Month: September 2015

The apple does not fall far with childhood obesity: Obesity and depression

Johnny is a 10-year-old boy and 50 pounds overweight. He’s slower than most and is embarrassed about his size. Being invited to a pool party, Johnny will either not go, or accidentally forget his swimsuit and sit by the side of the pool. Obesity in children leads to an unhealthy life, with increased chances for …

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The apple does not fall far with childhood obesity: Causes of obesity

In the wild jungle of life, the younger Homo sapiens must learn from their parental Homo sapiens in order to survive, just like the rest of the animal kingdom. The younger Homo sapiens learn by mimicking the actions of the parents, which can tell much more than words. These days, parents are leading a sedentary …

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A play on words, exploring the emoji culture

These pictures may not be worth a thousand words, but emoticons or emojis are a popular trend for conveying messages. If anyone has received a reply he or she wasn’t expecting from a text or email, it’s evident intention does not translate well across the illuminated screens like handwritten letters or face-to-face dialogue. The archetype …

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Family Health and Fitness Day

“My real self, the self I have always been from a child, is a loner and nerd, slightly overweight, with a very heavy fringe. That is who I was as a kid. I don’t think I will ever be anything other than that.” Morose reflections from, now bombshell and British-American actress Hayley Atwell, recently in …

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Preparation pressure: Dealing with anxiety in school

The apple not falling far from the tree arguably points more to attitude transferred between parents and children, than generational curse. Parents can place too much pressure on their children — spurring anxiety — or a source of balanced advice to invigorate kids and calm fears. Not treating a child’s worries seriously will only exacerbate …

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Back to school for the kid with issues: Separation anxiety and school jitters

The first days of school are finally here parents and teachers have made first impressions and fumbled through icebreakers. Some parents rejoice as their children leave the house for the day and some children may enjoy being back in school. Yet, an all too common feeling among students and parents is anxiety. While children may …

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Video games: Taking mental health treatment to the next level

Since the 8-bit era of video games, popularity has soared. Video game consoles continue to upgrade and take over living rooms and bedrooms throughout the world. In many cases, teenagers and young adults now spend too much time in front of screens. Recently, video games have been found to hold benefits in the treatment process …

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Preparation Pressure Part 3: Teenage dream vs. Parent’s goals

The pressure students feel from parents and school programs can ruin their educational experience and exhaust them. In many situations, students forgo their own passions for the school their parents deem the better choice. Parents may have viable reason and motivation for feeling a need to interfere with their child’s education. Yet, in attempting to …

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