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?
July 28, 2016
It's true — breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. But many parents find it challenging to feed their kids a nutritious morning meal before whisking them off to school. We asked Patricia Cantrell, MD, a pediatrician who is a champion of childhood obesity prevention at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, for her best tips.
July 13, 2016
The phrase “summer slide” brings to mind a ride at an amusement park. But in reality, these words describe something more sobering — young people’s tendency to lose academic ground during the summer months. On average, students lose a month in learning. The problem is worse among low-income students, who may lose as much as three months in reading skills.