What you teach your children today about GMO foods and organics can greatly affect the world of tomorrow. Q: Earth Day is coming up, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk with my kids about GMOs
Folic acid supplements are recommended to women of childbearing age to prevent defects of the spinal cord and brain, but NIH-funded research has discovered another important benefit: Children are less likely to become obese if mothers have adequate levels of the nutrient during pregnancy.
Omega-3s Vital for Mom and Baby. Scientists at Tufts and Harvard Universities analyzed studies of more than 2,500 children and found that getting enough omega-3 fatty acids significantly improves development of brain and motor skills in babies and children.
A decade-long study of 11 million children in Sweden found that being around dogs and farm animals early in life reduced rates of asthma by 13 and 50 percent, respectively. However, the researchers noted that kids who already have allergies to animals should not be exposed to them.
For kids, swimming lessons are fun, good exercise, and potentially life-saving. Knowing how to swim reduces the risk of childhood drowning by 88 percent, according to data compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, but if parents can’t swim, there’s only a 13 percent chance that the child will learn.
Want to get your kids interested in healthy food—and cooking? Common Threads can help. The nonprofit has programs to help parents engage kids in food shopping, choices, and preparation. And for teachers, it offers interactive classroom programs for grades three through eight.