cycle... more

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How Can I Get My Child Interested In Exercise?

My children prefer sedentary activities (e.g., drawing, reading, and video games) but I know that physical activity is important for good health. Do you have any tips for getting them interested in outdoor activities? more

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Is Yoga Safe For Babies & Small Children?

Ever since Russian yoga instructor Lena Fokina posted a video of herself on the Internet in January 2011 swinging newborns around by their limbs, yoga for babies and young children has been called into question. YouTube has since removed the... more

Turn Off The TV, Tune Into Your Children

Why is television so appealing to toddlers? Whether it’s the bright lights or the colorful shapes, it’s almost like my 14-month-old son is transfixed with the tube the minute I turn it on. Though it’s tempting to spend a few... more

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“Let’s Move!” Takes Steps To Address Childhood Obesity

Let’s Move! is the rallying cry of the new nationwide campaign to address childhood obesity. Launched in February 2010 and spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama, this campaign aims to “eliminate the problem of childhood obesity in a single generation.”... more

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Get Active During Earth Hour

As you’re planning your activities for this weekend, you might want to add Earth Hour to your Saturday schedule. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. local time (wherever you are) on March 27th, participants will turn off their lights to raise awareness... more

First Lady Puts Fat First

First Lady Michelle Obama put eliminating childhood obesity at the top of her to-do list with the launch of Let’s Move, her much anticipated anti-obesity campaign. Mrs. Obama is hoping to reverse a dangerous and costly trend. Currently, one out... more