Writing

Here’s a nice article on how writing is good for you.

Psychologists have long understood that personal, emotion-focused writing can help people recognize and come to terms with their feelings. Since the 1980s, studies have found that “the writing cure,” which normally involves writing about one’s feelings every day for 15 to 30 minutes, can lead to measurable physical and mental health benefits. These benefits include everything from lower stress and fewer depression symptoms to improved immune function. And there’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing.

10% BMI per Hour of TV

Television viewing habits of two-year olds were found to be correlated with the body mass index of adolescents.

Early TV viewing also translated into less eating of breakfast on school days (by 10 per cent) and led to more overall screen time at age 13. Every hour increase of TV also predicted a higher body mass index (a 10-per-cent increase) and less effortful behavior at school in the first year of secondary school, ultimately affecting performance and ambition.

No television is the healthiest option.

Maybe Those NFL Players Should Just Toughen Up

American football is ridiculous. Especially for kids.

Former National Football League players who began to play tackle football before the age of 12 appeared to have an increased risk of later-life brain trauma, according to a study recently published online in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

Willingly taking repeated blows to the head, even in helmets, is foolish. No one else in the world plays a sport like this, and for good reason.

“If you had an 8-year-old kid now, would you tell him you wanted him to play football?” Ditka says on the latest episode of HBO’s Real Sports. “I wouldn’t. And my whole life was football.”

Football is too rough for Mike Ditka.

School Makes My Head Hurt

As I have long suspected, ordinary school is a big headache.

New research from the U.S. Nationwide Children’s Hospital found there’s a 31 percent uptick in headaches among children 5 to 18 years old in the fall, according to Science Daily.

These headaches were likely caused by schedule changes and an increase in after-school activities, the study said. Headaches may also be the result of poor sleep schedules and low amounts of exercise due to the demands of a school day and homework.

If only someone would design a healthy school that didn’t bore kids into a stupor. Maybe someone like a doctor could do it.

Sunshine And Mushrooms

Vitamin D is good.

Studying children from the ages of one to five, the study found that higher levels of Vitamin D were associated with lower levels of non-high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which has steadily been implicated as a predictor of future cardiovascular health. Should their findings hold firm, the study authors believe that it could point to “early life interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention.”

Human beings’ two main sources for Vitamin D are sunshine and mushrooms. But mostly sunshine. My AMI trainer told me that the Children’s House needs plenty of natural light.