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  1. New Rules for School Lunches

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- For the first time in 15 years, the National School Lunch Program has raised nutrition standards. The new rules mean kids will see more fruits and vegetables every day. Portions will be smaller. Only low-fat or skim milk will be served. There will be a lot more whole grains. And sch

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  2. Family Involvement May Help Overweight Kids Change Habits

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- Parents and grandparents can play a unique role in reversing obesity by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes in overweight children, suggests the American Heart Association. A new statement issued by the organization calls for more family involvement when treating childhood obesity

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  3. Colorful Meals May Appeal to Picky Eaters

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Is your child a picky eater? A new study may help you expand his or her palate. Children prefer much more color and variety in food presentation, compared to adults, according to the study. For example, children preferred twice as many colors and different items on their plates. Chi

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  4. Exercise Boosts Kids’ Academic Performance

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Physical activity may help children exercise their brains as well as their bodies. A new review suggests that children who are active in sports or physical activity perform better at school. Researchers say physical activity may enhance children’s brain function and thinking skills b

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  5. Study: Preschools Forgo Free Play for Safety, Academics

    Jan. 4, 2012 -- Kids need to be kids, and that includes running and playing throughout the day. But many preschools and child care centers are so focused on safety and academics that kids are not getting the activity they need to be healthy. Many children in preschools and child care centers are spe

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  6. Infant Acetaminophen Dosage Change May Cause Confusion

    Dec. 23, 2011 -- Double check the label on liquid acetaminophen before giving it to a child or infant to avoid giving your child the wrong dose. The FDA is urging parents and caregivers to carefully read the label on liquid acetaminophen marketed to infants and children as a new, less concentrated f

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  7. Very Early Experiences May Stick in Memory

    Dec. 22, 2011 -- The ability to remember our earliest childhood experiences may be in place sooner than experts thought, according to new research. Some children who played a unique game when they were just 2 years old were able to remember it six years later, the researchers found. Other researcher

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  8. Obesity Linked to Poor Mother-Toddler Bond

    Dec. 26, 2011 -- Tots who have a poor relationship with their moms are more likely to be obese by the time they turn 15, a new study shows. So just how does a toddler’s less-than-stellar relationship with mom affect risk for being obese as a teen? The reasons are not fully understood, but study rese

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  9. Teens Who Can Express Themselves More Likely to Avoid Drugs

    Dec. 23, 2011 -- When New York City stock broker Karen N. was raising her now 27-year-old daughter, dinners were never quiet -- especially during Kimberly’s teen years. The mom and daughter often went at it about grades, money, chores, and friends. “You name it and we discussed it,” she says. “Kimbe

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  10. Taste for Salt May Start in Infancy

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Offering a baby a french fry, piece of bread, or even a handful of cereal may set him up for a lifelong affinity for salty foods and the health risks that go along with it. A new study shows that babies fed starchy table foods, which often contain added salt, before 6 months of age

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