In the news…Kids & Vending Machines, Women’s Happiness & Teen Health

I came across a few articles this week that I found interesting and wanted to share them with you, in case you are looking for some weekend reading.


Children Who Eat Vended Snack Foods Face Chronic Health Problems, Poor Diet, Study Finds

School children who consume foods purchased in vending machines are more likely to develop poor diet quality — and that may be associated with being overweight, obese or at risk for chronic health problems such as diabetes and coronary artery disease, according to research from the University of Michigan Medical School.

If you have kids in school and are skimping on lunches due to time, you may want to read this article.  Awareness is empowering, please don’t ignore this.  Read the full article from ScienceDaily here.  Schools need to figure out the financials, because unhealthy kids today will cost a lot more in the future.

From the New York Times

Sunday Shopping Linked With Less Happiness

Why the decline in happiness (among women only, the research showed)

  • perhaps because of a decline in church attendance, and according to researching, church attendance increases happiness.
  • Perhaps because once stores opened on Sunday women had to work
  • Perhaps because their children spend less time at home on Sunday and more time hanging with friends at the mall.

This is inclusive and interesting at the same time.  It also  makes sense to me.  We no longer have a “day of rest”.  The world is open 24/7 and that, as you may know creates a lot of stress and overwhelm.  Downtime was taken away.   Click here for the full article.


For Teens, Too Little Sleep May Equal Too Many Snacks.

All those late nights spent trolling Facebook, texting friends, and cramming for tests may be taking a toll on teenagers’ diets, a new study suggests.

Teens who average fewer than eight hours of sleep on weeknights tend to eat more fatty foods and high-calorie snacks than their better-rested peers, according to the study, which was published in the journal Sleep.

There is more to good health than just diet and exercise. Sleep is a big one.  With the internet available 24/7 it’s important for parents to recognize the importance of sleep for the health of their kids. What you do today will greatly impact the future.  Like most research there is a lot of uncertainty, yet some of the speculation is good enough to start noticing sleep patterns and taking sleep more seriously.   Article can be found here.

Have you read any interesting articles lately? Care to share a link in the comments?

Enjoy your weekend!

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1 Comment:

  • Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    My son is 1 year old and I worry about these things. I want him to grow up enjoying some candy here and there, but not to live off of it. I think a big key is talking to kids about how they feel when they eat junk food or don’t get enough sleep. The more aware they become about what they eat, how they exercise and how much sleep they get the happier they become.

    Great stuff Stacey. We need more people writing about this topic.

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