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Halloween Safety Tips

Kids love Halloween! And why wouldn’t they with all the magic in the air, spooky costumes and tons of candy.

But lots of kids also get hurt on Halloween, some when trick-or-treating in the dark, others from eating candy that they are allergic to.

To help ensure a safe Halloween for everyone, the American Academy . . . → Read More: Halloween Safety Tips

Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days

New research shows that when overweight or obese children limit the intake of sugar in their diets, benefits like improved blood pressure and lower cholesterol as well as other health improvements happen in as little as 10 days.

“In the new study, which was financed by the National Institutes of Health and published Tuesday . . . → Read More: Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days

Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

The World Health Organization announced yesterday that processed meats like hot dogs, sausages, ham and bacon cause cancer and it classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

You probably have many questions, everything from what kind of meat to what kind of cancer it causes to how much is safe to eat.

NPR, with . . . → Read More: Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

‘Sesame Street’ Introduces A New Muppet Character With Autism

A new character is coming to Sesame Street and her name is Julia. Julia has big eyes and red hair and a big, friendly smile. And Julia has autism.

Julia will be the star of her own “digital storybook” called “We’re Amazing, 1,2,3.”

“For over a year now, Sesame Street has been working with organizations . . . → Read More: ‘Sesame Street’ Introduces A New Muppet Character With Autism

Making Kids Play Outside Reduces Rates of Myopia in Study

A new Chinese study suggests that when kids play outside they are less likely to develop nearsightedness in the future. 30 percent of American kids and 40 percent of Asian kids develop myopia so parents, schools and doctors are taking note.

While the effects of the study aren’t as big as the researches hoped, they . . . → Read More: Making Kids Play Outside Reduces Rates of Myopia in Study

As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released data documenting the trend of more and more schools serving school meals from locally grown food. The schools reported that kids ate more and threw away less when served fresh, locally grown food.

The idea is to get kids to eat more, to try new food and to . . . → Read More: As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

7 Halloween Candies With Scary-Long Ingredient Lists

There is no candy that’s actually healthy and nutritious for us or our kids, but some candies are definitely worse than others.

Eating a few pieces of candy in moderation will not harm most people, but it’s still good to be educated about what we (and our kids) are putting in our mouths. So, look . . . → Read More: 7 Halloween Candies With Scary-Long Ingredient Lists

4 Ways to Prevent Your Kid From Becoming A Tech Addict

In our high tech society, many children are growing up with more access to screen time than they are to human beings who will communicate with them and guide them towards becoming good communicators themselves.

Psychotherapist Sean Grover quotes a young man as saying: “You don’t understand! You just don’t get it! This ’emotional . . . → Read More: 4 Ways to Prevent Your Kid From Becoming A Tech Addict

Give Schools the Tools to Solve Cafeteria Challenges

Every day more than 30 million American kids get their lunches at their schools. For the past three decades, child obesity has skyrocketed, but today, school lunches are healthier than they have been for a long time.

Every school lunch now requires, by law, a serving of of fruit or vegetables, lean protein and foods . . . → Read More: Give Schools the Tools to Solve Cafeteria Challenges

Weight Gain Possibly Tied to Later Bedtimes

A New York Times article reveals another ramification of not enough sleep: a new study shows a strong link between later bedtimes and weight gain in adolescents.

“Researchers studied 3,342 adolescents starting in 1996, following them through 2009. At three points over the years, all reported their normal bedtimes, as well as information on . . . → Read More: Weight Gain Possibly Tied to Later Bedtimes