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Should your child have an Athletic Heart Screen?

In recent years I’ve been getting more and more reports of athletic heart screenings. Local schools and sports clubs are offering to have athletes get a heart work up for a relatively small fee. Of course most are perfectly normal, which is a peace of mind to parents. Some have found minor things that aren’t […]

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Exercise Parenting Safety Uncategorized

Kids to Parks Day

Each year Kids to Parks Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of May. It’s a day we can help kids and families connect with their local, state, and national parks and have fun! This year it’s Saturday, May 19th. Why should we have a national day to celebrate taking kids to a park? Because […]

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Development Exercise

Is Sport Specialization A Good Idea?

I’ve seen many young athletes have their athletic careers cut short due to preventable injuries and / or burnout. We live in a competitive time and everyone likes to feel successful. When kids do well in a sport, we want to encourage them to be their best, so we let them try out for the […]

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Exercise Nutrition Weight Management

Weight is Weighing on My Mind

Too much sugar is causing an epidemic of obesity in our kids. Even the ones who aren’t overweight are often less healthy due to food choices. Excess sugar consumption over time is linked to many health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and it can trigger earlier puberty – leading to overall shorter […]

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Exercise Nutrition Parenting Safety Sleep

Lead by Example

We’ve all heard the saying: kids will do what they’re shown, not as they’re told. Lead by example. It’s so true. Think about all the times your kids are watching you. They are learning from you. What can you do to help them have healthy habits? Eat your vegetables. Get daily exercise. Wear your seatbelt. […]