We have long known that sleep is of profound importance to health. We can't be too busy to get the sleep we need, unless we are also too busy to get the health and weight control we want.
We are raising a generation of children who can use their parents' iPhones but not peel a carrot. And who prefer to quickly squeeze applesauce into their mouths through a pouch versus actually biting into and chewing a crisp apple. Food, which should activate and excite all of the senses, has become as flat and one dimensional as a pretzel.
Save the cupcakes and cookies for birthday parties, holidays and occasional desserts at home. Keep them away from the soccer fields.
None of this is easy. We can dumb it down all we want but kids are smart. They live in the same world we do. As parents or teachers or mentors, let's guide them with honesty and information rather than glossing it all over.
The new mayor should continue driving the momentum we've seen to date. Only through ongoing collaboration -- especially via public-private partnerships -- can we move toward shaping a healthier future for communities throughout New York and hopefully the country.
Just like attitudes and laws surrounding tobacco products evolved over decades, so will campaigns aimed at reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. The progress with sodas in schools shows it can be done.
It doesn't really take a letter to tell kids they are overweight. They know this, and so do their parents. If the goal is trying to help families make real changes, a letter home stating a child's BMI is not really going to do anything.
For the health of those vulnerable Americans, there needs to be more funding, not less. A stout body type used to be a sign of wealth, but not anymore.
As parents, we all say things to encourage our kids to eat healthier. Yet, in our modern, food-centric environment, even well-intentioned comments can be translated into negatives that hinder eating.
It's easy to make fun of the "nanny state," but childhood obesity is not a joke. When the court arguments begin again, remember that this decision is about our future. It's about stopping the next generation of New Yorkers from developing potentially deadly habits.
There are many reasons cancer has become ingrained in the landscape of our lives. Cancer prevention should be on the top of every corporate spreadsheet. How would that change the way we do business? What could that do to expand corporate social responsibility?
There is a growing obesity problem in America: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, but that's not the real crisis: One-fifth of our dogs are fat.
Halloween is perfect for teaching healthy eating habits because it's the one day when we're most likely to be upfront about all the excess. That honesty makes it easier for parents to talk to their children about managing abundance.
In a grandiose announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation), McDonald's proved once again that it's not only the world's fast-food leader, but also the king of spin.
Parks and schoolhouses used to be the breeding ground of Olympic athletes. Coaches didn't used to come with a high price tag, but were P.E. teachers who volunteered for positions after school.
Physical activity and movement are critical components to obesity prevention. Yet, the large majority or our children do not achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each day.