Topic: Health

UK child obesity worst in poorest cities

Thousands of UK children, mainly in deprived city areas, are already classed as severely obese when they leave primary school. A report by the Local Government Association (LGA) warns that severe child obesity rates are...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
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CITC Weekly Roundup: Friday 25 May

Here is our weekly round-up of global stories concerning children, their rights, and their wellbeing. This week we take a look at the different ways social media impacts children’s food intake, their mental health and puts them at risk...Read more
|Comment|author: Julia Zvobgo
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Boys with asthma risk more broken bones

Asthma is associated with childhood fractures for boys, but not girls, underlining the importance of bone health education says Cheryl Critchley, a writer for the University of Melbourne’s research publication platform, Pursuit. It is no secret...Read more
|Comment|author: Cheryl Critchley
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Early intervention increases educational gains for inner city children

Researchers followed the 30-year progress of 989 children who attended the Child-Parent Centers program in inner-city Chicago as preschoolers. Their findings suggest preventive interventions beginning in early childhood can promote long-term educational success that contributes...Read more
|Comment|author: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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Inactive kids at risk of falls and fractures in old age

Sedentary children are more likely to suffer musculoskeletal disorders like osteoporosis in later life making them more prone to debilitating falls and fractures in old age. Brittle bones, fractures and loss of muscle mass and strength...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Associate ProfessorChristine Rodda and Dr Rachel Duckham

Everything to play for

Introducing more play space to cities can help tackle health, societal and environment issues, says Samuel Williams of the planning and design specialists, Arup. We need to take play seriously. We need to take play seriously...Read more
|Comment|author: Samuel Williams

Age diversity for social cohesion

Creating public space that encourages social integration has never been more important. Here, Samuel Williams of planning specialists Arup, explains why child-friendly cities must adopt inter-generational design principles. ‘Designing cities for all’ is easy to say but if...Read more
|Comment|author: Samuel Williams

Scottish children ‘among least active’

Scotland has been placed joint last in an international study of physical activity among children. The research found that Scotland had one of the best environments and infrastructure for outdoor play among the 38 nations that...Read more
|Comment|author: Editor - BBC News

Help children to walk and cycle to school

Now that millions of pupils have gone back to school, we call on the government to get more children walking and cycling the school journey. Currently, a portion of the “sugar tax” is set to fund...Read more
|Comment|author: The Guardian

Biophilic cities: don’t forget the buildings!

Many recent movements have promoted the greening of cities and connecting children and families to nature. A growing body of research tells us that nature provides many benefits, including increased health and well-being. In participatory...Read more
|Comment|author: Victoria Derr

Development of child-friendly green spaces

If a city is to function properly, it needs to coordinate very diverse agendas related to land use, energy, water, waste, mobility, health and education, economic development, and the promotion of cultural vitality and social...Read more
|Comment|author: Marini Widowati