Saturday News: Kids and Adult Illnesses, Clothes for Kids with Down Syndrome, Obesity Fight and Prescriptions for Fruits and Veggies


Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kids’ products.

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  • Kid and adult illnesses: As obesity among children is rising globally, so are illnesses that were normally common among middle-aged adults. According to research from the Harvard Medical School there has been a significant increase of up to twenty seven percent in the number of children ages eight to seventeen diagnosed with high blood pressure. There is also a very real risk of type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and joint pain illnesses, diseases that used to be very uncommon for this age group.
  • New clothing line for kids with Down Syndrome: Most disabled kids have real difficulties finding clothes that fit them; they usually need to have the clothes they buy altered. For example, women with Down syndrome tend to have short torsos and legs, and may be medium to heavily-built depending on several factors of their lifestyle. A new clothing line, Ashley by design, created by a young woman with Down Syndrome, addresses these physical distinctions while also being stylish and fresh.
  • Obesity fought with prescriptions for fruit and veggies: It’s a widely known fact that 1 in 3 kids in the U.S. is obese. A new program in New York City–part of a national campaign–will introduce $2 coupons redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets. These “health bucks” will be prescribed by doctors and are aimed at helping to change the eating habits of their patients. The main focus will be on low-income, high-risk patients who need a major change in their diets, and also children who are even more vulnerable to health problems
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