Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

A new study conducted among more than 177,000 students suggests that insufficient sleep duration is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents. Results show that insufficient sleep duration was associated with unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast (adjusted odds ratio 1.30), fast-food consumption (OR 1.35) and consuming sweets regularly (OR 1.32).… Continue reading Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The study also found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at… Continue reading Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

Obesity Risks and Solutions for Autism and ASD

Since 2000, the rate of diagnosis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder has nearly tripled. In 2000, approximately 1 of every 150 children received a diagnosis of ASD. In 2014, that number had skyrocketed to 1 of every 59 children.   The causes for this increase are a source of argument for many experts. There… Continue reading Obesity Risks and Solutions for Autism and ASD

How to Avoid Halloween Candy Overload!

It’s just around the corner! The one day each year when kids of many ages get to dress up, pretend to be ghosts, ghouls, goblins and goofballs!   It’s also one of the worst days each year for maintaining healthy eating standards – whether you’re a kid OR a parent!   The iconic picture is… Continue reading How to Avoid Halloween Candy Overload!

Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of… Continue reading Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

Can I be honest here? I think if one more parent says “my doctor said my kid shouldn’t lift weights until he/she is 14,” I’m going to be sick. Physically, violently ill. Your doctor is wrong. Well intentioned, but wrong. The good doctor is expressing a thought that, once upon a time, made sense. When… Continue reading 7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

The Fools on the Treadmills…

A word or two on cardio For what seems like a million years, we’ve been told that “cardio” will make us lean and healthy. Doctors told us our cardiovascular health depended on it. Pop-culture magazines touted “walk the weight off” programs that were easy-peasy. Steady state, low-impact, low-intensity cardio was what we all needed to… Continue reading The Fools on the Treadmills…