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Posts found under "Youth" within Family Health

Giving Thanks: 6 Ways Civilians Can Celebrate Month of the Military Child

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, April 22, 2013

April has been designated as Month of the Military Child—a chance to highlight the important role and sacrifices made my children of service members. Because there’s never been a better time to honor and support military families, here are 6 easy ways you can provide the extra help and encouragement these families need to thrive.

“Spring Clean” Your Kitchen with a Healthy Pantry, Refrigerator and Countertop Makeover: Part 2

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It’s that time of year when many of us feel the urge to clean and de-clutter our homes and create a healthier environment. Most often, the best place to start is the kitchen. Learn how to revitalize your refrigerator in this second of a three-part series on creating a healthy kitchen.

Parents, You’re Not Alone: New Poll Finds Many Families Struggle with Raising Healthy and Active Children

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, March 28, 2013

If trying to get your kids to eat healthfully and be active feels like a constant struggle, it might help to know that you’re not alone. A new poll suggests that many families face the same obstacles in trying to raise healthy, active children. The good news is that there are proven approaches that can help restore peace at mealtimes and get your kids moving and having fun. Read on to learn more…

“5-2-1-0” Plus: 5 Tips for Creating a Healthier Lifestyle for Your Children

By Len Saunders on Monday, March 25, 2013

Did you know that the current generation of kids might be the first whose life expectancy could be shorter than their parents? No wonder so many are sounding the alarm about the health of our nation’s youth. The good news is that there are clear and effective steps parents can take to help improve the life—and longevity—of their children.

Ask the Pediatrician: Does Breastfeeding Lower My Child’s Risk of Becoming Obese?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

There are lots of great reasons for women to try to breastfeed their babies for at least the recommended year, but is a lower risk of childhood obesity one of them? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth examines the latest research and offers important advice for parents trying to make the best decisions for their children’s health and well-being.

Physical Activity Guidelines Update: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among America’s Youth

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, March 18, 2013

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s recent update of its guidelines on physical activity included a greater emphasis on increasing physical activity among kids. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth took a close look at the new guidelines and summarizes the new recommendations, which include several practical and effective strategies for communities, schools, families and kids to help increase activity levels among America’s youth.

How Can I Help My Child Avoid Sports Injury?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, March 11, 2013

Every parent wants to protect his or her child from getting hurt. And although you can’t protect your child from ever being injured—this is true whether or not he or she plays sports—you can take the necessary precautions to minimize that risk as much as possible. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth has 10 suggestions for parents who want to help their children enjoy the benefits of playing sports, while also keeping them healthy and injury-free.

Is all “Screen Time” Bad for My Preschooler? Maybe Not.

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Most experts recommend limiting kids’ screen time to two hours or less per day, but a new study suggests that WHAT children watch may be nearly as important as how much they watch, especially when it comes to behavior. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth digs into the latest research and offers some important guidance for parents.

Ask the Pediatrician: My Child is “Obese.” Where Can I Get Help?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Parents with overweight or obese children are largely on their own when it comes to figuring out what to do to help their child. Over the past several years, however, programs for these children and their families have been developed, implemented and expanded to reach a larger number of families. Here are a few of the opportunities and where to look for more information.

How Should I Help My Child Pick a Sport?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

All parents want to help their children find sports and activities they enjoy doing and can feel good about. But how can you steer them toward the right sports for their skills and interests? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth presents five important questions all parents should answer before filling out another youth-league registration form for their kids.

Ask the Expert: Why do all kids programs include snack time?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Many health-conscious parents are baffled by the sheer volume of (mostly unhealthy) snacks their kids consume at their various activities, even those lasting less than two hours. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth offers expert advice for parents who want their kids to have healthier snack choices.

Getting Children to Enjoy Physical Activity: What Can a Parent Do?

By Len Saunders on Monday, February 11, 2013

Struggling to come up with ideas for helping your child become more physically active? Here are 10 tried-and-true steps to get your kids back on the path to a healthier lifestyle through more physical activity.

Should my child take a multivitamin?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When it comes to their child’s health, all parents wants to make the best possible decisions. For example, if you have a picky eater, should you consider giving your child a multivitamin as a form of nutritional insurance? Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth weighs in on whether or not vitamins are a good choice for kids.

What Are Some Creative Ways to Keep My Kids Active Indoors?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Monday, January 28, 2013

Struggling to find ways to keep your kids active during the winter season? Here are 10 creative tips for keeping kids busy—and your sanity intact—during the coldest months of the year.

My child plays football. Should I be concerned about concussions?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

If you work with young athletes or are a parent of a child who plays a high-risk sport like football, you must know the signs and symptoms of a concussion, as well as the safety precautions necessary to help prevent them in the first place. Given their high potential for causing lasting damage and even death, Dr. Natalie Digate-Muth explains why we should all be concerned about concussions.

What Are Some Good Summertime Refueling Options for Active Kids?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Are you paying enough attention to your little athlete? When it comes to kids, what they drink or eat before and after a practice or a game can be crucial to their performance and recovery. Check out some recommendations from registered dietitian Natalie Digate Muth.

5 Rules for Putting the Fun Back in Youth Sports

By Bruce Brown on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kids don’t always share the desire to win that often consumes their parents. They want sports to be fun – even if it means losing once in a while. Take a lesson from children and follow these five rules to help you – and them – put the fun back into youth sports.