Sedentary Preschoolers
    January 19, 2004
    Sedentary Preschoolers

    I love watching young children at play. Kids are designed with energy to burn. Unfortunately, though, they're not burning it! Preschoolers are so naturally full of curiosity and energy that it's almos…

    Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?
    October 9, 2003
    Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?

    The more often that children dieted, the more likely they were to become more overweight over the next three years, according to a study of 14,972 children in the October 2003 Pediatrics. Binge eating…

    Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks
    July 9, 2003
    Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks

    A summer festival in the park, splashing, swimming, enjoying new outdoor games, and old favorites… Dancing, biking, bouncing, jumping rope, roller-skating, playing volleyball or tennis or soccer…A…

    Baby Aerobics?
    July 8, 2003
    Baby Aerobics?

    This is the youngest exercise program I have ever seen – and it had powerful results. The babies involved were tiny premies, averaging about 2 1/2 pounds in weight, and still 3 months before their d…

    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled
    May 29, 2003
    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    There’s good news and bad news. Dramatically good and dramatically bad. Duke University announced on May 28, 2003 the results of their 5-year randomized study on body fat. Two kinds of body fat accu…

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life
    April 9, 2003
    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese …

    Children Need More Play!
    February 14, 2003
    Children Need More Play!

    We know that active play improves school performance, concentration, mood and behavior. We know that obesity in children in skyrocketing.  HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson’s report, "Physical Activi…

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    November 2, 2002
    Obesity: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Over-nutrition Introduction to obesity: You've probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. On January 21, 2011, th…

    Bottled Energy
    September 9, 2002
    Bottled Energy

    I’ve often heard parents comment, when watching their toddlers or school-aged kids jet giddily around the home (or restaurant), “I wish we could bottle their energy and sell it!” I wish we could…

    Cardiovascular Health in Children
    July 8, 2002
    Cardiovascular Health in Children

    Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the United States, killing about half a million people each year. Coronary heart disease used to be thought of as a disease of the middle aged and the el…

    Exercise Guidelines Out of Touch?
    September 10, 2001
    Exercise Guidelines Out of Touch?

    Experts agree that this is the most sedentary generation of children in history. Computers, television, video games, and long hours seated at school combine to decrease children's activity. (more&hell…

    Breast-Feeding and Obesity
    May 18, 2001
    Breast-Feeding and Obesity

    It can be demoralizing when you get contradictory information about health. Two studies in the May 16th, 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) appear, on the surface, to…

    Breastfeeding and Vitamins
    April 24, 2001
    Breastfeeding and Vitamins

    Research has shown that women who are dieting and exercising tend to produce breast milk lower in certain nutrients, such as vitamin B6, that are important for babies' development. New research shows …

    Children, Exercise and Parks
    April 9, 2001
    Children, Exercise and Parks

    We are raising the most sedentary generation of children in human history. However, a study published in the April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Public Health offers real, practical hope. Chil…

    Asthma and Calcium
    December 21, 2000
    Asthma and Calcium

    Inhaled steroids may be important for treating asthma, but they may also decrease bone mass in the children who use them, especially those who take more than 400 mcg per day, according to a study repo…

    Benefits of Exercise
    July 11, 2000
    Benefits of Exercise

    Exercise during the teenage years may be one of the most important ways to prevent osteoporosis. (more…)…

    Exercise Helping Children With Underlying Medical Condition
    November 30, 1999
    Exercise Helping Children With Underlying Medical Condition

    When children have an underlying medical condition, it is easy for parents and others to treat them as fragile. At the 1999 American College of Rheumatology meeting in Boston, experts reported that ch…

    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!
    July 29, 1999
    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!

    The July issue of Pediatrics reports convincing evidence (from an investigation of twins growing up in different environments) that up to 80% of the variation in body fat between children is genetic a…