Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kid healthy cooking "must haves' that last in your freezer

As we know the Center for Disease Control reports that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of childhood obesity among kids aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.

Although parents are so busy, many are finding that cooking at home with healthy foods helps in the way their kids are eating.

The idea of “fresh food” is wonderful but may not always be a reality with work and family schedules.

The next best thing is have staples in your freezer so that you can squeeze in a few homemade meals in for your family during your week.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Cyberbullying: Is it a cry for help or a need for attention?

Jessi Slaughter, an 11-year old Florida girl whose profanity-laced video spurred online death threats after she claims she was cyberbullied on Facebook, told Good Morning America and other news sources that she has no intentions of staying off the Internet, which is also a decision backed by her parents.

Jessi's rage, graphic language and violent threats that she used against her online tormenters has everyone talking.

She told ABC News: "I'm going to continue making my videos, I'm going to continue updating my Twitter and going on Stickam and stuff -- just going to be a little more careful with who sees what I'm doing," the girl told ABCNews.com. Because she is only 11-years-old only screen name is being used.

Jessi broke down on the video which she made on her webcam. Even her father appeared on the video in an absolute rage.

She created an Internet firestorm by posting an almost five-minute video raging against online bullies who had called her names and accused a friend of raping her.

READ THE ENTIRE STORY HERE and WATCH Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO, Love Our Children USA and STOMP Out Bullying on  the ABC News Nightline video in response to this story.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kids’ restaurant meals may not be so “happy”

According to the Center for Disease Control childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of childhood obesity among kids aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.

Kids menus at restaurants aren’t so happy! Ask Mary Jo Messito, Director of the Obesity Clinic at New York’s Bellevue Hospital who told news sources that “Children’s meals at restaurants are garbage.”


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Animal abusers: a precursor to violence against humans

Just last month I reported about the two LI teens who viciously tortured and killed an innocent turtle.

Now a 22-year-old Albany man admits drowning a cat in his bathtub and torturing two other cats.

According to Associated Press and CBS News, Caleb Capen faces one to four years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to felony animal cruelty. This past February he was arrested after a police officer found a dead cat burning inside paper and plastic bags in a snowbank.

Police went to Capen’s home where they found two more cats with broken bones from abuse. He told police that he had adopted a cat who didn't get along with the other cats and admitted to stepping on the cat, squeezing it, striking it with a wrench and then drowning it. He'll be sentenced in September.

According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.


Monday, July 5, 2010

The second leading cause of child deaths are from drowning: Learn water safety now

Swimming is a fun activity for many children to celebrate their summer vacation.

The water can be so much fun, yet it can also be dangerous for young children. Even for kids who know how to swim, there have still been drownings.

According to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years old and children 10 to 14 years. Children 4 and under actually have the highest drowning death rate in the U.S. and the majority of child drownings occur in backyard pools & spas.

Just this week, former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham's 2-year-old son drowned in his parent’s pool spa in Las Vegas and last week NYC sixth grader Nicole Suriel drowned on a class trip to Long Beach. Two-year-old Joseph Anthony Daignault died on June 29th after drowning in his family’s swimming pool. Since the end of May, eight children died in pool drownings in Tennessee.

According to Dr. Mark Waltzman at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, toddlers have a difficult time keeping their top-heavy bodies balanced when sitting up and they often have a hard time getting back up after they fall, and can drown in just one inch of water.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Wild West 2.0 hits the nation by storm! The reality of the dangers that lurk online

Your kids use the Internet, you use it, so do your family and friends.

We live in a digital frontier and it’s not going away. Our kids spend most of their time on the Internet which is a virtual playground for online bullies, cyber attackers, stalkers and predators.

You use the Internet for business, or you might be looking for a job, trying to make new friends or even find your mate online. You’d be surprised how many online dangers lurk online for adults as well.

There are moms who bully, people who want to ruin other’s reputations, stalkers and other cyber attackers.

No doubt about it -- the Internet IS your life!

While setting up Google alerts for you and your kids are a good practice, people aren’t going to check to see what “he said …she said”, and who is telling the truth.

Wild West 2.0 already in its second print has hit book shelves across the nation! And it’s a must read for every parent!