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Health & Fitness

May 19, 2013

Why posture is important in your growing children

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Have them try the good old-fashioned technique of standing with their back and shoulders against a wall.

, then see if they can step away from the wall and maintain that erect posture. And how about the old book-on-the-head trick? Younger children find balancing a book on their heads is fun.

Everything just works better with good posture. You can breathe better, your tummy muscles get tighter as you stand up straighter, and good posture takes pressure off of your back. You’ll have less neck and shoulder pain, and lastly, you’ll just look better! (Boy, would my mother be proud of me for agreeing with her now.)

(Dr. Sue Hubbard is a nationally known pediatrician and co-host of “The Kid’s Doctor” radio show. Submit questions at www.kidsdr.com.)

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