Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

  The hustle and bustle of back-to-school season is well behind us, and kids have settled into their school routines. Now that things have settled down, parents may have more time to check out their children’s backpack use. While backpacks are a great way for children to learn organizational skills…
Lack of sleep is currently being connected to everything from learning disorders and mental illness to obesity in the scientific communities.1,2 That should be no surprise to those people who have sought natural remedies and holistic medicine. It has long been known to naturalists that sleep can be healing as…
  Because children spend most of their time in classrooms, schools are an ideal setting for healthy behaviors to be taught and modeled. Therefore, parents are speaking up and getting involved in an effort to improve the health of their children at schools. One Washington, D.C. mother of two Roots…
Surviving cancer is a great triumph, especially for children who have faced such a huge challenge in their young lives. Not Just Surviving, but Thriving is a new cancer survivor program designed specifically for cancer survivors ages 5-16 who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or…
When I was a kid, it was common for our family medical doctor to write off knee, hip, ankle, back, neck and shoulder aches and pains as “growing pains.” Along with that diagnosis came the treatment plan: “Do nothing. He’ll grow out of it.” And that was it. It’s amazing…
Fall is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors. Beautiful fall foliage coupled with great weather compel many people to spend ample time outdoors before the arrival of harsh winter weather drives them back indoors. The following are a handful of activities that are tailor-made for fall. Raking leaves:…
If kids had their way, pizza, chicken fingers and french fries would make up a significant portion of their diets. But parents know they must make kids’ culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. Parents also…
The arrival of a new baby can throw a child’s world upside down. Parents can prepare and assure an older child that a new sibling doesn’t mean that they will be any less loved or important, but in the mind of a little one, someone new is coming in and…
Few thrills equal the sight of a bobber getting pulled under water. Seeing that little, colorful plastic circle plunge under the waves generates so much anticipation and excitement, and then the fight is on to land the fish pulling at the other end! Many people long remember nostalgic fishing tales…
Many of today’s children are being reared by both their parents and grandparents in order to meet the demands of tight family schedules and even tighter financial situations. Not every caregiver is aware of the ever-changing guidelines that protect children against injury or illness, including information that has come to…
A healthy diet is supposed to provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain a body. But thanks to finicky eating habits and limited choices, many children are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy. Although many foods are fortified with certain…
In many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. Many extracurricular activities, including sports, require a nearly year-round commitment, and the dual-income household has landed many kids in afterschool programs where kids tend to their schoolwork or engage in various activities that keep them from…
The spring sports season is a popular time for school-aged children. After a few months of being cooped up indoors, many kids are ready to spend time in the fresh air. Organized team sports are one way they can burn energy and learn lessons in camaraderie and problem-solving. Spring sports…
Health-conscious parents often worry about what their kids are eating. Those greasy fast food French fries kids love might be cringe-worthy to parents, but it’s not just the foods kids request that parents should monitor. Adults and children alike have favorite beverages that may or may not be healthy. But…
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