Posts Tagged ‘children’

Gardening encourages healthy lifestyle among kids

Friday, February 7th, 2014

saf_03_240x240A new study has revealed that gardening, often considered to be an activity reserved for adults, is beneficial for children too and they can also reap the benefits of digging, raking, and weeding.

Researchers Sin-Ae Park, Ho-Sang Lee, Kwan-Suk Lee, Ki-Cheol Son, and Candice Shoemaker in South Korea said that the data can inform future development of garden-based programs that help engage children in physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles.

The research team studied 17 children as they engaged in 10 gardening tasks: digging, raking, weeding, mulching, hoeing, sowing seeds, harvesting, watering, mixing growing medium, and planting transplants.

The study was conducted in South Korea in two garden environments- a high tunnel, and an outdoor area. The children visited the gardens twice, and each child performed five different tasks during each visit.


Tips on being a perfect mum revealed

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Parenting is the most important job in the world, as shaping up a life depends on it.

Here are some tips that will help you become the “perfect mom”.

According to Parents India, You should know that your child is unique and that no book, article, parenting class or lecture will be able give you the exact answers for your child.

Taking in the information and then adapting accordingly to understand you kids better is the key to motherhood.

Be sure to follow your instincts, as you should be the one to know your child better than anyone else.

Mothers who don’t have the ‘mothering gene’ have internal warnings and insight to her child that no one else has.


Premature babies run the risk of cerebral palsy: Dr.Anjana Thadhani

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Pediatrician, Dr.Anjana Thadhani, is the founder and director of Niramay Guidance Clinics. They are centers for assessment of behavioral, educational and psychological problems of children.

Her field of activities includes diagnosis and rehabilitation of children with growth delays, physical disabilities, dyslexia, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, behavioral and academic problems and other related issues.

Dr.Thadhani answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

what is right age for admission in school ???
A child usually goes to nursery at 3yrs and 1st standard by 6 yrs. However most of the schools would have their age cut-off for admission.


Childhood pneumonia rate higher in urban apartments

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Incidence of childhood pneumonia is still high in urban modern cities, it has been revealed.

Professor Hua QIAN and his group from School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University set out to find out which home risk factors affect the incidence of childhood pneumonia in modern urban apartments.

A recent study found that the risk factors in indoor environment typical of modern apartments in China related to pneumonia among children.

The study is part of the China, Child, Home, and Health (CCHH) project, which is investigating associations between home indoor environmental factors and children’s health. This is a population-based cross-sectional study.

The survey was performed and completed from December 2010 to March 2011 in Nanjing.


Childhood obesity ‘a ticking time bomb’

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Tell-tale sign of cholesterol has been seen in kids as young as three to five, a new study has claimed.

According to experts, childhood obesity builds a ticking time bomb of sickness in later life – and action to avert ill health should start before the kids attain school going age, the Daily Express reported.

Researchers at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, studied the association between diet and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in 1,076 pre-school children.

The study has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Source: ANI
Image: Getty images

Fighting childhood obesity

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Rapid technological and industrial developments have made our lives easier, causing a steep rise in the occurrence of lifestyle related diseases. Childhood obesity, one of the leading causes of concern among many, can be stopped in its tracks. Read on to find out how.

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are among the three most prominent health issues today, all of them are linked to certain lifestyle factors and improper diet. Watching your child put on kilos rapidly can be scary, which is why it’s exceptionally important to keep a watch on your child’s eating habits and lifestyle.


How to boost your child’s immunity

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Here is how you can improve your child’s immunity to keep sick days to a minimum.

Be an A student!

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is changing and every other person you meet is nursing a cold or a fever. As your child sits in a class of many, he may be vulnerable to contagious diseases, as his immunity is not fully developed yet. These pointers will ensure that your child returns home happy and healthy!

Regarding illnesses:

1. The old adage –‘Starve a cold, feed a fever’ has no medical basis. If your child is ill,giving him home-cooked light and nutritious food is most important for his speedy recovery.


Healthy diet prevents lifestyle diseases: Dr. Niti Desai

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Niti Desai has a rich and varied experience in the field of nutrition, having built anenviable client list of individuals and organizations.

Niti has a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics and postgraduate diploma indietetics from the Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She is an executive council member of Indian Dietetic Association – Mumbai chapter.

She was the official nutritionist for the Femina Miss India 2008 and Grazia FordSupermodel India 2008.She also advised olympic champions – Mary Kom, Gagan Narang and others in preparation of London olympics while on board with olympic gold quest.

Niti answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

I am working in an Healthcare IT which demands irregular shifts. Please suggest how to loose weight. Currently following the product ‘Metaslim for a while. Have gained 10 kgs, optimum is 52 kg, Please help


Be extra careful with premature babies: Dr.Vaidyanathan

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Dr. P. V. Vaidyanathan did his undergraduate in medicine and PG from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital.

He started private practice in Chembur and has been practicing there for 22 years, treating children with various physical and psychological problems.

His parenting books are titled Make Your Child Stress Free, Managing the Unmanageable Child and Doctor, Why is My Baby Crying? His spirituality books are titled Spirituality Bytes and Arise Awake.

Dr.Vaidyanathan answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

My sister’s daughter is just 3 months an tends to cry a lot. Any guidelines for her?


Breathe out exam stress

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Sore eyes, out of the bed look, a stack of rough notes, sample test papers, and fresh stationary these describe the student gearing up for the exams. The litmus test is on with exams around the corner. Students are barred from watching TV, mobile phones confiscated and friends are not entertained. For a reason friends are now looked as enemies. There is so much to do and so little time we see the student of the year – crumbling under pressure.

The stage is set for a bigger one tomorrow. Here we bring you the advantages of yoga and meditation and how they can help your kid to shine on.

During preparation time:

1. Work hard and sleep well. Without physical and mental rest, memory and concentration are not strong. Wake up with the sunrise, and doing some light yoga exercises like surya namaskar followed by simple breathing exercises (eg. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama). 12 quick rounds of Surya Namaskar can be good work out . It’s a complete body workout which leaves one fresh and energetic. Head bending poses: All forward bending yoga poses or yoga asanas flows more blood to the head region and along with long deep breathe which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood can result in more relaxed, sharp and focused mind.


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