Archive for the ‘Kids Health’ Category

Youth Fitness

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Physical education and sports are included in the programs or subjects in school. At a young and early age, kids are taught of exercise and how to keep their body fit and healthy. Teachers and trainers also learn of youth fitness in order to better train their students on how to live a healthy lifestyle. There are even institutions that study fitness for kids and also teach instructors and trainers on how to teach and train their kids. The health of our future people is an important concern and teaching them to stay healthy will allow them to live longer and better lives.

Keeping Healthy

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Not all people keep a healthy diet or live a healthy lifestyle. Those who do, try to follow a program or at least try to eat healthy food with less junk food. They also try out healthy snacks. This is where some other people start with. We are all informed of what is healthy food and what is not but most of the things we like are not in the list of healthy food. Most of us are also so used to what we eat that it’s not easy to make changes. It may be time to start living a healthy life starting with the food we eat.

Knowing what food to eat may be the key to living a healthy lifestyle. Aside from the food we eat, we also need exercise. A bit of reading about Health Facts would be a big help in living a healthy life. We would know what type of food to eat, the proper exercise that we need and some other information that may be helpful to some of us. We never really know if we are experiencing some of the symptoms of a sickness until we know that they are the actual symptoms. It’s not a bad idea to be informed of what we need and what we really don’t.

Diet Programs

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Not every diet pill work for everyone and not all diet programs appeal or work for everyone. When regular exercise is not enough for a person, they try different diet programs until they find the diets that work for them. A diet program may require less meat or less food intake while others would give alternative or replacement food to take. Different programs have been developed for different people. For those who like physical activity, there are programs that may work for them.

Some Office Ergonomics

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Many of us use a computer for a large part of our day. As the rising number of computer-related injuries and illnesses show, several factors may lead us straight from the workplace to the hospital. Among this are poor workplace design and layout, incorrect chair height, inadequate equipment placement, and damaging posture. Luckily for us, the applied science of ergonomics is developing side by side with many of our physical concerns.

Ergonomics is the study of design and arrangement of things people use, as in the workplace, to ensure an optimal relationship of efficiency, safety and comfort between work equipment and worker. Here are ergonomic factors to consider when setting up or adjusting workspace.

Your chair

The ideal swivel chair should have five feet. If used on carpet, it should be fitted with casters. On a smooth surface, it should have glides (flattened, smooth sliders fitted to the chair’s feet to protect the floor surface and allow easy movements.

Your monitor

The monitor should be roughly an arm’s length away from you. The top of the screen should be at eye level or just below so that you are able to look down slightly at your work.

Remember that eye muscles can become tired when you do nonstop close work. Rest your eyes every 10 minutes or so by looking away into the distance for at least 10 seconds at a time.

Your keyboard

When using the keyboard, your forearms should be close to horizontal and your wrists straight. Your hands should not be bent up, down or to either side in relation to your forearms. Your elbows should be close to your body. Align the keyboard with the monitor so you don’t have to twist or rotate to use it.

Your mouse

A mouse that fits the size of your hand is comfortable to work with. When you use the mouse, your wrist should be in natural and comfortable position, with minimal bend in any direction at the wrist. Your fingers should be able to rest on the push buttons between actions. It is good to position the mouse on the desk so that the weight of your arm is supported by the desk.

Posture, movement and stretching

Change your posture frequently to minimize fatigue. It’s a good idea to take short, frequent breaks from computer work while you carry out your other tasks for the day. This encourages physical movement and use of different muscle groups.

Brain Health

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Whenever we study and learn, several things happen in our brain: new cells generate, new connections are created between cells, and existing connections between certain cells are strengthened or removed. Studies show that stimulating environment and the presence of beta-endorphin (the good mood hormone) lead to good cell growth in our brains. The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand says these factors affect brain health:

Regular physical exercise. This protects the brain and the way it processes information. Exercise boosts levels of brain-protective chemicals and reduces stress.

Adequate sleep. A good night’s sleep recharges the brain and allows the body to rest and heal. Our brain consolidates memories while we sleep. Inadequate sleep affects the way our brain cells function and can increase the risk of stroke and depression. About seven to nine hours of sleep a night is ideal.

Balanced diet. Your diet should be low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Studies show that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., fish) are good for the brain.

Social connections. Friendships and social networks are important as we age. Good mood hormones help us create new brain cells and keep them healthy.

Mental workout. Use it or lose it! Keeping the brain active and challenged increases its vitality, generates new brain cells, and bolsters connections and reserves.

A Better Alternative

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Here are some plant food alternatives to animal protein. You can use them to devise a diet that will help you lose weight without compromising bone health.

Almonds. A cup of dry, roasted, unsalted almonds contains about 30 grams of protein and very low amounts of cholesterol and sodium.
Tofu. Tofu is rich in both protein and calcium. From three ounces of tofu, you get about 20 grams of protein and about 170 milligrams of calcium.

Oatmeal. A cup of oatmeal yields around six grams of protein. Oatmeal is also low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, and selenium, and a very good source of manganese.

Spinach. There may be more to Popeye and spinach than a cartoonist’s tale. A cup of boiled and drained spinach has about five grams of protein. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and a good source dietary and other important minerals and vitamins.

Green peas. A cup of boiled green peas contains about nine grams of protein. Green peas provide a number of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, and a very low saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Great Habits for a Healthy Mane

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Hair care should not mean overspending at salons. It only takes basic hair-care routines to get a healthy mane. Here are a few steps to take care of your hair.

1. Regularly use the shampoo and conditioner recommended for your hair type ( permed, colored-treated, etc.) to offset the effects of sunlight and pollution.

2. Have your hair trimmed every five to six weeks to avoid split ends and save your current style.

3. Never use harsh nylon or metal combs or brushes if your hair strands are brittle.

4. Don’t brush wet hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to separate the tangles.

5. Don’t comb hair too much because this strips it of natural oils if your hair is dry. It over stimulates the oil glands if you have oily hair.

6. Don’t brush or comb your hair starting from the back. It will damage your hair.

7. Do regular exercises, especially head bends, to encourage blood circulation.

Weather the Storm

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

With floods, bad weather, and possible power cuts around the country, health issues associated with food in the home become crucial. Here are some tips to prevent food-borne illnesses during emergencies.

Food storage

  • Eat perishables such as bread and meat first, which spoil faster.
  • Eat canned foods last.
  • Minimize food spoilage by opening the fridge only when needed.
  • Get rid of vegetables or fruits that have been lying in floodwaters.
  • Cover foods with plastic wrap or store them in waterproof containers.
  • Throw out rotting or tainted food before it spoils other food.

Food safety

  • Frozen food that retains ice crystals and has undamaged or unopened packaging can be safely refrozen.
  • Defrosted foods can be used if they were only recently defrosted and were kept cold (i.e., if the fridge is working again).
  • Dispose of any food that changed color, is slimy, or smells.
  • Throw away damaged and punctured cans or tins with split seams.

A Different Approach to Getting Fit

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Many weight-loss programs propose changes in the propositions of the three main food groups–proteins, fats and carbohydrates. How effective are these programs? The Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, placed 811 overweight adults on four different diets over a two-year period. The diets contained varying percentage of fat, protein, and carbohydrate.

After six months, all four diet groups averaged a six-kilogram weight loss, or 7 percent of their original weight, which ever diet they were on. All again began to regain weight after 12 months. After two years, the average weight loss was about four kilograms for all groups. Earlier studies had claimed that higher protein intake reduced appetite and sustained muscle mass better during weight loss. The Harvard researchers’ conclusion: A diet program’s benefits result from the degree to which people stick with them, not from any specified energy reduction formula.

When Brushing is Not Enough…

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Add flossing to your daily routine to remove deposits of food that form harmful plaque in the spaces between your teeth. Dentists say flossing after every meal helps reduce tooth decay and prevent gum disease. Here’s how to floss:

Use a length of about 45 centimeters of floss. Wind one end around a finger on your left hand. Wind the other end around a finger on your right hand.

Keep the floss taut between the two fingers and gently guide between the first pair of teeth. Be careful not to cut down into the gum.

Slide the floss up and down one tooth and then up and down the side of the other tooth to dislodge all bits and pieces of food wedged between them.

Repeat this for every tooth, including the back surface of your last molar.

As you move from one tooth to the next, wind the used floss onto one finger and release clean floss from the other finger.