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Youth Fitness

Youth FitnessToday we are faced with a nationwide child obesity epidemic. Daily activities such as walking to school, physical education classes, after school activities, chores and general playing have been replaced with a sedentary lifestyle in front of the TV and computer. In addition, unhealthy food has become much more prominent and accessible. It's time to once again get kids active! When it comes to fitness, however, kids are not miniature adults. They have specific physiologic differences that make them unique; therefore, their fitness programs and activities must be specific to their developmental stage.

37 Fit Facts Found in Youth Fitness

Why Moms Should Put Themselves First

Put your health first. Yes, first—above your kids, your husband and your job. The longer you go without taking care of yourself, the more severe the consequences. Here are 10 ways you can put yourself first—with your family benefitting most.

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Why do all kids' programs include snack time?

It seems that snacks are used in many situations as a guaranteed time to make the kids happy and pass a few minutes—something easy to build into almost every activity – like church, girl scouts, sports games and playgroups.

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What is Normal Growth?

Children tend to follow a constant genetically determined percentile curve on the growth chart. Growth occurs at a rate of about 2 ½ inches per year until early adolescence, when preteens achieve a peak growth velocity of about 4 inches per year.

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Transform Your Grocery Shopping Experience

Plan what foods you will need for the whole week. Choose recipes and snacks for each day. Use the USDA’s SuperTracker tool to track the health value of your meal plan.

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Tips to Get More Fruits and Veggies in Your Day

Do you have the best of intentions, but ultimately struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, very few people get anywhere near the recommended amount.

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Tips for Fun and Healthy Travelwith the Kids

Travel is a great way to expose the kids to new cultures, strengthen the family bond and rejuvenate.It is also a time when many families struggle to keep up their healthy habits. Try these ideas for healthy travel with the kids.

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Summer Fruit Recipes

So many fruits, like juicy peaches, sweet melons and tangy plums, are plentiful in the markets during the summer. While delicious on their own, try these quick and simple twists with your kids for a special summer snack!

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Strength Training for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Although parents and physical education teachers have traditionally shied away from strength training with their children or students, research suggests that it is a suitable—and safe—option for most kids.

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Sports Training for Youth Athletes: How Much is Too Much?

Children today are becoming very involved in sports at a young age, with many playing on multiple sports teams per year. While we want our youth to be active and healthy, training too much could have a negative effect. For parents of young athletes, their children’s health is their number-one priority.

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Peace in Parenthood

Everyone benefits from some quiet time, but this is especially true for parents. Parents are in a state of constant reacting—to cries, phone calls, emails, dirty diapers, and carpools. Parents seem to define success as filling every moment with tasks and information. It’s no wonder so many of us feel overwhelmed.

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Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children with Autism

Here are 10 ideas to help make mealtimes and activity breaks into positive experiences for children with autistic spectrum disorders (asds):

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Healthy Eating – MyPlate On Campus

While the “freshman 15” is often an exaggeration, the average teenager enters college at a healthier weight and baseline health status than when they depart. While one-third of children and teenagers are overweight or obese, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. For many, it is during college that this transition from a healthy weight to an unhealthy weight occurs.

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My child struggles in PE. What can do at home to improve my child’s skills?

Here are some ideas to help transform a PE-hating child into a child who actually looks forward it!

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My Child Is Obese –Where Can We Get Help?

Once a child is diagnosed as “obese”, parents need help implementing a structured weight-management program beyond the american academy of pediatrics’ recommendation of 5-2-1-0 (five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, two or fewer hours of “screen time”, one hour of physical activity, and zero sugar-sweetened beverages). Here are some resources to contact for help.

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How can I make healthy sandwiches that my kids will actually want to eat?

Kids get tired of the same old boring sandwiches (and parents grow tired of finding uneaten sandwiches in the lunchbox!). Try these fun ideas and tips for changing up your kids’ lunches and explore other ways to make packed lunches new and exciting!

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Is All Screen Time Bad For My Preschooler? Maybe Not.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends two hours or less per day of screen time (television, video and computer games, tablets, smart phones, e-readers, etc.) for kids over age two and no screen time for kids younger than two.

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How to Navigate the Farmers Market

Here are 10 tips to make the most of a trip to your local farmers market  for delicious, nutritious, inexpensive, and locally grown fruits and vegetables straight from the farm to your kitchen table. 1. Find the best spot. Your adventure should start online at a site like to find farmers markets in your area. 2. Make a list.

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How Should I Help My Child Pick a Sport?

Children who play sports not only have a regular opportunity to engage in physical activity, but they also develop life skills including leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, cooperation and how to be a “good sport” whether the game is won or lost.

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How can I teach my child about healthy hydration, especially in the warm summer months?

Proper hydration is a high priority, especially for children engaging in strenuous physical activity on hot and humid days when the risk of heat-related illness is most severe. Educating children on the importance of hydration before, during, and after exercise helps to ensure safe summer fun.

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How can I make cooking withmy child fun?

Getting your kids into the kitchen can be a great way to spend time together as a family. Involving them in the cooking process is also a wonderful opportunity to show them that a healthy lifestyle can be simple, tasty and fun!

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