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  • A Kid's Guide to Shots A Kid's Guide to Shots

    If you're old enough to read this, you've probably had most of your shots. But even bigger kids may need a shot once in a while. Find out more about them in this article for kids.

  • Acne Myths Acne Myths

    Acne - also called pimples or zits - is a perfectly normal part of growing up. Learn more in this article for kids.

  • Alcohol Alcohol

    Do you know how beer and other alcoholic drinks affect the body and mind? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Are Your Bowels Moving? Are Your Bowels Moving?

    Did you know moving your bowels means to go poop? Find out more in this article about number 2!

  • Bad Breath Bad Breath

    How does your breath smell? Find out how to keep it smelling sweet in this article for kids.

  • Be a Fit Kid Be a Fit Kid

    A lot of people talk about fit kids, but how do you become one? Here are five rules to live by, if you want to eat right, be active, and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Chilling Out With Colds Chilling Out With Colds

    Cough, sneeze, snort. Those are the sounds of a cold. Find out more about colds in this article for kids.

  • Colds Colds

    More than 200 viruses can cause colds. Because there are so many, there isn't a vaccination to prevent you from getting colds. Fortunately, your body already has the best cold cure — your immune system.

  • Dehydration Dehydration

    Our bodies need water to work properly. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Glasses and Contact Lenses Glasses and Contact Lenses

    Sometimes the different parts of the eye don't work together the way they should. When this happens, people wear glasses or contact lenses. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • How Does Fluoride Work? How Does Fluoride Work?

    Fluoride fights cavities. Find out how in this article for kids.

  • Learning About Proteins Learning About Proteins

    You probably know you need to eat protein, but what is it? Many foods contain protein, which kids need to grow properly and stay healthy.

  • Nosebleeds Nosebleeds

    Ever get a nosebleed? Lots of kids have had at least one. To learn more, follow your nose to this article for kids.

  • Quiz: Shots Quiz: Shots

    Kids don't like shots, but they're important. How much do you know about immunizations? Test yourself in our quiz.

  • Should I Gain Weight? Should I Gain Weight?

    Some kids think they're too thin and want to gain weight. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Sleepwalking Sleepwalking

    Have you ever walked in your sleep? If so, you're not alone. Check out this article to find out more.

  • Smoking Stinks! Smoking Stinks!

    Everyone says smoking is bad for you. Why? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Taking Care of Your Ears Taking Care of Your Ears

    How do you take care of your ears? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Taking Care of Your Skin Taking Care of Your Skin

    What does your skin ask for in return for all the wonderful things it does? Just a little care and consideration, so learn more about taking care of your skin by reading our article for kids.

  • Taking Care of Your Teeth Taking Care of Your Teeth

    The healthier your teeth are, the happier you look. That's why it's important to take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. Learn more.

  • What Being Overweight Means What Being Overweight Means

    Being overweight has become a serious problem for many kids and adults. Find out what it means to be overweight in this article just for kids.

  • What Kids Say About: Their Health What Kids Say About: Their Health

    Are you health literate? That means you know how your body works and how to take care of it. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • What Sleep Is and Why All Kids Need It What Sleep Is and Why All Kids Need It

    When you get a good night's sleep, it's like giving your body a tiny vacation. Find out the scoop on sleep in this article for kids.

  • What to Do if You Can't Sleep What to Do if You Can't Sleep

    Are you having trouble sleeping? Find out how to get your ZZZZZs.

  • 15 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy 15 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

    What do you do with that pile of Halloween candy? Here are 15 fun ideas - from giveaways to craft projects.

  • Award-Winning Cafeteria Recipes Award-Winning Cafeteria Recipes

    Yes, you can eat award-winning food in your school cafeteria. All 10 of these recipes won a contest held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Let's Move, the national effort to help kids get healthier.

  • Being Safe in the Kitchen Being Safe in the Kitchen

    Cooking and baking are lots of fun - as long as you stay safe. Read this article for safety tips before you head into the kitchen.

  • Botulism Botulism

    Botulism is a rare kind of food poisoning. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Caffeine Confusion Caffeine Confusion

    Should kids have caffeine? And what is it exactly? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Chef Robert Irvine Answers Your Questions!

    You might know Robert Irvine from the TV show "Restaurant Impossible." Find out what the chef wants kids to know about healthy eating.

  • E. Coli E. Coli

    E. coli is a common type of bacteria that can make you pretty sick. Read more in this article for kids.

  • Eating for Sports Eating for Sports

    Eating nutritious foods and the right drinks can help you perform better on the playing field. Learn how to eat for sports by reading this article for kids.

  • Egg Allergy Egg Allergy

    Babies sometimes have an allergic reaction to eggs. If that happens, they can't eat eggs for a while. But the good news is that most kids outgrow this allergy by age 5.

  • Figuring Out Food Labels Figuring Out Food Labels

    The food label on a food package is a lot like the table of contents in a book - it tells you exactly what the food contains. Read our article for kids for more about food labels.

  • Food Allergies Food Allergies

    Struggling with strawberries? Petrified of peanuts? Sorry you ate shellfish? Maybe you have a food allergy. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Food Guide Pyramid (Printable)

    Print out this guide to understanding the Food Guide Pyramid.

  • Food Poisoning Food Poisoning

    Did you ever eat something that made you feel ooky? It might have been food poisoning.

  • Go, Slow, and Whoa! A Kid's Guide to Eating Right Go, Slow, and Whoa! A Kid's Guide to Eating Right

    Want to eat healthier? It's easy when you learn the difference between Go, Slow, and Whoa foods!

  • How to Read a Recipe How to Read a Recipe

    Recipes explain how to cook different foods. Once you know how to follow a recipe, you can get cooking!

  • Is Dieting OK for Kids? Is Dieting OK for Kids?

    What is dieting and should kids do it, too? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Learning About Calories Learning About Calories

    You've probably heard about calories. Are they good or bad for you? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Learning About Carbohydrates Learning About Carbohydrates

    Carbohydrates (carbs) are a part of food. Find out why you need them in this article for kids.

  • Learning About Fats Learning About Fats

    How much fat should be in your daily diet? Find out in this article for kids.

  • Learning About Proteins Learning About Proteins

    You probably know you need to eat protein, but what is it? Many foods contain protein, which kids need to grow properly and stay healthy.

  • Minerals Minerals

    Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. Find out more about minerals in this article for kids.

  • MyPlate Food Guide MyPlate Food Guide

    MyPlate is designed to make it easier to understand healthy eating.

  • Nut and Peanut Allergy Nut and Peanut Allergy

    A growing number of kids are allergic to nuts and peanuts. Find out more about this problem and how allergic kids can stay healthy.

  • Nutrition & Fitness Center Nutrition & Fitness Center

    Want to know more about eating right and being active? This is the place!

  • Ready, Set, Breakfast! Ready, Set, Breakfast!

    Did you eat breakfast today? Find out why it's important.

  • School Lunches School Lunches

    Lunch is a great part of the school day. Find out why what you eat can rev you up - or slow you down - for the afternoon ahead.

  • Take a Look at Cooking Take a Look at Cooking

    Do you like to eat? If so, you might like to learn to cook. Find out how in this article for kids.

  • The 5-Second Rule The 5-Second Rule

    Did you ever eat something off the floor? Uh-oh. Time to read this article for kids about the 5-second rule.

  • Vitamins Vitamins

    How vital are vitamins? Find out in this article for kids.

  • What If I Don't Like Sports? What If I Don't Like Sports?

    Sports can be challenging when you're new to them, but they also can be really fun. Take a second look at sports - and learn other ways to be active - in this article for kids.

  • What Kids Say About: What They Eat What Kids Say About: What They Eat

    This KidsPoll survey asked kids about their eating habits. Did they eat vegetables and drink their milk? Find out!

  • What's a Vegetarian? What's a Vegetarian?

    You probably know a vegetarian doesn't eat meat, but did you know there's more than just one kind of vegetarian? Find out more in this article for kids.

  • When Snack Attacks Strike When Snack Attacks Strike

    Snacks can keep kids going between meals. Find out more in this article, with links to easy recipes you can try.

  • Why Drinking Water Is the Way to Go Why Drinking Water Is the Way to Go

    All living things need water to survive. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • 5 Reasons Girls Should Play Sports 5 Reasons Girls Should Play Sports

    Lots of girls love sports. Here are 5 more reasons to keep on loving them!

  • Be a Fit Kid Be a Fit Kid

    A lot of people talk about fit kids, but how do you become one? Here are five rules to live by, if you want to eat right, be active, and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Bob Bowman: Tips from a Gold Medal Coach Bob Bowman: Tips from a Gold Medal Coach

    Michael Phelps swims like a champ and has the Olympic gold medals to prove it. Get sports advice from his longtime coach, Bob Bowman.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Body Mass Index (BMI)

    Body mass index (BMI) is a calculation that uses your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. BMI, although not a perfect method for judging someone's weight, is often a good way to check on how a kid is growing.

  • Dehydration Dehydration

    Our bodies need water to work properly. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

    Sports injuries often can be prevented. Find out how in this article for kids.

  • Getting Muscles Getting Muscles

    Kids might wish for bigger muscles, but that kind of grown-up muscle isn't possible until a kid is older. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Help Your Parents Get Healthy Help Your Parents Get Healthy

    Can kids help parents get healthier? Parents say, if their kid asked them, they'd work extra hard to make changes.

  • It's Time to Play It's Time to Play

    If you're a kid, playing is your job. But sometimes you need a few ideas to get you going. Find them here in this article.

  • It's Time to Play It's Time to Play

    No matter what the weather is like or how many friends are around, there's always a way to be physically active and have fun. Here's how.

  • Kids Ask Cal Kids Ask Cal

    What's it like to be a pro athlete? In these video clips, baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. answers this question and others from kids.

  • Nutrition & Fitness Center Nutrition & Fitness Center

    Want to know more about eating right and being active? This is the place!

  • Playgrounds Playgrounds

    Kids love playgrounds and why not? Find out how to make the most of your next trip to the park.

  • Should I Gain Weight? Should I Gain Weight?

    Some kids think they're too thin and want to gain weight. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Sports Physicals Sports Physicals

    If you play team sports, you may have had a sports physical. A sports physical is a visit to the doctor to make sure you're in good enough shape to play the sport you want to play.

  • Stay Safe: Baseball Stay Safe: Baseball

    Attention, baseball players: Getting hurt stinks, so check out these 10 tips for staying safe when you're on the diamond.

  • Steroids Steroids

    You've probably heard about sports stars using steroids to get stronger. Find out why these illegal drugs are bad news.

  • Taking the Pressure Off Sports Competition Taking the Pressure Off Sports Competition

    Sometimes sports competition can make kids feel pressure. If it's too much, a kid might not have as much fun as before. Find out what to do if this happens to you.

  • Video: Study Break Yoga Video: Study Break Yoga

    Time to take a study break! Stretch out, unwind, and refresh so you can get back to your homework.

  • What Being Overweight Means What Being Overweight Means

    Being overweight has become a serious problem for many kids and adults. Find out what it means to be overweight in this article just for kids.

  • What If I Don't Like Sports? What If I Don't Like Sports?

    Sports can be challenging when you're new to them, but they also can be really fun. Take a second look at sports - and learn other ways to be active - in this article for kids.

  • What Kids Say About: Weight What Kids Say About: Weight

    We wanted to know what kids have to say about weight problems, so we asked more than 1,000 boys and girls. Find out what they said.

  • What's the Right Weight for Me? What's the Right Weight for Me?

    TV shows, movies, and magazines show pictures of people who are thin. Does that mean being thin is best? Not necessarily. Find out more by reading this article for kids.

  • Why Exercise Is Wise Why Exercise Is Wise

    Exercise can help keep a kid's body fit and healthy. Learn more about what exercise can do for you in this article for kids.

  • Yoga for Lowering Stress Yoga for Lowering Stress

    Yoga uses calming breathing and feel-good stretches to relax you. Find out more and give it a try.

  • Be a Fit Kid Be a Fit Kid

    A lot of people talk about fit kids, but how do you become one? Here are five rules to live by, if you want to eat right, be active, and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Body Mass Index (BMI)

    Body mass index (BMI) is a calculation that uses your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. BMI, although not a perfect method for judging someone's weight, is often a good way to check on how a kid is growing.

  • Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video) Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video)

    Brandon started biking and it changed his life. Find out how he got healthy.

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