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  • Sedentary Preschoolers

    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 almost a cliché – but today’s screen-time activities have taken that curiosity and funneled it into a sedentary lifestyle. A disturbing study in the […]

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  • Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?

    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.

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  • Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks

    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 […]

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  • Baby Aerobics?

    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 due dates. Typically these babies would spend the day lying still, and typically they would lose bone strength week by […]

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  • Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    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 […]

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  • Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    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.

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  • Children Need More Play!

    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.

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    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, 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 […]

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  • Bottled Energy

    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, too. I wish we could sell activity to teens. We need to do it.

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  • Cardiovascular Health in Children

    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 […]

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