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Lee Hardy Gives Out Easter Baskets to Kids in Need

  • Posted on March 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Lee Hardy loves Easter. It is her favorite holiday of the year. Her passion for Easter has led her to help families in her Palmetto community for the last nine years. She makes baskets in her home to pass out to families that can’t afford to get anything for their children for Easter. She says it is her way of giving back. So far this year Lee hardy has made 300 Easter baskets to give out. Her goal is to be able to give out 1,000. Lee buys the majority of the supplies for the baskets out of her own money. Susan McGalla said the local Manatee Sheriff’s Office contributes stickers and toy cars to help. The community has come to know Lee as the “Easter basket lady”, and she doesn’t mind a bit. On Easter day she will invite hundreds of kids to her home to give out the baskets.

One Direction Band Members Open Up About Zayn Malik’s Departure

  • Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Social media networks across the globe have been lit afire with messages of sorrow from many devoted One Direction followers after it was announced Zayn Malik had parted ways with the band.

Malik, along with Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Harry Styles were brought together to form One Direction after striking out as solo artists on ‘The X-Factor.’ The group rose to global mainstream success within a matter of a year. The group has spent much of the last four and a half years in the studio and on the road.

It was announced earlier this week that Zayn would be taking a temporary break from the group. Zeca Oliveira knows that the official reason was related to the public only as being “due to stress.” The hiatus was announced shortly after accusations that he had cheated on his fiance, Little Mix band member Perrie Edwards.

The announcement that Zayn would be leaving the group came just days later.

“It’s been a crazy few days,” Louis wrote on his Twitter page. “We’re working hard to deliver you the best album ever!”

“It’s been a mad few days, but your support has been incredible!” Niall Tweeted.

The group announced that they will continue with their current world tour, “On the Road Again,” and have vowed to complete the next album as anticipated.

Zayn has also opened up to the media about his departure from the boy band.

“I need to do what I feel is right in my heart,” he told members of the press. “I’ve been with this band for five years and I just feel that this is the right time for me to leave.”

Live Action Fraggle Rock

  • Posted on March 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Fans of Fraggle Rock are still excitedly discussing this week the news from last Thursday, March 19, that a live action Fraggle Rock by The Henson Company, Lisa Henson and New Regency is not only in the works but will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt who will also produce the film.

In 1983, children and adults were given a whole new experience in children’s storytelling when Fraggle Rock debuted first in the United States and Canada and then around the world. Although Jim Henson had previously used puppets in other projects, Fraggle Rock provided more than their use as a humor medium as was seen with The Muppets films. Stories about non-human beings known as the Fraggles who lived in caves not far from the human world and other non-human lifeforms, such as Gorgs and Doozers, centered around teaching important life lessons in a weekly format. Although Sesame Street existed prior to Fraggle Rock, it created a more classroom environment; whereas Fraggle Rock was focused on teaching through each of the weekly story of Fraggles interacting with themselves, others in their world and with humans.

According to Jamie Garcia Dias, Gordon-Levitt’s exact character role has not yet been revealed, but he has expressed his own personal excitement about working on the project. New Regency has hired Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian to pen the script. One of the co-directors of Kung Fu Panda, John Stevenson, will direct the film.

North American Spine: Yoga Classes For Children

  • Posted on March 26, 2015 at 6:10 pm

North American Spine has recently reached out to help children by having a recess day that consisted of yoga. They donated yoga mats to the Robert E. Lee Elementary school located in Dallas, Texas. North American Spine tells everyone how many people come in with chronic back pain. This is what encouraged them to reach out to our children. Taking good care of your back starts in the younger years of a person’s life.

About 50 children got to participate in the yoga class offered. Most of the children involved had physical disabilities and they hope that this will encourage children to take care of their back and overall health. The children got to learn how to do various yoga posses while having a fun time learning them. This gave the children a Yoga Recess Day that they all enjoyed! It was a way that the North America Spine could give back to the community. Back pain often starts in the earlier years of development this is why yoga for children is a great idea. It will help the children by helping to prevent back pain and by strengthening the muscles that help by giving support to the spine. Yoga is sometimes prescribed by a doctor to help patients strengthen their backs. North American Spine has helped many people with chronic back pain.

Training Differences Between Doctors and Pediatricians

  • Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

A doctor is a doctor, they can all treat common ailments that happen to old and young alike. That is a fair statement, but not exactly accurate. Both a medical doctor and a pediatrician have received extensive training in their many years of schooling there is one big difference. Timber Creek Capital says that because pediatricians care for patients under the age of 18 (sometimes up to age 21), they receive 20 times more training in the medical art of taking care of children than do general practioners.

The reason behind the increased amount of focused training that future pediatricians receive than their medical contemporaries is the future health of a person hinges upon the medical care they receive during childhood.

Childhood is the time when we are the most susceptible to diseases and injuries. If a disease can be prevented in childhood with a vaccine, often health will be better in adulthood. Consider for example, chicken pox and shingles; if chicken pox are prevented during childhood that person will never have to suffer with shingles as an adult.

Consider also the outbreak of measles which is currently occurring across the land, counseling from a peditrician may have turned the tide and prevented the outbreak if the child who started the outbreak at Disneyland had been given the measles vaccine.

Extensive training during school, hands-on experience and continuing education make a licensed pediatrician the best choice to care for a child.

More Lacrosse Scholarships Available

  • Posted on March 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Lacrosse is quickly becoming more prolific in high schools, and even middle schools, across the country. The schools’ sports programs are slowly transitioning away from the typical football, baseball, and basketball options for students to get involved with, and realizing the potential for scholarships and an increase in popularity found in lacrosse.

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Even in smaller districts, like Bismarck, North Dakota, schools are picking up the sport and encouraging kids to play and excel in it. Many schools have jumped on the bandwagon to advertise the possibilities for scholarships to most major state colleges. Not only are there opportunities for scholarships, but lacrosse is just plain fun to play. Fans argue that the strategy in the game is more sophisticated than that of football. There is more action as gameplay is constant – without the frequent time stops found in football or baseball.
While there are plays planned out in both sports, lacrosse relies on in-the-moment quick thinking to succeed. Teams are more cohesive in lacrosse compared to football, basketball, or baseball. Players have to work together on a completely different level as the game moves so fast.

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The popularity of the sport is in large part due to current players like Matt Landis of Notre Dame. After attending Pelham Memorial High School, and receiving a scholarship for lacrosse in 2010, Landis has exceled at the sport while attending the college that is known for its Division 1 sports programs and highly acclaimed academic prowess.
Matt believes that the most important position in lacrosse is defense, which just so happens to be the position that he plays. He encourages players to improve their footwork and to rely less on their stick abilities. Both are important, but being able to use your feet is key to being successful. Matt believes that speed and movement are incredibly important in lacrosse – moving well will make anything you can do with the stick look that much better.

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Division 1 and 2 college athletic programs are picking up lacrosse, and scholarships are becoming more readily available for students that are good players in high school programs. Colleges are already overrun with applicants for football and basketball scholarship programs, but because lacrosse is new to many areas in the country, those scholarships are easier to attain for students that perform well on the field.
Parents are hesitant in neighborhoods where lacrosse is a newer sport because of the intensity of the game and the reputation that precedes it. They warm up to the sport when they see a few games played and realize that injuries are no more prevalent in lacrosse than they are in football. The availability of a free college education helps parents warm up even more to encourage their high school and middle school children to start playing lacrosse.

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Father and Daughter Recreated Jurassic Park With Legos

  • Posted on March 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

A father and daughter recreated Jurassic Park using an unexpected medium: Legos. The duo used over $100,000 worth of the plastic bricks to create a magnificent recreation of the Jurassic Park theme park.

Once they were done with their creation, the duo uploaded this stop-motion video of the entire process. Fans like Bruce Karatz know that Jurassic Park was originally a popular book series, that later was turned into a number of popular movies in the late 1990s. The premise of the book and the films is that scientists have created a theme park with dinosaurs on a deserted island. While they originally thought the dinosaurs were tame, they eventually turn against the scientists, forcing them to fight the dinos to survive. Recently, it was announced that a new Jurassic Park movie was in the works: Jurassic Park World.

The stop-motion video has the feel of Lego movie and is definitely one to watch if you’re a Jurassic Park or Lego fan. Bonus points if you’re a fan of both!

Twins Raised on Different Continents are Reunited

  • Posted on March 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Anaïs Bordier, who grew up on Paris, France, is now a 27-year-old French designer who is currently living in London attending fashion school. Originally born in South Korea, she was adopted when she was a toddler. One day, a friend of Anaïs’ came across a YouTube video that featured a young woman who resembled her, only she had an American accent. Anaïs decided to take a look at the woman. The woman’s name was Samantha Futerman. The French designer became curious, and looked Samantha up. Ms.Bordier found they were both born in South Korea on the same day and were both adopted. Samantha grew up in Verona, New Jersey after she and her sister were separated in infancy. The actress, now in Los Angeles, was the only member of her family to be adopted.

According to what Bernardo Chua read on prnewswire.com, a design student got in touch with the aspiring actress through Facebook and that was the beginning of a close relationship for the identical twins. Both twins submitted a DNA test,making sure they really were identical twins. Their parents have also become close to one another. The twins Skype every day since February 2013 and have created a film called Twinster, which documents their reunion. The twins learned many other commonalities. Both of their fathers have the same career and their adoptive parents were married in the same year. The connection has created one large and happy extended family.

Childs Diet Contributes To Heart Disease

  • Posted on March 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Recently published research published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes address the American Heart Association’s latest guidelines with regard to a child’s diet and its impact on the their health.

Most will agree that children in the United States consume an excessive amount of sugar and salt contained in processed foods and an insufficient amount of vegetables and fruits as well as many being overweight and obese. Researchers find that this continued pattern of poor eating habits is setting the foundation for heart disease in children.

Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, who is the study author confirms this belief, contends that if children have a poorly structured diet, it will foster an out of control body mass index and elevated cholesterol levels.

8900 children, ages from 2 to 11, participated in the study. Four standards were applied to the children and surprisingly, the children failed to attain three out of the four standards for healthy living. Alexei Beltyukov (Behance.net) has learned that less than one percent of the study’s participants had scored a high amount of factors that are deemed essential for a healthy diet. They include fruits and vegetables 4.5 cups daily, whole grains 3 cups daily, fish 2 servings weekly, restricted sugar intake and sodium consumption daily.

Parents are encouraged to engage their children in daily physical activity and be more attentive their child’s daily diet.

Children And Lack Of Activity

  • Posted on March 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

A child who is very inactive is likely to grow up and be a middle aged couch potato. A recent study done in the UK followed the viewing habits of over 6,000 people that were born in one week in the year 1970. BusinessInsider suggests that this study showed proved that there are many more benefits to getting up and going for a walk than sitting down and watching television. Children especially are packed full of energy and while they need some downtime to relax each day they should also be going outside to play and run around instead of sitting and watching television or playing video games.

If weather does not permit outdoor play or activity there is still plenty a person can do inside of the house to get up and move around. More activity will result in better health and maintaining a healthy weight. The more sedentary a child is while they are growing up, the greater their risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. Family plays a large role in this development. Children who have very sedentary parents or parents who are overweight are already at a higher risk of being unhealthy when they grow up. A family that gets active together will find it is easier to be healthy together long into their elderly years. Some time can be set aside each day to watch a show or two but that should be after a child has participated in physical activity for a certain amount of time.