LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- It's hard to imagine that a child could have arthritis, but thousands suffer from this painful illness every day. Fortunately, they can talk about their condition with others just like them at Camp Milagros, a free summer camp in Livermore, Calif., provided by the Taylor Family Foundation.The Arthritis Foundation statistics are shocking: Arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children under the age of 16 in the United States. Children at the summer camp shared their experiences with ABC7 News.RELATED: The first ever child to get a heart transplant in San Francisco is doing well"Sometimes it's hard, because not a lot of your family or your friends understand you," said 9-year-old Sienna when she was asked what it's like to have an auto-immune disorder. "But when we come to this camp, all of us have the same issues, so it's really fun."Finding out you have arthritis is a big moment."I jumped off the swing set, I sprained my knee and it kept hurting. They realized it … [Read more...] about Free summer camp for kids with arthritis provides community, fun
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Story highlights Kids ate slightly more vegetables when they were provided with a plate with labeled compartments The researcher hopes that even incremental changes could encourage healthier eating later in life (CNN)Segmented plates with pictures of recommended foods in each compartment led preschoolers to eat more vegetables, according to a research letter published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. These lunch trays have shown similar results in elementary school kids, but not in younger children. The researchers say that this could be a tool to nudge children toward healthy habits early in life. "It's a really important time period in children's lives to experience fruits and vegetables," said report author Emily Melnick, a doctoral candidate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. The plate used in the study has food group illustrations labeling each compartment. On days when kids used the plates, they served themselves nearly … [Read more...] about This plate design gets kids to eat more veggies
By Matt Kawahara Updated 3:12 pm, Thursday, June 7, 2018 Jon Gruden made a surprise late-spring announcement to his players in the midst of offseason workouts last week. “He let us know that Santa would come,” running back Jalen Richard said, “and maybe give us a day off if we had some good OTA days.” For student-athletes from eight local high schools, Thursday morning might have felt a little like Christmas. In lieu of practice, the Raiders hosted a 7-on-7 tournament at their Alameda headquarters that allowed those high-schoolers to share a field with NFL players and coaches. Raiders players served as coaches for teams from Castlemont, Kennedy, San Lorenzo, Encinal, Castro Valley and Dublin High Schools, Madison Park Academy and Oakland Military Institute. Raiders coaches officiated the games. As the Raiders neared the final stages of their spring program, it marked a notable change of pace. “Coach Gruden is an absolute wild man - I can … [Read more...] about Raiders host local high schools for 7-on-7 tournament in lieu of practice
How To Raise A Human Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email What's the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a parent? It's a question we're asking our audience as part of How To Raise A Human, a new series from NPR's Science desk. Over the next month, we'll be looking at some of the tough issues that every parent faces — from baby sleep to getting kids to do chores — and visiting families around the world to see what they do. To kick off our series, we invited five mom and dad bloggers — including a dad of six (!) and a mom who travels the world with her 7-year-old daughter — to share their insights. One parent wishes someone had told her that having a kid won't make you feel "stuck." Another wished he'd been warned that parenting was a lot like "playing chess with speed metal music." Read some of the responses below for inspiration, then share your own story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. Photos and … [Read more...] about Your Turn: What Do You Wish You’d Known Before Becoming A Parent?
Matar is in the middle of a parkour event in his new home Gothenburg when The Local calls. It's rare that a day goes by without him training – so high are the demands put on his body. "You have to keep practicing all the time, otherwise you lose your conditioning. Your body can't pull it off. I’m always training, every day. If I have to stop for two weeks or so because of an injury to my foot for example I'll just do training that doesn't involve my feet. I never stop," he explained. Parkour has completely transformed the 22-year-old's life. He first discovered the free-running sport back in 2005 and hasn't looked back since. "I started parkour in 2005 back in Gaza with a team called PK Gaza. We created a small group, training outside in the streets. We didn't have a gym, so we started to develop ourselves by watching videos on the internet and being inspired by them." The realities of living in Gaza meant an unorthodox approach to learning for the youngsters – … [Read more...] about ‘Every day since I came to Sweden feels like a dream’: From Gaza to Gothenburg through parkour