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Family Health

Whether you are a parent, coach, teacher, fitness professional, physician, allied health professional, or someone who regularly interacts with kids or teens, you have the opportunity to enrich lives and raise healthier families. Get advice about youth physical activity and fitness, nutrition and kid-friendly recipes, parents’ health and fitness, parenting and pediatrics all in one place.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chicken Nuggets Kids Will Love (That are Actually Good for Them)

Do you really know what’s in those chicken nuggets your kids love so much? Based on the findings of a recent study, you probably don’t want to know. Instead, try making this tasty and healthier version of chicken nuggets, which you and your kids are sure to love.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Play Education: Strategies for Fun and Effective Youth Training Programs

Teaching youth fitness requires a much different approach than teaching adult fitness—more than anything, the activity has to be fun! ACE pro Anna Renderer explains age-appropriate teaching strategies and motivational approaches that are best used for children when trying to establish healthy habits they will retain for a lifetime. Whether you are teaching a young group of 2nd graders or a high school basketball team (or an age in between), these tips are sure to improve both the retention and

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tips for Practicing Yoga While Pregnant

Yoga can be a wonderful practice to continue during pregnancy, but specific precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of both the developing fetus and the mother’s changing body. Yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar explains the specific recommendations for each trimester and shares some safe and effective poses that are appropriate to continue during pregnancy.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Simple Routines Help Boost Kids’ Health

Intuitively, many parents know that kids tend to do better when they follow an established routine and know what to expect of the day ahead. But busy schedules and commitments can make following a routine a challenge. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth reviews a new report that suggests that creating positive routines can significantly benefit a child’s health and well-being, and offers tips and examples for how to successfully add these routines to your daily life.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pregnancy and Your Workout: What Really Needs to Change?

There still remains a lot of confusion surrounding how much a woman should exercise during pregnancy, including whether or not she should start exercising if she was previously inactive. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth details the latest expert recommendations, as well as some of the benefits of staying active during pregnancy.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

My Plate Kids Place: The Newest Tool to Inspire Healthy Eaters and Active Kids

It can be a struggle to figure out how to get your kids to eat healthfully and be active, but fortunately, some new tools are now available that should make it a whole lot easier. The USDA recently developed a set of tools geared at kids called My Plate Kids Place. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth reviews these latest offerings and explains how these tools can be used to help kids want to make healthier choices.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to School: 5 Tips for a Healthy Start to the School Year

August is here and that means that most kids are heading back to school this month. As you shop for new shoes and pencils, take some time to think about what new habits your family can work on to make this the healthiest school year yet. Here are some ideas from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to help your family have a productive and energetic year.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Homemade Baby Food May Be Key to Decreasing Food Allergies

The incidence of food allergies among infants and children continues to rise, with experts estimating that as many 8 percent of kids may be affected by some type of food allergy. A new study, however, suggests that serving homemade unprocessed baby foods may offer worried parents a possible way to stave off future allergies.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? New Study Suggests You Can Count on Books to Do Your Bidding

At a loss for how to encourage your children to eat more vegetables and fruit? A new research study suggests that reading nutrition-focused storybooks to your children may help turn your child into a veggie fan, even when all other approaches have failed in the past. Pediatrician Natalie Digate Muth explains the new research and suggests some books worth adding to your story-time line-up.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Is It True That Kids Really Can “Outgrow” Obesity?

What should a parent do if he or she realizes her child is overweight or even obese? Is it cause for alarm or is it likely the child will eventually grow taller and, thus, “outgrow” his or her weight issue? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the findings of a new study, which sheds important light on this issue, offering specific formulas for parents and pediatricians to use when creating a plan to address a child’s weight problem.

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