Video Games Boost Daddy Daughter Bonds
May 2011

This Type of Play can Connect Families

VideoGamesResearchers from Brigham Young University have found that the time that dads and their adolescent daughters spend playing age-appropriate video games has positive outcomes. Girls who co-played with a parent (it’s usually the dad), felt a stronger connection to their families, exhibited less aggressive behavior and showed signs of stronger mental health, such as less depression and anxiety, compared with female peers. The parents likewise described an enhanced feeling of connectedness.

However, lead study author Sarah Coyne, Ph.D., notes, “When girls played inappropriate games (rated M for Mature), their reported family-connection levels fell.” Popular age-appropriate videos include Wii Sports, Rock Band, Mario Kart, Mario Party and Super Mario Bros.

Surprisingly, the results discerned with girls ages 11 through 16 do not apply to adolescent boys. The researchers surmise that this may be because boys tend to play video games more often than girls, mostly without a parent present, so a few more hours with a parent has less of an impact. Other studies have shown that boys also tend to play more violent games than girls.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids should be allowed no more than two hours of non-school-related screen time a day, and get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Source: Rodale News

Sustainable Beauty
May 2011

Pamper Yourself and the Planet with an Eco-Friendly Routine

SustainableBeautyBefore slathering or spraying a product on your body, it’s worth asking yourself: Do I really need this? Can I find a different product with more natural ingredients and less packaging to recycle? How can I beautify myself without dirtying the planet? Try these 12 simple tips to green your daily routine.

Alzheimer's Alternatives
May 2011

Natural Therapies Can Help

AnimalAlzheimersCanine and feline Alzheimer’s disease, also known as cognitive disorder, is the most common chronic degenerative problem for older dogs and cats, especially past the age of 10. It affects millions of pets in the United States.

The cause of Alzheimer’s in animals is unknown. It appears, however, that inflammation may play a role. On the microscopic level, scientists have noted the presence of abnormal protein accumulations occurring within the brain’s blood vessels, similar to those in people with Alzheimer’s. Ultimately, the brain lesions interfere with proper functioning of nerve transmissions.

Seattle Natural Awakenings Magazine Launching April 2011
Natural Green WorldBeginning this spring, a new free healthy living, healthy planet magazine will feature articles and resources to support holistic and sustainable lifestyles. Seattle Natural Awakenings' regular departments will include News Briefs, Global Briefs, EcoBriefs, Wise Words, Healthy Pet, Healing Ways, Inspiration, Conscious Eating, Fit Body, Healthy Kids, and Green Living, in addition to a calendar and a resource guide. Major features will cover a wide range of topics from cohousing, composting, climate change and kayaking to holistic medicine and natural beauty.

Seattle Natural Awakenings will be distributed at about 300 locations around Seattle. Distribution locations include health food stores, health and education centers, recreation centers, libraries, healing centers, practitioners' offices and wherever free publications are generally seen.

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