Is your child getting outside enough? Why is this question so important? Because new compelling research demonstrates that when children are exposed to green space in childhood, they are much less likely to experience significant mental health issues later in life.
Fitbit analyzed six billion nights of sleep (yes, that’s billion!) from their users. What’s the single most important thing that users did to get consistent sound sleep? The Fitbit analysis showed that the most important thing you can do to get a great night’s sleep, night after night, is to go to bed and wake up around the same time every single day, including the weekends. Why the weekends? Because that helps us avoid “social jet lag.” We all know that jet lag is the inability to sleep while traveling but what’s social jet lag?
It’s been said that because of social media we’ve become slaves to our devices, whether it be a phone, laptop or computer. What’s worse, preliminary studies involving teens indicates that high use of social media is correlated with increased depression, anxiety, insomnia and body image issues. Maybe it is time for a break.
New research shows that people born between early 1980 and mid 1990s—aka millenials—are expected to be the most obese generation of our time. Yikes! This is problematic considering that obesity is now considered a primary risk factor for the development of many cancers including breast, colon, and kidney. What’s worse is that the research also found that 85% of millenials don’t really understand the link between obesity and cancer.
We all know we should exercise and that we will feel better afterward. Expecting yourself to get excited about exercise when all you focus on is the should and the reward is akin to expecting kids to get excited about eating their vegetables because they should and they’ll get dessert when they’re done.