There’s no question that obesity has become a significant issue among our nation’s youth. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, approximately one out of every three kids and teens in America today is either overweight or obese. Of course, hand-in-hand with that alarming childhood obesity rate goes a laundry list of related ailments once seen almost exclusively in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Children and Parenting
Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) lessons are different by design. Developed over 50 years ago by doctors and researchers to teach young children aged six months through six years how to survival swim, ISR lessons use a range of methods to teach to each child’s individual level. Unlike traditional swim lessons, ISR lessons are always one to one and last for just 10 minutes for an average of 30 lessons. Students meet with their instructor Monday through Friday in order to build muscle memory, competence, and confidence in the water. As the only full-time ISR instructor in Northwest Ohio, I have worked with over 90 families to insure that, “Not one more child drowns.”
After spending the summer riding bikes, swimming, and playing sports, heading back to the classroom can be a difficult transition for kids. From poor posture as a result of sitting in desks all day to sports injuries in student athletes, there are a variety of safety concerns that both parents and kids should be aware of before the first day of school begins. Read below for some tips that can help every kid stay safe this upcoming school year.
Over the past few weeks, I had been contemplating the direction I want to take in this month’s article. I had written the article and was about to send it when the senseless death occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. It seems as if every day there is another act of violence or hatred occurring, and this is a very sad and scary proposition as a parent today.
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but back-to-school season is upon us! I can hear it now—parents all across the city grumbling about the relentless routine and all that lunch packing (Ugh!). But as a clinical dietitian, it’s my hope that, along with shopping for necessary school supplies, uniforms, shoes, etc., parents will remember to add “Buy healthy breakfast and lunch foods” to their back-to-school checklists.