Getting Enough Sleep May Help Prevent Weight Gain!

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We all know it’s important to get enough sleep, but do you know why?  Lack of sleep can affect judgment, reaction time, alertness and mood – factors that put children at a learning disadvantage. Children with a set bedtime on school nights feel they get better sleep, and most adolescents think that 8 hours of […]

Five Simple Steps To Combat Childhood Obesity

Pediatric overweight has been an issue for a while, but now everyone is talking about it! Read on to see what you can do to keep your children at a healthy weight! Our nation and state have seen a substantial rise in the number of overweight children over the past two decades. Data from the […]

Turn Your NEAT On

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What happens when we move our bodies a bit more throughout the day? Read what Dr. James Levine has found with his research and how it applies to your kids! Remember the lemur in the animated film Madagascar singing, “I like to move it, move it…”? Dr. James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo […]

An Overweight Child is a Family Affair

Learn how to keep it positive and keep the focus on how the family is going to make healthier choices, rather than on body weight. Aren’t genetics wonderful?  Let’s face it: if we were all the same size and shape and had the same color hair, eyes and skin, the world would be, well, boring. For […]

Worried About Your Child’s Weight? Ask the Right Questions

If you’re worried about your baby or toddler’s weight, knowing what to ask at the check-up is important. Each time your baby or toddler goes for a well-child visit, your health care provider will plot his height and weight on a growth chart. (You can find a CDC growth chart that corresponds to your child’s sex […]

What is a Calorie?

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Learn what is a calorie, how your body processes it, how many calories you need, and how all of this contributes to a healthy weight! Calorie has become a household word, although it is still a mystery to many people exactly what a calorie does. Ask one hundred people what a calorie is and most will tell […]

TV and its Link to Obesity

Simple ways to avoid too much TV time and to get active as a family to prevent obesity! Ninety-nine percent of American households own at least one television, and each person watches an average of four hours of TV per day. This equals about two months of non-stop television watching per year. About 4,000 studies have been done […]

Stop Drinking Your Calories

Sweetened Drinks Contain Harmful Ingredients There is a lot of talk about the evils of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  It is a sweetener found in almost all processed foods.  It is not much different from sugar: HFCS is 55% fructose and 45% glucose; sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose. The concern about too much […]

Prevent Obesity in Your 2 to 4 Year-Old Child

During the preschool years, take advantage of the great influence you have on the eating and activity environment of your little one. Toddlers quickly take on the eating habits around them-which explains why the most common eaten vegetable of 2 year olds is French fries! Another important change at this age is preschoolers are beginning […]