We need to protect the lives of our innocent children. Childhood diseases are coming back because people trust that other parents will immunize, and thereby their own children will be safe. The bottom line is none of us are safe if everyone is not immunized. Continue reading
Before making the decision not to vaccinate children against childhood diseases, parents should familiarize themselves with the diseases vaccines prevent and what the consequences would be if their child developed it. They should also understand the risks and side-effects of vaccinations. Continue reading
Parental illness or disability can have devastating effects on children. Through open communication and understanding the emotions of a child, these effects can be managed and minimized as much as possible.
Kids don’t even have to walk to each other’s house to socialize these days; they can send text messages instead. Then there’s the allure of the television set. The first things some kids do when they come home from school is to park themselves in front of the “boob tube” where they’re glued until dinnertime, snacking while they watch their favorite television shows.
Parents can play a more active role in ensuring their kids have access to healthy foods and that they start the day with a good breakfast. Studies clearly show that kids who eat a nutritious breakfast are less likely to be obese or overweight. Eating meals cooked at home and limiting restaurant and fast-food meals is another way to help kids develop healthy eating habits and ward off obesity. Continue reading
There are so many positive outcomes that stem from better lunch programs. Schools can integrate nutrition into their curriculum by teaching kids the delicious ABC’s of good health. School gardens can be cultivated to get kids invested in trying new flavors and the importance of taking care of the land. Continue reading
During the hectic holiday season, remember that there is more to life than food. Health and extreme self-care will bring you more happiness than eggnog or any cheese log ever can. Continue reading
An advantage to neurofeedback therapy for ADD and ADHD is the fact that changes appear to be much more permanent. Unlike medication that wears off after a few hours and only masks the problem in the first place, neurofeedback therapy appears to actually have longer- lasting behavioral effects. Continue reading
With families buzzing around a mile a moment, parents are challenged not only to shop for, but to also find the time to prepare healthy meals at home. It is no wonder that many families find themselves in the drive-thru lane on the way home from work or sports practice. Continue reading
The changes made on the USDA’s new ChooseMyPlate food guide are simple to follow, but may be too vague to make the strides needed for Americans to avoid obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The new guidelines are helpful if the consumer seeks out more information in the Selected Messages. As with most things in life, rewards correspond to the amount of effort we put into things, and our health is no different.
If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept, or aggressive. Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child’s behavioral issues and a treatment plan.
As the head of nutrition for Berkeley, California schools, Ann Cooper serves organic, regionally sourced and sustainable meals to lots of lucky children. She has a front line view of the daily battle to keep kids healthy, and also of the enemy, the processed-foods industries that sometimes seems to want to wrap every single thing that children eat in a fried coating and then a plastic bag. Continue reading
Jamie Oliver is outspoken and passionate about his wish to teach every child about food and fight obesity. The Jamie Oliver Foundation is a registered charity whose mission is to empower, educate and engage as many people as possible to love and enjoy good food. Continue reading