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Wednesday Oct 22

Generation Z

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:02

Teen bloggers engage in positive, socially-bonding behavior, rather than isolation or negativity.  

Contrary to popular misconceptions about teenagers today, they don’t go online to post photos of themselves getting drunk or donning sexy duds, but rather to mention their church activities or studies, say researchers at Ohio State University, who examined the online behavior of 100 teen bloggers from around the United States. Furthermore, rather than isolate themselves, teen bloggers use the Internet to build and stay in touch with their communities, the study showed.

 

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A Growing Problem

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:02

Black and Hispanic kids face greater challenges in the fight against obesity.

  

Minority children are at even greater risk of suffering from obesity than are their white counterparts, says research examining the factors contributing to the national health crisis. In two separate studies published in the journal Pediatrics, experts found that in addition to greater obesity rates in Hispanic and black children, health risks were also higher in these two populations in children as young as three years old. Government data indicates that one in five, or twenty percent, of black and Hispanic children aged 2 to 19 are obese, compared with fifteen percent of white children.

 

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Watching Their Diet

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:02

Even as childhood obesity remains an epidemic, product placement in films may encourage kids to eat junk. 

Soda and candy may play starring roles in the movies, at least in terms of the effectiveness of product placements, says research that examined the role of brand placements and childhood eating habits. In light of the rising childhood obesity rate in the US, how does product placement play a role in our children’s health?

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At Home In Ourselves

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:02

African American teens who embrace their ethnic identities enjoy better mental health.

  

Ethnic pride may play a key factor in bolstering teens’ mental health, even for those who suffer from low self-esteem, say researchers from Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, and Walden University. The study examined the relationship between racial identity, self-esteem and mental health in more than 250 African American young people living in urban, low-income areas.

 

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Not Playing Around

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:02

Urban kids shortchanged when it comes to outdoor play; stranger danger fears and recess cuts to blame.  

Canadian kids in urban areas are suffering from lack of outdoor play due to “stranger danger,” not lack of suitable space, say researchers in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta who examined perceived opportunities and barriers to physical activity in an inner-city neighborhood in Edmonton. And in the US, scarce playgrounds and recess cutbacks pose a threat to the mental and physical health of countless urban and low-income youth, says Alison Risso, communications director for KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization aimed to bring play back to children through community outreach, activism, and education.

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