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Healthy (Computer) Habits for Young Bodies

Healthy (Computer) Habits for Young Bodies

Looking for your kids? If you have a computer, they’re likely to be found hunched over the keyboard and squinting at the screen while they surf the Internet, play games and Instant Message friends. The value of surfing, gaming and IMing is up for discussion, but the hunching and staring are bad habits with lifelong consequences.

Update: National Obesity Crisis Takes More Children HostageFor New York's Kids, a Special Set of Challenges

Update: National Obesity Crisis Takes More Children HostageFor New York's Kids, a Special Set of Challenges

As obesity among America's children skyrockets, researchers continue to track its causes and risks at a steady rate, shedding new light on connections between diet and disease.

Reaching for that “Edge”Westchester teens’ use of supplements dangerously high

Reaching for that “Edge”Westchester teens’ use of supplements dangerously high

Remember when it was not if you won or lost, but how you played the game? It’s a whole new ball game these days, and one with a whole new language: anabolic steroids, androstenedione, creatine, diuretics, ergogenic substances, and nutritional supplements — all used to improve young athletes’ performances. And while there are differences in their health benefits and risks as well as their legal status, their use frequently echoes the same mantra: “Win at all costs.”

A PC for Jr.?

A PC for Jr.?

Does a child need his or her own computer? That's a question facing many parents today. Just a few years ago, even the most high-tech of families had only one personal computer at home. But today, the family PC is one very busy machine. It's a workstation, a communication tool, a game console and increasingly, a regular part of schoolwork. That's leading many families to consider purchasing a desktop expressly for their child's use. But making a smart tech purchase for your child isn't always an easy task. Here's a quick parent's guide to buying a PC for JR:

The “Talkie” of the Town

The “Talkie” of the Town

Testing…one…two…three. Kids can experiment with the magic of the greatest symphony in their lives — their own voices — at The Museum of Sound Recording at RKO Keith’s (MOSR) in Richmond Hill. The Museum launches its historic collection of sound technology with a grand opening on June 7.

FTC Calls Turtle to Guard Duty“Dewie the Turtle” Appointed Internet Security Mascot

FTC Calls Turtle to Guard Duty“Dewie the Turtle” Appointed Internet Security Mascot

The current national byword, as if anyone really needs to be reminded, is security. And with the Internet's ever-expanding role as a common household tool, the need to protect users from hackers — and children from some of the nastier eccentricities of adulthood — continues to stimulate new government initiatives and resources.

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The up-and-down market: Is this the time to buy?

The up-and-down market: Is this the time to buy?

As the stock market continues on a somewhat rickety rollercoaster ride, some of us have bailed out and are now holding onto cash. Others are wondering what the best investment is these days. Either way, real estate has to be considered. With the introduction of "Home Base", our coverage of the real estate market as it relates to families, GALINA ESPINOZA takes a look at... The up-and-down market: Is this the time to buy?

For Feline Lovers — a New Cat in Town

For Feline Lovers — a New Cat in Town

It may not come as a big-time revelation to hear that cats are outnumbering dogs these days as the country's — and New York's — most popular pet.

Skip a Step

Skip a Step

Baking cookies with the kids? Raw eggs in unbaked cookie dough pose a significant risk of salmonella, according to the FDA.

Lighten Up the Juice!

Lighten Up the Juice!

Grape, prune and other dark colored juices may decrease kids’ ability to absorb iron, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University.

Miscarriages Linked to Low Folic Acid Levels

Miscarriages Linked to Low Folic Acid Levels

Many women know that taking folic acid, or folate, before and during early pregnancy can help protect their unborn babies from neural tube defects. Now a study shows that folic acid also helps to prevent early miscarriages.

New Website Unites Kids with Community Hundreds of volunteer opportunities available in Queens

New Website Unites Kids with Community Hundreds of volunteer opportunities available in Queens

When you're genuinely interested in doing something, turning up a good resource is just about as exciting as finding money. Young people with a predilection for doing volunteer work now have a resource to go to that's about as hard to locate as their computer. Kids for Community (www.kidsforcommunity.org) is a veritable Sierra Madre for unearthing volunteer opportunities for kids. It's a site where opportunities just keep turning up. And up. And up.

Helping Children Find When They Search

Helping Children Find When They Search

The good news: the answer to every question your child will ever ask is available on the World Wide Web. The bad news: it may take hours or even days to locate it.

Protecting Children from Financial Fraud

Protecting Children from Financial Fraud

It seemed simple enough for Jake’s parents. Eager to teach their 8-year-old son about saving money, they opened a small passbook account at their local bank. With a $25 deposit and a lecture on savings, Jake was on his way — until he started getting credit card applications. Young consumer beware.

EATING OUT IN THE CITY - New York's Theme Restaurants

EATING OUT IN THE CITY - New York's Theme Restaurants

As you head into New York City this holiday season to see the tree or catch a show, you may want to add one of the city's theme restaurants to your itinerary. From alien landscapes to old-fashioned diners to sports memorabilia galore, New York has some great theme restaurants that can please just about any youngster. Here are some:

Festivities in Miniature

Festivities in Miniature

Whether it is the romance of travel or the fascination with technology, traditional visions of the December holidays would hardly be complete without images of a miniature train creeping around the Christmas tree or of children sprawled on the floor lost in an imaginary journey.

Making Holiday Memories, Digitally

Making Holiday Memories, Digitally

In most families, taking photos at the holidays is as much a tradition as baking and wrapping packages. Often, however, roles of festive film are developed mid-January and the prints disappear into albums or, more likely, shoeboxes and desk drawers. Digital cameras are changing all that. By offering instant, inexpensive images, these cameras are transforming the way families think about and enjoy the pictures they take.

A PC for Jr.?

A PC for Jr.?

Does a child need his or her own computer? That's a question facing many parents today. Just a few years ago, even the most high-tech of families had only one personal computer at home. But today, the family PC is one very busy machine. It's a workstation, a communication tool, a game console and increasingly, a regular part of schoolwork. That's leading many families to consider purchasing a desktop expressly for their child's use. But making a smart tech purchase for your child isn't always an easy task. Here's a quick parent's guide to buying a PC for JR:

Cut, Paste — and hand it in-STEALING FROM THE WEBI

Cut, Paste — and hand it in-STEALING FROM THE WEBI

The advent of personal computers and the Internet have made the writing of papers and doing research much simpler for students. The Internet offers a wealth of free information, there for the taking. Unfortunately, this same technology can also facilitate plagiarism, whether unintentional or deliberate.

Drink Your Milk! Our kids “in the middle of a calcium crisis”

Drink Your Milk! Our kids “in the middle of a calcium crisis”

Calcium is a mineral essential for building healthy bones, including the jawbone, and teeth. It can also keep the gums healthy. (One study found that getting adequate levels of calcium in childhood may reduce the incidence of gum disease later in life). In fact, calcium plays an important role in almost every physiological function of the body.

Our kids 'in the middle of a calcium crisis'

Our kids 'in the middle of a calcium crisis'

Calcium is a mineral essential for building healthy bones, including the jawbone, and teeth. It can also keep the gums healthy. (One study found that getting adequate levels of calcium in childhood may reduce the incidence of gum disease later in life). In fact, calcium plays an important role in almost every physiological function of the body.

Moving Image: An eye to many screens

Moving Image: An eye to many screens

Films enjoy — or suffer from — a distinction no other technology or art does: The idea that audiences understand them inside out. Seeing moving images as frequently as we do in movie theaters, on television, through video games and through our computers, we've come to feel something like homegrown experts. As media critics frequently point out, moving images are everywhere, and their effect, as the pictures from September 11 recently reminded us, are as potent as ever.

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life …

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life …

New studies suggest that pet ownership may actually protect against allergies and asthma

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life...

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life...

New studies suggest that pet ownership may actually protect against allergies




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