From spa treatments and delicious food to diapers, family members of Olympic athletes are being well cared for inside Olympic Park.
The journey of an athlete is shared by their fans as well. Family members have a front row seat to the wins and the unfortunate moments of defeat.
Being physically active used to easier before the world of cable TV, video games and computers. Now a-days, many families have a more sedentary lifestyle and a lot more health-related problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. Childhood obesity is now epidemic and more than a third of American adults are clinically obese.
So, what can families do to counteract these problems? One is to change the family diet to include healthier foods and fewer fast food meals. Two is to exercise as a family. Theres lots of ways to include physical activity in your daily living and to add new routines that you and your kids can depend on to keep everyone moving.
The flu season is off to an early and dangerous start. ;Southern and southwestern states, in particular, are reporting large numbers of people with the flu in ER rooms and doctor's offices seeking relief. Many doctors have said that they began seeing patients with the flu or flu-like symptoms as early as Thanksgiving and a few even said they saw patients in September. That's far ahead of the normal beginning of the flu season in December and January. Typically, the flu just makes people very sick for a week or two, but it can also be deadly for the very young, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. However, even people who are otherwise healthy can suffer a fatal bout with the virus. Max Schwolert , a 17-year-old athletic boy in Flower Mound, Texas, died over the holidays from a staph infection that developed after he became ill with the flu. The heartbreaking death of the popular teen has prompted many of his friends and community to get their flu shot. Even though the flu season is currently active, it's not too late to get a flu shot. Understand, some people still get the flu even when they've been vaccinated- but they usually have less severe symptoms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is saying that this flu season is stronger than usual and is expected to continue to get worse. Anyone over the age of 6 months can and should receive the flu vaccine. Besides your pediatrician or doctor's office, there are other locations that are providing flu shots such as local pharmacies, clinics and health departments. As more and more people decide to get vaccinated, supplies of the vaccine could start being in short supply so don't delay. Other steps you can take to help prevent getting or spreading the flu are: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touchin
Research shows that families who eat home cooked dinners together benefit from more than just a good meal. Parents and children are more engaged in each other's lives. Kids are less likely to become smokers, use drugs, or become obese and more likely to make better grades.
A new study from the United Kingdom notes that kids also eat more vegetables and fruits when they have dinner with the family 2 or 3 times a week. "Modern life often prevents the whole family from sitting round the dinner table, but this research shows that even just Sunday lunch round the table can help improve the diets of our families," said study researcher Meaghan Christian, of the University of Leeds.
Researchers said that children learn healthier eating habits from their parents and when permitted to help plan menus, can learn more about healthy food choices.
Children whose parents cut the veggies and fruits into smaller portions consumed larger amounts according to the parents who participated in the study.
The new study's findings are based on information from 2,000 elementary school children in London, with an average age of 8. The study's data depended on what the parent's reported on the last day of the study, so results may be a bit skewed. Some parents may have over reported the amount of vegetables and fruits their children ate, while some may have under-reported.
Whether the report is completely accurate or not, family meals together are important. Parents are able to control what is served and have an opportunity to introduce new vegetables and fruits to their children, improving their chances for a healthier life.
The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.