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Dirty Kids: How Germs Can Be Your Child's Best Friend

Ben Greenfield | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

To understand why I'm not too concerned about germs, and why you shouldn't be either, you need to grasp a concept called the "hygiene hypothesis," along with two other important hypotheses.

It's OK to Talk to Your Daughter (and Son) About Weight

Lauren Slayton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Slayton

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.

Helping the Next Generation Become a Healthy One

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

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.

Declaring War on Childhood Obesity

Jake Steinfeld | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jake Steinfeld

While fighting obesity is not easy, it can be done. By giving schools the tools, we can be assured of making great strides in battling this disease and the serious risks associated with it.

A Father's Day Plea for Mothers' Health

Michael Green | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Michael Green

It seems as soon as our spouses became pregnant, we all rejoiced -- and then immediately began to worry about everything that might pose a threat to our impending child's health.

Why Your Child May Not Need Snacks

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.23.2013 | Parents

American parents usually have a stockpile of snacks for whenever their children get hungry. But are they really necessary? Christine Gross-Loh, aut...

Kaiser Permanente's Obesity Prevention Interventions Prove to be a Success for Improving Children's Overall Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Kaiser Permanente's evaluation has shown promising results since it launched its Thriving Schools effort, aimed at helping students, staff and teachers focus on making healthy choices so that schools can become a focal point and beacon of health throughout entire communities.

10 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Packaged Foods

Riva Greenberg | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Most of us know the healthiest foods are natural and unprocessed like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Yet we spend a great deal of our nutrition equity chowing down on chemicals disguised as food. And unaware, feeding them to our children.

Most Kids' Meals at Restaurant Chains Are Unhealthy: What You Can Do

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As a nutritionist advocating for healthy choices and educating families on nutrition and healthy eating, here are six things you can do when taking youngsters out to eat in a restaurant.

Is Your Home Making Your Kids Sick?

GalTime | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
GalTime

Most people believe that allergies really aren't a concern in the winter months, because there is no pollen in the air. While that may be true, there are still plenty of triggers in your home that can bring on allergies or an asthma attack.

The Hidden Salt In Kids' Food (And What To Do About It)

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Most people concerned about too much sodium in the diet probably think it poses a risk only to grown ups. Investigators from the Center for Science in the Public Interest recently toured the supermarket and found a very salty minefield parents must navigate on behalf of their children.

Cooking Healthy for Kids

David Kirsch | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
David Kirsch

As a single father of 3-year-old twin girls and the founder and owner of the Madison Square Club and David Kirsch Wellness Co., staying fit and healthy is at the top of my list. I have always believed that nutrition plays a major part in one's overall wellness quotient.

Fifteen Minutes of Fun... And a Lot More; Now Is the Time to Get Ready to Bike to School

Tim Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Tim Blumenthal

Riding my bike to school was one of the best things about fifth grade; I just didn't realize it then. As a 10-year-old, I wasn't thinking about how biking helped me stay thin and healthy, be more alert in class, or contribute to reduced road congestion and air pollution.

7 Things My Daughter's Cancer Diagnosis Taught Me

Erin Smith | Posted 08.20.2012 | Parents
Erin Smith

Life really is very fleeting. Most of us are so busy and wrapped up in the day-to-day craziness of life that we don't take the time to appreicate the fact that it is whizzing right by us.

Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The wellbeing of children is everybody's business, and everybody should mind that children are staring down the barrel of a glow-in-the-dark cheese doodle or sugar-laden cereal loop at foreshadowed health and foreshortened lives.

The Missing Piece in the Education Reform Conversation

Andrew Hysell | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew Hysell

As education reformers consider health, the vast resources and capacity dedicated to educating our children can also become a vehicle to make them healthier. Childhood obesity advocates must take heed and seize this opportunity.

Why Won't Jane and Johnny Eat Healthier at School?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Now that the federal government has sought to get schools across the country to make healthier lunches, there's another tough question for us all: Will kids eat them?

Norway Donates $9.9 Million For Mobile Technologies In Maternal Health

Posted 03.06.2012 | Impact

The mHealth Alliance, hosted by the United Nations Foundation, announced yesterday that the Norwegian government has pledged US$9.9 million to support...

Enforcing Bedtimes Improves Kids' Health

cnn.com | Madison Park CNN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Setting bedtimes can improve sleep quality and quantity for infants and toddlers, according to a growing body of research. Not getting enough sleep af...