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Groundbreaking Study Examines Effects of Screen Time on Kids

Children ages 9 and 10 who spent at least seven hours on screens per day had thinning of the part of the brain that controls sensory processing, and those who had more than two hours of daily screen time had lower language and thinking test scores, according to an ongoing study from the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow over 11,000 children for 10 years to see how prolonged screen time affects the brain.

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Brief Exercise Breaks During Class Helps Bodies and Brains

Two-minute exercise breaks in the classroom may help school children meet physical activity goals without disrupting learning, new research suggests.

University of Michigan researchers say short bursts of in-classroom activity can trim childhood obesity rates while helping elementary schools provide 30 minutes of daily exercise for students.

“What we’re showing is that we can give kids an additional 16 minutes of health-enhancing physical activity,” said lead investigator Rebecca Hasson, an associate professor of kinesiology and nutritional sciences.

Children in the United States are supposed to get at least one hour of exercise each day, including 30 minutes of physical activity during school hours, the study authors explained. Most don’t reach this daily goal.

“Many kids don’t have PE (physical education) every day but they might have recess, and if they get 10 more minutes of activity there, it would meet that school requirement,” Hasson said in a university news release. “This doesn’t replace PE, it’s a supplement. We’re trying to create a culture of health throughout the entire school day, not just in the gym.”

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Boost Your Child’s Brain Power

activekids2A child’s brain is constantly learning and developing.  Research has shown that human brains continue developing well into their 20’s.  As parents, there are many things that you can do to help with this process.   We have compiled a list of ways to help boost your child’s brain.  Try one or try them all.  Find what works best for your child and stick with it.

Brain food – There are certain foods that are very beneficial for your brain.  Foods high in antioxidants like blueberries are great for the brain.  Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for brain function.  You can find these in fatty fish like salmon.  Complex carbs from whole grains is fuel for the brain.  Complex carbs get broken down into glucose, which is what your body and brain uses as energy.

Exercise – Studies have shown direct links between exercise and brain function.  This is because the brain runs on blood flow.  When you exercise, your body pumps blood more freely through your body and in turn into your brain.  This helps improve brain functions.

Read – Reading can sometimes get overlooked in the pursuit of the latest and new way to boost your child’s brain, but this is a low-tech way that is sure to work.

Music – Listening to your child learn to play a new instrument isn’t always as fun for the parents as the child.  However, music lessons can be a fun way to engage in right-brain learning.  According to research from the University of Toronto, music lessons can benefit children’s IQ and academic performance – the more years, the greater the effect.

Nurture curiosity – Showing curiosity as parents and encouraging your children to model the same behavior will teach them a valuable lesson.  Seeking knowledge is important.  Support your child’s hobbies and interests by asking questions, teaching them new skills and taking them on educational outings to develop intellectual curiosity.

Boost Your Child's Brain Power

activekids2A child’s brain is constantly learning and developing.  Research has shown that human brains continue developing well into their 20’s.  As parents, there are many things that you can do to help with this process.   We have compiled a list of ways to help boost your child’s brain.  Try one or try them all.  Find what works best for your child and stick with it.

Brain food – There are certain foods that are very beneficial for your brain.  Foods high in antioxidants like blueberries are great for the brain.  Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for brain function.  You can find these in fatty fish like salmon.  Complex carbs from whole grains is fuel for the brain.  Complex carbs get broken down into glucose, which is what your body and brain uses as energy.

Exercise – Studies have shown direct links between exercise and brain function.  This is because the brain runs on blood flow.  When you exercise, your body pumps blood more freely through your body and in turn into your brain.  This helps improve brain functions.

Read – Reading can sometimes get overlooked in the pursuit of the latest and new way to boost your child’s brain, but this is a low-tech way that is sure to work.

Music – Listening to your child learn to play a new instrument isn’t always as fun for the parents as the child.  However, music lessons can be a fun way to engage in right-brain learning.  According to research from the University of Toronto, music lessons can benefit children’s IQ and academic performance – the more years, the greater the effect.

Nurture curiosity – Showing curiosity as parents and encouraging your children to model the same behavior will teach them a valuable lesson.  Seeking knowledge is important.  Support your child’s hobbies and interests by asking questions, teaching them new skills and taking them on educational outings to develop intellectual curiosity.