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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Childhood Habits Impact Lifelong Health

From Smart Kids with LD

April 29, 2013

"An alarmingly high proportion of teens are currently on a path that may lead to heart disease. This was a key finding from a comprehensive five-year national assessment of teen health."

Challenges with motor and social skills may conspire to keep some children with learning disabilities and ADHD on the sidelines, despite research that shows all youngsters should be engaging in more–not less–physical activity.

An alarmingly high proportion of teens are currently on a path that may lead to heart disease. This was a key finding from a comprehensive five-year national assessment of teen health.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), found that a “disconcertingly high” rate of poor eating habits and inadequate physical activity “may contribute to unacceptably high rates of adult-onset cardiovascular disease.”

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the results of the NHANES Survey clearly show that poor eating and exercise habits established in childhood can “powerfully redirect” an individual’s health in adulthood:

In children as young as 6 years old who died of causes not related to heart disease, pathologists have detected fatty streaks in the large arteries in autopsies.

By early adulthood, atherosclerosis–a narrowing of the arteries with fatty build-up–begins to turn into calcified coronary plaque. And by middle age, heart disease can be at an advanced stage.


Move-More Strategies

For parents who struggle to find exercise options for their children with LD and ADHD, experts suggest the following strategies:
  • Forgo team sports for individual sports (e.g. swimming, diving, martial arts, etc.);
  • Select activities appropriate for your child’s emotional development;
  • Consider one-on-one coaching;
  • Find ways to modify training and activities to keep your child engaged.

1 comment:

  1. The experts shared their statements at a press conference held at Roosevelt University and sponsored by Parents United for Responsible Education,

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