YALE: Healthier versions of lunchables are outnumbered and out of reach, 11/24/2014

November 24, 2014

Healthier versions of lunchables are outnumbered and out of reach

Have you ever wondered just how healthy lunchables are? According to a recent report by the Rudd Center, only 5 out of 42 varieties meet nutrition standards for advertising to children. What’s even worse is that in supermarkets, less nutritious versions of lunchables outnumber the healthier ones 6 to 1 and are often stocked on the top shelf above eye level for both adults and children. Most of the 37 unhealthy varieties of lunchables contain cookies, …

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RWJF: Early Childhood Experiences and Well-Being, 11/20/2014

November 20, 2014

Early Childhood Experiences and Well-Being

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, over fifteen to twenty years of research has displayed that the social and economic factors that influence health have even more of an impact during early childhood. These particular years in a child’s life can potentially lead towards or away from a path to lifelong wellness. Additionally, research has shown that the negative impacts not only affect early childhood, but can translate well into adulthood and therefore next generations. Essentially, this means a negative …

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TIME: How to Stop Teens from Drinking Soda, 10/23/2014

October 23, 2014

TIME: How to Stop Teens from Drinking Soda

A study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health displayed informing kids and teens about exactly what they would have to do to burn off the calories in a soda led to decreased sizes in purchasing, or a stop in the purchasing of these sugary beverages. In low-income Baltimore neighborhoods, beverage purchases by over 3,000 kids and teens between the ages of 7 and 18 years were analyzed. A shocking 98% of those purchases made by …

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HEALTHY RECIPE: Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal, 10/22/2014

October 22, 2014

HEALTHY RECIPE: Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal

Many of the breakfast cereals targeted to kids are little more than glorified desserts, full of sugar and exaggerated nutritional content. Now your kids (or you!) can have the benefits of a tasty, sweet cereal breakfast without all of the bad stuff.

This easy-to-make recipe calls for gluten free Corn Flour and Oat Flour—but if you don’t have celiac disease, feel free to use whatever corn flour and oat flour that’s in your budget. It also uses Stevia as a sugar …

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RWJF: The Childhood Energy Gap, 10/10/2014

October 10, 2014

The Childhood Energy Gap

In a study recently summarized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers led by Harvard and Columbia University professors created statistical models to analyze large contributors to the childhood obesity epidemic, and ways to combat it. The research study specifically observed the imbalance of caloric intake and energy expenditure, noticing a gap that has developed over time. Over ten years, this gap has increased to around 110 to 165 calories per day, which surely adds up to additional pounds over time. By …

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Kid’s Health Fair

September 27, 2014

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WASHINGTON POST: Healthier Babies for Low-Income Mothers, 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014

Healthier Babies for Low-Income Mothers

Good news for expectant mothers everywhere: the disparity in newborn health is lessening between high income and low income mothers. This news comes as results of a recent study conducted by Anna Aizer and Janet Currie, professors at Brown and Princeton universities, respectively. These researchers measured newborn health by birth weight, and used race, education and marital status as measures for economic background. Using information from 1989-2009, the study found that 1 in 6 babies born in the economically challenged group …

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RWJF: School Leaders Report Widespread Student Acceptance of Healthier Lunches, 9/16/2014

September 16, 2014

School Leaders Report Widespread Student Acceptance of Healthier Lunches

According to a recent study published online in Childhood Obesity, 70% of school leaders in elementary schools across the nation report their students are pleased with healthier lunches. An additional study is displaying that elementary students aren’t the only ones; about 70% and 63% of middle school and high school students, respectively, are pleased with the healthier meals. Nearly half of the principals and food service providers that responded to the survey for the study expressed that …

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CNN HEALTH: Child Medication Measurements Confuse Parents, 9/2/2014

September 02, 2014

CNN HEALTH:  Child Medication Measurements Confuse Parents

What’s the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon? Don’t know? You aren’t alone. Many parents across the nation are unaware of the difference, leading to thousands of calls to the poison center each year. Part of the confusion for parents is the fact that teaspoons, tablespoons, and milliliters are terms that are used interchangeably on a regular basis, especially with prescriptions and over the counter medications.   Parents who measure their child’s medication in milliliters are much less likely …

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Do Right! Kids

August 28, 2014

The Do Right! Healthy Schools Program is a Center for Closing the Health Gap program in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) to address the current childhood obesity epidemic. The program integrates nutrition education into the standard core curriculum for physical education currently in place by CPS. The purpose of this school based program is to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged, overweight or obese children and children at risk for being overweight or obese.  The expected outcomes for the children are to increase …

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MAYO CLINIC: Should children be tested for high cholesterol?, 08/15/2014

August 15, 2014

Should children be tested for high cholesterol?

It is well known that adults should be screened for high cholesterol, but what about children? The answer is YES! The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should be screened for high cholesterol between ages 9 and 11, and again between 17 and 21. Screening for high cholesterol is important for managing diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as for detecting high fat levels in the arteries. If your child does have high cholesterol …

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CDC: TV Watching and Computer Use in U.S. Youth, 08/12/2014

August 12, 2014

TV Watching and Computer Use in U.S. Youth

In a study reported by the Centers for Disease Control, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the National Youth Fitness Survey reveals that a shocking 98.5% of United States youth ages 12-15 years are watching TV daily. Additionally, 91.1% of the age group reported daily use of computers.

What does this mean for our youth? Too much screen time, whether it is the television or computers, has been linked to undesirable health outcomes such as …

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