Breakfast really IS the most important?

Middle school students who eat breakfast at school — even if they have already had breakfast at home — are less likely to be overweight or obese than students who skip breakfast, says a new study by the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) at the Yale School of Public Health and the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Continue reading


How Hard Am I Working? (OMNI)

Knowing how hard to exercise is important for both results (intensity is an important factor in exercise “dosage”) as well as for enjoyment.  “No pain, no gain” often makes no sense….

This is not to say that pushing hard is not appropriate…it absolutely is….but like most things, it’s not an either/or. Understanding and maintaining balance ensures the experience is positive AND the best results can be achieved.

The Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is a valid way of assessing exercise intensity.  However the adult version may not be most appropriate for kids.  The OMNI is a validated tool which allows children to rate their effort on a 0 to 10 scale using pictures. Click HERE to read the full study.