Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Start Your Engines: Breakfast the body's morning fuel

Did the kids have a rough time rolling out of bed this morning? Sometimes that morning rush means skipping breakfast. But humans need those calories to get their brains and bodies in gear, to turn the key and put a foot on the gas. A study in Bloomington, Minnesota found that eating breakfast in the morning before school meant fewer visits to the school nurse, less behavior problems, greater attention span and higher student achievement.

So make sure your children throw something down, even on crazy mornings -- maybe a cup of yogurt or a Cliff Bar on the run.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Higher test scores from adequate sleep

"Mom, I wan't to just watch this show!" Don't listen. A recent study shows test performance can improve as much as 23% when children get adequate (8 hours or more) sleep a night. Tuck 'em in now.