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Should schools send home 'fat letters'?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 5:45 AM
Should schools send letters home to parents indicating their child’s Body Mass Index percentile and weight category? An opinion piece in Pediatrics released online earlier this week discusses how the BMI screening letters have come under harsh criticism in Massachusetts and are now being called... Read more

A summer slump with the kids at home? Try a schedule

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 5:25 AM
Are you tired of hearing, “I am bored, there’s nothing to do?” Are you getting frustrated that your kids are sleeping in late, watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer all day? Does your child look and act like they have no energy? Are you worried your child is going... Read more

Do junk food ads contribute to childhood obesity?

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 5:00 AM
Looking for another reason children should step away from the TV? You can add “contributes to obesity” to the list. In fact, a report from the World Health Organization’s European office stated that the marketing of junk food to children through commercials and social media has become... Read more

Less sleep, larger BMI increases for teens

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:50 AM
Adequate sleep might be an important key in maintaining a healthy weight for teens. Increasing the number of hours of sleep to 10 hours each night may reduce the prevalence of adolescent obesity, according to a new study published online Monday in Pediatrics. The study observed over 1,000 Philadelphia-area... Read more

Is the size of the plate making your child overweight?

Monday, April 8, 2013, 9:51 AM
You’ve probably heard of the term “portion distortion” in conjunction with massive restaurant size servings. A serving could provide the equivalent of three meals in one sitting. As portion sizes have slowly increased, plates sizes have also grown to accommodate them. Now, a... Read more

Does my child need help losing weight?

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
We welcome Lauren Falini, a bariatric exercise physiologist at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in the weight management program, as a new regular contributor to the Healthy Kids blog. She specializes in fitness testing and exercise prescription for adolescents receiving weight loss... Read more

The 4 ‘R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic and recess!

Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:00 AM
Kids are getting less time to simply play these days in school. More and more schools have cut recess, gym classes, and organized sports. Here's why: 1) In times of less available money, ”extra-curricular” activities such as art, music (do not get me started on less music) and physical... Read more

Are TV Ads Making Kids Fat?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 10:21 AM
By Sari Harrar Two amazing statistics from a brand-new University of Missouri-Kansas City study of kids’ reactions to food advertising: - Every year, companies spend more than $10 billion in the US marketing their food and beverages to children - 98% of the food products advertised... Read more

How to Raise a Fit Kid-- Without Sit-Ups

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 1:49 PM
By Sari Harrar Nearly one-third of American kids are seriously out of shape-- but the tests schools currently use to check physical fitness are often outmoded and can miss the mark, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Having strong and healthy muscles, heart rates and lungs protect... Read more

Hidden fat-maker in a 'healthy' drink

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 4:29 PM
by Sari Harrar As sugar-packed sodas gain a deservedly bad reputation for packing pounds on kids, sports drinks are emerging as a “healthier” alternative -- but for most kids they’re just empty calories in disguise, a new study says. Yet they often turn up in school vending machines... Read more
About this blog
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
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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