February 6, 2008

Your Drinking Habits Could Influence Your Kids

“There is little question that parental behaviors influence adolescent alcohol use,” added Michael Windle, Rollins Professor and chair of the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University….

Researchers examined data from 4,731 adolescents (2,402 males, 2,329 females) and their parents (87% with data from both parents, 13% with data from only one parent), gathered through an ongoing Finnish population-based, developmental twin study of health-related behaviors and correlated risk factors. Parents were asked about their frequencies of alcohol use and intoxication, as well as their lifetime prevalence of alcohol-related problems. Adolescents reported on perceptions of the parenting that they received, as well as their own prevalence of alcohol use and intoxication at 14 and 17.5 years of age.

Full story: Parental Drinking And Parenting Practices Influence Adolescent Drinking

Your Drinking Habits Could Influence Your Kids

“There is little question that parental behaviors influence adolescent alcohol use,” added Michael Windle, Rollins Professor and chair of the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University….

Researchers examined data from 4,731 adolescents (2,402 males, 2,329 females) and their parents (87% with data from both parents, 13% with data from only one parent), gathered through an ongoing Finnish population-based, developmental twin study of health-related behaviors and correlated risk factors. Parents were asked about their frequencies of alcohol use and intoxication, as well as their lifetime prevalence of alcohol-related problems. Adolescents reported on perceptions of the parenting that they received, as well as their own prevalence of alcohol use and intoxication at 14 and 17.5 years of age.

Full story: Parental Drinking And Parenting Practices Influence Adolescent Drinking

January 28, 2008

Many Parents Fail to See Obesity in Children

Do we love our kids so much that we can’t even imagine that they’ve become obese?

Full story: Many Parents Fail to See Obesity in Children

January 23, 2008

OTC Cough And Cold Medicines Not Recommended For Infants Says FDA

Over the counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines could have possible life-threatening side effects on infants.

Here are some links to this important news:

FDA Confirms Infant-Meds Recall

Warning on kids’ OTC cold products

Stores stop selling cough, cold medicines for infants

June 8, 2007

A Hobby that Reduces Stress, Exercises Your Brain and is Fun at Any Age


(ARA) – Looking for a hobby that’s not only fun but great for your health? How about taking up music?

According to studies conducted by NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, playing a musical instrument can increase memory, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, build confidence and result in greater academic success. So it’s no surprise that a stunning 82 percent of Americans who don’t currently play an instrument wish they did.

“At age 5 or 85, everyone can benefit socially, mentally and physically from playing an instrument,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM and a life-long drummer. “It’s never too late to start, and playing an instrument is something that can last a lifetime.”

NAMM is spreading the word about the benefits of music making through its national Wanna Play? campaign, designed to inspire people to get involved in making music, whether by taking lessons or purchasing an instrument they’ve always wanted to play. And it looks like people are getting the message. More and more Americans are dusting off their old instruments or trying one out for the first time. Garage bands are no longer exclusively teen-aged rockers. They are now made up of everyone from middle-aged moms wanting to reduce stress to the elderly aiming to improve their memory through playing a musical instrument.

Even the government is behind the benefits of making music. Recently, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 121, showing support for music education as part of a complete curriculum for all children. NAMM-funded research has found that 96 percent of public school principals believe that participating in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school longer. Additionally, on the SAT Reasoning Test, students taking courses in music performance scored 57 points higher on critical reading, 58 points higher on writing and 43 points higher on mathematics than students with no arts and music participation, according to the 2006 College-Bound Seniors Annual Report.

Celebrities and public figures have also come forward in their support for NAMM’s Wanna Play? campaign and its message. Gavin DeGraw, the talented singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist who broke onto the music scene with his hit “I Don’t Want to Be,” brings his passion for making music to people of all ages as the first ambassador of the campaign.

“You can feel the excitement and sense of possibility in everyone who picks up an instrument, whether they are my age or my dad’s age,” says DeGraw. “To play music, I don’t need any money in my pocket or anyone else around. Music has changed my life; are you ready to let it change yours?”

DeGraw is reaching out to kids and adults alike, convincing people to pursue — or perhaps revisit — their passion for playing an instrument.

You can visit www.namm.org for more information on the Wanna Play? campaign and the positive impact of music making.  

Courtesy of ARAcontent