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October 2010 - AP Month ... We're All Full of Love!


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News on eating healthy, staying fit, and following the second Principle of Parenting, "Feeding with Love and Respect."

Combating Childhood Obesity May Start in the Womb
Children whose mothers developed diabetes while pregnant are at increased risk of being overweight by age 11, a new study shows.

What Are Babies Made Of? For Some It's Sugar, Salt and Not All Things Nice
Children as young as four weeks old are being fed a poor diet of biscuits, ice-cream and soft drinks. A new study found some month-old babies had been introduced to high fat, salt and sugar foods, despite health authorities recommending exclusive breastfeeding to six months of age.

"Let's Move Outside!" Gives Parents Tools to Get Families Moving Outdoors
Join First Lady Michelle Obama, along with doctors, teachers, land managers, community leaders, and others in this nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by unplugging and reconnecting outside.

Community Programs Can Help Mothers Control Weight
Community-based lifestyle programs help prevent weight gain and encourage physical activity in women with young children, a new study from Australia has found.

Check out All the Great Items on the Online Auction for AP Month, Then Place Your Bid!

Hurry! This is the last week of bidding. Place your bids for jewelry, trips, a cosleeper, a L.E.A.N. training certification, artwork, a Humanity Family Sleeper, something meaningful for yourself or family, handmade gifts for the holidays, and much more. Help yourself and API!

Submit Your Best Photo ...

Show how your family practices Attachment Parenting through sharing your favorite original photo. Submit a photo of your family cooking together, eating together, enjoying a family tradition regarding meals, food, or activities that shows how your family makes mealtimes and fitness fun.

Children's Brain Development Is Linked to Physical Fitness
Researchers have found an association between physical fitness and the brain in 9- and 10-year-old children: Those who are more fit tend to have a bigger hippocampus and perform better on a test of memory than their less-fit peers.

Imbalanced Diet and Inadequate Exercise May Underlie Asthma in Children
Even children of a healthy weight who have an imbalanced metabolism due to poor diet or exercise may be at increased risk of asthma, according to new research, which challenges the widespread assumption that obesity itself is a risk factor for asthma.

Research on Obesity

Battelle to Examine What Curbs Childhood Obesity
Nobody has systematically looked at whether all the money, time and discussion devoted to childhood-obesity prevention and intervention is doing any good and what type of work seems to make the most difference. That's why the federal government has given Battelle and its collaborators $23 million - and as much as $29.7 million by the end of the five-year project - to study 300 U.S. communities. They'll take an in-depth look at 100 children in each of those communities and analyze efforts to improve their health.

Shape of the Future: University of New England Researchers Sound the Alarm About Obesity Trends in "The Work Force of Tomorrow"
Maine employers are already coping with rising costs related to overweight and obese workers. But they are in for a lot more if youth obesity rates stay as high as they are now, according to new research by the University of New England.

University of Minnesota Aims to Head Off Childhood Obesity
The University of Minnesota has received a $7 million federal grant to create a childhood obesity center with the goal of transforming the exercise and eating habits of as many as 530 Minnesota families.

5 Questions with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin on Childhood Obesity
Q:Of all the health topics you can tackle, why childhood obesity?
A:Since 1980, obesity has doubled in adults and tripled in children. That, to me, is just astonishing. ... I certainly understand what parents are going through. They're very busy, and trying to juggle all these balls and keep them in the air is very hard. But the real thing is the long-term effects -- the heart disease, diabetes, the strokes, that as a doctor, I would be seeing in the next 10 years. That was really, really frightening.

Emotional Eating: A Problem for Young People
Snacking to ease angst and depression can lead to childhood obesity.

The Room of a Teenage Boy: A Look at AP with Teens
The sign on the door was hardly welcoming. It read, “Warning! Restricted Area. No Trespassing. Use of Deadly Force Authorized!”

If I could change the sign on the door to this room, I’d hang one that reads, “Maturation Unfolding. Occupant Is in the Vital Process of Integration. Please Enter with Respect and Honor.” Israeli parenting educator Shoshana Hayman explains...

Eating Healthy

Family Meals, Vegetables May Keep Kids Trim
Children who regularly sit down to family meals and get plenty of vegetables in their diet tend to be thinner than their peers without such eating habits, a new study finds. 

Spoiled System: Eating Healthier Comes with a Price for Families
The reasons fresh fruits and vegetables are so pricey compared with processed food in a carton are a complicated stew of government subsidies, politics, and the whims of Mother Nature. But their combined might, say critics pushing fresh approach for a change in the way money is doled out, moves us away from fruits and vegetables and toward meat, dairy products, and the sugar- and sodium-loaded processed foods for which crops like corn and wheat serve as the raw ingredients.

Baby Carrots Take on Junk Food with Hip Marketing Campaign
Name a snack food that's neon orange and makes a loud crunch when munched. If you picked Cheetos, the nation's biggest producer of baby carrots wants you to think again.

Sugary Sports Drinks Mistakenly Associated with Being Healthy
Children who practice healthy lifestyle habits such as eating fruits and vegetables and engaging in physical activity may be negatively impacting their health because they tend to consume large amounts of flavored and sports beverages containing sugar, according to new research.

40% of Kids' Calories Come from Solid Fat and Sugar
Baked goods, pizza, and soda. According to an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, these are the top three sources of calories for Americans, aged 2 to 18 years. And that's not all — the study found a series of statistics that show how our food is endangering the health of the next generation.

Philadelphia Using Stimulus Funds to Fight Obesity and Smoking
In the bleak cityscape of Philadelphia's poorer neighborhoods, the corner store is both convenience and curse, stocking milk and cheese, as well as junk food and cigarettes. Thanks to federal stimulus money recently pumped into the city, such stores may also start carrying healthier foods, like fresh produce.

Read with Us on API Reads...
This month we're finishing The Baby Bond by Dr. Linda Palmer. We'll be wrapping this up on
October 25-29 with an online Q&A with Dr. Palmer herself! This book contains some juicy, and sometimes surprising, nuggets of information - crying and carrying, breastfeeding, AP and its effect on intelligence, and bonding, just to name a few. If you haven't been reading, it's never too late! Join us in the forum to post your thoughts and opinions. And get ready for that online Q&A with Dr. Palmer!
November through January we will be reading The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood by the Sears family. If you don't have a copy, purchase one today so that you can join in the conversation. A bonus ...
during the months of December and January there will be a Q&A with one of the Sears!

Check out the book giveaway!

Fighting Obesity in Everyday Life

Children and Teens Seeing Fewer Television Ads for Fruit Drinks, Regular Sodas, and Sweets
But youth of all ages seeing more fast-food ads, study finds.

USDA Says Soda Taxes Really Work
By analogy with cigarettes, taxes on sodas might discourage people-especially young people-from consuming sugary drinks. This might help with weight issues.

Happy Meal Complaint Opens Pandora's Box
Health advocates are involved in another season of rallying against the marketing of certain foods to kids. One California county this spring banned toys in most fast-food meals, while demonstrators in May called on Ronald McDonald to retire.

Attacking Obesity by Making Parks Safer
Chula Vista, California, has been chosen as one of six cities across the nation to attack childhood obesity by addressing violence in parks and public spaces. The goal is to promote active living by creating a safer community.

API Live! Full of Love: Lifestyle. Exercise. Attitude. Nutrition. with Dr. Bill Sears and Domnique Hodgin
October 25, 2010 9:00 P.M. EST/6:00 P.M. PST

Register for this call to hear hosts Lu Hanessian and API co-founder Lysa Parker speak with Dr. Bill Sears and Dominique Hodgin about wellness for families, communities, workplace, healthcare, and schools. Hear Dr. Sears' story and the latest on what you need to know about your child's health.

Creating a healthier community begins with having practical tools and information that make implementing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle simple. Dr. Sears has focused many years of his practice on helping others learn how easy healthy living can be through lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition, the four pillars of health.  Whether for expectant mothers, children, families, or employees, Dr. Sears has developed real-world solutions that anyone can afford and incorporate into their busy lives for a lifetime of health.

Schools and Obesity

Schools Promote Healthy Eating Habits through Federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Students in 188 Illinois schools will get fresh fruits and vegetables to eat this school year through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The federally funded program would provide fresh produce throughout the school day.

North Dakota Farm-to-School Program Gets Kids Eating Healthy
Six-year-old Ethan Kuhnhenn looked at the food his school lunch ladies handed him with skepticism. Holding it as far away as he could, he debated whether to try the foreign orange object.
"Just try it," one of the ladies instructed.
In a quick swoop, Ethan shoved the cantaloupe piece in his mouth and swallowed. "It's like watermelon!" he exclaimed before running off.
The lunch ladies laughed. Another victory was theirs.
At Granville Public Schools, getting kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day with school lunch is a top priority.

Schools Planning for New Law Aimed at Childhood Obesity
It's no secret the country has an obesity problem. But Ohio is taking steps to change that, starting with children. Senate Bill 210, which went into effect September 17th, is aimed at addressing a growing need. This law places tough restrictions on beverages in schools and vending machines from kindergarten to 12th grade, even banning the sale of some items, and requires better teaching of nutrition and physical activity benefits and requires schools to calculate the body mass index, or BMI, of its students.

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The Happier Kids Now Online Expo is a free Parenting Interview Series hosted by Rhonda Ryder and Patrick McMillan providing a wealth of life-changing information from 24 happiness, self-esteem, health, and education experts. The line-up of speakers includes Bob Proctor; Bruce Lipton, PhD; Marianne Williamson; Bob Doyle; Marci Shimoff; Sonia Choquette; Dr. Joe Rubino; Dr. Dan Yachter; and Scott Noelle ... plus 17 more!

A Nibble Here, a Nibble There
Seems like everyone - from politicians to TV chefs - wants to make over school food programs. But even advocates concede that major changes can't happen overnight. When it comes to what’s going on in the school cafeteria, industry experts agree that turning this battleship will require commitment, money, and, perhaps more than anything, the will to make it happen.

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This is a perfect opportunity to receive API membership benefits at half the cost. Also, it's another wonderful way to introduce a loved one to Attachment Parenting. Take advantage of this offer today! 
*Due to shipping considerations, this special is only available for US Family Memberships. Not applicable to Professional memberships. This offer expires October 31, 2010.


Dear Supporter,

It's finally here! October is AP Month, and this month we're celebrating! ... and focusing on API's second Principle of Parenting, "Feeding with Love and Respect." The theme for this month is “Full of Love: Parenting to Meet Emotional and Physical Needs for Healthy Children.”

One of the strongest underlying currents that flows through Attachment Parenting is respect, and that means
respect for our children's bodies as well as their minds.

As parents, we happily, eagerly strive daily to follow the tenets of Attachment Parenting, and physical health is simply an extension of the focus we place on our children's emotional well-being.

This month you'll read all about healthy eating, obesity, exercise, and attachment and how they all play a part in our children's health and long-term well-being, as well as our own.

In this issue of Links, you'll learn about
- how community programs can help mothers control their weight
- how brain health is linked to physical health
- what some schools are doing to combat obesity
- how family meals keep kids trim
- what 40% of kids' calories come from
- soda taxes and if they work
- and how vending machine snacks affect the health of kids

So continue to do the good work of growing healthy, balanced, and attached kids. Your entire family will reap the benefits for years to come!

Camille North,
API Links Editor

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Upcoming Parenting Conferences

October 14-17 - MANA 2010 Conference

October 21-24 - Lu Hanessian, Peggy O'Mara to speak, Lysa Parker attend the Freedom for Family Wellness Conference

October 28-30 - API hosting a booth at the Imago Relationships International 7th Annual Conference

November 1-2 - Practical Parenting Conference

API Resource Advisory Council Member Bill Corbett's parenting book Love, Limits, and Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids has been awarded the "Parent Tested, Parent Approved" Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in family products. Read more...

Kids Who Eat Vending Machine Snacks Face Chronic Health Problems 
Vending machines in schools can harm children's health, a new study has found. Students who eat food from snack machines are more likely to develop bad dietary habits that can ultimately lead to obesity and risks of chronic problems like diabetes and coronary artery disease, according to research from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Alarms on Youth Obesity in Massachusetts: School Study Finds 1 in 3 Overweight; Sharp Disparities Linked to Income
More than one-third of Massachusetts students evaluated during the 2008-2009 school year were overweight or obese, according to a report  that revealed stark differences in how the obesity epidemic has touched cities and towns. The study, which reflects weight and height measurements for about 110,000 students, for the first time provides data on separate school districts and underscores the role of poverty and affluence in determining weight.

Local Schools Fighting Childhood Obesity
During class at Arcadia Elementary in Taylorsville, Utah, some teachers have started slipping "five-minute" exercise routines between reading and math. Recess time finds children skipping around a track. At lunch, students hem and haw over which nutritious side dish to choose: broccoli or mandarin oranges?

API's 2010 Blog Carnival Invitation
Hurry to participate in the AP Month blog carnival!!!
Posts must be published and publicly viewable by October 13th at noon PST.  Here’s how to participate:

1. Publish a post on our theme “Full of Love: Parenting to Meet the Emotional and Physical Needs of Children” with the following text (including hyperlinks):

This post is part of the Attachment Parenting Month blog carnival, hosted by Attachment Parenting International. Learn more about how you can keep your children “Full of Love” by visiting API Speaks, the blog of Attachment Parenting International. [http://attachmentparenting.org/blog/]

2. Once your post is completed, please email us with the link to your blog post as well as a short message that the post is part of the AP Month 2010 blog carnival.

3. API Speaks will then link to your blog in a summary post on October 18, 2010.

4. If you do not have a blog, but would like to submit a guest post for AP Month, please email us.