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Top 10 Health Benefits of Youth Sports
Youth sports: should your child participate in them or not? Participation in sports brings about a lot of benefits. Children do not just get physically fit; they also develop skills they will use in life and broaden their experience in dealing with people and situations. In this article, ReSYNC Your Life author Samir Becic explains how youth sports benefit children. One of the most important takeaways from this article is that youth sports build character. By participating in such activities, kids can learn teamwork, responsibility, and leadership. Youth sports also teach discipline, something the kids of today lack. Kids learn self-restraint, control, and proper behavior through sports.

Is Your Toddler or Child Lactose Intolerant?
This article says it is unlikely your child is lactose intolerant. It notes that between five and 15 percent of Caucasians and more than 80 percent of people of African and Asian descent eventually become lactose intolerant, which can happen as early as age 2 or 3, but symptoms don't usually start until later in childhood or early adulthood. But if your child is starting to become lactose intolerant, he or she may have gas or diarrhea or become bloated beginning about 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking dairy products. A doctor visit is recommended.

Local Foods on School Lunchroom Tables: Will Kids Resist Eating Healthy
This well thought out blog post looks at both sides of the debate about governments requiring schools to buy their produce from local farmers. On one hand, the idea of having lunchroom cafeteria tables featuring healthy foods is attractive, it doesn't make a lot of sense if the children won't eat the food because they prefer to stick with foods that are high in fat and calories.

Parenting to Healthy Children
Parents affect their children’s emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development in many ways. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a grandparent raising grandkids, parenting isn’t easy, but you can acquire the tools you need to best care for a child, according to this site, which gives information about attachment, bonding, blended and stepfamilies, childhood obesity, learning disabilities, children and separation, helping kids cope with divorce, and smart grandparenting. Plenty of links with great child mental health information for toddlers, kids and teens.

Anger Management for Kids
All children experience anger at one time or frequently, so it’s important that they know how to express their anger in a healthy way. Topics on this site include therapist tools for anger, music therapy for angry children and how to use music to help children express anger. Articles on child anger management include: the problem with child anger, anger myths, when anger becomes a problem, strategies for controlling child anger, events that trigger children to become angry, creating an anger control plan and administering child time-outs.

An Excellent Resource for Chiropractor Questions and Answers
Searching for answers to your chiropractic questions is made easy at—use the site's search function, and you'll be connected to dozens of articles on this form of alternative treatment for back pain and other related ailments. It's an excellent resource for anyone looking to learn more about chiropractic care—you'll find articles detailing its impact on children's back pain, how your choice of footwear relates to back pain, the differences between chiropractic and osteopathy and more. The main site also includes a regularly updated blog with the latest in back care news, along with tips and tricks.

Avoiding Childhood Obesity
The American Heart Association says that about one-third of all Americna children are overweight and 17 percent are obese. This article by the AMA provides steps to follow to help your kids avoid these problems. A lack of physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease, this article states. When kids are inactive, it increases the risk of stroke and such other major cardiovascular risk factors as obesity, high blood pressure, low HDL ("good") cholesterol and diabetes. That is why the American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. This website discusses why exercise is so important, and how to promote exercise to your children.

Favorite Quotes

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of—a blessing that money cannot buy.

—Izaak Walton (1593–1683)

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