Can Fitbit Help Kids Gain Steps and Lose Weight?

Around 17 percent of American children from age 2 to 19 are classed as “obese”. That’s a level that has remained fairly steady over the last decade. And it’s growing.

Obesity is measured in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI) – a measure that can be used to compare children in terms of their weight. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters. For children and teens, BMI is so age- and gender-specific that it is referred to as BMI-for-age. BMI levels among children and teens need to be expressed relative to other children of the same age and gender. Every child is different and that makes it difficult to generalize on something like this.

heart-rate-monitoring-device-1903997_1280Overweight is defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and gender. Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and gender.

To give an illustration, a 10-year-old boy of average height (56 inches) who weighs 102 pounds would have a BMI of 22.9 kg/m2. He would be considered obese because this calculation puts him in the 95th percentile for BMI-for-age. His BMI is greater than the BMI of 95% of 10-year-old boys in his “reference population”.

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World Pneumonia Day – Why and How to Help

Today is World Pneumonia Day. Why? Pneumonia is the leading killer of children under five. 1.3 million people dies of pneumonia last year and 1 in 8 children were a part of those mortality figures according to worldpneumoniaday.org. Pneumonia is an infectious, bacterial disease that adversely affects one’s lungs. How can pneumonia be prevented? Vaccines against pneumococcus, Hib, pertussis, and measles can prevent a significant portion … Continue reading World Pneumonia Day – Why and How to Help

Heifer International Teaches Children About Giving

Heifer International, the organization we affectionately know to empower families the world over through animal gifts that provide not only a way out of hunger, but also a way into sustainable self-reliance, just launched a new interactive educational tool teaching children the power of giving. Aimed squarely at children between the ages of 5-10, Heifer’s new character, Sarah the Goat, guides children through the process … Continue reading Heifer International Teaches Children About Giving

Join Our Tweet Chat With RIF and Support Children’s Literacy

We will be joining with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) along with our sister site, Mom Bloggers Club and five wonderful co-hosts for the #BeBookSmart tweet chat on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 6- 8 PM EST. We will talk all things children’s literacy and Macy’s will give away 10 $25 Macy’s gift cards as prizes throughout the two hours. RSVP here to join us! RIF (Reading Is … Continue reading Join Our Tweet Chat With RIF and Support Children’s Literacy