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  Benefits of Fitness on Children
As a result of increasing physical exertion on a regular basis, children like adults, also reap the benefits of an increased level of wellness. The research shows that they are simply not getting an adequate amount of exercise. Here's a scientific analysis on the benefits of fitness on children. More
  Child Obesity Prevention in Schools
In the past 20 years, obesity among 6- to 11-year-old children has risen 54 percent, according to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Fat kids often suffer socially and have a greater risk of developing conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The "Active Health & Wellness Program" was developed to curb the child obesity epidemic. Help us help schools create healthier environments for children to decrease their risk factors for disease.

 Read a PDF report on Child Obesity
"Public Health Crisis, Prevention as a Cure"

PDF report from the American Academy of Pediatrics
"Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity"

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Growth Charts help Prevent Child Obesity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are using new pediatric growth chart that uses body mass index (BMI) to predict which kids are at risk for weight problems. According to the CDC, the number of overweightating and exercise habits are key in maintaining ideal body weight in children, but the changes in lifestyle as the child ages makes it increasingly difficult for them maintain healthy habits. More


Can We Prevent Asthma?
The incidence of Asthma has increased dramatically in the last decade, especially in children. Medical experts now believe avoiding allergens may help prevent asthma from developing later in life. Although the causes of asthma are still relatively unknown, general activity and exercise seem to be critical in controlling the severity of the disease. More


Overweight Kids at Risk for Disease
Overweight children and adolescents are at risk for adult cardiovascular disease, many studies find. Overweight kids were found to be 2.4 times more likely to have an elevated total cholesterol level or diastolic blood pressure, and 4.5 times more likely to have a higher systolic blood pressure.
Between 15 and 20 percent of all children in the United States are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More


Type II Diabetes Rising in Kids
Type II diabetes, often called adult-onset diabetes, appears to be increasing in incidence in young children. Several hospitals have reported soaring numbers of pediatric patients with type II diabetes in the last 5 years. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now recommending that people as young as 25 years of age should test annually for the disease. Obesity may explain the growing incidence in children. More


Can Chicken Pox be Prevented?
There is no need to take vaccinate or take drastic measures to prevent chicken pox in a healthy child; in fact, since the disease is much worse in older children and adults than in preschoolers, many parents feel that it is better to get it over with. More

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