Monday, November 15th, 2010
Your young child can be more stressed than you think. A new survey from the American Psychological Association reveals that kids as young as 8 are experiencing stress as a result of their parents’ stress. For kids ages 8-12 with stressed parents, the survey showed that 47% feel sad, 36% feel worried, and 25% feel frustrated.
In particular, overweight and obese children reported feeling more stress because of their parents than children with average weight. As a result, the obese and overweight children experienced negative emotional and physical affects that included eating more, having trouble sleeping, getting headaches, and fighting with others.
Parents seem unaware of their children’s stress. The survey also discovered 69% of parents believed their stress didn’t impact the children, but 91% of children reported otherwise. Also, children were less likely to reach out to their parents to talk about the stress or to maintain their health by eating well or exercising.
In order for families to continue growing closer, healthy changes need to be made to improve physical, emotional, and mental health.
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Monday, October 18th, 2010
CPR switch: Chest presses first then give breaths: New guidelines place the easiest step, chest presses first when someone undergoes cardiac arrest from a heart attack, electrocution, or drowning. One should give 30 presses and than two breaths to adults and children, but not newborns. [MSNBC]
Working moms’ kids turn out fine, 50 years of research says: The American Psychological Association found after looking at 69 studies that children whose mothers went back to work after age three have no worse academic or behavioral problems than those who had stay at home moms, and in some cases they did better. [Time]
Young teens who play sports feel healthier and happier about life: Middle school children are typically the most understudied age group when it comes to physical activity research. However, the Applied Research in Quality of Life Journal recently explored relationships between physical activity, life satisfaction, and self rated health for the first time among 245 middle school students. The results concluded that girls were more positively affected by physical activity than boys. [Science Daily]
Pediatricians urged to pull plug on entertainment: Monitoring television, video games, and other entertainment sources has now been declared a high priority. Pediatricians are being urged to limit entertainment outlets in waiting rooms and to set limitations of intake at well visits. [ABC News]
Frozen vegetables recall: Here’s what you need to know:
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The Pictsweet Company has recalled 24,000 pounds of frozen peas, carrots, and mixed vegetables after learning that some packages may contain fragments of broken glass. You can return offending packages for a refund. [CBS News]
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