Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

According to the Afterschool Alliance, innovation will be the primary driver of the future economy. By intentionally integrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into youth development programs, we prepare children for that future. Moreover, in doing so, we equip today’s youth with the skills they need to tackle the…
A soft breeze carries the delicate scent of spring wildflowers to your nose. Your feet move slowly along the dirt path, carrying you deeper into the forest. Squirrels scamper along ahead of you, crunching through the remains of leaves from this past fall. You hear the familiar sounds of chickadees…
Children in North America will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, many developed countries begin their academic…
There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water, and eating the right amount of fruits and…
Homeowners often aspire to have attractive backyards that look like they belong in a magazine. While these can be picturesque and functional for adults, they may not be entirely practical for homeowners who have young children, especially when the majority of the yard is covered with paving stones or concrete.…
Much like adults can benefit from participating in hobbies, children can reap rewards from engaging in hobbies. According to the Child Development Institute, hobbies give children a chance to express themselves. The CDI also notes that hobbies can play an important role in children’s self-discovery and boost their self-esteem. Some…
Children often aspire to emulate their parents. Young boys who see their fathers shaving might reach for dad’s shaving cream, while young girls may find their way into mom’s closet in an effort to dress up like their mothers. Kids’ curiosity may be similarly piqued when they see their parents…
What do you want your children or grandchildren to know about money? Many parents have used allowances to teach their children financial responsibility.  Allowances can help children learn:  Our spending choices are almost limitless We have limited resources We all need to make choices From spending mistakes they make By…
No matter where you look, screens are everywhere. The proliferation of easily portable tablets and smartphones means many people, adults and children alike, are never too far from the nearest screen. While that accessibility has dramatically changed the way many people live their lives, excessive exposure to screen time can…
Today’s youth continue to battle obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of obese children in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Roughly one in five school-aged children is obese. Obese children and adults are at a higher risk for chronic health…
Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching, and with them brings the numerous illnesses that can spread throughout our communities. Several practices can be considered to keep children healthy through these seasons, as well as providing immune support through botanicals and supplements. As a main line of defense, four…
Keeping children healthy throughout the school year is a daunting task. Infections spread rapidly at school. Beleaguered parents often feel like their kids come home the first day of school with sniffles and a dry cough that lingers throughout the year. Do not despair! With a little planning, parents can…
In the Fox Cities, we are fortunate to live in an area with easy access to water fun. Activities such as going to the beach, fishing and swimming are often on the agenda for most families. According to the Centers for Disease Control drowning is listed as the leading cause…
Children in North America will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, many developed countries begin their academic…
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