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Time to Adjust Your Child’s Sleep Schedule

In just a few short weeks the summer will be over and the new school year starting. Those lazy summer mornings and longer sleeping times will give way to a stricter, less compliant schedule. This is a good time to start transitioning your child from the relaxed summer schedule to a more uniform school year . . . → Read More: Time to Adjust Your Child’s Sleep Schedule

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

Childhood obesity is a complicated problem with many causes, but there are strategies to resist this epidemic. Teach your kids healthy eating habits – from eating a nutritious breakfast to reducing portion sizes – that will serve them well throughout their lives.

“To help prevent childhood obesity and create healthful eating habits, start simple by . . . → Read More: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

States Haven’t Embraced Later School Start Times For Teens

A new study shows that even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle schools and high schools start class at 8:30 a.m. or later in the morning, only 18 percent of US schools are complying with this recommendation.

“Among the possible public health interventions for increasing sufficient sleep among adolescents, delaying school start . . . → Read More: States Haven’t Embraced Later School Start Times For Teens

For Our Children’s Health, Keep Sports Fun

It is rare to find children playing baseball on a sandlot, without adult supervision, these days. Sports have become a serious and organized business, with extensive coach and parent involvement. And a lot of times, sports are more like school than fun relaxation for children.

“Many youth leagues, particularly those for “elite,” “travel,” or “select” . . . → Read More: For Our Children’s Health, Keep Sports Fun

‘Fat’ Cartoon Characters May Make Children Eat More

A new study suggests that “fat” cartoon characters from children’s books, movies, television and video games might influence children to eat more.

After researches showed 60 eight graders a skinny and a fat cartoon character, they discovered that “children who had seen the rotund cartoon character helped themselves to more than double the number of . . . → Read More: ‘Fat’ Cartoon Characters May Make Children Eat More

The One Thing We Know For Sure About Screens and Babies

In many western countries, babies and toddlers spend a lot of time looking at screens and no one really knows what long term effects this has on the young brains. But one thing that has been shown in recent studies is that when screens displace children’s interactions with people, this is bad for the child’s . . . → Read More: The One Thing We Know For Sure About Screens and Babies