Gathering around the table isn't the only way to get kids to eat healthy

Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they see their parents eating the foods and the items are readily available, even in homes where family meals are not the norm. Teenagers in the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, ate more fruits and vegetables when the items were cut up and easy to reach.

Reuters (12/22) 

 

Top Deejay Headphones

First impressions.

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed. Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

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A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Screen time tied to increased obesity risk in adolescents

Screen time tied to increased obesity risk in adolescents

Teens who used screen devices such as smartphones and tablets for five or more hours daily had a twofold higher likelihood of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and getting too little physical activity and were 43% more likely to become obese than those who didn’t use such devices. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed a 74% increased risk of poor sleep among those who used screen devices for at least five hours daily.

HealthDay News (12/14)

Study Shows Occasional Cigarettes Are Dangerous To People’s Health

The Washington Post (12/5, McGinley) reports a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that even casual smokers, who may only smoke a few cigarettes each day or week, are at an 87 percent greater risk of dying earlier compared to people who do not smoke at all. The study serves as a reminder, particularly to younger smokers, who think partaking in the habit less frequently makes it safe; according to lead author Maki Inoue Choi, “The message is that there is no safe level of smoking.”

 

Baby Teethers May Leach Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals, Study Says

Fox News (12/7, Kwan) reports on a study conducted by researchers at the American Chemical Society and published in Environmental Science & Technology finding that baby teethers may contain “endocrine-disrupting chemicals.” The researchers found that every one of the 59 baby teethers they tested “contained bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol S (BPS) or bisphenol F (BPF), and most contained various parabens, as well as the antimicrobials triclosan and triclocarban.” The study authors estimated that a baby’s exposure to the chemicals would be at lower levels than “those of what European regulators consider safe.”

HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reports the teethers were mostly “labeled BPA-free or non-toxic, [yet] all of them contained BPA.”