Person outside in wheelchair. Disabilities exercise.
    Exercise Tips for People With Disabilities

    Exercise. Everyone needs it. Not everyone loves it, at least not at first. And for people with disabilities, getting enough exercise can be a goal fraught with unique challenges. Gym equipment, for ex…

    Teens with Asperger Syndrome: How Swimming Changed One Teen’s Life

    A few years ago, I was like many other teenswith Asperger Syndrome. I didn't have many friends and struggled to fit in at school. As a result, I kept mostly to myself. For fun, I'd have my mom take m…

    Move It, Move It: How to Be Sure Your Kids Are Active Enough

    With school, clarinet practice, a bit of screen time and all that homework, your kids' after-school schedule might feel pretty packed. Now consider that children need one full hour of physical activit…

    Why the Most Important Sports Star in Your Child’s Life Sits on the Bench

    I was the slowest distance runner on my high school track team. In fact, the only way I could get a school record was when they finally made a running event so long, no one else on the team would comp…

    5 Ways to Get More Exercise with Your Kids

    As a busy work at home mom, it's hard to get enough exercise in each week. I know I'm not alone, but it doesn't stop me from trying to figure out ways to sneak more exercise in. I'm far from perfect w…

    Screen-Free Play Time

    Over the years, I have observed that as our technology has become more sophisticated, parents are allowing their young children to interface more with their smart phones and tablet devices. I frequent…

    Physically Fit at Every Age

    Campaigns such as the "Let's Move" initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama, have brought to light an important topic: there are a resounding number of American children that obtain very limited amount…

    Get Your Kids Up and Moving
    Get Your Kids Up and Moving

    We all know about the importance of fitting exercise into our daily lives. However, millions of Americans still do not get exercise regularly. With the obesity epidemic all around us, it is time for e…

    Burning Fat
    Burning Fat

    What kind of exercise is most effective for burning fat in children? A new study delivers an objective answer. It's no secret that childhood obesity has become a major problem, nor that physical activ…

    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 …

    Got Exercise?
    Got Exercise?

    Throughout childhood and the teen years, kids are building bones to last for a lifetime. The symptoms of osteoporosis usually don't start until later in life, but the issue has often been settled by t…

    A Weight and Fitness Report Card
    A Weight and Fitness Report Card

    Elementary school children in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently came home with a different kind of report card from school, informing parents of their child's body mass index (BMI) and what it means a…

    Hunger and Boredom

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The last statistic that you gave is the most telling. Where a child is charted on the BMI growth curve predicts whether there will be an obesity problem later in life much more ac…

    Physical Activity Guidelines for Babies through Teens
    Physical Activity Guidelines for Babies through Teens

    As parents, it's our job to teach our kids about the wonders of the great outdoors. It's also important to keep them healthy and safe so they can get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Dr. Gre…

    Child in pink socks on a bathroom scale. Childhood obesity is a real problem in the US.
    Childhood Obesity

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Obesity, or over-nutrition, is the generalized accumulation of fat both beneath the skin and throughout the body. Some children are big, or stocky, because they have large skeleta…