Kids and Media Resources:
Cardiovascular Health Promotion for Children
John Hopkins Medical Center Division of Cardiology provides research and statistics documenting the relationship between childhood obesity and future health problems. The site also offers helpful tips on cutting fatty food intake.
Center for a New American Dream
The Center's "The Nag Factor," a survey study, discovered that children would constantly ask for aggressively advertised products, despite continued rebuffs. Other materials on this Web page include a free PDF pamphlet "Tips for Parenting in a Commercial Culture," advocacy opportunities, and statistics and facts regarding commercialization and kids.
Judge Baker Children's Center: The Media Center
Founded in 1994 by Judge Baker Children's Center, The Media Center's mission is to document the influence of the media on children's lives. The Media Center's Web site offers their mission statement, articles written by Media Center staff, and press relating to the commercialization of childhood.
This report from the Online News Hour calls attention to the explosion of childhood obesity and the ramifications for children's long-term health.
CNN.com provides an array of obesity statistics including total number of overweight youths and percentage of cardiovascular disease cases related to obesity.
Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the United States Surgeon General
A report from the U.S. Surgeon General, "Physical Activity and Health" concludes "that people of all ages can improve the quality of their lives through a lifelong practice of moderate physical activity." The report's research discovers that despite the benefits of physical activity, 60 percent of Americans are not regularly physically active while 25 percent are not physically active at all.
Stop Commercial Exploitation of Children
Stop Commercial Exploitation of Children (SCEC) is a coalition of child welfare groups, citizen groups, consumer advocates, and media organizations opposed to the increasing commercialization of children. According to SCEC, "Children influence $500 billion in spending per year. As a result, they are bombarded with commercials for products, including violent toys and junk food." The SCEC Web site provides information of the coalition, upcoming events, membership, and links to other relevant links.
The TV Project
The TV Project is an educational organization that provides research and statistics on the effect of television watching on children. The TV Project's Web site features advice for parents, studies on the effect of video games on children, a list of books worth reading, workshops, and links.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, VERB encourages sports and creative activities as a cure for the childhood couch potato.