Posts tagged "health"

Tweens consume too much salt - here's what parents can do about it

An article published in Pediatrics today found that American tweens and teens are consuming too much salt. Studying kids ages 8-18 years old, researchers found that kids consumed approximately 1,000 milligrams more salt than they should have.In the study, the kids’ studied had about 3,300 milligrams daily.  The recommended daily salt or sodium intake for kids... Read more »

ProActive Kids program helps tweens and their families fight obesity

ProActive Kids program helps tweens and their families fight obesity
Tween obesity is at an unprecedented level with the number of overweight adolescents tripling since 1980. The  ProActive Kids  program works with tween and their families to fight obesity and help tweens become healthier. A free program open to kids ages 8-14 who have a BMI in the 85th percentile and above, ProActive Kids has helped over... Read more »

Smokeless tobacco usage increases in tweens

Most kids hear over and over that they should just say no to drugs and that they should avoid cigarettes, but smokeless tobacco doesn’t often make the list of substances we tell our kids to avoid.  Perhaps that is why companies are marketing smokeless tobacco products directly to tweens, and why tween usage of smokeless... Read more »
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Is your tween's whooping cough vaccine up to date?

Is your tween's whooping cough vaccine up to date?
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is making a come back, and tweens are at risk. CDC officials said Thursday that this outbreak could be the worst in 50 years and that thus far more than 18,000 cases have been reported. The whooping cough vaccine does not last forever. Has your tween received a booster... Read more »

Delicious and Nutritious: Milkshakes can help tweens increase calcium intake

Delicious and Nutritious: Milkshakes can help tweens increase calcium intake
Need a good reason to have a milk shake, smoothie or some ice cream with your tween? It’s good for them! I am here to justify my your summer indulgences in the name of the health of your tween!) Your reason: Tweens need calcium.  Lots of it.  The tween and teen years are critical for... Read more »

HPV vaccine given as early as age 9

Did you know that 9 year-olds are getting vaccines to protect them from STDs?  I did not. The vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix are intended to stop the spread of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted sexually and can cause cervical cancer.  HPV infects 20 million people in the United States.  The vaccines are designed to... Read more »
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