Stacey Solomon attended the Little Star Awards held at London Zoo, to honour the amazing courage and bravery of children and their families who are dealing with cancer. The awards were organised by Cancer Research UK, with approximately (more…)
Children at a school in Castleford have been raising their energy levels and increasing fitness, during a series of exercise sessions. Sport to the Beat was launched by Clayton Flower and his sister Sadie, who runs the Sadie Flower School of Dance. She also took part and won the television show (more…)
Kerry Needham, the mother of toddler Ben who went missing while on holiday on the island of Kos 20 years ago, is giving her backing to a new campaign to launch international appeals on Twitter. A missing person will be featured every half hour on the social networking site, giving information which may include (more…)
A boy aged just nine years old has been breathalysed and held in custody, after being caught drink-driving. The young boy from Cumbria, was released without charge when the police discovered his age. He was deemed not old enough to be (more…)
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, was a victim of teenage bullying during her years in middle and high school. Apparently, the flamboyant star was also non conformist as a teenager, which led to her being bullied by others. During an interview with The Guardian, Lady Gaga tells how she was (more…)
Being bullied as a child led to Demi Lovato now 18, suffering from anorexia, bulimia and self harming, the star has revealed in an interview with Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America. In a revealing interview Demi has admitted that her struggle with her body image has led to her ending her career with Disney and concentrating on her music.
The 18 year old has just finished three months of treatment to deal with (more…)
Research has shown that an increased level of physical activity as a child can help to prevent heart disease later in life. A study carried out by a team of researchers in Malmo, Sweden found chemicals in the blood of children who don’t take any physical exercise, which are a clear indication of the early stages of heart disease. The weight of the child didn’t make any difference, with thin children being affected too.
The research was carried out on a group of 300 children, aged nine or ten years old. Tests were performed which included scanning the hearts using an ECG machine, and taking blood samples. Movement was recorded using an accelerometer, which each child wore.
Although heart disease is commonly associated with excess weight gain, researchers decided to look at whether there was a link between heart disease and a sedentary lifestyle. The research team in Sweden say that the results of the tests are a clear indication of a link between inactivity and heart disease risk factors in young children, no matter what their size.
The doctors recommend a minimum of 20 minutes activity each day, with an hour of physical activity being preferable. Modern lifestyles mean that many children get a lift to school and play indoors on video games, rather than play outdoors with friends. Parents worry about their child’s safety, and take them to school in the car, while modern computer games have replaced many of the active games such as skipping, football and other games.
Children are being charged £2.50 each to play at Battersea Park adventure playground. Although London’s website states that the park is one of the places where children can play freely, children will now have to pay to play. Currently, the charge is for weekends, but could extend to weekdays in the future.
As the cost of living soars and parents struggle to make ends meet in the face of spending cuts and (more…)
A study compiled by Trust for America’s Health revealed that child obesity levels in Arizona rose much higher between 2003 and 2007, than other areas of the United States. Since 1980, the rate of obesity in children has trebled, with one in six children and teenagers being overweight or obese in America.
May is the National Physical Fitness and Sports month, and the 2nd Annual (more…)
According to a report commissioned by Demos, teenage girls from the United Kingdom lead the way for binge drinking, compared with other teenagers in the Western world. Half the girls taking part in the study admitted to being drunk or more than two occasions. In other developed countries, 29 percent of teenagers have been drunk at least twice, less than half their British counterparts.
The study also revealed that UK girls drink more than boys, with (more…)