A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) sampling of five to 17 year-olds showed that almost 60 percent of children that were overweight had at least one risk factor for heart disease, and 25 percent had two or more risk factors.
Concussions in sports (especially professional, contact sports) have been all over the news, largely because of what can be accumulative effects of repeated “hits” to the head. That’s long-prompted discussion about the safety of kid athletes.
Nicotine is in tobacco products, like cigarettes, but it’s also in e-liquid, the main substance that’s inserted into e-cigarettes for vaping. It’s what gets breathed in as the e-liquid turns into a mist or vapor. Vaping has (unfortunately) become a growing trend, not only among adults, but kids, too. While studies are ongoing, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has sounded the alarm, saying there’s already enough evidence to prevent vaping device use by youths and young adults.
Often we think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to soldiers in combat. (According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in the most recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD any given year.) But PTSD isn’t only a remnant from war; the condition can wage a battle within anyone, at any age as a result of a recent or past traumatic event.
Sometimes you just need to get away, and the best way to ensure that you return home with that picture-perfect memory of a fantastic trip, is preparation before you go – and being travel smart while you’re gone.
Holiday time often means excess. From food to gifts, the pressure to purchase is all around us, whether it’s hyped in the media (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) or in the stores (who among us hasn’t been assaulted by the “Fragrance Police”?).
Let’s face it, we’re all spending more time at our jobs, and with both partners bringing home the bacon, cooking on the fly just doesn’t cut it anymore. Lengthy drive-times also impact the time and energy we have when we get home and have to prepare meals.
It just might be true that the family that plays together, stays together. Life gets busy, so it’s important to remember to make time for each other. You may think you need to get away in order to do that.
Bullying was once considered a childhood rite of passage. Today, however, bullying is recognized as a serious problem. To help your child or teenager handle bullying, learn to recognize it – and understand how to respond.
It’s tough to get back on track with working out after a long break, a busy week, or even a rainy day. Both parents working and competing schedules, inclusive of kids’ schoolwork and after-school activities (as well as the draw of video games), make it challenging for all to be in one place with time to enjoy activities together. Exercise isn’t only a wonderful way to make getting back in shape fun; it also creates some family bonding time (and memories) all at once!