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Can Your Kids Pass the Test?

Ready for the latest IQ test for your kids?  It is an easy one; all you need are 10 items, presumably easily obtainable in grocery stores all across the country.  It is a simple quiz of identification: can your child correctly identify each of the 10 items?

* Sweet Potato
* Broccoli
* Eggplant
* Tomato
* Carrots
* Bell Pepper
* Brussels Sprouts
* Asparagus
* Onion
* Spinach

One point for each right answer.  Bonus points if your child can not only identify it, but eats it on even an occasional basis.  What do you feel would be an acceptable score?  Is it fair to say “failing” would be getting less than half right?

Guess what? Our kids are FAILING.  Across the country, they are FAILING.  If this was a math test, adults would be up in arms.  If this was a reading comprehension test, parents would be demanding more time allotted in school to study …

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The Journey of 10,000 Steps

I am once again being outdone by my mother. 

She is on a mission – 10,000 steps a day.  She has got her little pedometer that she now clips on her waistband each day as she records her steps.  She is doing it as part of a fundraising program at her retirement home.  But whether or not she records her results really doesn’t matter; she would walk that amount each and every day anyway – it is part of her daily routine. 

10,000 steps a day is what all the health and fitness experts recommend NOT for weight loss, but just for general well being.  That being the case, you would think if you were a relatively active person (no coach potatoes here) it would be fairly easy to hit 10,000 steps per day.  Yeah right.  Give it a try; see what YOU come up with.

A year ago (or maybe it was 2 or 3) this Zen Mama Wannabe …

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Flu Shots Anyone?

The front-page headline of our newspaper this morning immediately startled me: “Jump in staph-linked flu deaths in children is seen.”  For the first time, the recommendation is now for parents to have kids 18 years old and younger get a flu shot.   What do you think?  Do we all need to hurry over to our doctor’s office?  Are public health officials being overly cautious – or are they trying to push unnecessary flu vaccinations on our children?  What are you going to do with your kids?

Here is what public health officials are saying:

Flu deaths among children continue to rise each year.  There has been no drop in fatal flu-staph cases in children and those could still be on the rise too.

While it is true few children overall die from the flu virus (around 100 per year), it puts about 20,000 U.S. kids in the hospital each year. 

More than half the children who died …

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