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Answers from First Lady Michelle Obama to Your Questions

Ask the First Lady: Michelle Obama On Staying Active In Cold Climates

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The Medical Benefits of Circumcising Boys

Circumcision reduced the risk of HIV infection risk by 60 percent, genital herpes by 30 percent and cancer-causing human papillomavirus by 35 percent in men. Female sexual partners of the circumcised men benefited from a 40

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Sleep-deprived teens engage in more risky behavior

In a survey of more than 12,000 teens, 68.9 percent reported that they sleep less than eight hours on an average school night.

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Exercise Spurs Teenage Boys to Stop Smoking

About 80 percent of adult smokers began their habit before turning 18. Yet every day, 3,500 teenagers light their first cigarette.

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SpongeBob impairs little kids’ thinking, study finds

skills including attention, working memory, problem solving and delay of gratification that are associated with success in school.

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Teen Boys Drink a Whole Lot of Sugar

Teen girls took in an average of 171 calories daily from sugar drinks, and women 20 to 39 years old drank a mean 138 calories.

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New Children’s Book Labeled “Dangerous” By Diet Guru

Dangerous weapon promoting the message of body dissatisfaction among a highly vulnerable age group.

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Kids with nut allergies feel teased, excluded

Along with the rise in nut allergies have come more restrictions on schools and other public places, including nut-free classrooms and airplanes, as well as better labeling for products.

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Music, Instrument Based Therapies Ease Children’s Cancer Pain

It’s been known for a very long time that music can influence mood. That’s why lullabies exist to calm down babies who won’t sleep.

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Teen Smoking Skyrockets

Between 1991 and 2009, heavy smoking among teenagers has decreased by 10 percent, down to 8 percent. During this time, casual smoking has increased from 67 percent to 79 percent.

Read more: http://www.thestatecolumn.com/health/teen-smoking-increse/#ixzz1UNKlOuLw

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  • Lets Move

    Posted on July 25th, 2012 admin No comments
    COME MEETUP WITH US!Cheer on Team USA this Saturday on Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day! First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games and she’s calling on families around the country to support our athletes by getting active in their own communities.

    On July 28th, the first day of Olympic competition, join the nation in rooting for Team USA by participating in the first ever Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day! Visit the Let’s Move! Meetup page to RSVP or host a Meetup and get moving in your community!

    Watch a video from First Lady Michelle Obama announcing the Olympic Fun Day:

     

    SUPPORTING OUR CITIES & TOWNS

    On July 18th, the First Lady announced new opportunities for local elected officials to combat childhood obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, an initiative to support local elected officials working to improve the health of their communities. Check out these new resources and sign up for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns & Counties today at healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.

     

    Local elected officials from across the country joined First Lady Michelle Obama to announce public and private sector commitments to get our kids healthier as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, in Philadelphia, Pa., July 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    GET ACTIVE TIP OF THE WEEK

    Getting outside isn’t just a great way to get exercise, it’s also a lot of fun! Find affordable physical activities that will bring the whole family together and start enjoying the great outdoors.

    EAT HEALTHY TIP OF THE WEEK

    Fruits provide vital nutrients and are high in fiber, providing a filling snack for fewer calories. Incorporate more fruit into your families’ diet by keeping it in sight. Try keeping a bowl of whole fruit out on the countertop or a table as a snack (make sure it’s low enough for younger kids to grab some!), or experiment with fruit by adding it to salads. You may find that eating more fruit is not only good for your health but delicious, too!

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    Moving Outside Is Easy, Healthy, and FUN!
    Can you believe that we’re half way through the summer? With many schools starting up again next month, there’s no time like the present to spend an hour or more exploring the outdoors!

    Top Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market
    Why shop at a Farmers Market? Access to fresh, locally grown foods, for starters. That may be one of the best reasons, but there are many more.

    Goya Foods Commits to Helping Families Make Healthier Choices
    We all have a role to play to ensure that our kids live the full, healthy lives they deserve. This includes everyone from moms and dads to CEOs and superintendents to mayors and community leaders. Earlier this month, the First Lady talked about how corporate leaders, in particular, can take steps on behalf of our children’s health when they realize that what is good for our children can also be good for business.

  • Answers from First Lady Michelle Obama to Your Questions

    Posted on October 23rd, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: Answers from First Lady Michelle Obama to Your Questions, letsmove.org

    Posted by Nikki Sutton on October 17, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama recently sat down to record video responses to questions from you. Last week, we posted responses on how you can get involved with Let’s Move! and what inspired the First Lady to start the initiative to combat childhood obesity. Check out a couple more:

     

     

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  • The Medical Benefits of Circumcising Boys

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: The Medical Benefits of Circumcising Boys, abcnews.com

    By Courtney Hutchinson

    Between San Francisco’s attempted ban on infant circumcision and the move by 19 state governments to defund Medicaid coverage for the procedure, the millennia-old act of removing a newborn boy’s foreskin has undoubtedly become a point of controversy in America.

    Twenty years ago as much as 67 percent of all infants born in U.S. hospitals were circumcised. Today, that number hovers around 32 percent, in part because of decreased funding for the poor and a rise in controversy over the merits of the practice. Opponents of circumcision, who call themselves “inactivists” because they wish to leave the foreskin alone, lampoon the practice as a violation of human rights, a form of genital mutilation and as medically unnecessary.

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  • Sleep-deprived teens engage in more risky behavior

    Posted on September 28th, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: Sleep-deprived teens engage in more risky behavior, msnbc.com

    By David Beasley

    ATLANTA — The two-thirds of U.S. teenagers who get less than eight hours of sleep on school nights are more likely to smoke, drink and fight, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    In a survey of more than 12,000 teens, 68.9 percent reported that they sleep less than eight hours on an average school night.

    In 10 of 11 categories, those students were more likely to engage in risky behavior than students who sleep more than eight hours on school nights, the study found.

    Those behaviors include smoking cigarettes and marijuana and drinking alcohol. For example, 50.3 percent of students who slept less than eight hours reported drinking alcohol in the prior 30 days, compared to 36.7 percent of those who slept more than eight hours.

    Students who slept fewer hours also were less likely to exercise, more sexually active and more likely to fight and contemplate suicide. They were more likely to use computers more than three hours a day as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Exercise Spurs Teenage Boys to Stop Smoking

    Posted on September 21st, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: Exercise Spurs Teenage Boys to Stop Smoking, nytimes.com

    By Anahad

    For teenagers struggling to quit smoking, a new study has some advice. To break the habit, try breaking a sweat.

    It showed that teenage boys who took part in a smoking cessation program and combined it with exercise were several times less likely to continue smoking than those who received only traditional anti-smoking advice. Exercise did not have a comparable effect on teenage girls; researchers aren’t sure why. But the research is among the first to show that an exercise plan for teenage smokers can help them kick two bad habits at once, smoking and inactivity, which often go hand in hand.

    For young smokers, breaking the habit before adulthood can be particularly crucial. Studies show that starting as a teenager makes it much more difficult to quit later on. About 80 percent of adult smokers began their habit before turning 18. Yet every day, 3,500 teenagers light their first cigarette. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • SpongeBob impairs little kids’ thinking, study finds

    Posted on September 12th, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: SpongeBob impairs little kids’ thinking, study finds, latimes.com

    By Eryn Brown

    Watching just a short bit of the wildly popular kids TV show “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been known to give many parents headaches. Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers’ brain power.

    Angeline Lillard and Jennifer Peterson, both of the University of Virginia’s department of psychology, wanted to see whether watching fast-paced television had an immediate influence on kids’ executive function — skills including attention, working memory, problem solving and delay of gratification that are associated with success in school. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Teen Boys Drink a Whole Lot of Sugar

    Posted on September 1st, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: Teen Boys Drink a Whole Lot of Sugar, medpagetoday.com

    By John Gever

    Average daily sugar consumption among male teenagers in the form of sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened fruit juices was more than double the government’s recommended limit for all added sugar in the diet, a large national survey found.

    Among boys and young men 12 to 19 years old participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2005 to 2008, so-called sugar drinks accounted for a mean of 273 calories in their daily diet, according to data compiled Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD, and colleagues at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • New Children’s Book Labeled “Dangerous” By Diet Guru

    Posted on August 26th, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: New Children’s Book Labeled “Dangerous” By Diet Guru, medicalnewstoday.com

    By Petra Rattue

    The founder of Britain’s top weight loss organization has called a book about the story of a short overweight girl who diets and becomes the school soccer star “an outrage”.

    The book, Maggie Goes on a Diet, written and self-published by Paul Kramer, is aimed at pre-teens with ‘Maggie’, the character, portrayed as a chubby, round jumper-wearing cartoon figure with orange pigtails holding up a tiny pink dress and looking wistfully at a skinny version of herself in the mirror. The book has just been unveiled on Amazon and is soon to be made available from other booksellers. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Kids with nut allergies feel teased, excluded

    Posted on August 17th, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: Kids with nut allergies feel teased, excluded, cnn.com

    By Amanda MacMilan

    (Health.com) — Amanda Santos wanted to send her 5-year-old daughter, Skylar, to a small private school. But after they interviewed, met the teachers, and submitted Skylar’s medical records, they never heard back from the school, despite repeated inquiries.

    Santos, who lives in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, can’t say for sure why communication was cut off so abruptly, but she’s convinced that Skylar’s severe nut allergy was an issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Music, Instrument Based Therapies Ease Children’s Cancer Pain

    Posted on August 11th, 2011 admin No comments

    Source: Music, Instrument Based Therapies Ease Children’s Cancer Pain, medicalnewstoday.com

    By Sy Kraft

    According to new analysis, music and instrument based therapies appear to have incredible effects on cancer patients’ pain levels, mood, and certain vital signs such as blood pressure. This may lead the way to an addition to standard treatment practices and a complement to medication doses alone.

    Joke Bradt, Ph.D., an associate professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania led the study. Bradt and her colleagues went back and reviewed 30 studies that included 1,891 adults and children with cancer. In 17 of the studies, the people listened to prerecorded music. The participants in the remaining studies took part in various guided music therapies, which in some cases included singing, playing the piano or creating rhythms alongside a therapist. Read the rest of this entry »

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