Protecting Your Child from Stress


A recent study from the University of Florida found that major childhood stresses—things like divorce, economic hardship, exposure to substance abuse, or domestic violence—have an almost immediate negative impact on a child’s health. In fact, kids in the study who were exposed to three or more major stressors were six times more likely to suffer […]



3 Habits that Lead to Overweight Kids


I first heard those words uttered years ago, by a mother of six. Her children wanted an afternoon snack. They wanted a cookie, a piece of pie, or any other fun sweet mom happened to have around. Her response, “I’m only offering fruit right now.” So some of the kids opted to take a pass, […]



3 Challenges Overweight Children Have


A few years ago, some family friends of Sherri’s moved to the Orlando area. Their sixth-grade son, Bobby, seemed to support the move and appeared to enjoy the change in his surroundings… all except for one thing. At his new school he quickly ran into a big challenge – quite literally. The school required all […]



The Four “Wheels” of Highly Healthy Children


All evidence suggests that true health involves our entire beings, with all elements–physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual–functioning as God designed them to function. The well-being of highly healthy children depends on their inner life as well as their physical health. To help us understand the elements of health think of the wheels on a car. […]



Obesity: Television, Video Games, and Your Children’s Health


Kids today drink twice as many sodas as they did in the late 1970s according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.  This is a concern for two reasons.  First, a growing body of evidence suggests that obesity in children may be related to the amount of soft drinks they consume.  Second, when children drink […]



Physically Fit Kids


With advancements in entertainment technology over the years, today’s children are spending more time indoors than the children of 20 or even 10 years ago. With MP3 players, video games, Internet and television to compete with, active outdoor games sometimes lose out. Unfortunately, this also means that many of today’s children are not physically active. […]



Vision Warning Signs for Kids


Eyes appear crossed Eyes aren’t straight One eye seems to drift, especially when your child is tired They complain of headaches, especially after reading They squint often They rub their eyes often They don’t enjoy 3-D movies, or they don’t want to wear  3-D glasses They have poor hand-eye coordination while playing sports, or have […]



Nutrition: Soft Drinks Affect Health


Kids today drink twice as many sodas as they did in the late 1970s according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.  This is a concern for two reasons.  First, a growing body of evidence suggests that obesity in children may be related to the amount of soft drinks they consume.  Second, when children drink […]



Nutrition: Small Changes Bring Big Results


Despite the enormity of the obesity epidemic, even small changes in the way we live can make a huge difference in the quality of our children’s health.  By making small but significant changes now, we can set up our kids to enjoy many happy and productive years. Consider a few of the following changes in […]



Nutrition: Children and Fast Food


SuperSize Me became a smash hit at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival by exposing fast-food mania in America.  The producer decided to make himself a guinea pig and run an experiment, which he filmed.  Under the supervision of three doctors, he started eating only items on the McDonald’s menu, three times a day, every day for […]



Obesity is a Killer Epidemic


Too many of our kids are fat and getting fatter.  In some areas of the country up to 40 percent of the children are obese or extremely overweight.   “We have an epidemic of obesity in the United States and it’s only getting worse,” said U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.  “We are seeing Generation Y grow […]



Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children


How many times do you say to your child, “Turn it down! You’re going to go deaf listening to that music!”?  Well, you might be right. A recent report from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the American Academy of Family Physicians informs us about noise-induced hearing loss and its […]