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photo of ME's childhood obesity guest, Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson has spent her career trying to untangle the individual, family and community factors that contribute to overweight children and adolescents and childhood obesity. An assistant professor in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development (Department of Kinesiology), Daheia has put that research into practice in family-focused interventions, including an…

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photo of ME's Free Forest School guest, Anna Sharratt

It’s amazing to see what children can learn and discover when we turn them loose to dig in the dirt, splash in the water or follow a bug to see where it goes. Yet many of us parents are uncomfortable venturing beyond structured playgrounds or unsure how much direction and protection to provide when we…

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photo of ME's healthy children guest, Lori Brizee

As parents, we often feel overwhelmed with all the “shoulds” that come our way. But even small changes in the ways we and our families shop, cook, eat, sleep and play can have a significant impact on our children’s health and development.   Author Lori Brizee brings common sense and simple tips to this week’s…

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photo of ME's activities to learn about nature guest, Patty Born Selly

Research demonstrates the importance of starting early if we want our children to be good stewards of the environment. But that does not necessarily mean we should teach very young children about baby polar bears losing their homes or birds getting tangled in ocean debris.   Listen to Marti & Erin’s discussion with environmental educator…

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photo of ME's physical activity for children guest, Katherine Ites

For too many of our children, today’s sedentary lifestyle poses a serious threat to their longterm health and well-being. At the same time, many of our more active children are drawn into highly competitive sports at early ages, with risk of injury if they don’t receive appropriate guidance about how much physical activity is too…

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