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Kids’ fitness is improving, but they still aren’t as fit as their parents were

Kids’ fitness is improving, but they still aren’t as fit as their parents were

Research shows that if you are aerobically fit as an adult, then you are less likely to develop or die from chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. And, if you were fit as a kid, then you are more likely to be a fit and healthy as an adult.

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Six ways to get teenagers more active – suggested by the teens themselves

Six ways to get teenagers more active – suggested by the teens themselves

Researchers who design physical activity schemes often do not speak directly to the groups they want to target. For our latest project, we wanted to give young people the chance to make their own recommendations to help others of the same age be more active now, and carry on being active in the future.

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
States aren’t waiting for feds to ban flame retardants from kids’ products

States aren’t waiting for feds to ban flame retardants from kids’ products

Washington state was the first in the nation to ban the flame retardant decaBDE. Many other states are doing the same in light of lack of federal action.

March 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new animal study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

March 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Children who grow up in poverty may be at risk of poorer health in adulthood – even if they escape poverty later in life. This suggests that childhood adversity doesn’t just affect our choices, but also directly compromises the biological ability of our bodies to stay healthy.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients. But fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams.

November 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Thursday from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Inflatable attractions like bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides have increased in popularity in recent decades. But they can be dangerous and they are often unregulated. A Stateline analysis estimates bounce houses were involved in 20,700 injuries last year.

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More