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Exercise and Sleep
6 "Bests" About Kids' Exercisegirl jumping rope

At least one hour of physical activity a day helps kids to:

More time in front of the TV means less time playing and running. So parents should limit TV, video game time, and computer time. They should set a good example by being physically active themselves.
Exercising together can be fun for everyone. Some easy ways for kids to stay active include walking or biking to school, jumping rope, going to the playground, and participating in organized sports programs.


alarm clockGetting Enough ZZZZ's
Nodding off in school may not be the only outcome for otherwise healthy teens who don't get enough sleep. A study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) links poor sleep in teens (ages 13 to 16 years old) to higher blood pressure.
Researchers found that teens who got less than 6 ½ hours sleep were 2½ times more likely to have elevated blood pressure than teens who slept longer. Also, teens who had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep were 3½ times more likely to have high blood pressure or pre-high blood pressure than teens who slept well. These results are similar to findings from other studies in adults. High blood pressure, if left untreated, can increase the risk of stroke and heart diseases later in life.


Breakfast & Lunch

milk carton and appleRemember that nutrition is an important factor in academic performance. Studies have shown that children who eat healthful, balanced breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than those who have an unhealthy diet.
Making food choices for a healthy lifestyle for you and your child can be as simple as using these 10 tips. Use the ideas in this list to balance your calories, to choose foods to eat more often, and to cut back on foods to eat less often.

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