KidsHealth 

Skinny Kids Should Exercise to Create Strong Bones

Dear Reggie, I have a 13-year-old daughter who is occasionally active. Several days a week she plays at recess and lunch time with her friends at school. Other days she enjoys sitting around and hanging out with her friends. Whenever she plays sports...

Kids' Health Is All Talk, Not Enough Action

It is frustrating to read or hear the latest reports on kids' health in North America, since it doesn't actually seem to change. When I look back to the research even 20 years ago, kids were becoming overweight and it was recommended they eat...

The Truth About MSG: Not a Kid-Friendly Ingredient

Dear Karla, I have been hearing many of my friends (who are also parents) commenting on MSG and how they are trying to avoid it, as it is a really nasty ingredient and not something they want their family eating. As I have tried to gather...

How to Optimize Your Child's Bone Health

Dear Karla, I grew up with the message that I had to drink lots of milk so that I'd get enough calcium for healthy, strong bones. I know that in today's society, dairy items are not necessarily as popular as they once were, and my family does not...

Online Health and Fitness Resources for Parents

Dear Reggie, I have two kids in need of your help. According to our doctor, my 12-year-old daughter, Ashley, is a little overweight. I've recently noticed that she is self-conscious in certain situations at school. She often asks me questions about...

Add More Greens to Your Diet With Bok Choy

Thinking about adding a new green vegetable to your family's diet? Here's one that you might want to consider! Bok choy is a member to the cabbage family, long used in Asian cuisine for stir fries, spring rolls and those oh-so-tasty soups. It has a...

Gerber Toddler Meals Get The 'Salt Lick' Treatment

In a fast-paced world where whipping up daily meals from scratch is a challenge for most parents, it can be tempting to reach for the convenience of packaged foods. But the next time you consider that processed toddler meal, you may want to...

How to Prevent Heart Disease in Kids

Heart disease is a growing epidemic that affects more than 60 million people across North America. It is also known as cardiovascular disease. It comes in several forms such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, angina pectoris (chest pain),...

Do Fit Kids Get Better Grades?

I once trained an 11-year-old boy who was overweight and a little on the shy side. We met twice a week and completed resistance exercises using his own body weight, resistance bands and medicine balls. We trained outside and ran up hills and stairs,...

How to Get Your Kids Active for 60 Minutes Per Day

As part of the solution to North America's growing obesity epidemic, it is highly recommended that our children complete 60 minutes of vigorous activity on a daily basis. Along with eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and...

Flu shots - required or optional?

Influenza vaccine is designed to fight the three main strains of disease that researchers believe will circulate in any given flu season, but that doesn't mean you are guaranteed to evade the illness if you get a flu shot. It's the time of year...

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