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Archive for the ‘Kid’s Health’ Category

What is the Best Milk for Children?

Feeding babies low-fat or skim milk may not prevent them from becoming overweight or obese, a new study shows. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, support giving skim milk and low-fat milk to children, believing that the lower calorie content in these milks can prevent obesity, the results of a recent study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood showed otherwise. Mark Daniel DeBoer, MD, lead author and associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine reports that children who drank low-fat and skim milk at the age of two were more likely […]

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Exercise Helps Children Cope with Stress

Previous studies suggest that children who engage in more physical activity not only have more optimal physical health but they also exhibit better mental health. Researchers from the University of Helsinki, Finland, however, wanted to find out what pathways are involved in the link between physical activity and mental well being. Lead author, Silja Martikainen, MA, report in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism that exercise may play a vital role in helping children cope with stressful situations. Daily stressors could induce surges in cortisol, a hormone released by the body in response to stress. They found […]

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Soccer Gets Obese Kids Moving

Soccer, being a vigorous sport has been found by researchers from California to raise the levels of physical activity of children who are overweight and obese, according to a study that was recently posted online in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study involved more than 150 students from six schools. Researchers implemented the soccer program of America SCORES (an urban youth development program) in three of the schools. The aim of the study was to find out the effect the program would have on the physical activity, weight and fitness of students in a large, urban school district. A significant […]

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BPA Increases Risk for Childhood Asthma

The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is a component found in some plastics, food can liners and store receipts. It has been associated with various negative health outcomes such as obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, and behavioral problems. To reduce BPA exposure, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recommends avoiding the use of plastic containers marked 3 and 7, using glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids, and eating less canned food. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of BPA in sippy cups and baby bottles. Lead author Kathleen Donohue, MD, an assistant […]

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Healthier Lunches for Children

A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that making small, low cost, but attractive changes in school cafeterias to promote healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables greatly influences children to choose and eat healthier foods. The team of Andrew S. Hanks, PhD from B.E.N. Center, analyzed the effects of what they call the smarter lunchroom makeover in the cafeterias of two western New York junior-senior high schools. The changes made in the lunchroom included putting fresh fruits in nice bowls or tiered stands and strategically placing these next to the cash registers. Verbal cues were used […]

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