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  • Soccer and Weight Loss

    Soccer and Weight Loss

    A fun, practical, affordable way to help overweight kids? My friend and colleague, Dana Weintraub, MD, from the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, led a team that studied the effect of an after school soccer team on weight. The results of SPORT (the Stanford […]

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  • “Baby Fat”

    “Baby Fat”

    I often hear from parents who expect that their cute, chubby young children  will naturally thin out as their height spurts up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tend to work out that way. Instead, making changes as a family is usually needed to help kids thin out as they grow.

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  • Conscious Preconception

    Conscious Preconception

    The “trimester” before pregnancy is an important window of opportunity for a baby’s health, whether this is a first pregnancy or a later one. And during pregnancy, the weeks between when conception happens and when a woman knows she is pregnant are especially important – where good nutrition or unhealthy exposures can have their biggest […]

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  • An Important Message from Rob Reiner

    An Important Message from Rob Reiner

    Many people know me as an actor and director, but my most important role is that of a father to my three children. Raising healthy, happy children is my top priority.  That is why my organization, Parents’ Action for Children, has launched a major national campaign to engage parents in efforts to prevent childhood obesity.

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  • Depressed Dads

    Depressed Dads

    Dads matter. When people think about depression soon after a baby is born, they often forget about fathers. But many new dads do get depressed, and you can read their depression in their children’s behavior! Fathers and their well-being have an important effect on their babies’ development, but this has been too little studied.

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  • An Obesity Epidemic

    An Obesity Epidemic

    You’ve probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. In October 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the latest round of figures. What is amazing is that the problem isn’t staying the same, but keeps increasing, year after year. There was no significant increase between […]

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  • Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    When my wife and I were born, American teenage girls, aged 12 to 17, weighed an average of 118 pounds. Some weighed more and some weighed less. Today, the average has swollen to 130 pounds. And teenage boys have packed on even more weight, going from a healthy 125 pound average up to 141 in […]

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  • Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    The heavier kids are during the toddler, preschool, and school years, the greatest the chance they have of developing cancer as young adults, according to a study published in the November 1, 2004 International Journal of Cancer. Researchers in the Boyd Orr Study of Diet and Health in Pre-War Britain measured the heights and weights […]

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  • Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    High blood pressure, which used to be a disease of middle age, is becoming more common in children. Once a child has high blood pressure, unless there are significant lifestyle changes, the high blood pressure continues into adulthood. This leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early adult death, even if the blood […]

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  • Blood Pressure in Children

    Blood Pressure in Children

    What’s your three-year-old’s blood pressure? August 2004 guidelines from The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Children recommend that blood pressure screening begin at age 3 for all healthy children, and even earlier for those at high risk (such as those who were born early, small, or who are taking medicines that […]

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