January 20, 2017
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.
January 12, 2017
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.
November 18, 2016
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.
November 9, 2016
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.
October 5, 2016
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.
September 1, 2016
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?