Fitness Related Articles & Blog Posts
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 was also much more common in dieters than in non-dieters in the study.Read full story
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 festive tent, the aroma of a delicious picnic as participants learn how to grill low-fat foods… I’d like to introduce you to Hearts N’Parks, an exciting program now [...]Read full story
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 due dates. Typically these babies would spend the day lying still, and typically they would lose bone strength week by [...]Read full story
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 accumulate as we gain weight: subcutaneous fat (under the skin) and visceral body fat (in and around the organs). It’s the huge [...]Read full story
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 — on average more than one child in every classroom.Read full story
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 Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease,” estimates that more than a quarter of a million Americans die each year as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.Read full story
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, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released another round of figures. What is amazing is that the problem isn’t staying the same, but keeps increasing, year [...]Read full story
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, too. I wish we could sell activity to teens. We need to do it.Read full story
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 elderly. Over the last twenty years it has become increasingly clear that atherosclerosis – damage to the heart [...]Read full story
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.Read full story