An engaging video in which a child raises questions about where his food comes from and why we are eating”the animals”.
A new study indicates that children who view a simulated forest environment whilst exercising are more likely to experience health enhancing effects after the activity. A UK university study of children aged 9-10 years, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Health, found that after a series of 15 minute moderate intensity cycling activities the children’s post-activity blood pressure was significantly lower than it was without the simulated forest environment, indicating that the nature scenes promoted positive health effects.
Dr Michael Duncan, lead author of the study and associate head of the Department of Applied Sciences and Health at Coventry University, said:
“If there is indeed a correlation between viewing scenes of nature and a lower blood pressure post exercise, as indicated by our data, it could have very positive implications in encouraging public health practitioners to prescribe outdoor exercise to reduce health risk.”
JOIN US at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens – starting 25th February 9.30am – 11.30am
In the workshop you will learn about
- Creating Sacred Spaces – How to create healthy environments for you and your family
- Power of Art – Fun Arts and Craft Activities for Young Children using natural materials
- Mind-Body Nutrition – practical simple ideas for your and family meals
- Transform your Mind – simple strategies to support positive change in you and your family’s life
Course Includes :
- Natural toy and craft making for children
- Bread making – create your own delicious organic wholemeal bread
- Songs and games for early childhood
“Jane has a fascinating story and shares that she has been teaching her Steiner based understanding of the deeper stories and rhythms of early childhood out in more remote Indigenous communities. She is very into the deep nourishing and unfolding of this magical ‘Kingdom’ of early childhood, and uses the practical exercises of these eco parenting workshops to help share ways for parents to support and enrich this early childhood experience.
The course is for adult learning, so wont have a child focus as such, but bubs toddlers and children are welcome.”
Inica Star, January 2014
Tuesday x 4 sessions $100 + $10 materials MCG members $95 + $10 materials Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Stuart St, Mullumbimby, Northern NSW, 2482
Workshop presenter: Jane Hanckel is an early childhood advocate and author of ‘Eco Parenting Growing Greener Children’ an evidence based book on how to raise healthy, happy children. Jane’s work is informed by a Steiner approach to early childhood.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet
Many parents know that diet and environment can change children’s behaviour. In this video a mother and Dr Kenneth Bock discuss how a gluten and dairy free diet helped her son recover from autism.
Dr Bock recommends also that children and families avoid chemicals, pesticides and other possible contributors to autism such as phthalates in plastic.
‘Growing Greener Children’ is a great first step comprehensive resource for parents wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
If you change the beginning of the story you change the whole story is the message from Dr Dimitri Christakis talking on TEDx about media and children.
Typically the age children in 1970’s started watched television regularly was 4 years, now it’s 4 months. The typical child under child of 5 years is watching 4-5 hours a day.
Dimitri’s talk clearly outlines the effects of too much television on the child’s developing brain.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s).
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, EDC’s, include Bisphenol-A (BPA), PCB’s, phthalates and agricultural pesticides that are in everyday items such as plastic water bottles, shower curtains, beauty products (including nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances), vinyl floor coverings, and more. The joint study highlights a range of health problems associated with EDC’s including breast cancer in women; developmental effects on the nervous system in children and attention deficit hyperactivity in children.
Theo Colborn, Ph.D., President of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange talks about chemicals, parents and dreams of the future for our children.
Theo asks ‘Where are parents going to get information to help understand the myriad of factors in the environment and the effect on their children’. ‘Growing Greener Children’ is such a resource for parents.
Further information : Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease in Landmark UN Study’ Dr Mercola’s website
A 20 minute film that provides a background to why fluoride is in our water and how it is effecting our well being and consciousness.
… as things stand we’re all being used as guinea pigs in the great test of new product safety.”
-Mark Bittman, The Cosmetics Wars, The New York Times, Feb. 6, 2013
Mark Bittman’s article on cosmetics testing in The New York Times highlights the fact that personal care product makers don’t have to prove that the ingredients in their shampoos, toothpastes or other cosmetics are safe before you use them.
The Environmental Working Group (E.W.G.) offers a database of more than 79,000 personal care products, from soap to lip plumper ranked by level of hazard. The database is an excellent way to find out what is in you and your children’s products.
The film, ‘Play Again’ highlights the importance of play and nature and asks the question ‘What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?’.
The film’s synopsis : –
‘One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.
But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?
This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.
Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.’
From more information www.playagain.com
Is Western education superior? We have an institution globally that is branding millions and millions of innocent people as failures. They are the in-between people and they are falling through the cracks of an in-between world. We have moved from wisdom to knowledge and now we are moving from knowledge to information. We have moved from wisdom to knowledge and now we are moving from knowledge to information. Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden is set in Ladakh and examines the long-unquestioned assumption that the western model of education and schooling improves lives wherever it goes.