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Posted on: Thursday, December 28, 2006

Healthy resolutions for the new year for kids 5 to 12

Advertiser Staff and News Services

With the new year just days away, here are some healthy resolutions for kids ages 5 to 12, offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • I will drink milk and water, and limit soda and fruit drinks.

  • I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm playing sports.

  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week.

  • I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.

  • I will wear a seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.

  • I'll be nice to other kids. I'll be friendly to kids who need friends like someone who is shy or is new to my school.

  • I'll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parents' permission.

    EDUCATION FACT

    In 2005, about 28 percent of students ages 12 to 18 nationwide reported having been bullied at school in the previous six months.

    Source: National Center for Education Statistics