Tag Archives: Advocate Children’s Hospital

Should yoga be taught in schools?

Can doing yoga ten minutes a day energize your child and enhance their ability to learn? According to one study, published in The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, the answer is yes. Researchers evaluated the mental health benefits of yoga on middle school students. Students were randomly assigned to either a regular gym class or to a “Yoga ...

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What’s really keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep?

Where you live may play a major role in your sleep quantity and quality, new research suggests. Lights from buildings, streetlights, highways, billboards and backyards illuminate towns, cities and miles of surrounding area. While they may provide a sense of comfort and safety, they aren’t doing you any favors when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Over an ...

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A healthy lifestyle may improve symptoms for kids with ADHD

Making healthy lifestyle choices is crucial for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Sleep Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all agree and suggest that children ages 7-11 should follow recommended healthy lifestyle choices including: No more than one to two hours of screen time daily At least one hour of physical activity per day Limited consumption of ...

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Is your cell phone becoming a security blanket?

A recent study found that college students who constantly reach for their cell phones might be using them as a way to avoid dealing with unpleasant experiences or feelings. “Handheld devices, with their countless apps and entertainment options and their constant presence at our fingertips make it easier than ever before to disconnect with the problems and stresses of reality, and ...

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Do you know the ABCs of a safe bike?

With warmer days on the way, kids are heading outside and breaking out the bikes. Alix McNulty, an injury prevention coordinator at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., offers the following tips to make sure your children pedal their ride on the safe side. Remember your ABCs. Checking your child’s bike to make sure it is safe is as ...

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A pasta that's good for your health

After years of hearing that pasta is nothing but simple carbohydrates and empty calories, researchers now say the noodle containing beta-glucans may actually be good for your health. Study participants ate a 100-gram serving of pasta made with a mixture of 75 percent durum wheat flour and 25 percent whole grain barley flour, which contains beta-glucans, for three months. After the ...

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Childhood obesity and a warning for celebrities

Childhood obesity is a growing concern, with 12.7 million, approximately 17 percent of people ages 2-19, considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent study by NYU Langone Medical Center found popular musicians are contributing to the childhood obesity crisis by sponsoring certain unhealthy brands and targeting their ads to kids. “Everyone, including celebrities, ...

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