The News Story – Study finds that CDC's $54M tips from former smokers’ graphic ads led 100,000 to quit
The Centers for Disease Control rejoiced this week over findings that its recent “Tips from Former Smokers” ad campaigns, which feature graphic portrayals of former smokers, have seen some success in convincing Americans to kick the habit.
CBS reports that a follow-up study done by the CDC revealed that “1.6 million Americans attempted to quit smoking because of the campaign: More than 200,000 quit immediately following the campaign, with an estimated 100,000 of them quitting permanently.” According to the story, smoking is “the leading cause of preventable death” in the U.S., and CDC officials are thrilled with the success of these ads.
While 100,000 smokers quitting is certainly worthy of celebration, those numbers pale in comparison to research that suggests that marriage promotes longer life by improving almost all aspects of individuals’ health. …
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It is early September. The sun is still very bright but the air is getting cool this far up in the northern hemisphere. Fall has begun, and with fall also schools and daycares. The park is full of children running around in yellow reflective vests. My 18-month-old son stares with amazement at them as they dig in the sand and climb the play structures.
Here we go again, I sigh. All summer we were able to play peacefully in the park, but now I will have to be on my guard. In the summer, the children came to the park with their parents. Now, however, they come “alone together”.
What lengths would you go to in order to ensure that your children had the best possible childhood? According to a report in The Atlantic, one couple decided to cut out all technology that has been introduced since 1986 (this was the year that both parents were born) for a whole year. Why? To give their kids a better chance of a real, childish, play-in-the-dirt, unsaturated-in-technology kind of youth.
The McMillan family use phones, but definitely no iPhones. Videos are available instead of DVDs or video games, and their banking involves face-to-face interaction. Books form a great part of their entertainment, and they use their brains to follow a map rather than blindly following a GPS. Good thing that the kids are only aged five and two, or who knows what kind of a fuss (or at least sneaky rebellion) they would have kicked up.
One of my closest friends has twins who are about to turn one. They are beautiful boys and whenever someone goes to see them, I can expect that the visit will inevitably be followed by their photos being posted on Facebook.
I’ve never seen too much of a problem with this, but it seems that a lot of people do. A recent Time article reported that while 94 per cent of parents post photos of their kids online, there are contrasting opinions about whether this is the right thing to do. There are those that think it too early for a person to have a social presence (even via their parents’ accounts), and others that see it as a way to keep the family connected and united.
As fall approaches, parents gear up for the year’s worth of sniffles, sneezing, and careful monitoring of children’s temperatures. A recent story on health issues by NBC-2 reveals that for those children in daycare, the odds of contracting such illnesses double.
According to Dr. Martin Sherman, a paediatrician in Fort Myers, Florida, the “average child” under the age of five contracts between five and eight infections per year. When you put a child in a closed setting with other children, that number doubles. According to Dr. Sherman, children in daycare and other closed environments contract about 10 to 16 illnesses per year, with the instance of illness much higher in the winter. If a child takes a week or perhaps two to recover from an illness, says Sherman, “your child is about continuously ill.”
The News Story - Five reasons that sex on a first date is a bad idea
One of the dilemmas Americans began to encounter when they decided that marriage wasn’t a necessary precursor to sex is that now, nobody can quite agree on when it is acceptable.
According to a new story at the Huffington Post, sex on a first date is a “bad idea.” “Ask any woman,” writes blogger Jackie Pilossoph, “and she'll tell you that the reason you shouldn't have sex on a first date is that the guy won't call you back because he'll think you are easy and will have lost interest.” In addition, she gives five other reasons why it’s best to “wait” to have sex. Included on Pilossoph’s list are “it’s awkward” and “waiting is great foreplay” and the shocking “sex clouds judgment.”
As is to be expected, this story has raised concerns about violence and America’s gun laws. What really gets me however is the reasoning behind the teens’ act of murder – the fact that they were bored.
News reports describe how the boys decided on Chris as their target when they saw him go by. Which makes me ask – what kind of day and age are we living in, that kids, aged 15, 16 and 17, can feel like it’s okay for murder to become sport? There could be many factors, but three aspects of our society immediately come to mind:
“Philanthropy” is usually a word we associate with the world of adults and rich people. Increasingly though, children from a spread of socio-economic backgrounds are participating in and learning about what it means to be philanthropic, both at home and at school.
As well as helping those in need, the evidence shows getting children involved in philanthropy has positive effects for the children, their families and society more generally.
It might just be the key to helping your children be happier, smarter and more successful.
The younger the child is when the discussion begins about giving, the more it becomes a matter of practice and habit that continues into adulthood.
According to developmental psychologist Marilyn Price Mitchell, children who perform acts of kindness experience increased wellbeing, popularity and acceptance among peers. This, in turn, leads to better classroom behaviour and higher academic achievement.
The more you use Facebook, the greater your life dissatisfaction, according to new research published by the Public Library of Science.
The study had participants, aged in their late teens or early twenties, to rate their feelings five times a day and also to record their direct social activities -- such as phone calls and face-to-face encounters. Those who used Facebook a lot were more likely to notice a decline in satisfaction, whereas those who had more direct social contact in the "real world" noticed an increase in feelings of contentment.
Yes, Facebook and social media can be amazing tools, but sometimes we definitely use them in the wrong way. On the one hand, social media studies have found that the most common emotion aroused by Facebook is envy, which I find both worrying and sad. Facebook has been associated with sentiments of social tension, isolation and depression - and no…
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The News Story - Growing up with more than two siblings lowers your divorce risk
A new study by sociologists at Ohio State University finds that having lots of siblings is correlated with significantly lower rates of divorce.
Reports the Los Angeles Times, in a sample of 57,000 American adults, “Among those who had married, each additional sibling a person had was associated with a 2% decline in his or her odds of having divorced. Only-children were not only less likely to marry than those with siblings; they were more likely to have divorced.”
The Times speculates that siblings help us to learn many behaviors that help promote lifetime marriage — conflict negotiation, family cohesiveness, and even the desire to live with others. Whatever the reason, the researchers speculate that “when it comes to preventing divorce in adulthood, ‘the more siblings the better.’”