Break out the jump rope!

A new study from researchers at the University of Buffalo found that children ages 8 to 12 were more physically active when they had a greater number of active toys to choose from. Giving kids a variety of active toys, such as a beanbag toss, mini indoor basketball and jump rope, boosted both the length and intensity of active play sessions, especially for girls. The researchers speculated that being given the power to choose their own recreation motivated the children to be even more active.

Q: Can two brown-eyed parents have a blue-eyed baby?

A: YES. People with brown eyes can still carry recessive blue-eye genes, so in a small percentage of cases, a mom and dad with brown eyes can still have a kid with baby blues.


The percentage of children who eat school lunches who are likely to be overweight or obese, according to the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, versus 24.7 percent of kids who bring their lunches from home.


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Taking the D out of Diabetes

To reduce the odds of your children developing juvenile, or Type 1, diabetes, make sure they get enough vitamin D. Dr. Cedric Garland, a University of California, San Diego professor and author of a 2010 study on the connection between diabetes and vitamin D, says that children living in sunny areas were 80 percent less likely to develop Type 1 diabetes than children in low-sun regions. His suggested solutions include ensuring that kids get outdoor playtime (be sure to use sunscreen and cover up if they’ll be out for more than 10 minutes) and getting an annual 25-hydroxyvitamin D test from your pediatrician.