Healthy Habits Article Archive

  • Slow Down School NightsTips to balance homework, activities, and downtime.
  • Winter Exercise Ideas for the FamilyDon’t let cold weather keep your family from being active! Use our fun winter exercise activities to get everyone moving—some for inside the house, some for outdoors, and some for around your community.
  • Make Family Meals CountTime spent enjoying meals together can pay off in stronger family bonds—and much more.
  • Power Snacks for Active KidsKids need healthy foods to fuel long days of fun and learning.
  • Exercise for School SuccessRegular workouts benefit the brain and the body.
  • A Balanced DaySimple steps toward a well-rounded daily routine.
  • What’s for Breakfast?What your children eat in the morning can affect how they perform in school. Here are some tips for getting the day off to a healthier start.
  • Germs: Why Do We Do That?Most of us know some basic facts about germs, but it can be a challenge explaining the whys to kids. Here’s our guide to answering questions about germs.
  • A Better Lunch BoxA great lunch for kids is satisfying, tasty, and healthy. Here are some ideas for creating healthier versions of lunches kids already love.
  • A Stress-Free Morning RoutineA missed school bus. Forgotten homework. Arguments over outfits. Does all this sound unbearably familiar? Don’t worry, you’re not alone; almost all parents have experienced some frustration about their child’s morning routine. The good news is that a little patience and planning can go a long way toward better school mornings for everyone.
  • After-School Options for Fun and LearningMany communities offer interesting and cost-effective alternatives for filling a child's after-school hours with opportunities for fun and learning. Have you checked out what your community has to offer? You might be surprised.
  • Fun Alternatives to Screen Time for Kids and FamiliesKids need at least an hour of physical activity every day, but it is often difficult to tear them away from their electronic devices. One way to get them moving is to play games that are so much fun, kids won’t mind pausing a video game or taking a break from texting.
  • Help Your Kids Stay Happy and Healthy at SchoolIf you have children in school, you know how easily they seem to get sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help minimize sickness with some reminders about ways your child can stay healthy at school.
  • 6 Childhood Illnesses That Are Icky, Gross, and Disgusting (but Harmless)They’re unpleasant but exceedingly common. We’re talking about head lice, ringworm, and other “icky” childhood illnesses that are more repugnant than harmful. Here’s how to handle them...and the “yuck” factor.
  • Concussions in Youth Sports: When in Doubt, Sit It OutThe incidence of concussion among student athletes is on the rise, as is knowledge about trauma the brain sustains during and after a concussion. Many states have passed legislation requiring school concussion management plans, but awareness of concussion symptoms begins with parents—and student athletes themselves.
  • 6 Tips To Help Kids Develop a Positive Body ImageChildren develop a body image of themselves, positive or negative, as early as age 8. Here’s what parents should know about how that “snapshot” is formed, and six tips from child experts on how to improve your child’s self-image.
  • 3 Keys to School SuccessGet your children charged up and ready to learn with these tips.
  • Keep Kids Healthy and in SchoolToo many sick days? Teach your kids these 6 ways to fight germs, and be sure to follow 6 additional keep-healthy tips yourself.
  • Managing Stress in Middle SchoolMiddle school kids often worry about interactions with peers and their school performance.
  • Help Kids Learn To Manage StressBeing a kid can be stressful. Parents can help by teaching them how to cope with anxiety.

Nutrition & Diet

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Health & Fitness

  • Winter Exercise Ideas for the FamilyDon’t let cold weather keep your family from being active! Use our fun winter exercise activities to get everyone moving—some for inside the house, some for outdoors, and some for around your community.
  • A Research-Based Case for RecessIn this white paper, researchers from the U.S. Play Coalition at Clemson University have pulled together evidence for all the benefits children gain from recess.
  • Drawing the Line on Screen TimeTips to help ensure your kids aren't overdoing it with mobile technology and other screen devices.
  • Exercise for School SuccessRegular workouts benefit the brain and the body.
  • A Balanced DaySimple steps toward a well-rounded daily routine.
  • Fun Alternatives to Screen Time for Kids and FamiliesKids need at least an hour of physical activity every day, but it is often difficult to tear them away from their electronic devices. One way to get them moving is to play games that are so much fun, kids won’t mind pausing a video game or taking a break from texting.
  • 6 Childhood Illnesses That Are Icky, Gross, and Disgusting (but Harmless)They’re unpleasant but exceedingly common. We’re talking about head lice, ringworm, and other “icky” childhood illnesses that are more repugnant than harmful. Here’s how to handle them...and the “yuck” factor.
  • 10 Easy Ways Families Can Exercise TogetherTelling kids to “go out and play” doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get the exercise they need. Pursuing fitness and an active lifestyle as a family, however, shows your child how much you value exercise and fitness, as well as learning new things.
  • 9 Ways To Help Your Child Manage PE AnxietyPhysical education classes at school can strike fear and anxiety in the hearts of many children. If yours is one, these tips will help your child address her anxieties and learn to manage anxious situations.
  • Screen Time: Finding the Right Balance for Your ChildOur experts offer wise guidance about how much time kids should be spending on the computer, in front of the TV, or playing video games.

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Sleep

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Cold and Flu

  • Help Your Kids Stay Happy and Healthy at SchoolIf you have children in school, you know how easily they seem to get sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help minimize sickness with some reminders about ways your child can stay healthy at school.
  • Make School Sick Days Less StressfulUnexpected sick days can throw the whole family for a loop. These tips can help things go more smoothly when your child is too ill to go to school.
  • Swine Flu and SchoolHealth officials have changed their initial recommendations of how parents and schools should respond to the H1N1 virus. Here's what you should know.
  • Schools Recovering From Swine FluThe spread of the H1N1 flu led hundreds of U.S. schools to close their doors. Parents and students might need to make up that lost time classroom time.
  • Glossary of Flu TermsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides definitions of swine flu and other common flu-related terms.
  • Sensible Swine Flu PrecautionsA few simple steps can reduce your family’s chances of contracting H1N1 flu or other types of flu illness. Here’s what you should know about avoiding the flu and treating it if a family member becomes sick.
  • Flu Prevention TipsA few commonsense practices can help keep your child (and others) healthy.
  • Is it a Cold or the Flu?Although flu and cold share some of the same symptoms, if you know what to look for it's easy to tell them apart.
  • Preventing the Common ColdGood hygiene and a few healthy habits can greatly reduce kids' risk of catching a cold—or giving one to someone else.

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