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How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

Incredibly helpful: Any physical activity is helpful for a healthy lifestyle. Sporting activities aren't for every child but many children find them more fun than other forms of exercise. If you can find free sporting activities then please take advantage of them. What children eat and drink are also critical, but exercise is a huge part of a healthy weight. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

No bad ones: Any activity that encourages the child to move, use his/her imagination and laugh is beneficial to his/her health.Exercise has been approved by the aap as adjunct therapy for adhd.Get a proper assessment by a knowledgeable professional, provide proper guidance, discuss meds and other options with your doctor.Avoid fads and unsupported treatments that could possibly delay or worsen outcome. ...Read more

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Who is going to help provide good health insurance for children of older parents who are seniors when the kids are 26?

Good question: The hopeful political end to this, and it is all political, is universal coverage. Until that point, hope these children by age 26 have a good job with health coverage. Society takes care of them for more severe problems if they have no coverage but this of course shifts the cost to everyone who planned ahead. Watch for this to be a big issue in the 2012 campaign. ...Read more

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Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Too little info: I sympathize, but your question is so general, it is impossible to offer a specific answer. If you think the problem truly is the teacher, speak to the principal or special educataion counselor at the school. You can request a new iep at any time, which may include looking at private school options if child not recieving adequate care. If needed, seek a lawyer specializing in this area. ...Read more

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Do they teach sexual and health education in school to all the kids anymore?

Do they teach sexual and health education in school to all the kids anymore?

I hope so: I would like to think so. But if they do, it's not working very well! ...Read more

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How many parents try a gluten free and casein free diet for children with autism?

How many parents try a gluten free and casein free diet for children with autism?

TOO many: Sadly autism is complicated, not terribly well understood yet-though quite a bit better. And there are too many false hopes that go viral. Please have a thorough, comfortable discussion with a physician that struggles with helping in what can be a pernicious malady for not only the child, but the immediate and even extended family. ...Read more

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What are some good-tasting, healthy after school snacks for children?

What are some good-tasting, healthy after school snacks for children?

Fruits, granola: You can make a variety of fruit snacks, or veggie snacks with a bit of dressing, or have your kids pick out items to make their own granola mixes. Plain air popped pop corn is always fun as you can add different accent spices on them to keep it healthy. ...Read more

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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Health and wellness: why is junk food still so readily available to highschool, middle school, and even primary school kids in the us?

Health and wellness: why is junk food still so readily available to highschool, middle school, and even primary school kids in the us?

Cheap: It's cheap, has a long shelf-life, and provides money for the school and school district. Plus the junk food manufacturers have the financial, political, and logistical capabilities to "encourage" school districts to carry their stuff in schools. It's a shame though. School is an ideal place to teach proper lifelong health habits. ...Read more

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Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Nearly all gone: Separate institutions for mentally retarded (or seriously mentally ill) individuals have nearly vanished in the U.S. Those with mr have quite different needs, depending on the severity of delay. People with mild delays live at home as children and may live indpendently as adults. Adults with severe mr typically live in group homes. Life quality depends on quality of services, not location. ...Read more

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Do most daycares provide diapers and food?

Do most daycares provide diapers and food?

No: Well, yes and no. Most daycares will feed your baby the milk (breastmilk or formula) that you prefer for your baby to consume. As the child gets older, meals such as breakfast, lunch and snacks may be provided by the daycare. Diapers are often items that parents provide specifically for their own children as individual babies may respond differently to different diaper types and brands. ...Read more

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Should all kids play sports? Is no-cut policy good or unfair to top players?

Not all competitive: Childhood is not a rehearsal for adulthood. Kids should play sports to learn about team work, make new friends, learn a new skill and exercise. What is a "top player" in little league? ...Read more

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Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

Yes: Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life. Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap.Org or asam.Org). ...Read more

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Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?

Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?

Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read more

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Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

I did a search: On yahoo and no relevant programs turned up. In general neuro cognitive training has limited short term benefits but people who are promoting this are trying to sell this to insurance agencies, the government and to general public to ask them to pay for these training programs which have questionable long term benefits. ...Read more

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What kinds of healthy food that helps students studying and strengthen their memory and make them more amenable to accommodate their school lessons?

What kinds of healthy food that helps students studying and strengthen their memory and make them more amenable to accommodate their school lessons?

I'd love to know: Hard to say, but the mediterranean diet seems healthy and protects against many eventual problems, such as heart disease and stroke. Would avoid junk foods, sugars, candy, soft drinks of any kind, but maybe increase lean protein, and encourage exercise and avoidance of smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs. ...Read more

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What are some good choices to pack for a child's school lunch?

What are some good choices to pack for a child's school lunch?

Make it balanced: You want to include a variety of foods so as to give your child a well balanced meal but also because will likely make them more interested/eat more. Good choices are cut up fruit, veggies with dip (ex: hummus or ranch), cheese sticks, yogurt, sandwiches or crackers with protein-ex: meat or cheese or peanut butter. ...Read more