Archive for Childhood Obesity

New report gives tips for increasing youth physical activity

strategiesThe federal government recently issued a draft report, The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-Course Report: Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity Among Youth, which provides tips for increasing physical activity among …

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Men’s health week reminds us to stay active this Father’s Day

This week isfather-and-son Men’s Health Week (MHW), which is celebrated annually during the week preceding (and including) Father’s Day.   MHW honors the importance of men’s health and wellness and was …

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Unlocking school playgrounds: A key to reducing childhood obesity?

locked-playgroundMany communities throughout the United States lack outdoor play space. The shortage of safe, age appropriate, and appealing play spaces available to American children is shocking. For example, in Baltimore four recreation

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apple-heartFebruary is American Heart Month, a national observance designated by the American Heart Association to call attention to heart disease.  One third of all American deaths are related to heart disease, with …

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One nation, overweight

Recently,prevalence_overweight the Kansas City Star reported on Cali Ann Denham, an individual who has the cholesterol, high blood pressure and triglycerides of a middle-aged woman. The problem is that Cali is just …

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How Safe is Too Safe?

Royalty-Free Stock Imagery by RubberballThis week is National Playground Safety Week (NPSW), a time designated by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) to focus on children’s outdoor play environments and pledge to use good judgment …

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A Daily Dose of Play



Think back to a late spring day when you were a child. Remember when you couldn’t wait to escape outside to play after finishing your homework and any household chores your …

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Mr Proud goes to Washington


I recently had the opportunity to represent Playworld Systems at a White House briefing on physical activity. The event was held at the Executive Office Building, next to the White House.  If …

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