Teen Student-Athletes Often Unfit, Overweight

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Student-athletes may be more popular than teens who don't play sports, but they're no more fit.

To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When teenagers are overweight, parents and doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle rather than worry about the number on the bathroom scale, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says.

TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should take industry television ratings with a grain of salt, since they don't always reflect the true amount of violence, smoking and drinking in TV shows, a new study warns.

Health Tip: Early to Bed Before Back to School

(HealthDay News) -- The first days back to school are a tough transition for many kids and parents. Making sure they are well rested before the first day can help.

Health Tip: When Kids Walk to School

(HealthDay News) -- Walking to school is a great way for kids to get exercise. But parents should always teach their children pedestrian safety.

Put Vaccines on Kids' Back-to-School List

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As parents start preparing to send their young ones back to the classroom, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's a good time to remember that vaccines play an important role in keeping children healthy.

Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 80 percent of what kids learn in their first 12 years is through their vision. Your back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child's eyesight is OK, an eye expert says.

Think Safety When Picking, Packing School Backpacks

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many students use backpacks to carry their school books and supplies, but improper use can lead to muscle and joint injury, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems, child health experts warn.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says.

Health Tip: Eating Healthy on a Family Trip

(HealthDay News) -- Vacation shouldn't be an excuse to load up on junk food. Parents should help kids make healthy food choices, whether at home or away.