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children-playingIn the last thirty years childhood obesity has more than doubled among U.S. children (ages 6–11) and quadrupled in adolescents (ages 12–19), putting American youth at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke as they grow older. Because September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, here are two new studies spotlighting the importance of promoting good nutrition and lifestyle habits—plus several links to smart and simple tips for raising healthy kids!

Little Couch Potatoes Grow Up to Be Big Couch Potatoes
Researchers at University College London recently wrapped up a decades-long study in which they found that children who spend a lot of time sitting in front of the TV tend to become adults who spend a lot of time sitting in front of the TV—a behavior known to contribute to obesity and obesity-related disease. After monitoring the viewing habits of more than 9,800 participants, they found that nearly 83 percent of 40-year-olds who watch more than three hours of TV daily had similar habits at age 10. This prompted experts to stress the importance of teaching kids about the benefits of physical activity for a healthy weight and overall wellness.

Learning to Like Certain Foods Starts Early
A new series of nutritional studies suggests childhood eating habits form during infancy, and parents should be aware that taste preferences for certain foods can take root even before little ones start walking. The combined results of more than 10 studies, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, show that eating patterns are set early in life—making it even more important for parents to promote healthy foods sooner rather than later. They recommend getting babies interested in fruit and vegetables by late infancy (between 10 and 12 months) and encourage parents to keep trying even when kids spit out certain foods, as repeated exposure often increases acceptance.

Parents and family members can check out our previous blogs for tips and advice on children’s health and nutrition:

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vit-angels-childrenLove Facebook? Then we’d really “Like” your help! You probably recognize EpiCor® as the natural immune health ingredient found in our Ultimate Flora Advanced Immunity probiotic, and now ReNew Life is asking for your help to spread the word about a new charitable campaign between EpiCor and our giving partner Vitamin Angels.

Now through November, for every “Like” or “Share” on Facebook, EpiCor will donate 25 cents to Vitamin Angels helping reach up to 25,000 children worldwide—and your participation will provide one child lifesaving vitamin A for a whole year. Vitamin A supplementation is considered one of the key interventions achievable at a large scale that has proven potential to reduce the number of preventable child deaths each year.i

How it Works:
Between now and midnight on November 15, log in to Facebook and “Like” or “Share” the following page: https://www.facebook.com/EpiCorImmune/app_742106275850654. By doing so, you will be helping children in need receive lifesaving vitamin A for an entire year through Vitamin Angels.

Why it Matters:
25 cents can save the life of a child. Vitamin A deficiency is a major contributor to the mortality of children under five.ii Improving the vitamin A status of deficient children through supplementation enhances their resistance to disease and can reduce mortality from all causes by approximately 24 percent.iii,iv

About Vitamin Angels
Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals. In 2014, Vitamin Angels is working to reach40 million children in about 45 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health. Vitamin Angels has received seven consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator for Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. To learn more, visit www.vitaminangels.org.



iJones, Gareth, et al., ‘How Many Child Deaths can we Prevent this Year?’, The Lancet, vol. 362,5 July 2003, pp. 65-71.
iiWorld Health Organization, The World Health Report 2002: Reducing risks, promoting healthy life, WHO, Geneva, 2002, p. 55.
iiiBeaton, George H., et al., ‘Effectiveness of Vitamin A Supplementation in the Control of Young Child Morbidity and Mortality in Developing Countries’, ACC/SCN State-of-the-Art Series, Nutrition Policy Paper No. 13, Geneva, 1993.
ivImdad A., Herzer K., Mayo-Wilson E., Yakoob M.Y, and Bhutta Z.A. Vitamin A supplementation for preventing morbidity and mortality in children from 6 months to 5 years of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 12. p. 2. Art. No.: CD008524. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008524.pub2.­­

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