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Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

UH Rainbow named one of only 12 Top Children’s Hospitals in the country

The Leapfrog Group Top Chldren's Hospital 2015

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is proud to be recognized as a 2015 Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. This coveted list includes hospitals that performed at the highest levels, nationally. The ranking is based on Leapfrog’s rigorous quality and safety standards. Overall, Top Hospitals tend to have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. Other metrics included in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey that Top Hospitals tend to excel at: maternity care, evidence of a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors and appropriate staffing to ensure quality of care.

Sports teach classroom skills

Sports teach classroom skills

A new study suggests playing supervised sports can teach children behaviors that help them succeed in the classroom.

The study involved almost 1,000 Canadian boys and girls tracked from kindergarten to fourth grade. Parents filled out surveys on the kids’ physical activity. Teachers answered questions about the students’ classroom conduct.

The results: Kindergartners who did a supervised sport, such as dance or soccer, had better classroom behavior in fourth grade. Specifically, they:

  • Paid more attention in class
  • Put more effort into their work
  • Were better at following rules and obeying directions

Children and teens need at least one hour of physical activity each day. Kids should do sports they enjoy. Basketball, playing tag or gymnastics are a few ideas.

1 in 5 kids has high cholesterol

1 in 5 kids has high cholesterol

Respect others. Do well in school. Save money. In addition to giving your kids a strong start at life through those lessons, a new report suggests you may also want to help give them a strong start at preventing high cholesterol.

A shocking 20 percent of children and teens have at least one abnormal cholesterol reading, government scientists report. Many have low HDL, or “good” cholesterol, while others have high LDL (“bad” cholesterol) or total cholesterol.

These readings often last into adulthood, where they can mature into hardened arteries and heart disease. If your family has a history of high cholesterol or heart disease, ask your child’s doctor about testing. Protect children’s arteries with regular exercise and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

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