Extracurricular Sports May Give Kids’ Academics a Boost

July 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Extracurricular sports may help children develop the discipline they need to succeed in the classroom, a new study suggests.
Kids’ attention span and level of self-control are linked to their participation in organized, after-school sports, the researchers said. They noted their findings could help school and public health officials […]

Endurance Athletes Should Only Drink When Thirsty, Experts Say

June 30, 2015

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Endurance athletes or those who are very physically active should drink plenty of water — but only when they feel thirsty, new expert recommendations say.
Athletes should listen to their body and drink water as needed to prevent a potentially deadly condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) or “water intoxication.” […]

A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain

June 30, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it.
But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that’s something many people tend […]

Diabetes Rates Fall in Neighborhoods With Healthy Food, Parks and Gyms

June 29, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neighborhoods with easy access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise may help residents reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
The study found that the risk of developing diabetes was 12 percent lower in neighborhoods with access to healthy […]

Parents, Stop Hovering: ‘Risky’ Play May Have Benefits for Kids

June 29, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children may benefit, physically and socially, from being allowed to play with less monitoring from mom and dad, a new research review finds.
There was a time when parents sent their kids outside to play, with the instruction to ‘”just be home by dinner.” Times […]

Parents Should Set Good Example to Keep Kids Slim, Pediatrics Group Says

June 29, 2015

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As rates of childhood obesity continue to climb in the United States, parents should embrace healthy eating habits and behaviors to help kids maintain a normal weight, a new report says.
In updated recommendations released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) described how families can help combat childhood […]

Overuse Injuries More Common in High School Females

June 28, 2015

SUNDAY, June 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young female athletes appear to face a far greater risk for repetitive motion injuries than young males do, new research suggests.
The finding stems from an analysis that looked at overuse injuries among 3,000 male and female high school athletes participating in 20 different sports.
Researchers from Ohio State University […]

Exercise Benefits People With Parkinson’s Disease: Study

June 24, 2015

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parkinson’s disease patients who begin regular exercise earlier have a much slower decline in quality of life than those who start exercising later, a new study finds.
National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) researchers looked at information from nearly 3,000 patients. More than 1,300 reported doing little regular exercise before taking […]

Keep Safety in Mind When Skateboarding

June 21, 2015

SUNDAY, June 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Skateboarding has become increasingly popular in recent years, but it’s not without risk for serious injury.
In 2011, more than 78,000 trips to emergency rooms in the United States involved kids and teens injured in skateboarding accidents, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Most of these injuries […]

Safety Tips for Water Skiing and Wake Boarding

June 20, 2015

SATURDAY, June 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wake boarding and water skiing are great ways to have fun and be physically active during the summer months, but certain safety precautions need to be followed to prevent serious injuries, experts say.
Every year in the United States, thousands of people are hurt in water skiing and wake […]



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