Category Archives: Health

From Screen to Exercise with the Gifted Child

Gifted. It’s a controversial word among parenting groups.

(If you want to see if your child has gifted qualities click here.)

Gifted children are thought to :

  • be highly sensitive to sound, touch, taste
  • be intellectually advanced compared to peers, but socially behind
  • have excellent verbal skills, but often times peers cannot understand their humor
  • read at an early age and often
  • sometimes have slower fine/ gross motor skills than kids their age
  • experience intense emotions
  • love knowing the “why” behind everything
photo courtesy of themalaysiantimes.com

Exercise. It’s also a controversial word –  among many gifted families.

However, we all know the basic benefits of exercise:

1)  Increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain

(2)  Increased levels of norepinephrine and endorphins resulting in a reduction of stress and an improvement of mood

(3)  Increased growth factors that help to create new nerve cells and support synaptic plasticity

Exercise decreases depression in children too! If your child is stressed from the emotional pressures at school, its time to unwind outside. However, when they are in that heightened state close to meltdown… they likely want to check out with screen time.  If it’s at the end of a long day, your need to cook dinner and deal with the other children in the house may prevent you from enforcing what you know would be best for them in that moment.

When given the choice, will a gifted child choose technology or exercise?

Most people will choose technology. Gifted or not. Adult or child.  We love our screens!

In a study of 1500 children aged 6 to 15 years, 79% choose to watch television in their spare time.  Only 34% participated in sport or activity. Would you like to change that statistic? We would!

Would it help… if the technology actually helped you get your stressed-out kids outside?

We think so.

What if they didn’t have to choose between technology and exercise? 

The next step for this generation is to make outdoor play more enticing and even enhanced. The possibilities out there are growing with Google Glass and Bluetooth trackers.

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Certainly, there is nothing like experiencing nature unplugged. 

Founder Steve’s son, the original GenZPlay Kid.

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New Report: Adult Obesity Rates Hold Steady But Remain High

New Report: Adult Obesity Rates Hold Steady But Remain High (via PR Newswire)

Download image Trust for America’s Health logo. (PRNewsFoto/Trust for America’s Health) Rates Top 30 Percent in 13 States, Are Highest in South, Midwest and Among Baby Boomers WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — After three decades…

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Juicing Provides Excellent Nutritional Benefits, Especially for Children.

Juicing Provides Excellent Nutritional Benefits (via http://juice-dieting.com)

Many people live very busy and stressful lives. In fact, it can be difficult to find the time to exercise and eat properly, even though we know how important this is to good health. Of course, the old adage, “you are what you eat” is certainly true…

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3,000 Students From 9 Philadelphia Schools Lace Up Sneakers for World Fit® Walk

3,000 Middle-School Students From 9 Philadelphia Middle Schools Lace Up Their Sneakers to Participate in World Fit® Walk (via MarketWired)

SOURCE: World Fit April 23, 2013 15:10 ET PHILADELPHIA, PA–(Marketwired – Apr 23, 2013) – Nearly 3,000 students from 9 Philadelphia elementary and middle schools have signed up for World Fit, a program whose aim is to eradicate childhood obesity and…

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How Food Stamps Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

How Food Stamps Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity (via www.republicoft.com)

A new study shows obesity rates among children from low-income families declined in 19 states and U.S. territories between 2008 and 2011. That’s good news, as those children are less likely to be obese as adults, and more likely to avoid the health…

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Nationwide Survey Reveals Family Cooking Activities Influence Healthy Eating

Nationwide Survey Reveals Family Cooking Activities Influence Healthy Eating (via PR Newswire)

‘LG Coaching Kids in the Kitchen’ Program Offers Parents Kid-friendly Cooking, Meal Preparation, Recipe Advice Download image Download image LG Electronics logo. (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA, Inc.) ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire…

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Apps can provide health education to 3rd world countries.

Defying the odds: Bangladesh makes strides in child health (via GlobalPost)

Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has dramatically reduced overall child mortality in recent decades. Amy Yee   EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of a GlobalPost Special Report titled “The…

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Is childhood obesity linked to C-sections? The jury will always be out.

Childhood Obesity Linked To C-Sections, New Research Finds (via Planetsave)

Children who are delivered via cesarean section are much more likely to become obese as they age when compared to those who were delivered vaginally, according to new research from the New York University School of Medicine. The study incorporated data on more than 10,000 UK infants. The research found…

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Video games can help with deteriorating brain functions.

Videogames slow, reverse ‘mental decay’: study (via AFP)

Playing videogames can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory, reasoning and visual processing, according to a study released Wednesday. The University of Iowa study of hundreds of people age 50 and older found that those who played a videogame were able to improve a…

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The world currently plays video games for 3 billion hours per week. Over 400 million hours per day.

The best hope we have for surviving the next century on this planet? Games. In this 20-minute TED talk, I explain why we need to achieve 21 billion hours of online gaming a week by the year 2020. That’ll be just an hour a day, every day, for half of the people on Earth… – Jane McGonigal @avantgame