You know your family’s schedules are busy – sports, school, after-school, music lessons, play dates. Sometimes it can feel as though quality family time involves driving between activities. And what about those kids who enjoy being active – playing soccer, hockey and lacrosse? Or maybe it’s swimming, tennis and baseball? How much is too much?
When we think of weightlifting, our first thought may not be about kids – but in reality, it can be a good form of exercise. Alison Regal, exercise specialist with UW Health’s Sports Performance program, explains that weightlifting fulfills many dimensions of overall wellness – including the social, physical, emotional and even intellectual.
“Weightlifting can help increase bone mineral density and lean muscle mass. It helps to prevent injury and increases athletic performance. From an emotional perspective it can be a great way to relieve stress. If you’re part of a team – weightlifting can increase team cohesiveness and participating in a weightlifting program can increase an athlete’s confidence, open their mind to new experiences and help them step outside their comfort zone” she says.
A study recently published by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found that short-term increases to high-dose of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) does not effectively prevent asthma flare-ups in children, but does that mean it’s time to rip up your child’s asthma treatment plan?
“Parents definitely should not change their child’s asthma plan without first talking to their doctor,” said Daniel Jackson, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at UW.
When we think about eating or exercise for heart health, our first thought usually isn’t about kids’ health. On the contrary – many times we see childhood as a time of indulgence. Ice cream after a soccer game, pizza and a root beer float on the side, and let’s not forget about Halloween.
“I’m a working mom with two kids – I get it. I understand the desire to indulge,” says UW Health pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD. “But the reality is that as parents one of our most important jobs is to help our kids grow to be healthy adults.”