Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

Children who eat nutritious foods do better in school, but coming up with healthy back-to-school lunch ideas that children will actually eat can be a challenge for many parents. A healthy school lunch should combine nutrient-rich foods from several food groups to supply the protein, fat and carbohydrates needed to sustain energy and concentration for several hours. Providing foods from each of the five food groups will help sustain a child throughout the rest of the school day and into their after-school activities. A balanced boxed lunch should contain foods from each of the five food groups -- Dairy, Vegetables, Fruits, Grains and Protein. This variety gives children the nutrients they nee

Are the Medications your Teenager taking actually Killing Them?

The gun debate continues after the resent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio, California, Virginia, Illinois, Florida and Pennsylvania. There are two major philosophies that refuse to compromise.The ALL GUNS SHOULD BE BANNED group and the 1st AMENDMENT AT ALL COST group. Of course many people fall in between these two groups. Some believe that certain firearms should be illegal for a civilian to own while others believe that their should be a better system to weed out those with mental or criminal history. More people have died or been injured in mass school shootings in the US in the past 18 years than in the entire 20th century. In a new study published in Springer's Journal of Child and Family

How to Bully Proof your Child

With a new school year starting having to meet new teachers, spending a bunch of money on school supplies, new clothes, new shoes and the occasional “I don’t want to go to school” you will have to deal with a fresh new batch of bullies. Bullying is all too real. Did you know that 25% of public schools report that bullying among kids happens on a daily or weekly basis? And that 1 in 5 high school students report being bullied in the past year? ​ The good news is that because bullying has made national headlines, schools and communities (and even celebrities) are taking a strong stand against bullying. For real confidence and safety an ongoing self-defense program is a choice of many p

MARTIAL ARTS OFFERS BRAIN-BOOSTING BENEFITS FOR ALL AGES, RESEARCH FINDS

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy. However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too. Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through attention training (AT), and attention state training (AST). AT is based on practicing a specific skill and getting better at that skill, but not others – using a brain training video game, for exampl

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