Physical activity was once hardwired into most children’s daily lives. They walked to and from school, ran at recess, and played outside for hours before dinner. But today, most kids lead more sedentary lives, and fewer than half get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Use the resources and tools in this infographic to get kids moving — both during and after the school day.
On Monday, January 16, people across America will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by joining together in a day of service. Make the day meaningful for young volunteers by planning an activity that's appropriate to their skills and maturity level. They'll have fun along the way and gain an appreciation for the role they can play in making the world a better place.
Good health is an essential ingredient for student success. Healthy kids have better attendance rates and test scores and are more prepared to engage in learning. How can schools create an environment that fosters good health? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Kaiser Permanente recently recognized schools from across the nation that are doing just that.
Active students are healthy students. That’s why Fire Up Your Feet is once again recognizing schools across the country for their efforts to improve the health and physical activity of students, families and school staff. More than 480 schools and communities participated in the program’s fall 2016 challenge. They walked and ran, biked and jogged, and played soccer and basketball. Along the way, they gained a sense of accomplishment and had fun.
Every day in our schools, there are ordinary people doing extraordinary work to build a healthier future for students, staff and teachers. The Thriving Schools Honor Roll recognizes those who champion healthy school environments. Take a tour through this year's success stories to learn more about these unsung heroes.
Twenty years ago, it was nearly unheard of for children and teens to develop type 2 diabetes. But as obesity has increased among these groups, so has this chronic condition. In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, we share some ideas for how parents and teachers can work together to curb the tide by helping kids eat well and stay active — at school and at home.
Nearly 75 percent of teens own a smartphone. Half say they feel addicted to their mobile device, and more than 70 percent argue with their parents over the use of their phone. How can you end the nightly battles? Kaiser Permanente pediatrician Kate Land shares her advice and weighs in on the American Academy of Pediatrics' newest recommendations on kids and media use.
The trick-or-treaters have come and gone, and as the Halloween cleanup begins, many parents have the same question on their minds: What should I do with all of this candy? Read these tips from two pediatrician moms about how to minimize the post-Halloween sugar rush. Then share your own ideas in the comments section.
Today is Walk to School Day, and thousands of kids from across the country are walking to school with their families and neighbors. This is a cause for celebration, but Walk to School Day is only the first step toward a healthier future. To bring about lasting change, we need to keep the momentum going year-round and make sure that kids are getting at least an hour of physical activity everyday.
Children in the U.S. spend nearly six hours a day in school and consume as much as half of their daily calories there. Given that reality, and a childhood obesity rate that reached 18 percent in 2012, there’s a growing recognition of the need to make school an environment that supports healthy eating. But what about class parties? Are there alternatives to the sweets and junk food kids have come to expect at these celebrations?