HealthWise at 5 for 4.18 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/18/08

HealthWise at 5 for 4.18

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  • Kids & Screen Time

Studies have shown that kids are spending more time in front of television and computer screens and less time outside running around.   In response, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested that children get no more than two hours of "screen time" each day- that means computer, TV and video games all together.   

The group also suggested that boys walk at least 11,000 steps a day and that girls walk 13,000. Researchers at the University of Iowa did a study and found kids who did not follow those guidelines of exercise and screen time were three times more likely to be overweight than kids who walked a lot and watched the screen a little.

  • Spring Cleaning in Moderation

Don't overdo it with spring cleaning or you might make yourself sick. That's an important warning from Saint Louis University, not because of too much exercise, but because of too many chemicals in the air.  Researchers say you should simply dust, vacuum, and wipe down surfaces with hot soapy water to clean everyday dirt. Then use a diluted bleach solution to kill bacteria on kitchen counters and bathroom sinks.

But remember cleaners can be dangerous, especially if you mix different cleaning agents.  That could send you from your clean house to a sterile emergency room.

A simple cleaning in an area that is not well ventilated can produce fumes that can damage your lungs, eyes and skin.

  • Senior Friendly Car Features

A lot of people choose their cars according to luxury, size, or even color.  Researchers at the University of Florida say that when it comes to seniors behind the wheel, certain options should be very important.

Reduced range of motion and other factors can affect how well older folks drive.   Choosing features like thicker steering wheels, wide-angle mirrors, and six-way adjustable seats can help. Keyless entry and ignition can also make driving easier for seniors with arthritic joints. They also found that seniors who want to splurge on a sporty 2-door model discover that it's much easier to open a car door when it's attached to a 4-door model.

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