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Girls soccer team and youth fitness

Engaging in Youth Fitness

By Jessica Smith, MS, CSCS / June 13, 2022

Now is the time to focus on developing new means of professional direction and income, and youth fitness is a worthy consideration.

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Youth soccer

The Best Youth Soccer Warmup

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / April 15, 2022

When determining what kind of warmup is best for the youth soccer teams you coach, take a cue from recent research.

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Child watching tv ads

TV Ads and Childhood Obesity

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / April 1, 2022

The number of children who are overweight or obese would decrease by 3.6% and 4.6%, respectively, if TV ads for unhealthy foods were reduced.

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Ultraprocessed Foods Hurt Nutrition in Kids

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / December 6, 2021

About 67% of daily calories come from ultraprocessed foods in American youths ages 2 to 19, according to a recent analysis.

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Exergaming for kids

Exergaming: Exercise and Fun for Kids

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / December 6, 2021

Parents may want to invest in exergaming programs, especially if their kids aren’t all that excited about fitness.

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Kids exercising to reduce inflammation in kids

Physical Activity Reduces Inflammation in Kids

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / November 9, 2021

Physical activity sets children up for a healthier life. And here’s yet another reason to encourage fitness related to inflammation in kids.

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Child holding tray of school food

Healthy School Food Curbs Child Obesity

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / November 9, 2021

Since children eat up to two meals per day at school, healthy school food can play a major role in combating obesity in young people.

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Dad helping young daughter eat more vegetables

Kids Eat More Vegetables With Bigger Portions

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / November 9, 2021

Most parents agree that it can be a challenge to get their young kids to eat more vegetables, but a study suggests bigger portions can help.

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Young girl exercising in a bounce house

Childhood Exercise and Brain Development

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / September 27, 2021

Here’s another research-backed link between exercise and brain development for parents who don’t yet prioritize their children’s playtime.

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Young girl eating cafeteria food

Cafeteria Food Nutrition Improved

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / August 9, 2021

Who would have thought that cafeteria food would make the grade? Researchers found that U.S. kids are getting more nutrition from school.

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Small child walking with a backpack

Fitness and Brain Health for Kids

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / June 7, 2021

Looking at the connection between fitness and brain health for kids, researchers discovered that fit children did better on cognitive exams.

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A child eating vegetables

Preventing Picky Eaters

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / June 7, 2021

Want to get your kids to stop putting up a fuss when you give them broccoli? Try the repeated-exposure method on those picky eaters.

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Fit kids exercising

Fit Kids Can Still Be Clumsy

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / May 10, 2021

While many fit kids also have well-developed motor skills, kids who are less coordinated can be equally aerobically fit.

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Convenience store drinks

Convenience Store Locations and Body Weight

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / May 10, 2021

A study in reveals the relationship between convenience store locations and the body weight of 3- to 15-year-old children.

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Picky eating habits in children

Picky Eating Habits in Children

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / March 8, 2021

An investigation published in Pediatrics found that requiring children to eat and restricting certain foods were tied to more picky eating habits.

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Physical education for kids

Fitness Helps Kids Who Need It Most

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / March 8, 2021

New evidence supports the value of physical education programs for kids, not only for physical health, but also for cognitive health.

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Young girl reducing anger by exercising.

Exercise Eases Anger in Kids

By Ryan Halvorson / May 27, 2009

Although research continues to emerge regarding the many mental and emotional benefits of exercise, much of it focuses only on adults. A study published Pediatric Exercise Science (2008; 20[4], 390–401) has determined that structured exercise may help reduce anger expression in healthy, overweight children.

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