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Obesity

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

New concerns about teen obesity

Monday, September 24, 2012, 1:07 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. What forces are adding to the obesity epidemic in teens? Here are key ones: - Fast food: 80 percent of teens underestimated the calories in their fast-food meals; they guessed 800 calories when the calorie count was really almost double that: 1,500. - Screen time:... Read more

Does salt matter for kids?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 1:56 PM
Is it time to hand kids the salt shaker, order movie popcorn with a side of sodium and stop worrying about the 1,230-1,420 milligrams of sodium currently allowed in school lunches by the USDA (as much as a Big Mac and fries)? Maybe that’s extreme, but The Great Salt Debate flared up anew this... Read more

A teen heart risk parents can't ignore

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:20 PM
There are plenty of studies in the news these days warning that teens, preteens and even little kids have heart-disease risk factors that once only happened to adults ... but today a brand-new report paints a picture parents shouldn’t miss. Researchers in Finland took a look at the arteries of... Read more

A sneaky parenting trick: pairing toys with healthier fast food

Friday, August 24, 2012, 12:34 PM
by Sari Harrar A new Canadian study says that little kids are three times more interested in healthier fast-food options when they’re the only ones that come with a toy. It’s really no surprise…what parent hasn’t had a little kid go wild in the backseat for a little plastic... Read more

What would batman eat?

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 7:25 AM
Every day, we hear something on the news about the obesity crisis in this country. And every day, parents, grandparents, doctors, dietitians, and the First Lady try to find a new way to encourage kids to eat healthy. In my profession, we preach that being an example to kids, parent encouragement, and... Read more

How to get your kids moving

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 7:24 AM
One of my summertime goals was to take more walks in our woodsy neighborhood with my daughter. We both need the exercise; walking together also gives us a chance to connect, relax and talk about things that we might not get to when things are busy at home. It’s working! So I was happy to read... 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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