Group of young boys on a soccer field.
    May 11, 2016
    Avoiding Concussions in Youth Athletics

    As summer rolls around and students begin to get out of school, parents may be gearing up for another season: youth athletics. Whether it's T-ball, pee-wee football, outdoor basketball, or co-ed socce…

    Teenage girl walking two horses in a pasture. Horses are great for kids.
    April 18, 2016
    Kids and Horses (50 Shades of Hay…)

    Cuteness is in the eye of the beholder. As a parent, I am allowed to be completely biased about my children. But is there anything cuter than a little girl on a horse, a huge smile across her face, pi…

    Young child coloring a picture of a dog. What creativity!
    April 3, 2016
    The Transformative Power of Creativity in Children, Games

    The Benefits of Creativity Imagination is not a talent of some men, but is the health of every man. - Ralph Waldo Emerson Within each of us, whether child or adult, lies a rich reservoir of creative …

    Two boys playing with Jerry the Bear.
    October 15, 2015
    Jerry the Bear: 4 Ways to Learn About Health Through Play

    I met Hannah and the Jerry the Bear team over three years ago. We had a fabulous discussion and I've been following their work since that time. It's our pleasure to have Hannah share her insights her…

    Child playing with play dough molding shapes
    August 7, 2014
    Awesome Kindergarten Play Ideas

    Kindergartners are so grown up, but are always game for playing.  They love it when their play resembles things that they see older kids or adults doing. What makes Kindergarten activities even mor…

    April 8, 2014
    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the…

    March 22, 2013
    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…

    March 21, 2013
    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 …

    Green Your Halloween - Upcycle and Crafting
    October 25, 2010
    Green Your Halloween – Upcycle and Crafting

    Sure, recycling is good.  But upcycling is better.  It’s not enough to use a product once and recycle it.  It’s so much better to use it again and again before heading to the recycling or compo…

    Lead, Synthetic Turf Fields, and False Reassurance
    August 3, 2008
    Lead, Synthetic Turf Fields, and False Reassurance

    The CDC issued an advisory on June 18, 2008, alerting consumers about the danger to children from lead on some (not all) synthetic turf fields – especially for young children on older fields with vi…

    Soccer and Weight Loss
    March 19, 2008
    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 …

    Healthy Theme Parks?
    September 23, 2003
    Healthy Theme Parks?

    As summer weather is fading, many families consider taking advantage of the shorter lines at theme parks for one last family outing.  A day at the theme park often involves miles of walking without k…

    Your Child’s Brain
    March 11, 2003
    Your Child’s Brain

    March 10 to 16 is Brain Awareness Week. One important way to take care of your child’s brain is to protect it from injury. Thankfully, wearing helmets has become common and cool while riding bikes. …

    Roller Coasters, Amusement Parks, Injuries, and Neurologic Damage
    January 17, 2002
    Roller Coasters, Amusement Parks, Injuries, and Neurologic Damage

    Roller coasters are fun! Nevertheless, a study in the January 2002 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine reported a disturbing trend in the rate of thrill ride injuries. (more…)…