Children’s Juice Drinks and Sugar

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Nov 162014
 

Children’s Juice Drinks and Sugar

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from http://cooks.ndtv.com/article/show/some-children-s-juice-drinks-have-more-sugar-than-coke-619374

Some Children’s Juice Drinks Have More Sugar Than Coke Campaign group says 57 out of 203 supermarket drinks tested had as much sugar as Coca-Cola or more.

Supposedly healthy supermarket smoothies and juices aimed at children can contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar – more than one-and-a-half times as much as in Coca-Cola, according to a survey carried out for a health campaign group.

A quarter of the products tested had at least six teaspoons for every 200ml glass, the maximum adult daily intake recommended by the World Health Organisation, the research found.

The campaign group Action on Sugar analysed 203 juices, juice drinks and smoothies marketed for children and found that more than a quarter (57) contained as much sugar or more than Coca-Cola, which has 10.6g for every 100ml (equivalent to five teaspoons in a 200ml glass). More than half (117) would attract the red warning on the traffic light labelling system for high sugar content.

The group said the drinks were a “major and unnecessary” source of sugars and calories that were contributing to record levels of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes among children. It urged parents to give children water or whole fruit instead of juice.

Prof Graham MacGregor, of the Wolfson Institute, Queen Mary University of London, and chairman of Action on Sugar, said: “It is a complete scandal that these drinks are marketed to children and parents as if they are healthy. This has to stop. We need to stop Britain’s childhood obesity epidemic spiralling out of control.”

Among the worst offenders were Asda’s Chosen by Kids Tropical Juice From Concentrate, which contained 13g of sugar per 100ml, and Tesco Goodness Slurper Apple & Banana Fruit Smoothie Snack for Kids, which contained 16.1g of sugar per 100ml.

Fifty-nine products also contained sugar or glucose-fructose syrup as an added ingredient, providing unnecessary extra calories and further damage to growing teeth.

UK health guidelines state that a small (150ml) glass of unsweetened 100% fruit juice can count as one of the recommended five a day. But Action on Sugar said this was misleading and should be withdrawn.

Katharine Jenner, campaign director of Action on Sugar, said: “Juice should be an occasional treat, not an everyday drink. These processed drinks are laden with sugar and calories and do not have the nutritional benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables.

 

See full article – http://cooks.ndtv.com/article/show/some-children-s-juice-drinks-have-more-sugar-than-coke-619374

Also Action on Sugar website – www.actiononsalt.org.uk/actiononsugar/index.html

Mar 282013
 

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.

 

 

Jul 032012
 

 

“The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner’ is an inspiring film by BBC documentary filmmaker, Jonathan Stedall.  Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to modern day life ranges from a wholistic ecological approach to education to agriculture, medicine, science and art. A comprehensive film for anyone wanting to explore the work of one of the 20th century’s visionary thinkers. Stedall presents Steiner’s life through the eyes of people who lives and work have been inspired by Steiner.

The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner – Trailer from Jonathan Stedall on Vimeo.

The complete film is downloadable for 5 pounds (UK – approx $7-8 US/AUS) by following the links

Part One http://steinerfilm.fetchapp.com/sell/uzeshara

Part Two http://steinerfilm.fetchapp.com/sell/oquoceip

Dec 142011
 

Physicians Speak Out on the Importance of Play for Children’s Health

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families today — rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, hectic and overscheduled family life — and offer solutions to addressing these problems.

This video was produced in collaboration with the Alliance for Childhood and KaBOOM!. http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/ and http://kaboom.org

The promotion of creative, free imaginative play, along with healthy food and natural environments are key principles of the Inspir=Ed Spirit of Childhood early childhood programs which have had great success in introducing imaginative play and healthy food in communities across Australia. www.spiritofchildhood.org  

Nov 272011
 

Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition

from Suzanne Staples www.heartandspirit.com.au

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Australians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Australian labour.??This year will be different. This year Australians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Australians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Australian hands.  Yes there is!??It’s time to think outside the box, people.  Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper???

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.  How about gift certificates from your local Australian hair salon or barber???Gym membership?  It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.??Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed?  Small, Australian-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.??Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen?  Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or games at the local golf course.??

There are a lots of Australian owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Australians with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.??

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the Australian working guy???Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom?  Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.?? My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

??OK, you were looking for something more personal.  Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves.  They make jewellery, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.??Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and. How about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.?? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.??

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house?  When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community.  If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the postie, garbo or babysitter a nice BIG tip.??

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining Australian pockets so that China can build another glittering city.  Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging Australian small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Australians, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.?

THIS is the new Australian Christmas tradition.?? Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments.. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

 

 

 

Nov 012011
 

 

ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder in childhood.  It has significant repercussions for the child and their family as well as affecting the child’s school performance, well-being and social interactions.

In 2001 the  American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines for treatment for the evaluation and diagnosis of ADHD.  Now they have extended the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children from 6 to 12 years to 4 to 18 years. The guidelines, “ADHD: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” were released at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference on October 16th and published in Academy’s Pediatrics.

The work of Inspir=Ed and the Spirit of Childhood Foundation, outlined in the research based book ‘eco parenting – growing greener children’  by Jane Hanckel provides strong arguments about the need to look at the environment, diet and lifestyle together with practical advice on how to avoid environmental triggers related to children’s behavioural disorders.

 


Natural environments, both indoors and outdoors, provide children with a calm and nurturing place to play and learn

Sep 062011
 

 

Delta Kay, Byron Bay Arakwal spokesperson, works as a Aboriginal Family Support Worker with the Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative in Northern NSW, Australia. She describes the phenomenal change in the behaviour of children when all the plastics were removed from playgroup and replaced with natural wooden toys and other natural materials at the launch of the eco parenting book series in Byron Bay in August, 2011.

“We packed away all the plastic and brought out all the wood and everything changed. Their children’s behaviour changed and I watched how the parents changed. Parents couldn’t believe their children’s behaviour by putting plastic away.

In 2009 the Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative, Ballina, Northern NSW, invited Jane Hanckel and the Inspir=Ed project to run a nine week parent education program along with a professional development program for Aboriginal health and early childhood professionals.  Following a makeover of the playgroup room which involved throwing out old toys and equipment, painting the playgroup room a soft calming light pink and packing away all the plastic the parents and children were welcomed by the quite calming environment.  Over the nine weeks parents and children learnt new parenting skills in a warm and supportive environment.  As Delta describes, the changes in the behaviour of the children and parents was extraordinary.  From running around and climbing the walls the children played happily and cooperatively with each other.  The children and parents learnt new songs and foods to eat creating a stronger sense of connection to each other and the community.

The work with Delta, Bunjum and other communities was one of the inspirations for Jane to write ‘eco parenting – growing greeener children’.  “I witnessed at Bunjum and other communities how by simply changing the environment by removing plastics and creating calm and nurturing spaces the relationship and behaviour of children and parents change.  In a world where children are increasingly being medicated for dysfunctional behaviour, it is so important to look at the environments along with diet and lifestyle, before resorting to medical intervention.”

Jane Hanckel and Thanh Cherry, international Steiner Waldorf early childhood educator, run training workshops for health and early childhood professionals.  Jane co-founded the Spirit of Childhood Foundation to run Inspir=Ed programs in communities across Australia.