CDC: Five Minutes or Less for Your Health: Encourage Health through Play, 11/28/2014

November 28, 2014

CDC Five Minutes or Less for Your Health: Encourage Health through Play

With September officially National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and the weather still warm, encourage your kids to get their recommended one hour of physical activity by playing! Now that school is back in session, they’ll be itching to burn off that energy, and what better way to recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness month by helping your kids adopt healthier habits, in a fun way? Encourage active games, such as soccer, basketball, or even playing …

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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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Kids Only Hip Hop Dance Showcase

November 06, 2014

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NPR: Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too, 10/30/2014

October 30, 2014

Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Many studies have shown that play is important for children’s social, physical and cognitive development.  But do its benefits end when your brain stops developing?  Recently, doctors have discovered that adults who enjoy activities like recreational sports, games or puzzles may maintain their memory and thinking skills better than those who don’t save time for play.  However, it’s not just your brain that benefits from play.  People who feel comfortable being silly and playful tend to …

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Kids Only Hip Hop Dance Workshop

October 29, 2014

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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: Breaking Through the Myth of the ‘Deadbeat Dad’, 10/21/2014

October 21, 2014

Breaking Through the Myth of the ‘Deadbeat Dad’

Professor of nursing at Rush University in Chicago, Wrenetha Julion, is working to break the public’s perception and overuse of the term ‘deadbeat dad’ in African American communities and foster the positive involvement of fathers that currently do not live with their children. Juilion is performing research at a time where the topic is stirring, as President Obama has launched initiatives to address challenges that face fathers that are of color and promote parenting responsibility among these fathers. …

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Kids Only Hip Hop Dance Workshop

October 16, 2014

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Kids Only Hip Hop Dance Workshop

October 02, 2014

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Kid’s Health Fair

September 27, 2014

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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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HUFFINGTON POST: Best Places to Raise Your Kids, 9/11/2014

September 11, 2014

Best Places to Raise Your Kids

The data is out- Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa are the best places to raise a child in the United States, according to a recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Looking at metrics such as economic well being, education, health, family, and community, those three states stood out on top, with Nevada and New Mexico rounding out the bottom. Nationally, children are improving with regard to health care coverage and declining mortality rates, as well as an increase in …

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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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RWJF: Are the Children Well?, 07/28/2014

July 28, 2014

Are the Children Well?
Not only do adults face challenges in keeping the stress away, but our nation’s younger children are facing challenges as well. The focus of health care for children should perhaps shift from illness to wellness! Evidence-based strategies can be implemented to improve the quality of the environments where our children learn and play.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, experts have recently begun to push for an emphasis on the fostering of wellness in order to close the distinctive gap between physical …

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Brilliant Banana Bread: Healthy Cooking for Kids!

July 25, 2014

Brilliant Banana Bread

How long will it take? About 90 minutes (an hour and a half)
What ingredients will I need? 

2 eggs
1¾ c. whole-wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2/3 c. sugar
1 c. mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)

 

What supplies will I need?

oven (you’ll need help from your adult assistant)
measuring cups and spoons
mixer
sifter
spatula
small bowl
medium-size bowl
large bowl
bread pan coated with nonstick cooking spray

 

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 350°F
Beat eggs well in a small bowl.
In a medium-size bowl, sift together the flour, baking …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Summer Season, 7/11/2014

July 11, 2014

KAISER PERMANENTE: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Summer Season

For many, summer is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends.  Vacations, parties, barbecues and picnics are great summer activities, but it’s important to encourage your family to stay on track for a healthy lifestyle.  Three months of unhealthy habits could be more than enough to undo all of the hard work you’ve done to stay healthy, eat well, and be active.  Summer is also a time when kids have more free …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: Summer Safety for You and Your Family, 7/10/2014

July 10, 2014

TIPS FOR A SAFE AND HEALTHY SUMMER SEASON

 

For many, summer is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends.  Vacations, parties, barbecues and picnics are great summer activities, but it’s important to encourage your family to stay on track for a healthy lifestyle.  Three months of unhealthy habits could be more than enough to undo all of the hard work you’ve done to stay healthy, eat well and be active.  Summer is also a time when kids have more free …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: Delicious and Nutritious: Tips for a Healthier Summer, 7/9/2014

July 09, 2014

Delicious and Nutritious: Easy and Affordable Tips for a Healthier Summer

Did you know that children are more at risk of sudden weight gain during the summer than any other season?  That’s just one reason why it’s so important to keep your home junk food-free and full of healthy snacks and meal staples this summer.  You might ask, “But how can I make it through summer without enjoying my favorite treats?”  We know that ice cream runs, barbecues, vacations and the annoyance of trying …

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CDC: Preventing Youth Violence, 6/20/2014

June 20, 2014

CDC: Preventing Youth Violence

When we think about health, many of us think about nutrition and exercise; however, another large public health issue across the nation is youth violence, which affects everyone—including families and communities. Youth violence is a leading cause of death and injury. Each day, 13 youth become victims of homicide. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 24. This presents a risk to the emotional well-being of families and communities. Although not completely unavoidable, …

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NEW YORK TIMES: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms, 6/13/2014

June 13, 2014

The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms

Four years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama began her Let’s Move initiative to address childhood obesity.  Beginning with making healthy improvements to school lunches, the initiative has evolved to influence families to be active together, eat less fast food, and even start family and community gardens together.  First Lady Obama is proud that the initiative methods are inspired by evidence based proof of what works and they are proving to be effective.

A …

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KIDS HEALTH: Help Your Parents Get Healthy, 6/11/2014

June 11, 2014

Help Your Parents Get Healthy

Listen up, parents!  In a recent survey by KidsHealth.org, kids told researchers how much their parents’ lifestyle choices impact them. 46% of children are concerned about their parents’ health, and 69% wish that their parents would make changes to be healthier.  However, you have the power to make a change!  The majority of parents surveyed said that they would work harder to get healthy if their kids asked them to. So if your child asks you to make a …

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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Healthy Meals for Healthier Ohio Kids, 6/5/2014

June 05, 2014

Healthy Meals for Healthier Ohio Kids

  As many of us know, nutrition plays a large role in our overall health. For all ages, a healthy diet is one of the goals of a healthy lifestyle. However, as children develop and grow, nutritional needs are at their peak, especially since experts believe there is a link between nutrition and learning. The reputation of school meals in the past has not been one that necessarily comes to mind when thinking of the word ‘healthy.’ However, Cincinnati …

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THE NEWS TRIBUNE: Short Exercise Breaks in Bethel Schools Help Students Stay Alert, 2/24

February 24, 2014

Short Exercise Breaks in Bethel Schools Help Students Stay Alert

Students at Spanaway Elementary School in Bethel, Ohio are receiving a new method of academic enhancement, through the use of ‘Brain Breaks’. These Brain Breaks consist of short, thirty-second to two-minute bursts of movement and exercise, in order to help the students keep alert throughout the school day. Following a lesson or when focus in the classroom is needed, the students follow particular movements that the teacher performs, guided by an organized plan created by …

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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Dental Care Nothing to Smile About for Many Ohio Kids, 2/18

February 18, 2014

Many of us may not be aware that February is also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month. In light of this observance, at the local level it is important for us to realize that it is estimated that nearly 340,000 children in Ohio have never visited a dentist. Oral health (along with many other factors) contributes to our overall health. A lack of attention, especially in children, creates a barrier to taking steps towards a life full of health and quality.

With such a large …

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