Occasional Family Meals Enough to Boost Kids’ Fruit and Veg Intake

Occasional Family Meals Enough to Boost Kids’ Fruit and Veg Intake

Eating meals together as a family, even if only once or twice a week, increases children’s daily fruit and vegetable intake to near the recommended 5 A Day, according to researchers at the University of Leeds.

The study of primary school-aged children, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme, also suggests parental consumption of fruit and vegetables and cutting up portions of these foods boosted children’s intake. It is published today in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Overall, this study found...

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Symptoms Of Sensory Disorders In Children

Symptoms Of Sensory Disorders In Children

Sensory disorders in children need to be identified early for proper intervention. Discussion of the symptoms that present themselves in the 7 sensory categories.

Does your child overreact to loud noises, avoid certain textures, appear overly uncoordinated, or simply seem to lack self-control? If so, he or she may be experiencing some kind of sensory disorder. Of course, all children usually undergo a variety of sensory issues while exploring and interacting within their environments...

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Parents ‘need to drink less’ in front of their kids

Parents ‘need to drink less’ in front of their kids

A study into the impact of parental drinking habits was in the papers today, with the Independent reporting that parents “should drink alcohol less in front of the children” and the Daily Mail claiming that women drinkers “pass on bad habits to their teenage children”.

The study was published by the think-tank Demos. Demos states that its work is driven by “the goal of a society populated by free, capable, secure and powerful citizens”.

The study, entitled ‘Feeling the Effects’, was carried out to assess whether there were alcohol-related harms occurring, to quote the report, ‘beh...

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AIHW report: Australia’s oldest new mum gave birth at 60

AIHW report: Australia’s oldest new mum gave birth at 60

THE nation’s oldest new mother gave birth at the age of 60, official records have revealed.
The unidentified woman, who gave birth in 2010, is among dozens of menopausal women who had babies that year, newly released Federal Government data shows.
It is the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’ s most recent survey year.
Institute perinatal statistics director Elizabeth Sullivan yesterday said «fewer than 50» women in their 50s had babies in 2010.
Professor Sullivan would not reveal the precise number, to avoid identifying any of the middle-aged mums, but said most of the births would ha...

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The ten worst ways your children are being poisoned right now: vaccines, food, video games and more

The ten worst ways your children are being poisoned right now: vaccines, food, video games and more

Modern children are being poisoned like never before in the history of human civilization. No wonder the rate of autism in America has skyrocketed to 1 in 88 children over the last few decades, putting autism squarely in the «epidemic» category.

But don’t expect any CDC action on this epidemic. The CDC knows full well why autism rates are exploding across America, but instead of admitting the truth, the CDC is running a cover story to protect the corporate interests of the real culprits: the medical corporations poisoning children for profit (see below).

It’s not just medical companies that ar...

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Family Meals Help Kids Eat More Fruit & Veggies

Family Meals Help Kids Eat More Fruit & Veggies

One or two family meals a week may help kids eat more fruits and vegetables, a new study suggests.
In the U.K. study, children whose families always ate meals together consumed 4.4 ounces (1.5 portions) more fruits and vegetables a day compared with children whose families never ate together.
And kids who had family meals just once or twice a week consumed 3.4 ounces (1.2 portions) more produce a day.
«Modern life often prevents the whole family from sitting round the dinner table, but this research shows that even just Sunday lunch round the table can help improve the diets of our families,» ...

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Diy Beauty Products: 5 Simple Bath Salt Recipes

Diy Beauty Products: 5 Simple Bath Salt Recipes

Five homemade bath salt recipes that are easy to make for yourself or to give as gifts. Includes list of natural ingredients you can customize yourself.

There are a variety of bath salts available on the market. But customizing your own can be fun, rewarding, and be used as gifts for various occasions. A homemade gift is much more personal and special than a card or an ill-fitting sweater. Below are five bath salt recipes that are easy to make but look like you spent hours working on them.
Ocean Essence Bath Salts

1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda

4-5 drops blue food coloring

4 drops jasmine...

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Don’t take it personally, grandma: When kids don’t warm up to holiday visitors

Don’t take it personally, grandma: When kids don’t warm up to holiday visitors

Two Christmases ago, Rebekah Crane’s family friend, David, came over with a present for her toddler daughter, Drew. Unfortunately, the little girl, who is now 4, is “cautiously suspicious” of people she doesn’t interact with on a daily basis, Crane said — and for some reason, as a younger child, hated every “strange man” who walked into their house.

“David walked in the front door with a large puzzle of the United States so she could see and learn where all of her family members live — and Drew loves puzzles — it was the perfect gift,” says Crane, author of the young adult novel “P...

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The many benefits of yoga for kids

The many benefits of yoga for kids

Many children live a fast paced lifestyle between school, busy parents, sports and activities. It may not seem like it, but they are inundated with stresses such as peer pressure, competition, finding balance and over stimulation. Teaching yoga to children at a young age has tremendous health benefits and can give them the means they need to handle many life situations.

Help grow the body, mind and soul

Physical benefits include increased strength, flexibility, body awareness and coordination. Yoga helps to improve concentration and relaxation...

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Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children’s Health, New Research Shows

Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children’s Health, New Research Shows

New research has answered one of the most common questions parents ask their doctors: How much milk should I be giving my children? The answer is two cups per day.

«We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers,» said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital and the lead author of the study.
Dr...

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