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October 21, 2010 • Healthy Living

Fitness, Nutrition and Child-Teen Health

In a first-of-its-kind, elegantly designed study, scientists determined that physically fit 9 and 10 year olds have a bigger hippocampus (key area of the brain involved in memory and learning) and perform better cognitively than their less-fit peers.  (Brain Research, Sept 2010)


Children/teens who consume “competitive foods” at school (those sold in vending machines and school lunch room snack bars) take in more sugar, less fiber, less B vitamins and less iron than their non-consuming peers.  (Journal of School Health, Sept 2010)


Inadequate sleep duration during infancy and early childhood appears to be a lasting and significant risk factor for the subsequent development of childhood obesity.  (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Sept 2010)

Preliminary animal research shows that consuming a high fat diet during puberty, regardless of weight status, increases the risk of breast cancer later in life.  (Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Sept 2010)
For more, check out my short video on Kids Nutrition/Health.