Video Games, Fruits And Vegetables

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your thoughts below…..

fruitswhiteIn a study of 400 fourth and fifth grade children who were asked to create implementations (action or coping plans) while playing a video game promoting fruit and vegetable intake, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found that children increased meal-specific fruit and vegetable intake. Their report appears today in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

“Few children eat enough servings of fruit and vegetables each day,” said Dr. Karen Cullen, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and the CNRC and first author of the paper. “These foods are part of a healthy diet, and may reduce the risk of some chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. So interventions to help children choose and eat more fruit and vegetables are important.”

The ten-episode video game, Squire’s Quest II: Saving the Kingdom of Fivealot, was designed to both entertain and promote behavior change. The children were divided into four groups based on the type of implementation intention, specific plans, created during goal setting. The four groups were: no implementation intention, action plan (identifying fruit and veggie intake specifics of what, when, where), coping plan (identify common barriers to eating fruits and vegetables and ways to overcome them) and both action and coping plans. Children completed three 24-hour dietary recalls at baseline and after six months.

Parents received a weekly newsletter and a link to a website where they could access information on their child’s weekly goals, suggestions for supporting achievement of goals and ways to overcome common barriers to help their family make healthy food choices.

Researchers found that those children in the action and coping groups reported higher vegetable intake at dinner, and all groups had significant increases in fruit intake at breakfast, lunch and snack time.

“The results suggest that including implementation intentions in the goal-setting process of interventions may help children achieve their goals. Future research should continue to investigate the use of implementation intentions within interventions to improve health behaviors,” said Cullen.

Others who took part in the study include Dr. Debbe I. Thompson, a USDA scientist, and Yan Liu, both with Baylor.

Popularity Of Video Sharing Apps And Instagram Among Kids: Be Aware

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By Jassi Singh

collegekidsIn the past few years, popularity of photo sharing apps has increased immensely, especially, among kids. It has emerged as one of the prime mediums through which one can share almost every moment of life instantly with others. Previously it was only possible to share photos. But now, with advancement in the field of mobile technology, even video clippings can be shared with your loved ones.

Such is the craze of these apps among kids that within 3 months of its launch on iPhone for free; Vine became #1 downloaded application from the Apple Store. It was eagerly awaited by the Android users and was made available for them in the month of June. Instagram which was a prime photo sharing app has also included the video sharing feature in its latest update.

Almost all of the teens today are subscribed to one or more social networking sites. It has become a platform where they tend to keep in touch with their friends and dear ones. Sharing photos and videos is a part of sharing your experiences with them. This is the reason why these sites are daily uploaded with a number of videos especially by kids.

But, the main point of concern is, these kids are unaware of the ill effects of these video sharing apps. Parents too let loose their children by not getting too much involved in their activities with mobile phones. Sometimes due to eagerness and anxiety they tend to upload inappropriate material. They are unaware of the fact that when a photo or video is uploaded it cannot be taken back. It can be deleted from your account but what if the video is downloaded by some predators and trolls with vested interests?

A simple act of innocence can not only ruin the reputation of your kid, but also of the entire family. The kids need to be counseled about the ill effects. But what if the kids are adamant and insist on doing things their own way? The best option for parents to keep vigil over their kid’s mobile phone is by getting reliable phone monitoring software like the one developed by mSpy.

teensOnce mobile spying software is installed, being a parent you can be sure of having better control on your kid’s activities on his/her mobile. You can easily track what your kid is downloading and what material he/she is sharing on the social networks. Not only this, parents can block the apps which they think are inappropriate for their kids. The monitoring software comes with several other added features which are of great use in tracking the exact location of the kids, trace their calls and message etc.

The more the parents know about the activities of their kids, the more it will be beneficial for them as it will become easy for the parents to know what grounds do they need to work on to improve their kids activities using apps like Instagram and Vine etc. Last but not the least; the kids would never know that cell phone monitoring app has been installed in their mobiles, as this software once installed becomes invisible on the phone.

– Jassi Singh has been writing articles on advantages of technology for more than 5 years. He is currently writing articles on mSpy technology used in mobiles. Especially how this technology can help you as parents to keep track of your kids.

New Video From Best Drug Rehabilitation (BDR) Highlights Alarming Heroin Statistics In US

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newsA new video by Best Drug Rehabilitation treatment centers is highlighting heroin statistics in the US that even seasoned addiction counsellors and other experts who work in the field are calling an alarming wake-up call.

The video, which Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO and founder Per Wickstrom encourages everyone to see – including parents, educators, legislators and anyone else who wants to join in the war against alcohol and drug abuse — highlights the following key facts:

– Since the US invasion of Afghanistan, heroin output has increased over 5,000%.

– In 2008 and 2009, heroin was the number one reason that an individual registered in drug rehab.

– Each year, nearly 34,000 young people aged 12 – 17 try heroin for the first time.

– DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) reported 93,519 heroin-related ER visits in 2002.

“While all of the statistics we highlighted are disturbing, the one that I can’t get over is that nearly 34,000 young people aged 12 – 17 try heroin each year,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO and founder Per Wickstrom, who believes that successful rehabilitation must empower clients to experience complete health that embraces body, mind and spirit. “And while we can’t realistically bring that number down to zero – at least not in the foreseeable future – we need to definitely put a dent in it. We need to empower and educate young people to make smarter choices, and keep them from starting down on a path that will take them to the ER – or maybe to the morgue.”

Best Drug Rehabilitations new video, which highlights alarming heroin statistics in the US, is available at

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– Courtesy of PRWeb

How To Keep Kids Active In A World Of Video Games

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By Sandra Goldstein

boyvideogameIt’s tough to match the appeal of today’s video games when it comes to keeping kids engaged. The action is fast paced, the challenges are thought provoking, and the sound and visual effects are unparalleled. But when children and teens spend the bulk of their time in front of the TV, computer, or hand-held devices – they develop an increased desire for immediate entertainment. This can cause a significant decrease in their attention span and ability to retain information elsewhere (school for instance). The concerned parent will often find themselves frustrated, and feeling helpless when it comes to encouraging a balance between video games, and physical fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get at least sixty minutes of physical activity everyday. Finding creative ways to get your child out and active – can be the tricky stitch!

Why Not Start By Playing A Video Game With Your Child?

This will take away the defensive barrier between you and your child that so often prevents effective communication. When your son or daughter feels that have taken the time to relate to their interests, they will likely be more receptive to other ideas and suggestions you may have regarding extra curricular activities. Playing video games with your child from time to time, also helps you keep a keen eye on the types of games they are playing, without invasive to their privacy. That, and there’s nothing wrong with upping the ‘cool factor’ just a bit as a parent!

boyssportsPlan Engaging Indoor & Outdoor Activities For Your Child And Their Friends!

There are literally hundreds of things to do that will encourage your child to get outside and be physically active, without it feeling like a chore. We forget that in our communities, there are activities just as challenging and thrilling (more so in fact) as any video game on the market. Consider Go Karting, paintball, laser tag or wide game activities like capture the flag in your community parks. If you live in a community with accessible water activities like canoeing, knee boarding, scuba diving or parasailing, take nature up on its opportunity. Sometimes it’s not that our kids aren’t interested in living active lifestyles, it’s that they don’t actually realize all the cool things that an active lifestyle could entail!

Get Your Child On Board With An Organized Sport

According to the NYU Child Study Centre, organized sports help build physical, psychological, character, cognitive and academic development in children. Sports will help your child build muscle and bone while improving memory capabilities, the ability to focus and reduce any stress or anxiety your child may be experiencing. Organized sports also build self- esteem, assist with cognitive problem solving abilities, teach children the value of working together, build leadership skills and encourage kids to set and achieve personal goals. Getting your child involved with sports will also expose them to people from other cultures, which encourages empathy from an early age.

The benefits behind encouraging your child to be physical active and involved in his or her community are really boundless. The important thing, is to make sure your they know you are on their side, and want to get, be and stay engaged right along with them. So, while you’re encouraging your kids to be active, make sure you’re ‘walking the walk’!

– Article supplied Sandra Goldstein.

Making Health Easier – Video

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The video highlights the efforts of one educational organization, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), to keep kids healthy at an early age. Childhood obesity now affects approximately one in six kids and disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. LAUP teaches kids healthy habits and is incorporating small, healthy changes that can be made in any classroom—like teaching fun dances and providing nutritious snacks.

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– Thank you to the CDC for granting permission to use this video

Childhood Obesity Video

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One in five children in the United States is diagnosed with obesity. For the first time in history, this generation may be sicker and die younger than their parents. A great video with tips and facts that show help is needed to keep this generation of children healthy.

– Thank you to WCVB 5 – Boston