Pennington studies active video games on obese kids
Posted on 12/4/2015 2:01:00 AM.

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center is studying whether active video games can help improve health, especially in overweight children. Pennington Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Staiano says they’re launching the Game Squad study to see if some active games can get kids off the couch and moving. She says boys and girls ages 10 to 12 will be part of the study for six months.
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Report finds kids eat 12% of daily calories on fast food
Posted on 9/16/2015 11:55:00 AM.

The National Center for Health Statistics finds children consume an average of 12% of their daily calories from fast food. Professor with the LSU Health Sciences Center, Dr. Melinda Sothern, says the study shows younger children eat 9% of their calories at fast food establishments compared to 17% for teens.
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Computer and phone screens putting digital strain on young eyes
Posted on 7/6/2015 10:30:00 AM.
The rising number of youth who are constantly on their cell phones and computers are putting strain on their eyes. Doctors say they've seen a growing amount of young patients suffering from computer vision syndrome. Dr. Monica Monica, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, says when looking at screens your blink rate decreases.
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Study: Lunch after recess leads kids to eat more fruits and veggies
Posted on 1/15/2015 4:10:00 AM.
A BYU and Cornell University study shows that kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they are served lunch at school after recess.  The study, done in Utah, showed that feeding kids after recess prompted 45-percent more kids to eat fruits and vegetables.

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