• How can exercise help my kids sleep better?
    • How can exercise help my kids sleep better?

      Posted on July 28, 2015

      Two of the chief concerns that parents often have about their children are that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and that they aren’t sleeping well. Sleep and exercise might be two activities that are poles apart, but they actually help each

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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  • Controversy as Disney joins the fight against child obesity

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on February 26, 2012

    A new interactive exhibit at Disney’s Epcot Centre, Florida has sparked controversy as the war against child obesity continues. The new feature is called Habit Heroes, consisting of heroes Callie Stenics and Will Power. The heroes lead the fight against the villains who have names like (more…)

    Children exposed to TV ads for junk food

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on February 17, 2012

    A report compiled by researchers at Newcastle University has revealed that children are being exposed to more TV ads for junk food since the introduction of new regulations. In 2007, new regulations were introduced by Ofcom to prevent foods which have high levels of sugar, fat and salt being displayed during the hours when children’s programmes were being aired on TV. The new regulations were (more…)

    Dunfermline mum calls for more safety measures at leisure centre

    Filed under: Exercise — Posted by: Mark on February 16, 2012

    Following the opening of a new leisure centre in Dunfermline, a local mum has called for more safety features for families with babies who wish to take their children swimming. (more…)

    Finger foods could reduce childhood obesity levels

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on February 15, 2012

    According to research carried out by Nottingham University, allowing babies to eat finger foods could help to reduce levels of childhood obesity. The researchers also found that babies who were fed pureed foods using a spoon, tended to be more likely to become overweight.

    The study involved 155 children, aged between 20 months and six years of age. Parents completed questionnaires with details of their child’s eating habits. The children were split into two groups; (more…)

    Kids’ packed lunches fail to meet food based standards

    Filed under: Diets — Posted by: Rachel on February 13, 2012

    According to a study conducted by Innovate Services Ltd, an operator for catering facilities in the education sector, only seven percent of the packed lunches in the study met (more…)

    Air ambulance service in Dorset helps over 100 kids in one year

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Mark on February 10, 2012

    More than 100 children and youngsters have been helped by the air ambulance service in Dorset and Somerset during the last year. Donations keep the crucial air service running and (more…)

    New nutrition guidelines for childcare providers

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on February 5, 2012

    New guidelines for nutrition have been launched by The School Food Trust, a charity which is working hard to reduce the rising levels of child obesity. The guidelines are for pre-school age children, and have been welcomed by Dr Caroline Gamlin, director of public health in Somerset.

    The guidelines are aimed at childcare providers and are to be adopted on a voluntary basis. The new guide (more…)

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