Stamp out Childhood Obesity- 5 Steps for Healthy, Fit Kid

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With the convenience of fast-food on every corner and the increased popularity of computers and electronic gaming, it is no secret that childhood obesity has been on the rise for the past 3 decades.  According to recent studies conducted on US Americans, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years, and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. Approximately nine million children over 6 years of age are considered obese. Parents have an obligation to educate their children on exercise and diet, and to help … [Read more...]

ADHD and Diet

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A recent study proved that a restricted diet resulted in decreased symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  100 children ages 4 to 8 diagnosed with ADHD were put on a restricted elimination diet of unprocessed rice, meat, vegetables, pears, and water, for five weeks.  Professor Buitelaar and his team found that ADHD symptoms reduced in 78% of the children.  In addition, when processed foods where re-introduced to the diet, there was a 63% relapse in behavior. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.  Many professionals note the trend in … [Read more...]

Convenient healthy snacks for your children

Most American families are busy and on the go. Full of school, work, team sporting events, housekeeping, and daily activities. With all we do in a day it is tough to not want to just seek the convenience of fast food and packages snacks for the kids. I am a large believer in convenience; always on the go and I know I must be prepared to instill good healthy eating habits in my daughter. Ill be the first to admit it is challenging at times but I do my best to keep her aware of nutrition and the importance of it. Children are always picky eaters and we need to make sure they are getting … [Read more...]

Ethics-Free Generation?

Only 3% of adolescents do not fall into the bully victim or perpetrator role?  USA Today recently reported on a study conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics this year regarding bullying and other ethical concerns.   According to the Ethics of American Youth Survey, 50% of students disclosed they have “bullied, teased, or taunted someone at least once” in the past year, and 47% indicated they had been "bullied, teased or taunted in a way that seriously upset me at least once."  Given that 43,321 adolescents ages 15 to 18, from 78 public and 22 private schools were surveyed, the … [Read more...]