Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

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If you're interested in learning more about the importance of developing healthy habits in children, browse through a collection of articles and reports on healthy eating, screen time, sleep routines, and emotional wellness.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity Handouts & Resources

Studies have shown that physical activity is linked to better concentration, reduced disruptive behaviors and higher test scores in reading, math, and writing.

Screen Time

Screen Time Handouts & Resources

Here's a collection of studies on the effects of video games on children.

Sleep Routines

Sleep Routines Handouts & Resources

Learn more about the importance of children and sleep and how it affects abilities to learn and stay healthy.

Never Enough Sleep: A Brief History of Sleep Recommendations for Children PEDIATRICS (2012)
This study describes historical trends in recommended and actual sleep durations for children and adolescents, and explores the rationale of sleep recommendations.

Media Use and Child Sleep: The Impact of Content, Timing and Environment PEDIATRICS (2011)
Media use has been shown to negatively affect a child's sleep, especially in the context of evening use or with a television in the child's bedroom. Little is known about how content choices and adult co-use affect this relationship. This study describes the impact of media content, timing and use on child sleep.

Short Sleep Duration and Behavioral Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Healthy 7- to 8-Year-Old Children (PDF)
This study evaluates whether short sleep is associated with behavioral symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in 7- to 8-year-old children.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness Handouts & Resources

Research has shown that even the best social skills intervention for children may fall short without a well-defined, complete framework to support it.

Articles on Children's Social Development

  • Caution…Children at Play (2012)
    Pediatricians agree that playtime is a very important part of a child’s social development. But hectic family schedules are making finding time for playtime more challenging than ever. The Nemours Foundation suggests 30 minutes of adult-led physical activity and 60 minutes of unstructured play each day.
  • Intellectual, Behavioral, and Social Outcomes of Accidental Traumatic Brain Injury in Early Childhood (2012)
    The intellectual, behavioral, and social functions of children who sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) before 3 years of age were compared with a group of uninjured children. The role of injury and environmental factors in recovery were also examined.

Promoting Children's Emotional & Behavioral Health

Promoting Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Health (2010)
The social and emotional health of children and adolescents — how they experience and express feelings, interact with others, build and sustain positive relationships and manage challenging situations — is an intrinsic part of their overall health and well-being. Children who are emotionally healthy are more likely to enter school ready to learn, succeed in school, be physically healthy and lead productive lives.

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