Fitness For Kids – Some Examples Of Basic Kids Fitness Routines

These days, more and more parents are becoming concerned about the fitness of their kids. This is not surprising given the problems of childhood obesity and the increasing weight and lack of fitness that we are seeing in children. Child obesity and diabetes levels are rising dramatically. There is also the issue that many parents feel, which is that schools are paying less attention and devoting less time to physical education than they used to and that children’s activity levels are reduced as a result. All of this comes at a time when there is more television and video game distractions than ever that are tearing children away from the more physical activities that they would have once engaged in.

To combat these trends, there are a number of activities and routines that parents can encourage their children to take part in, and can use to increase the activity levels and fitness of their children.

The most important thing to remember with kids is that you will want to make the fitness routine fun. Trying to use guilt or shame to get over weight kids to be more active is likely to back fire and bring their confidence levels down even lower. The other point to remember is that the kids need not even realise that they are being encouraged to exercise more and you can simply slip the activities into their lives without them even noticing.

One easy way is to get the kids walking more. You may live close enough to their school to walk, or even cycle. This is a very easy way to sneak a little activity into their lives without them even noticing. You can also walk to other places like shops. Another very good idea for younger children is to buy a dog. While this will not be possible for everyone, it is an excellent excuse to have to take a walk every day and it also makes the task a little bit more fun and less mundane.

You can also plan fun activities for the weekend like roller blading, swimming, cycling, hill walking or ice skating. These activities are great fun and can be used to basically bribe kids into excercising. It is also a good idea to let the kids bring their friends to these activities as once they are involved in something with their friends, and they get a routine, they are much more likely to encourage each other and keep it up for longer.…


Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds – Get Rid of Health Problems

Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s almost perfect foods. They are a natural source of beneficial constituents such as carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K. They also have the minerals calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds have mainly been used to treat prostate and bladder problems, but they have also been known to help with depression and learning disabilities.

Pumpkins are very high in potassium, and have good amounts of beta carotene and vitamin C. They are also a good source of calcium and fibre, and as well as other vitamins and minerals. Pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and unsaturated fatty acids (good fats).

Fresh and cooked pumpkin is chock full of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein. It’s easy to add pumpkin to your favorite baked goods and dishes during the colder months, and the vitamins and minerals can help keep your health in tip-top shape during the winter. Pumpkin is rich, satisfying, and can be used in a number of recipes as a meal or in dessert; if you cook it in a healthy way, it might also give you an excuse to indulge in an extra slice of pumpkin pie this year! Still, eating pumpkin isn’t the only way to enjoy its natural benefits.

Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds

Snacking on ¼-1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds can deliver the nutrients mentioned at the outset of this article, as well as calcium, vitamin K, protein and important omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw, baked, roasted or toasted.

Because pumpkin seeds and good health share such an important relationship, plan to make pumpkin seeds a regular part of your diet. Keep a supply on hand and store the seeds in a tightly sealed container in your fridge.

Pumpkin seeds and onions mixed together with a little soy milk make a great remedy for parasitic worms in the digestive tract. To make this remedy, liquefy three tablespoons of pumpkin seeds that have been soaked three hours, one-half of a small onion, one-half cup soy milk, and one teaspoon honey. Take this amount three times daily, three days in a row.

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat, dark green seeds. Some are encased in a yellow-white husk, although some varieties of pumpkins produce seeds without shells. Like cantaloupe, cucumber, and squash, pumpkins and pumpkin seeds belong to the gourd or Cucurbitaceae family.

Nutty and salty with a crisp-chewy texture, pumpkin seeds make a nutritious and flavorful snack. Boiled, baked, or even raw, pumpkin seeds are packed full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Just one serving (about 1/4 cup) gives you almost half the recommended daily amounts of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper, vitamin K, and zinc. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and monounsaturated fats.

Pumpkin seed oil has an excellent ratio of …


Arizona Legislature Demonstrates Support of Joint Custody in New Law

With all the news coverage of Arizona’s new immigration law, much less attention has been paid to other new laws coming out of the recently ended legislative session. One such law, SB 1314, may affect custody decisions regarding minor children in contested divorces and other child custody proceedings.

The new law, which was signed by Governor Brewer on May 3, 2010, amends three sections of Title 25 (Marital and Domestic Relations). Most notably, although it stops short of creating a legal presumption in favor of joint custody, it does express a strong preference for it. The new law also allows courts to sanction parties in custody cases, and adjusts the rules that govern moving a child.

The Child’s Best Interest

The first provision expressly states that, absent evidence to the contrary, it is in the child’s best interest “to have substantial, frequent, meaningful and continuing parenting time with both parents” and “to have both parents participate in decision-making about the child.” The new law then calls on courts to apply the family law provisions of Title 25 accordingly.

The provision as passed by the legislature and signed by the governor does not create a presumption in favor of either joint legal custody or joint physical custody (although an earlier version that the legislature considered-but rejected-did create such a presumption). Nevertheless, the language in the new law does track closely with the definitions of joint legal custody and joint physical custody (references to “parenting time” correspond to physical custody and “decision making” to legal custody), so judges will certainly be aware that the legislature intended to demonstrate that it favors joint custody.

Currently, judges use a list of factors outlined in section 25-403 to help determine what is in the best interests of the child when custody is contested. It may be a few months before we know exactly how the judiciary will implement the new law, but it is likely that those same factors will still be considered, but the judge will begin from the presumption that parenting time and decision-making with both parents is in the child’s best interest, and then consider the factors that may require the court to deviate from that preference.

The new law makes no change to protections that were already in place to prevent joint or sole custody with an unfit parent – instances such as significant domestic violence, recent drug offenses, or if the parent is a registered sex offender or is convicted of first-degree murder of the other parent.

Attorney’s Fees

A second provision of the new law concerns sanctions in custody cases, in the form of awarding attorney’s fees to the other party. The new law directs the judge to award attorneys’ fees to the other party if one party filed a petition in the custody hearing for an improper purpose, such as to harass the other party, create delay, or increase litigation costs. Attorney’s fees would also be awarded for filings that were not grounded in fact or based on …

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Homeopathy: The 21st Century Treatment

Homeopathy is the second most used form of medical treatment in the world and is considered a safe form of treatment.

Hundreds of millions of people use homeopathic treatments and remedies including famous people in both the entertainment and sports industries.

Even royalty have successfully used homeopathic remedies for health issues or just for the sake of keeping healthy and safe naturally.

A Brief History Of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a kind of alternative medicine that treats a disease with a preparation that is heavily diluted. This science and philosophy was created by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician.

Despite being thought of as a controversial form of treatment and science, it has been used successfully by both practitioners and patients for many, many years. It is widely accepted all over the world.

Prince Charles himself is an advocate of homeopathic medicine. Soccer superstar David Beckham as well as tennis legend Martina Navratilova chose to be treated by homeopathy, as did Charles Darwin.

Sir Paul McCartney, Florence Nightingale, Claude Monet; all use or have used homeopathic treatment. Even Axl Rose of Guns N Roses, so that’s saying something!

Restoring Balance To The Body

Homeopathy works in such a way as to restore the proper balance to the body, the way things “ought to be”. The natural medicines used in homeopathic remedies helps to strengthen the body’s own ability to fight disease and restore the body to its balance.

These remedies are derived from plants, minerals and animals the world over. The success rates of cures are very high and are also safer and more economical in the long run. And let’s face it, everyone wants a high level of health and this is what homeopathic medicine can give you.

Nobody wants to be sick or in pain. Nobody. Though drugs certainly can give quick relief, drugs do have side effects, especially in the long term. Coming off medications can also bring about some nasty side effects.

These are things more and more people are taking into consideration. Alternative treatments like homeopathy have proved both safe and effective with little or no side effects.

Homeopathic Treatment For Children

Even toddlers or infants can be safely treated with homeopathic remedies. Obviously, you want to make sure that you see someone who is qualified. Treatment can help to restore proper balance and function and also strengthen the immune system.

Even doctors sometimes refer their patients to homeopaths! As the 21st century progresses, alternative methods of treatment will not only become more popular, in the long run, it’s safer and healthier…and that’s something we all want not just for ourselves, but or children as well.…

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Green Tea And Garlic: What Are The Health Benefits?

Can you guess the most popular beverage in the U.S. market this last decade? Green Tea made from unfermented tea leaves is the answer. Research suggests the fermentation process is what makes it contain the highest concentration of polyphenols, antioxidants that rids the body of free radicals. Some preliminary studies also show that green tea’s polyphenols, particularly ECGC, can help stop the free-radical damage that may lead to cancer and heart disease.

Garlic has also been popular in that many people believe it is a heart disease preventative. I don’t believe anyone is adding garlic to their green tea, but research does show, many people add garlic to all kinds of foods in the belief that it is good for their heart and a preventative for other diseases.

Green tea is popular as a healing brew; however, most studies on its effects have been done the in animals. Human studies of the effects of green tea have been population-based (studies that follow large groups of people over a specified period of time). The results of these studies have been inconsistent.

The Food and Drug Administration says there is no scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces heart disease. A spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, Dave Grotto, says “Green tea has a lot of wonderful active compounds that may play a role in fighting cancer and heart disease and even protecting the lining of the arteries. “But there needs to be a lot more research.”

Dr. Frank Greenway, head of the outpatient clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., studies herbal supplements and obesity. He says, “There’s nothing magic about green tea.” “I’ll be surprised if it is shown to have any profound effect on weight loss.” There have been many claims that green tea does help with weight loss. Some studies suggest that green tea’s polyphenols may boost metabolism and help burn fat.

Dr. Greenway also says, “Green tea won’t hurt you.” “Herbs always play catch-up when it comes to research.”

Some studies show that some green tea drinkers may actually get more health benefits than others. Green tea provides more antioxidants freshly brewed.

Garlic is another popular additive to boost good heart health. Some people have been adding it to chicken wings, pasta and many other things. Researchers are saying garlic is not as powerful a cardiac protector as once thought.

A series of studies over the last several years show that garlic may not be so great at lowering cholesterol levels. Christopher Gardner, a Stanford professor of medicine led the study and he says, “I was somewhat surprised that even the raw garlic didn’t have any effect. But the evidence is very clear. Garlic just doesn’t work in lowering cholesterol levels.”

The good news is that research does not rule out garlic’s potential benefits in reducing levels of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure or atherosclerosis.

Green tea and garlic probably do have some extra benefits, but to date scientific evidence does not …