Health and Safety
10 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today for Family Fitness
Dealing with obesity requires a commitment from the whole family. It will be much easier for your child to accept—maybe even embrace—changes to his eating habits and activity level if he's not going it alone. These recommendations apply to families who want to prevent obesity, too. Everyone can benefit from better nutrition and more physical...
Take the Healthy Family Quiz
Getting enough exercise and eating right are habits that start at home. Are you raising a healthy family? How do you score on a scale of overall fitness and healthy living? Take this quiz to find out.
5 Healthy Habits for Your Family
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children came up with an easy way to help your family get and stay healthy by meeting five simple goals each day. See if everyone in your family can meet these goals for fitness, nutrition, and health.
Preventing Injuries, Promoting Health
Kids can suffer from many kinds of sports injuries, including sprains, broken bones, concussions, and heat stroke. Lists risks of physical activities, which sports cause the most injuries, and how to prevent and treat the most common injuries.
Create a Healthy Family Home
Any living space can become a healthy family home with these suggestions for encouraging wellness in your environment.
The Sleep-Obesity Connection
Lack of sleep, or disrupted sleep, can lead to obesity, and obesity can cause sleep problems. But addressing one problem may help the other.
Improve Sleep with Exercise
Regular physical activity can help both kids and adults fall asleep faster at night and feel better during the day. Kids need an hour of exercise per day. Adults should aim for 150 minutes of exercise per week
Sleeping Better for Better Family Health
Babies, kids, teens, and adults: Everyone needs sufficient, restful sleep in order to be healthy. Find out how to help everyone sleep better.
Winter Safety: Keep Kids Safe From Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Injury
Safety advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on how to keep kids safe during the winter months. Includes tips on staying warm and preventing injuries while skating, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding.
Strength Training for Kids
When done safely and with proper adult supervision, strength training for kids offers many health benefits. Learn more about how young kids can start strength training and what types of exercises are safe.
How Much Sports Practice Is Too Much?
Sports medicine physicians provide guidance on how to determine the right amount of practice for your child, and warn against early specialization in sports.
Prevent and Treat Sports Concussions
Sports concussions are a risk for any athlete, and that includes kids. There's no way to prevent all sports concussions, but you can take precautions to reduce risk. It's also critical to make sure your child gets treated adequately before he or she returns to play.
Sun Safety for Kids and Families
These sun safety tips for families from the American Academy of Pediatrics help you keep your child safe while he plays outside in the sun.
Concussions - Symptoms and Signs
If your child experiences concussions symptoms or signs, take it seriously. Kids who sustain a head injury while playing sports should stop playing immediately (even if the injury seems minor) and be evaluated by a trained health professional.
Road Safety for Kids and Families
As a runner, you know what safety rules to follow on the road. If your child bicycles, he needs to follow safety rules too. But what about road safety for kids and parents traveling together? Follow these guidelines.
Kids' Bike Safety Tips
Enforce these bike safety rules with your kids to reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.
Playground Safety Checklist
Check home, public, and school playgrounds against this playground safety checklist before kids play. It covers surfaces, equipment, and more.
12 First Aid Skills Every Coach Needs to Know
Coaches need to have the first aid chops to treat anything from small cuts and bruises to major life-threatening emergencies. Parents and players count on the coach to know first aid and to not hesitate in the face of an emergency.
Are Trampolines Safe?
Do you have a trampoline in your backyard, or are you considering one? Find out what pediatricians recommend and whether they think trampolines are safe.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Lower your child's risk of drowning by following these important pool safety guidelines. A backyard pool requires pool safety equipment and constant supervision.
Are Insect Repellents Safe for Kids?
Kids hate being bothered by bugs when they play outside (and mosquitoes and ticks can carry dangerous diseases). But are insect repellents safe? Learn the best ways to keep insects away.
Summer Safety Guidelines for Families
Outdoor play helps kids get the physical activity they need every day, plus it's fun for the whole family. But playing outside exposes your kids to some hazards too. Know and enforce important summer safety rules to lower your family's risk of injuries and illness.
Help Active Kids Avoid Heat Stress
Kids are susceptible to heat stress and other heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, during exercise in hot weather. Learn how to prevent heat stress in your physically active child or teen during hot and humid weather. Share these guidelines with youth sports coaches.
Back to School Health and Fitness
Now's the time to jumpstart good health and fitness habits that can carry you through the school year. Add these back-to-school wellness routines to your to-do list.
Summer Sports Camp Safety
Sports camps offer skill-building, physical activity, and team bonding, but campers also risk injury and illness. Learn the essential questions to ask about camp safety.
Poll: How Healthy Are Your Child's Habits?
Is your child on par with her peers when it comes to physical activity levels and nutritious eating?
Halloween Safety Tips
Make sure your Halloween stays happy by following these Halloween safety tips, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Includes guidelines for costumes and for trick-or-treating.
National Playground Safety Week
During National Playground Safety Week, give the playgrounds you visit an extra safety inspection.