Sugar is a hot health topic. Many of us are aware of its health effects and links to a number of diseases, but what about the effects on kids and their eating habits?
This is a topic that comes up frequently in our Pediatric Fitness Clinic. The American Heart Association recommends middle school age children have about 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar in their diets daily. On average though, kids in this age group get about 30 teaspoons!
Believe it or not, we are very lucky to experience winter in Wisconsin; snow and cold temperatures being part of that definition. I personally like to be able to put away my bike and take out my winter toys as it gives me something different to do for the season. But to be completely honest, I was not a winter fan until I learned how to dress correctly for the weather. I can now be outside for the day, regardless of the temperature.
Here are a few tips on how to stay warm:
It can be difficult to explain the difference between physical activity and exercise with children. The definitions are much easier to describe with teens and adults.
For teens and adults exercise is movement you do for physical improvement.
Halloween can be a scary time for more reasons than the goblins and spooky ghosts. Halloween seems to kick-off the season of treats. Many parents dread Halloween due to the amount of candy that their child drags home after a long night of trick-or-treating. This can be unwelcome, especially if any member of the family is attempting to manage their weight. Let’s take a moment and spin this into a learning opportunity.