Teen Obesity

Unfortunately, most kids’ activity decreases dramatically when they enter adolescence. Even with motivation, losing weight for most teenagers can be difficult. According to a Temple University public health study featured on the Huffington Post, this is because teenagers are not very health conscious (their primary concern is losing weight), or are …

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Happy Fathers’ Day

I saw a number of men pushing strollers and out for walks and bike rides with their kids yesterday.  I was on my walk (2.3 miles – not much – but consistency is key!) Dads:  after your kids let you sleep in (yeah, right!), maybe going for some outdoor activity with the young people …

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Obese kids and heat stroke during sports

The Center for Disease Control reports: CDC researchers analyzed data on nine sports at 100 high schools participating in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study from 2005 to 2009. Most cases of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke occurred in August during preseason activity. Roughly 70% of illnesses …

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This is sad

NYT article about childhood obesity in Philly shows that Tastykake is now classified as “bread!” Some companies are adjusting their recipes, although hardly drastically. After Philadelphia schools stopped buying the sugary products of the local bakery icon Tastykake, the company created a 190-calorie muffin, reducing sugar enough to move it …

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Go, Grandpa! Show baby girl the way to do it!

The story mentions something we’ve talked about before: improved cognitive performance after weight loss. Lots of kids lost weight – 42 percent went from overweight to normal during the school year. Many saw their blood pressure and other health measures improve long term. Some actually posted higher math scores on …

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Standing desks for kids, too!

Sitting is very unhealthy.  A new study shows that first graders who have standing desks in school burn more calories, particularly the heavier kids, compared to standard sitting desks: Students in the treatment group burned 17% more calories than did those in the control group… Within the subset of participants …

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