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2019 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Mental Health Month

Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work In May, many national organizations join together to raise awareness and build understanding of mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Month and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. May 6th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and is observed each year to raise awareness about the importance of children’s […]

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Young children’s oral bacteria may predict obesity

Weight gain trajectories in early childhood are related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting that this understudied aspect of a child’s microbiota — the collection of microorganisms, including beneficial bacteria, residing in the mouth — could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity. A study describing the results appears Sept. […]

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Protect Those Peepers – Eye Safety Tips for Kids

Make sure children wear appropriate eye protection when playing baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, paintball and similar activities Do not allow children near fireworks of any kind Avoid toys with sharp pieces or those that fire projectiles, including darts or similar items Use age-appropriate car safety seats and secure any loose items to further protect your child in case of […]

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Keeping kids on task in school may start at home

The transition to kindergarten can be a challenge for children who have trouble paying attention, and can result in behavioral problems and poor academic achievement. A team led by researchers at Penn State is analyzing task persistence and how parents can influence it in early childhood. Task persistence — the ability to sustain effort towards […]

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Educational handouts boost flu vaccinations in kids, study says

About half the children in the United States receive the flu vaccine, even though they have a higher risk than adults of suffering a severe illness from the condition, a study says. An inexpensive and easy to understand pamphlet for parents could increase the number of children who get flu shots, according to new research published Wednesday […]

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Not drinking water may boost kids’ consumption of sugary beverages

Kids and young adults who drink no water throughout the day may consume twice the amount of calories from sugary drinks than those who drink water, according to researchers at Penn State. Asher Rosinger, assistant professor of biobehavioral health and director of the Water, Health, and Nutrition Lab, said the results — published today (Apr. […]

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Yoga for Kids: A Walk Through the Garden

“Frogs!”“Butterflies!”“Caterpillars!”My daughter’s preschool classmates were all eager to answer after I asked them what we might see in a garden. I visited their classroom recently to read my garden yoga book as part of their study of the garden and nature. The teachers have done a fantastic job of integrating science, language arts, art, music, […]

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