Family First: Active School Kids

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009 --- 4:03 a.m.

In today's Family First report, getting your kids involved in those after-school sports and keeping them active is not just for the obvious reasons, less obesity and better health.

The theory that wearing your children out to get them to sleep better has finally been backed up by scientific data.

A new study from the "Archives of Disease in Childhood" shows that active kids do fall asleep faster.

It also shows that the longer it takes to fall asleep, the shorter the total sleep time.

This is important because bad sleep patterns in children have been associated with poor school performance.

Also in our Family First today, Meriter hospital has announced some changes to its pediatric services.

A new pediatric center is planned, with construction to begin in mid-September.

This eight-bed unit will be located adjacent to the emergency room and will be for kids' emergency visits and in-patient stays.

Meriter cares for more than five-thousand children and adolescents in the ER ever year.

This unit should be open in the Spring of 20-10.

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