Out of the playground and into the gym
Mon Jun 25
In the fight against childhood obesity, the inevitable has happened: more than half a million kids today learn their exercise regimens from personal trainers, the Associated Press reports. Previously considered the luxury of wealthy adults or serious athletes, trainers are now instructing children as young as six. The numbers are based the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's findings. The association reports that 824,000 children between the ages of six and 17 (about 13% of trainers' clientele) were paying for personalized training sessions in 2005. Athletics professionals are assisting kids who don't get sufficient exercise during school hours or those who need to otherwise spruce up their coordination or strength. ''I also just want to get him in the habit of making exercise part of daily routine,'' said Kathleen Ballew, mother of seven-year-old Jordan. Some experts say that training sessions may be a wise investment if an otherwise couch-prone...
Children's car safety gets a boost
Mon Jun 25
In a joint effort, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. and nonprofit organization Kids Safety First are handing out 12,000 booster seats for free in ten Mitsubishi dealerships across the country. The effort is part of an awareness campaign that aims to increase booster seat use among children between four and eight years old. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reported in 2002 that kids who ride in booster seats are 59% less likely to be hurt in a car crash than those who are strapped in by safety belt alone. Meanwhile, only 21% of children between ages five and eight traveled in booster seats. The seat giveaway events will kick off on June 30th in Dallas, Irving and Plano in Texas, and will feature a safety education session for parents as well as free stickers, balloons and coloring books for kids. Check out the complete list of events here .
It's all in the name...
Fri Jun 22
In a trend that, surprisingly, doesn't seem to have started here in the anything-can-be-bought city, parents to-be are shelling out beaucoup bucks for the perfect baby-name. Is there even such a thing? In her article The Baby-Name Business , today's front-page story in the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal section, Alexandra Alter talks to parents about the trials and tribulations of naming that little bundle of joy. There are so many good picking-points in this story that it's hard to know where to start. Since we are a city that is built on, among other things, money and lots of it, it seems prudent to first find out how much a bit of decision-making help will set you back. Denise McComb, a 37 year-old California resident and mother of two, is expecting a third this fall. She spent $475 on a numerologist to have her favorite name, Lisa Marie, tested for positive associations. Luckily for McComb, it did. Madeline Dziallo's naming consultant played a pivotal role in...
Keep your distance
Wed Jun 20
Public displays of affection have never been encouraged in school hallways; most middle and high school students know that a lockerside smooching session will earn them a wag of the finger from passing teachers. No matter how restricting it may seem, lovestruck couples should stick to handholding within school hours. At a Northern Virginia school, however, kids are told to keep their hands in their pockets. In order to eliminate fighting, harassment and inappropriate behavior altogether, Kilmer Middle School in Vienna has forbidden all physical contact between students. This includes handshakes, pats on the back, high fives and hugs. Most recently, a 13-year-old seventh grader was sent into the principal's office for putting his arm around his girlfriend, the Associated Press reports. If he repeated this behavior, he would face detention. School officials began enforcing the no-touching policy after they witnessed harmless pokes turn into physical fights and...
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