You already know that you should be limiting screen time for children and youth. Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. And, there is yet another reason to limit that screen time – the marketing of unhealthy foods aimed at children and adolescents. (more…)
Healthy Futures Blog
I don’t mean to rush summer or remind you of things to come. No, not one bit. I am not going to even utter that phrase — you know the one. It’s about to be in every print and TV ad imaginable. Yep. That one.
I am just going to suggest that that we all start packing a little Survival Kit, so to speak. Not in case of floods or tornadoes, well, not literally anyway. I’m talking about a Life Survival Kit for the year ahead. (more…)
Since summer is in full swing, it’s easy for all of us to muse about children and play, and celebrate its importance. There’s more time at hand — less to do, fewer places to be. (more…)
This year, I attended my first Expo before the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly as a new(ish) employee at NEA Healthy Futures. My colleagues told me all about the excitement, the energy, the passion for education – and they were right! You could feel it from the moment you stepped into the convention center in Orlando, Florida. (more…)
Summer break isn’t just a vacation for students, it’s also a time for school employees to sit back, relax, and rejuvenate after the stressful school year. Though you have other responsibilities during the summer, it is important to remember that you need time to yourself to unwind before the school year starts up again. You owe it to yourself to recharge your batteries. (more…)
Mud pies. Gardening. Digging for buried treasure. Puddle jumping. Burying a time capsule in the backyard. None of these opportunities should be missed in the span of a young life. There are a thousand ways that dirt is not only good — it’s FANTASTIC. (more…)
Well, we’re not playing. It’s time to get serious about your health.
Men’s health issues significantly influence everyone around them, including their family, friends, and co-workers. (more…)
During the school year, families depend on the fact that students receive healthy well-balanced meals. In fact, more than 21 million children rely on the nutritious, free and reduced priced meals provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. (more…)