• 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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  • Free classes for kids in healthy living

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on January 23, 2011

    Kids in Calderdale are being offered free classes as part of the Upbeat Kids scheme. Youngsters between seven and 17 years of age, who are overweight, are being encouraged to attend the classes with their parents for 10 weeks. The course includes activities, exercise, sports and games as well as healthy food advice.

    The scheme is organised by NHS Calderdale and Calderdale council in a bid to help families lose weight by taking more exercise and eating healthier foods. Amanda Spencer attended the course with her daughter Jaime Lee for 10 weeks. At the end of the free course, Amanda had lost weight as well as reducing her Body Mass Index and losing 7 cm from her waist. Her daughter, Jaime Lee, lost 3.1 kg in weight, reduced her body fat by 2.4 percent and lost 7 cm from her waist. Amanda and Jaime were amazed when they realised how much fat and sugar there is in the food we eat, helping them to make healthier choices in the future.

    As well as providing opportunities for free activities, sports and games the sessions include advice and support to help you to make the necessary health changes in your life. Details of other sports and activities which kids and their parents can take part in are also provided. Trying to keep your kids healthy and active can be a constant battle, especially if you are unsure how to provide healthy meals. Initiatives such as Upbeat Kids are essential to give parents the support they need, as well as helping kids to make the right choices.

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