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Mobile mentor wants to end the sedentary cycle of today's young people

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If Tom Schneider has his way, the image of chubby, pasty children hunkered down in front of their computers or personal devices will become a thing of the past.

Schneider is the creator of T.R.U.E. Fit, a training regimen that he hopes will promote activity and a healthy lifestyle among people of all ages. But it's kids he's focusing on.

"A ...Read more

Hear, hear! Getting teen musicians to wear earplugs is a challenge

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CHICAGO -- For New Trier High School sophomore Sophia Pellar, a pair of special earplugs recently donated by a North Shore audiologist has put an end to the pain she suffered when playing flute in the pep band.

Still, the Mozart-loving north suburban Kenilworth teen giggles nervously when she explains that the earplugs -- tethered by a bright ...Read more

The free-range kids debate in an urban environment

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BALTIMORE -- Fifth-grader Aiden Coldsmith has memorized the streets around his family's home in the Waverly neighborhood. He knows every mud puddle, the homes of dogs both friendly and fierce, a park where a group of middle school girls hang out. The 11-year-old walks alone the few blocks to an art program or hardware store with "really good ...Read more

Between sunscreen and indoor lifestyles, bodies crave vitamin D

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Tammi Leader Fuller, 55, is outdoors most of the time, running her Malibu, Calif.-based sleepover camps for grown-ups. Yet, she knows she does not get enough of D, the "sunshine vitamin," because it requires ultraviolet rays to be absorbed.

"I'm always covered with sunscreen because I've had skin cancer," said Leader Fuller (www.campowerment....Read more

Pittsburgh museums for kids

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Patrik is too cute, and she knows it as she preens around a circle of chairs with people waiting to pet her. She finds ways to go between their legs to get to the other side. Her handler moves her back into the circle before he explains that Patrik was several years old before the National Aviary realized through DNA testing that the ill-named ...Read more

Former judge's center helping to steer kids away from the 'systems'

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SEATTLE -- When things go wrong in children's lives, they often wind up in either the child-welfare or juvenile-justice system.

Bobbe Bridge saw what could go wrong for kids in the decades she served as a judge, so in 2006 she founded an organization dedicated to helping systems work better for children.

"We've been focusing on the ...Read more

Air pollution takes a double toll on babies' brains

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A common pollutant in vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and secondhand cigarette smoke can shrink white matter in fetal brains and cause further developmental damage during the toddler years, a new study suggests.

Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a byproduct of incomplete combustion of organic material, was ...Read more

Getting Started: Tax breaks help with college education expenses

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You might not think of your tax return as a source for college savings, but Uncle Sam offers several education-related tax breaks -- if you know how to take advantage of them.

According to a 2014 study by Sallie Mae, a student loan lender, only 42 percent of families claim a college-related credit or deduction on their income tax return.

While...Read more

Hospitals doing C-sections that allow families to bond immediately

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Minutes after taking her first breath outside the womb, Kathryn "Katie" Marie Wilusz cuddled on her mom's bare chest, gazing in the direction of her voice. Dad sat close by, dressed in scrubs, as she wrapped a tiny hand around his index finger.

The new parents, Lauren and Joe Wilusz, sang happy birthday in celebration of their daughter's ...Read more

Life of a child, and a family, changed permanently

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As they started their family, Mooresville residents Theresa and Lucas Black dutifully got their children immunized, never doubting their doctor's word that vaccines are safe and necessary.

But their faith in those promises was shaken in 2001, when their 3-month-old daughter, Angelica, developed life-threatening seizures and ...Read more

Burger King drops soft drinks from kids' menu

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Burger King has dropped soft drinks from its children's meal menu, the latest change at a fast-food chain as advocacy groups urge restaurants to promote healthier fare, especially for children.

Burger King followed the lead of McDonald's, which dropped such drinks from its Happy Meal menu list in 2013, and Wendy's, which made a similar change ...Read more

Study: When kids are narcissists, parents are to blame

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If you don't want to raise a narcissistic brat, consider taking a hard look at your parenting style.

A new study found that parents who believe their kids are better, more special and deserve more than other kids can pass that point of view on to their children, creating young narcissists who feel superior to others, and entitled to privileges....Read more

Tiny red caps boost spirits of families with heart-sick babies

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CHICAGO -- Anna DiCicco slipped on a yellow gown, snapped latex gloves on her hands and covered her mouth with a mask.

Gone was the gray T-shirt with the bouncing, grinning heart screen-printed on the front. DiCicco, of suburban Woodstock, Ill., looked like a "yellow blob." Her humor and calm demeanor belied the circumstances: Her 4-month-old ...Read more

Losing weight before pregnancy is healthier for mom, baby

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Before she got pregnant in 2014, Lizzy King, 28, of East Lansing, Mich., gave herself a "lifestyle overhaul." She started running and lost 50 pounds. She eschewed processed food and ate her first banana.

King became "hyper-aware of the effects of too much weight gain before and during pregnancy," she said. "That was fuel to keep exercising and ...Read more

More students heading to college with mental illness: How to prepare

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Margaret Skoch of Cleveland felt a jumble of emotions as the day to leave for college neared. She was thrilled to be attending her dream school, Notre Dame University, her mother's alma mater. She was anxious about leaving home. And then there was her mental health. Skoch had been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and ...Read more

The reason why so many kids aren't vaccinated? It's not always anti-vaxxers, some just don't follow up

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The mother of a California child who exposed 20 infants to measles last year never intended for her baby to go unvaccinated.

"That baby was not in a family that was against vaccinations. The mom ... had four children, and was juggling so much, it had simply slipped her mind," said Southern California pediatrician Jan Johnson.

In the past year,...Read more

Family duties make women executives more prone to depression vs. men: study

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It's easier when your kids are grown, said Alyson Breathed, 60, a marketing director with a staff of 10. But even after decades of being in management -- first in hospitality, now for a public garden -- being a woman in authority is stressful, she said.

"We're still the ones juggling most of the family responsibilities, plus working," said ...Read more

Vaccine experts: It's time to 'nudge' hesitant parents

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A growing measles outbreak linked to the Disneyland theme park has spurred action in Washington state and elsewhere to crack down hard on parents who don't vaccinate their children.

But experts who've studied the contentious issue worry such efforts could backfire.

Gov. Jay Inslee and King County public-health officials lined up last week to ...Read more