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the importance of physical activity for growth and development of kids

Physical activity is important for both the physical and mental development of children, especially during the first five years of life. It's during this time that parents and educators should begin to encourage kids to engage in physical activities at an early age and build good habits that can last a lifetime.

In this article, you will learn about the critical importance of physical activity for the development of children. We’ll also help you with some tips on how to implement an effective physical education program into you and your child’s lives.

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Summer is every child’s favorite time of year. School is out which means your child will likely be spending more time in the pool, at amusement parks, at the beach, or simply outside playing in the yard. With outdoor activity comes the increased risk of sun damage to your child’s skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it only takes a few serious sunburns to damage your child’s skin for life and increase their risk of skin cancer in the future. Here, we’ll provide helpful tips to prevent sun damage so your child can enjoy spending time outdoors this summer.

 

spring blog

As the spring season and warmer weather are fast approaching, you and your child will likely be spending more time outside. The warmer weather doesn’t just signify the start of the spring season but also allergy season and with 1 in 10 children affected by seasonal respiratory allergies, you may notice your child sneezing and coughing more frequently with the seasonal change.

Although you generally cannot prevent allergies, you can help your child avoid contact with the allergens that trigger a reaction. Here are some tips to help you and your child navigate allergy season together:

mother checking temperature of child with cold

Cold and flu season is in full swing. Children are at increased risk of catching colds due to their immune systems not being fully developed. The fact that they remain in close proximity to a lot of other children in school or daycare doesn't help things either. On average most children can get 8 or more colds per year.

Instances of colds do increase in the winter months, but probably not for the reason that you may think. The cold temperatures do not actually cause your child to catch a cold. But dry air does lower resistance to the viruses that cause colds. When the heat is running most homes have lower humidity, and outside air is also drier in the winter.

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