ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
CANCER
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Hypertension May Hit Black Males Earlier
EYE CARE, VISION
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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Help Your Kids Stay Active

t's easy to help your children get their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

For starters, join them. That's the best way to persuade kids to be active. And you can share the fun and health benefits, too.

The group also suggests that adults:

* Encourage children to get on their bicycles, roller skates or blades and scooters. Make sure they wear helmets and protective pads.
* Teach children to walk as often as possible, such as to a friend's house, to the store, around the mall or any other place where it's safe to walk. If they don't have a particular destination, suggest that they take the dog for a walk.
* Turn up the music and dance. It doesn't have to be formal or perfect, just have fun.
* Organized sports aren't the only way to enjoy team activities. Children can meet with a few friends to play street hockey, shoot some hoops, kick a soccer ball or toss around a football or baseball. Check neighborhood recreation centers for open gym times and for activities such as tennis or swimming.
* Teach children how to get younger kids doing active things such as hopscotch, jump-rope, tag, hide-and-seek, kickball, T-ball, hula hoops or kite flying.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a partnership of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

SOURCES: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, news release, April 6, 2010 Published on: April 11, 2010