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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


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


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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How Can I Encourage My Child To Exercise?

How can I get my child to prefer outdoor activities to playing video games? 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

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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


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

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Video Games Can Help Kids Exercise, Study Says

It hurts to laugh, I’m afraid to sneeze, and my legs feel like Jell-O. And while it may sound like I’m recovering from a marathon, I’m actually just recovering from my second day with Wii Fit. It’s an amazing workout.... more


No Child Left Inside: Plant A Love Of Gardening In Your Kids

I was in a rotten mood this morning. My almost 2-year-old and I were in the back yard, attempting to water plants. I was covered in mosquitoes and desperately trying to wrangle the watering can (really an old water pitcher)... more