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Teen physical activity rates too low

Teen physical activity rates too low

https://time.com/5734685/global-teen-inactivity-study/

 While physical activity has endless proven benefits, 80% of teens are not meeting the exercise recommendation of one hour of vigorous exercise per day. In the U.S. daily P E is no longer a requirement at many schools, meaning teens need extracurricular physical activity or hobbies in order to reach the guidelines. 

 Kids and teens can greatly benefit from getting adequate physical activity. Exercise can improve attention span, mood, and sleep; reduce risk for chronic diseases later in life, and even help to normalize elevated cholesterol levels. Participating in sports teams can also be beneficial socially and help to improve communication and teamwork in a supportive environment. 

 While 60 minutes per day is the recommendation, it’s not necessary to complete the full hour at once. A few short bursts of activity have been proven to be as effective as a longer stretch of activity. For example, 60 minutes can easily add up by walking to school, taking the dog for a walk, and doing a short circuit workout. 

 If your child isn’t interested in traditional sports teams, there are plenty of options for getting movement in during the day. There are apps that can facilitate home workouts (check out the 7-minute workout), YouTube has hundreds of thousands of home workout options, and of course- simply talking a walk, jog, or bike ride can be easy and being outdoors has its own benefits. Your local community center or YMCA can be a great resource for workout opportunities.  

More exercise ideas for teens: 

  • Dance/ Zumba Classes
  • Walking 
  • Skateboarding 
  • Weight lifting 
  • Aerobic classes 
  • Bicycling 
  • Yoga
  • Resistance training – body weight
  • Hiking
  • Martial Arts 
  • Swimming 

Although sixty minutes per day is the recommendation, doing some exercise is always better than none. Starting with a few days per week or even 10-20 minutes per day can be beneficial. 

If you don’t have teens yet, getting younger children in the habit of exercising (through play) can be beneficial into the teen years, and for life.  Most families find it helpful to have activity scheduled ahead of time. Doing activities together as a family, such as going to the gym at the same time, hiking together, or participating in local runs or walks, or attending Walk with a Doc can ensure there is some physical activity on the schedule. 

Children’s Primary Care Medical Group is now offering Walk with a Doc, a free weekly walk for kids, teens, and families, at two convenient locations in North County. Walk with a Doc is offered in Vista on Thursdays at 4:15 at VIDA School and La Costa on Tuesdays at 4:00pm at Stagecoach Park. A healthy snack is always provided.  Check out walkwithadoc.org/Carlsbad for more information. 

 If you need assistance helping your kids or teens improve their health habits, contact the W.E.L.L. Clinic at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group. The W.E.L.L. Clinic specializes in helping kids, teens, and families make habit changes to improve health in the following areas: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, and screen time. To make a W.E.L.L. Clinic appointments in La Costa call 760-633-3640, and for Oceanside call: 760-547-1010. 

Source: 

Guthold, R., Stevens, G. A., Riley, L. M., & Bull, F. C. (2019). Global trends in insufficient physical activity among adolescents: a pooled analysis of 298 population-based surveys with 1·6 million participants. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. doi: 10.1016/s2352-4642(19)30323-2

  • NOTE 6/23/20: because of COVID-19, group sports and gym activities are not available right now. But many of the other suggestions for physical activity can be done with your immediate family, individually or outside with proper six foot distancing and wearing of face coverings. 

Babies, toddlers and too much added sugar

 

Without even realizing it, you may be feeding your baby or toddler more sugar than you think. Nutritionist Cassandra Padgett gives some great tips for how to reduce added sugar in your little one’s diet. Read her blog post here.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

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Update on Coronavirus from Children’s Physicians Medical Group

Here’s the update on Coronavirus from the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The global case count has reached 2,886, and there have been 81 deaths, five cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S., (all 5 are adults that had traveled to Wuhan, China) at this time this virus is not spreading in the community. So far, most of the information coming out from China, which is certainly where the majority of cases are, is that the disease is by far, majorly in adults, with older adults and those with underlying illnesses at higher risk.
So the message is stay calm and don’t panic, and if you haven’t already gotten yourself and your kids vaccinated for the flu, do so. Protect your family from what we can, both influenza A and B are at high rates in the community and since symptoms of the flu are similar to Coronavirus, the hope is that they won’t get the flu and you won’t have to panic.
If you have to travel, we recommend you wear a mask and wash your hands often.   

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

Staying Safe During the Holidays

From gifts, to parties and decorating, the holidays are a joyful time. Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog offers some important reminders on how to keep your little ones safe too.   

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

Halloween Safety Tips

Getting ready for Halloween with your little ones? From costumes to pumpkin carving, be sure to check out these tips to make sure they stay safe and have fun!  Too much candy afterward? Consider donating it to one of these groups. 

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

Vaping – A Real Crisis  

Vaping – A Real Crisis  

In a 2018 study, 1 in 5 high school students admitted to vaping. There have now been 7 reported deaths associated with using e-cigarettes. Although the statistics are alarming, we as parents need to educate ourselves first, in order to protect our children. Dr. Gina Rosenfeld’s latest blog is a great place to get some basic information and tips to have an informed conversation with our kids. 

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

Baby Formula 101

Choosing which formula to feed your baby can be overwhelming and often confusing. Which brand should I buy? Does my baby need a special type? In Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog, she breaks down everything you need to know to feed your baby with confidence.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

Preventing Poisoning 

Preventing Poisoning 

It’s one of the scariest things for a parent to imagine – your small child has accidentally swallowed some medication or other toxic substance. What’s a parent to do? When in doubt, CALL POISON CONTROL AT 1-800-222-1222. Keeping these items out of reach, among other things you can do to make your home safe, are all covered in Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog. 

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

College Student Health Issues

It’s an exciting time of year with those college acceptance letters coming in, and having to make a final decision where your student will attend school this fall. They will also need to be up to date on certain vaccines among other things. Dr. Anthony Magit covers the basic information you need to know before sending them off to college.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

Reducing Sugary Drink Consumption

Did you realize that up to 17% of what your child consumes daily is added sugar? And half of that comes from sugary drinks!  The American Academy of Pediatrics is striving for some policy changes that may help our kids avoid health problems in the future. Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog outlines some great tips on what parents can do to get their kids’ eating (and drinking) habits on a healthier track.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

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