Put the physical in education

October 17, 2014

By Gretchen Reynolds When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the […]

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After-school exercise yields brain gains

October 6, 2014

By Tara Haelle Regular daily exercise appears to improve children’s attention and multitasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty […]

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One in four U.S. kids underestimate their weight

September 8, 2014

Many obese and overweight kids don’t see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report. In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens […]

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The cheap, colorful way cities are trying to fight childhood obesity

August 11, 2014

By Aarian Marshall The United States has a well-known childhood obesity problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one third of the nation’s children […]

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Study: Children who exercise have better body-fat distribution, regardless of weight

June 23, 2014

Maybe the numbers on the scale are not alarming, but that doesn’t mean that healthy-weight children get a pass on exercising, according to a new University of Illinois (U of […]

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The one good thing about teens and sports drinks

June 9, 2014

By Alice Park Researchers confirm a strong connection between sports and energy drinks and smoking, video game playing, and sugary soda consumption. But the beverages were also linked to more […]

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Motivating kids to be more physically active

May 19, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s body mass index (BMI), finds a new evidence […]

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Lower IQ, worse heart fitness in teens linked to risk of early dementia in men

May 12, 2014

Having a lower IQ or poorer fitness at age 18 might increase a man’s risk of developing dementia before age 60, a new study suggests. The analysis of data from […]

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Motivating kids to be more physically active

May 5, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s body mass index (BMI), finds a new evidence […]

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School health program helps kids get active

March 5, 2014

By Genevra Pittman Investing in a broad school health program could lead to in-school and at-home benefits for students, a new Canadian study hints. Children increased their daily physical activity […]

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