Healthy Highlights

Are Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks Appropriate for Kids?

While sports drinks and energy drinks are two completely different beverages, many parents may not know what the differences are between the two. Sports drinks are flavored, sweetened beverages designed to restore energy and fluids, and they contain electrolytes, minerals, and carbohydrates. These drinks have extra calories that could contribute to obesity and tooth decay.…

Effects of Social Media Use on Teenagers

The adolescent stage of development can be defined by change or transformation. As early as age 11, parents may start to notice physical, developmental, emotional, and social changes in their pre-teen. Emotional ups and downs, a push for independence, new friend groups, and academic pressures are common experiences among adolescents. In today’s technological world, an…

School-based Obesity Intervention Recommended by Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF)

The Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF) was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 1996 to develop guidance on which community-based health promotion and disease prevention intervention approaches have the most effectiveness based on available scientific evidence (The Community Guide, 2019). The findings of the CPSTF are listed within…

CYFAR Health Assessment Tool (CHAT)

Not sure what area to focus on to improve healthy habits in your setting?  Don’t know how to see if your 5210 message is getting across? Try using the CYFAR Health Assessment Tool (CHAT).  CHAT is a quick, picture-based survey for youth so you can get a snap shot of their healthy habits.  You could…

Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Say bye, bye! to the common cold and other ordinary winter diseases. Simply washing your hands can reduce the occurrence of respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%.  This reduction can, in turn, decrease absenteeism due to sickness in school children by 29-57% (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2018). Germs…

Snacks before bedtime?

Do you or your children have trouble sleeping at night? There are many factors that can disrupt your quality of sleep. For example, according to the Sleep Health Foundation, if adults and children spend too much time viewing screens, don’t get enough physical activity, have irregular sleeping routines, and consume caffeine, they may have issues…

New Year for 5210!

Happy New Year to you and your family! With the New Year comes a fresh start and gentle reminders of healthy habits. Drum roll please! We would like to reintroduce our 5210 program and discuss what it stands for and how to implement the healthy practices it purposes as a family.   5 or more…

2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The updated guidelines are based on the latest scientific evidence that explains the benefits of daily physical activity. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for improving health through increased physical activity. New aspects of the guidelines discuss the following:…

Falling into Fun!

It’s getting cooler, the leaves are falling, the smell of apples is in the air, and vibrant colors are bursting forth. With the change in the weather, don’t forget to continue to get outside and engage in some physical activity! Here are some fun activities to keep you busy through the fall! 1. Go for…

What to do when it’s snack time?

Your child says, “I’m hungry,” but dinner isn’t for another 2 hours. Rather than have your child dig into the pantry or run for the cookie jar,  what can you do to help them fill that hungry void? Snacks can be a positive or negative component of your child’s diet. Fruits and vegetables are good snacks…