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2 Your Health stories for March 1, 2013

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BATON ROUGE - Here's your 2 Your Health stories for March 1, 2013:

Many school districts cut physical education classes to devote more time to academics, but exercise gives kids an edge in the classroom.

Physically-fit kids are more than twice as likely to pass standardized math and reading tests. Socio-economic status and weight also had no effect on their test performance.

Exercise made a difference, leading researchers to suggest as much emphasis should be place on P. E. as on academics.


Eating a breakfast filled with nutrients can also help kids excel in the classroom.

A study finds their test scores are 17-percent higher. They're also more likely to attend class regularly, which increases their chance of graduating from high school.


Less housework and more technology may be leading to poorer health for women.

A study says nearly 50 years ago women did twice as much demanding housework, like cooking, cleaning and laundry, than they do today. Now, women spend more time than ever in front of tv's, computers and tablets, increasing their risk of obesity.

Researchers emphasize they are not suggesting that women need to do more housework, just be more active.


Choking is one of the leading causes of death among young children, but there are a number of precautions parents can take.

"It's very important to avoid foods that are hard or round or slippery," said pediatrician dr. Jennifer shu. "Examples include whole grapes, hard candy, chunks of hotdogs or other meat."

Sticky foods, like peanut butter and marshmallows, should also be avoided. As well as popcorn, nuts, batteries and coins.


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