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Science Says Healthy, Active Kids Get Better Grades

Posted: July 16, 2019

All parents want their kids to live active and healthy lifestyles – but in the age of streaming services, smartphones and a seemingly infinite number of time-wasting apps, getting children up and moving is a whole lot easier said than done.

That’s why more kids than ever are slipping into sedentary lifestyles, and it’s wreaking havoc on their health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), we are in the midst of an irrefutable global obesity crisis – and it’s hitting children particularly hard. More than 41 million children under the age of five are now classed as overweight or obese, and this can go on to cause a lot of serious health problems later in life.


Martial Arts Classes in Fredericksburg: How to Choose a Martial Arts School for Your Child Part 2

Posted: July 16, 2019

Talk to Instructors, are they qualified?

It's important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport. For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.

If you’re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Virginia, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Wall 2 Wall Martial Arts, our students compete in the Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world.


5 Awesome Tips to Increase Your Teenager’s Self-Confidence

Posted: July 16, 2019

Here’s a fact that’s pretty much beyond debate: being a teenager is hard! What’s easy though, is for adults to forget just how tough it can be. Kids experience a world of change as they develop. New experiences challenge everything they thought they knew; physical changes create anxiety and sometimes it feels impossible to find confidence and establish a sense of identity.

As a parent, we can feel a sense of helplessness. We all want our kids to build confidence, find healthy habits and discover themselves. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to guide your teenager into increased self-confidence.

How Can Parents Increase Their Teen’s Self-Confidence?


5 Facts About Better Health That Most People Don’t Know

Posted: July 10, 2019

We are living in a golden age of technology and convenience. Statistically, more of us have more money and more opportunity than ever before. Despite that opportunity, more of us are also unhealthier than ever before.

The world is gripped in a major obesity crisis, mental health conditions are on the rise and according to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people worldwide are now living with depression. These are all dynamic problems that need dynamic solutions if we as a society want to improve the overall status of our health.

More important still, it’s worth pointing out that no two people are alike. That means what works for some people to achieve better health may not work for everyone. But there are common points that everybody should bear in mind when trying to improve their health.


How Physical Activity Combats Mental Health Issues with Children

Posted: May 22, 2019

Everywhere you go these days, you will hear a lot these days about how physical activity is good for your children. It keeps them fit and healthy and can help in preventing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. But what is less often discussed, though no less important, is the connection between physical activity and mental health in children.

And this isn’t just wishful guessing either. There’s a lot of empirical evidence to back this up. Many recent medical studies have found strong positive links between physical activity and a variety of mental functions, such as more positive self-esteem and self-perception, sharper cognitive functions, and even positive effects on behavioral disorders like ADHD. It has also been linked to alleviating mental health issues in children, such as depression and anxiety.

In honor of mental health month, we’re going to explore some of the key ways in which physical activity combats mental health issues with children and increases your child’s cognitive awareness. We’ll split these advantages into several broad themes:


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