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Posts found under "Youth & Family" within Family Health

What You Need to Know About Reading Nutrition Labels

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Federal law requires companies to include detailed information on all foods to help consumers make informed decisions, but it can be a challenge to decipher and interpret all the information, not to mention the claims that are often made. To help you make smarter choices, here are some great tips on how to read and understand nutrition labels.

Yoga: White-House Approved, but Not Quite Parent Approved

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Should yoga be taught in public schools? While the White House has answered that question with an emphatic yes, not everyone is quite so enthusiastic about yoga, with its ties to religion and spirituality, being introduced to their children. Here we present the arguments from both sides, as well as where ACE stands on this controversial issue.

New Vending and Snacks Rules in Schools Coming Soon

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Healthy & Hunger-free kids Act of 2010 is set to go in effect at schools across the country. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth analyzes the new rules and offers insight on whether or not these new efforts, such as reducing junk food and limiting soda consumption, may actually help lower the rates of overweight and obesity among America’s youth.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Bring Recess Back!

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics is sounding the alarm with its latest report, saying that kids need to have time to play during school. But, despite growing evidence that recess in schools not only provides much-needed activity benefits for kids, but also improves a child’s concentration, behavior, academic performance and social skills, schools throughout the country continue to squeeze out this important playtime in favor of more academic subjects.

Kids on The Biggest Loser: Inspiration or Exploitation?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, January 14, 2013

Would you let your overweight teen participate in a televised weight-loss competition? This is a question many parents may be asking themselves after watching the latest season of The Biggest Loser, which features clinically obese kids as well as adults. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth discusses the pros and cons of kids participating in such a high-profile weight-loss program, and what role parents play in helping their children successfully lose weight.

Obese Children at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: How Parents Can Help

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 28, 2012

A recent study has found that overweight and obese school-aged children exhibit greater risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Undoubtedly alarming, these findings show the importance of teaching children how to make healthy choices by modeling a healthy lifestyle and making adjustments to your own behaviors. ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant shares tips on how to positively influence your children’s health and wellness.

Study: Watching Less TV Can Make Kids More Athletic

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 23, 2012

How many times did you hear your parents say if you sat too close to the TV it would mess up your vision? The jury may still be out on that old wives’ tale, but a new research study does conclude spending too much time in front of the tube can affect kids’ waist size and their athletic ability.

NY Times: School Gym Time Declining as Childhood Obesity Rates Climb

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Despite childhood obesity rates continuing to hover around 17 percent, The New York Times found many public schools across the country are dramatically reducing or altogether eliminating gym time. Check out the results, and how physical activity in students can lead them to be healthier adults – and even boost their academic performance.

10-year-old Breaks Women's World Record For Weightlifting [VIDEO]

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 22, 2012

You read the headline correctly. A 10-year-old girl lifted twice her weight to break the women's world record for raw squatting. Watch her incredible strength.

Time to Celebrate Girls and Women in Sports

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Get your party hat on because Wednesday, Feb. 1, is the 26th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day! It's time to honor the athletic opportunities women and girls have today, celebrate active females and bring awareness to limitations that are still present. Learn more about this event.