Weekly health rail,with items on healthy eating habits, the increasing rate of non-melanoma skin cancers, how to prevent injury when starting yoga, and more.
Moms and dads know that young kids need a solid nutritional foundation to grow up healthy and strong. But for many little kids, stubborn eating habits can stand in the way of a healthy meal.
It can be tempting to give in to a tantrum and let your child eat whatever he or she wants. But nutrition experts and pediatricians agree that the right balance of nutrients, including calcium, protein, and certain vitamins, is critical for a healthy future.
Inger Hustrulid, registered dietitian and founder of Foundations Family Nutrition Inc., specializes in helping families give their children a tasty and nutritious start in life. Here are Inger's healthy tips:
- Set an example: You can't expect your kids to eat something you won't. Whether it's broccoli, fish or yogurt, it's important for your children to see you enjoying nutritious, satisfying foods.
- Know your nutrients: Ninety percent of bone strength is developed during childhood and adolescence, so it's essential that young children get enough of calcium, protein and vitamin D. To help them get some of the nutrients they need, choose power-packed snacks.
- Start young: Encourage your kids to be active from an early age, and make it part of your daily routine. Take a family walk after dinner or enroll them in a youth sports program.
- Be creative. Your picky eater won't eat a healthy meal if it doesn't taste good. Homemade breaded and baked fish sticks taste better than frozen ones. Lightly bread the fish with rice cereal or corn flakes and then bake.
- Make it a family affair. Bring your kids to the grocery store to introduce them to healthy food choices. The produce aisle can be a good place to learn about shapes and colors. There are also plenty of ways young children can help in the kitchen. Have them wash fruits and vegetables, measure ingredients, or stir (cold) sauces and batters.
New research: Non-melanoma skin cancers increasing
Studies have found that new diagnoses of non-melanoma skin cancer have become increasingly common, and the disease affects more individuals than all other cancers combined.
While non-melanoma skin cancer has a lower death rate than other cancers, it is the most common malignant disease in the U.S.
One study estimates that approximately 13 million white, non-Hispanic Americans had had at least one non-melanoma skin cancer by 2007. Another study found the total number of procedures to treat skin cancer in the Medicare population increased 76.9 percent from an estimated approximately 1.6 million procedures in 1992 to approximately 2 million procedures in 2006.
-- Archives of Dermatology
Did You Know?
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found total knee replacement patients might not need to avoid high-impact activities like football, soccer or jogging.
Health Tip: Prevent injury when starting yoga
Common yoga injuries include repetitive strain to and overstretching of the neck, shoulders, spine, legs and knees. To help minimize injury from this beneficial activity, follow these tips:
- If you have any medical conditions or injuries, speak to your doctor before participating in yoga.
- Work with a qualified yoga instructor. Ask about his or her experience and credentials.
- Warm up thoroughly before a yoga session -- cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially if participating in Bikram or “hot” yoga.
- Listen to your body and know your limits. If you are experiencing pain or exhaustion while participating in yoga, stop or take a break. If pain persists, speak with a physician.
-- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Number to Know: 35.2 percent
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, resulting in 35.2 percent of the injuries. Rates of these brain injuries caused by falls are highest for children from birth up to age 4, and for adults 75 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children’s Health: Stress might increase asthma risk
Stress during pregnancy may raise the risk of asthma in children, according to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
The researchers investigated differences in immune-function markers in cord blood between infants born to mothers in high stress environments and those born to mothers with lower stress and found marked differences in patterns that may be associated with asthma risk later in life.
Asthma is known to be more prevalent among ethnic minorities and among disadvantaged urban communities, but the disparity is not completely explained by known physical factors.
-- Harvard Medical School
Senior Health: Colon cancer treatment less aggressive
New results from a major initiative on the quality of cancer care in the United States show that patients with a common type of colon cancer, especially older patients, often do not receive the aggressive treatment that research shows is associated with better survival.
The study found that older patients often do not receive chemotherapy after surgery; with only 50 percent of patients aged 75 and older receiving the treatment.
Older patients also were less likely to receive the strongest chemotherapy, which has been shown in clinical trials to be most effective in improving survival.
GateHouse News Service