Monday, December 22, 2014

Fitness

The “split” over cheerleading: Is it an activity or a sport?

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:28 AM
Whatever you call it, cheerleading today is cartwheels away from what it once was. Rewind to a Princeton football game in 1884 when a man gave the first official cheer to encourage his team to do better. Fifteen years later, an all-male “yell squad” cheered at a University of Minnesota... Read more

How Drexel and the IBC Foundation are fighting childhood obesity

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are Abby Duffine Gillman, Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, Healthy Futures Initiative Project Manager, and Stella Volpe, Ph.D. , Department of Nutrition Sciences, Professor and Chair at Drexel University, Principal Investigator of Healthy Futures. Imagine... Read more

How can I help my child after a concussion?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Executive Director of Neuropsychology at Brain Behavior Bridge. “Play through the pain…get back in the game…” These... Read more

Can regular exercise lead to better test scores?

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
We all know that exercise generally benefits children, and another study to confirm this was recently published in Pediatrics. While this finding may yield a yawn (or even two) as you’re reading right now, this latest research is important and goes well beyond quantifying what most of us think... Read more

What's being done to improve children's health in our region?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. When my kids were young, I knew how important it was to make sure they were eating healthy, and getting enough exercise and sleep. Like most parents, I did what I could to be a positive role... Read more

Get out of your kids' way...and let them play!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Meg Wise, Executive Director of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Have you been down the wooden slide at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse? Smith is a unique and beloved part of growing up in Philadelphia. The 6.5 acres of outdoor play space and 16,000 square... Read more

Should your child use an activity tracker wristband?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Building off the popularity of activity trackers like Fitbit for adults, there’s now an armband available for 4 to 7-year-olds that acts as a physical activity monitor and virtual pet. It’s worn like a watch, and children earn points that unlock prizes and games for their virtual pet as... Read more

Best family biking trails in the Philadelphia region

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Heather Manning who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. with her partner and their sons, Lucas and Miles. Together they hike, paddle, run, swim, visit farms, and attend festivals throughout the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. A version of this blog originally appeared on Kids Outdoors... Read more

Free fitness classes from Philly Play Summer Challenge

Monday, July 21, 2014, 9:48 AM
Are your kids in a summer rut? Give the Philly Play Summer Challenge a try! It’s a free six-week program for children ages 6 to 13 years old that will help build confidence and skills to be physically active for an hour each day at local recreation centers throughout the city The program began... Read more

The area's coolest camps for healthy kids

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 5:30 AM
With summer approaching quickly, are you trying to figure out how to keep your kids busy? It’s not too late to sign them up for a camp. Whatever your child’s interest, there’s probably a camp out there to help them explore it. The following is sampling of camps in the Greater Philadelphia... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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