exercise http://wrkf.org en To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park http://wrkf.org/post/make-children-healthier-doctor-prescribes-trip-park When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.<p>"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at <a href="http://www.unityhealthcare.org/">Unity Health Care</a>, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:29:00 +0000 editor 29340 at http://wrkf.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before http://wrkf.org/post/american-teens-are-becoming-even-wimpier If you think that teenagers are becoming weaklings, you're right.<p>Less than half of youths ages 12 to 15 are even close to being aerobically fit, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>That's down from 52 percent of youths in 1999 to 2000, the last time this survey was conducted. Wed, 28 May 2014 17:13:00 +0000 editor 27236 at http://wrkf.org American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels http://wrkf.org/post/third-school-age-kids-may-have-risky-cholesterol-levels Of all the things parents worry about when it comes to their children's health, high cholesterol probably isn't very high on the list.<p>But roughly 1 in 3 primary school kids may already have borderline-high or high cholesterol, according to a large study to be presented this week at a meeting of the <a href="https://www.cardiosource.org/acc">American College of Cardiology</a>. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Linda Poon 24432 at http://wrkf.org A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60 http://wrkf.org/post/sit-more-and-youre-more-likely-be-disabled-after-age-60 The more you sit, the less physically active you are, which can lead to all sorts of health problems, including an early death.<p>But too much sitting increasingly looks like a health risk all its own. Researchers at Northwestern University say that for people 60 and older, each additional hour a day spent sitting increases the risk of becoming physically disabled by about 50 percent — no matter how much exercise they get.<p>Today, over 56 million Americans have some kind of disability, according to the latest <a href="http://www.census.gov/people/disability/">census data</a>. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:48:00 +0000 editor 22764 at http://wrkf.org Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60 Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault http://wrkf.org/post/most-teens-arent-active-enough-and-its-not-always-their-fault Sure, you think, my kid's on a football team. That takes care of his exercise needs, right? Probably not.<p>"There are these bursts of activity," says <a href="http://sallis.ucsd.edu/">Jim Sallis</a>, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 22072 at http://wrkf.org Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault For A Longer Life, You Might Try Mowing The Lawn http://wrkf.org/post/longer-life-you-might-try-mowing-lawn We all know we're supposed to exercise daily, but precious few of us do. And it only seems to get harder with age.<p>There's a reason to try harder, though. Tacking more years of good health on to your life may be as simple as mowing the lawn more often and engaging in other everyday physical activities.<p>Researchers in Sweden measured the health of almost 4,000 60-year-olds in the late 1990s. A dozen years later, they checked back in. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:26:00 +0000 editor 18105 at http://wrkf.org For A Longer Life, You Might Try Mowing The Lawn