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Importance of Physical Exercise/Limiting Screen Time

Childhood Obesity: Pro-Active Parents Can Make The Difference

Instead of playing the blame game, pro-active parents can help keep children and teens trim and fit in the electronic age and a world filled with high-calorie junk-food and super-sized meals.

Steps In The Right Direction: Pedometer Can Help Children and Teens Meet Physical Activity Goals

Children and teens should try to take about 12,000 steps per day in order to achieve the 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity experts recommend, says a new Canadian study.

Spring Break: Fun Outdoor Adventures For Entire Family

Looking for ideas on how to keep your kids busy over spring break.  Ask your kids to put away the hand-held electronics for a day, get some exercise, and have some fun on an outdoor adventure.

Youth Sports Injuries On Rise: Is Lack of General Physical Fitness Partially To Blame?

While increase in number of youth sports injuries is result of greater participation, especially by girls, says Lyle Micheli, M.D., Director, Division of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, some suggest that today's kids are more prone to injury because they are more sedentary and come to sports less physically fit and well-conditioned.

Sports Health Updates: The Importance of Exercise, Nutrition for Injured Athletes, and Creatine Safety

MomsTeam nutrition expert Nancy Clark reports on the latest research from the ACSM Annual Meeting on the importance of physical exercise, nutrition for the injured athlete, and creatine safety.

Teach Kids That Best Things In Life ARE Free, Says Children's Book Author Litsa Bolontzakis

Litsa Bolontzakis thinks we're all living disposable lives, and that our children deserve better.  The best things in life we can offer our kids take little time, and cost nothing, she says.  Her message to parents is to take whatever time they can to turn off the TV, shut down the computer, leave the cell phones turned off and open their children's eyes to the world around us.

Parents Can Help Reduce Kids' Screen Time: Study

According to a 2010 study, U.S. youth ages eight to 18 spend an average of seven hours, 38 minutes each day using entertainment media such as a television and computer.  A new Australian study finds that parents who can get their child to follow a physical activity skill development program and modify their diet can reduce their overweight child's screen time by nearly one hour per day.




Physical Activity Guidelines for Active Children and Adolescents

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness. Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles. They also typically have lower body fatness. Their bones are stronger, and they may have reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Youth Sports Don't Meet Kids' Needs For Physical Exercise, Study Finds

Parents who believe that their kids are getting enough physical exercise just from playing organized sports may be in for a surprise.  A new study finds that, though participation in youth sports contributes to overall physical activity, fewer than one fourth of youth soccer, baseball and softball players studied obtained the sixty minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical exercise (MVPA) during sports practices that U.S. guidelines recommend.

Children’s brain development is linked to physical fitness

Researchers have found an association between physical fitness and the brain in 9- and 10-year-old children: Those who are more fit tend to have a bigger hippocampus and perform better on a test of memory than their less-fit peers.
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