The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and 12.
Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
A spokesman for Public Health England described the drop in activity levels as “concerning”.
More than a third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school.
A new survey from Public Health England and Disney looked at the effects of physical activity on children’s emotional wellbeing
More than 1,000 children aged five to 11 were questioned, with their parents acknowledging that being active made their children feel happier (79%), more confident (72%), and more sociable (74%).
But the survey also found that children’s overall happiness declined with age, with 64% of five-and six-year-olds saying they always felt happy, compared with just 48% of 11-year-olds.
“Children’s physical activity levels in England are alarmingly low, and the drop in activity from the ages of five to 12 is concerning,” said Public Health England’s Eustace de Sousa.
“Children who get enough physical activity are mentally and physically healthier, and have all-round better development into adulthood – getting into the habit of doing short bursts of activity early can deliver lifelong benefits.”
Currently, just 23% of boys and 20% of girls, between the ages of five and 15, meet the national recommended level of activity, according to an NHS report published last December.
“Not being very good” was cited by many children as the reason they did not take part in some physical activities, with older children more likely to be self-conscious than their younger counterparts: 29% of 11-year-olds compared with 17% of five-year-olds.
As part of the Change4Life campaign, Sport England and Disney have joined forces to launch a 10 Minute Shake Ups programme, encouraging children to take part in accessible activities across the school holidays.
“The 10 Minute Shake Ups provide a load of fun activities to get kids moving more,” said Olympic marathon swimmer Keri-anne Payne, who is backing the campaign.
“Being active is not just for Olympians, it’s for everyone. ”
New York: On this International Day of Yoga (IDY), India’s 69.2 million diabetics might consider waking up to a spoonful of methi seeds soaked overnight on an empty stomach, followed by with meals of salads fresh fruits, multigrain rotis and brown rice gruels.
This is part of the ideal sattvic diet for diabetics, according to the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), a body of the Ministry of AYUSH, most recently in the news for advising pregnant women to “detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatredness [sic] and lust”.
The pamphlet on Mother and Child Care, distributed by AYUSH minister Shripad Yesso Naik, in the run up to the IDY, is scarcely the only document advising lifestyle and dietary practices. The aforementioned diet is part of a similar booklet on the benefits of yoga and naturopathy on diabetes, one of India’s most prevalent non-communicable disease (NCD). Dr. Ishwara Acharya, president of the CCRYN told News18 that these practices could rid India of NCDs.
Much of this advice, however, is treated warily by nutritionists.
“AYUSH diets endorse ‘sattvic’ philosophy, which is fine, but does not mean that people who have been consuming non-vegetarian foods are not eating healthy. In fact, several nutrients are only found in non-vegetarian foods like long chain omega 3 fats, vitamin B12 etc,” said Dr. Shweta Khandelwal, nutritionist and associate professor, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
Nor is the humble egg, disdained by the sattvic diet, easily substituted. Khandelwal did the math. One egg has the biological value (BV) — the unit for measuring how much protein a food source provides the body — of 100. One whole egg makes available 6 gram of protein for the body. Thus eggs are an excellent source of protein. However, she explained, many of the vegetarian sources of protein have a low BV. Thus one has to consume about three to four bowls (200-250 ml each) of dal to get as much bioavailable protein.
Protein requirements are still easier to achieve with a vegetarian diet for an adult, said Purnima Menon, senior fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); the trouble would be with iron, zinc and calcium. In a country with widespread anemia among girls and women, which affects lifelong health and makes pregnancy more dangerous, iron is hard to ignore.
According to Acharya, naturopathic diets could correct menstrual cycles from puberty on, perhaps stopping the loss of iron from excess bleeding. He was careful to add that the CCRYN was not asking anyone to stop taking supplements, even though naturopathy is a drugless system.
However, iron has limited vegetarian sources — certain leafy vegetables or lentils — Menon said. These are either expensive or not readily available.
The latest antenatal guidelines by the World Health Organisation recommend “consumption of a variety of foods, including green and orange vegetables, meat, fish, beans, nuts, whole grains and fruit” for healthy pregnancies.
Even if an AYUSH prescribed diet fulfills one’s nutritional needs, it trips over accessibility and affordability, as pointed out by both Khandelwal and Menon.
Seasonal fruits, prescribed for diabetics, are often priced too highly for urban poor to afford, who have now become increasingly vulnerable to diabetes according to the ongoing diabetes survey of the Indian Council of Medical Research. As are the dry fruits to be consumed by pregnant women.
“Consuming a balanced and nutritious diet is a problem across all classes and sectors,” said Khandelwal, adding “With the rise in working populations and erratic lifestyles we all often fall prey to cheap, ready-to-eat options, which are mostly empty calories laden with trans fats.”
However, the minutely detailed AYUSH diets are more suited to those either leading a life of leisure or who have enough help at home with the amount of preparation required.
Menon, who works at the Health and Nutrition Division at IFPRI, said the prescribed diet, at least for pregnant and lactating women would take significant efforts in terms of time and resources. “It takes time to procure and process, things like alfalfa and sprouts,” said Menon, “and many pregnant women do not have the time, the access or the support.” For many women, it will be hard to adhere to fruits and sprouts at 7am, whole wheat rotis at 11am and juices at 3pm.
Recently having completed a study on nutrition and behavioural changes in pregnant women in Bangladesh, Menon called it impractical to expect women to make drastic changes in their diet at the moment of pregnancy. Acharya may call naturopathy a change of lifestyle. However, “changes, and recommendations on what changes to make, to add those extra 350 to 400 calories and other nutrients to a pregnant woman’s diet, have to be incremental and contextual,” said Menon. People form habits by eating multiple times a day, every day. One cannot expect women from coastal communities to suddenly stop eating fish, a ready source of protein. In India, diverse socio-agricultural diversity, a daily family diet in Kerala would be very different from Gujarat or from any other state, she said.
The newlyweds are re-defining the concept of honeymoons. They now want to return feeling healthier, fitter and spiritually richer. Health honeymooning is all about entering the coupling phase with uplifting yoga sessions in the middle of a tropical jungle, being treated to a series of intimate couple massages and Turkish hammam and relishing gluten-free gourmet with exotic green teas. Businessman Ebrahim Chiniwala says, “To unload all the post-wedding exhaustion, we chose to unwind at a wellness retreat near Mulshi Lake. Our journey of love started with creating a tailored daily programme with our health advisor. We bonded over salsa and Bollywood dance and TRX, circuit training and ‘healthy cooking’ sessions. At the end of our 4-day retreat programme, we left feeling energised and discovering a lot more about each other.”
Big, fat Indian weddings often bring along unaccounted consumption of fat-laden food, making you feel bloated. A wellness honeymoon comes to your rescue here. The food served at luxury health resorts is flavourful and appealing, sans any unhealthy ingredients like sugar, maida, table salt etc. “Since most couples visit a health retreat for complete relaxation, they don’t want to be put on a strict diet or be refused from consuming certain food groups; but at the same time, their aim is to return feeling lighter and in better shape. Hence, the trick is to serve low-calorie, organic and fresh spa food in controlled portions,” says chef Sandeep Biswas.
“People are getting married late. Most have probably been together for a while and done their bit of fly and flop holidays. Honeymoon is the perfect time to relax, detox your body and find spiritual space.” says Bob Jacobs, VP, top hotel chain.
FOCUS ON EACH OTHER
While you are continually bombarded with congratulatory messages and calls even post the wedding reception, what you are actually looking for is some precious time to connect with each other. A no-tech vacation is exactly what Dr Cupid ordered. “Health resorts ban the use of electronic devices and gadgets in public areas wanting you to unplug and swap virtual tweets with the real sound of soothing bird songs. This allows the couple to be present in the moment and enjoy the surroundings, and leaves them with a restored sense of wellness,” says Sharmilee Agrawal Kapur, pranic healer and owner of a newly-opened wellness retreat near Pune.
Most of the spa and health retreats in India and around the world are nestled in the lap of opulence and sophistication. Here, the staff will ‘kick your butt’ – and then spoil you silly. “For our honeymoon at a spa retreat, we decided to book a spacious private spa suite that comprised a private infinity pool, lawn area, gymnasium, couple spa, sauna and steam facilities, butler’s pantry, open-to-sky outdoor shower and above all, a horizon-touching gazebo for a romantic candle-light dinner. We didn’t really have to step out of the villa except for our fitness sessions which made sure we enjoyed a good amount of privacy; and this beautifully enhanced our experience as a couple,” says Chitra Shetty, marketing professional.
Bowers & Wilkins has earned its place as the BMW of high-end audio. The company’s loudspeakers are legendary: Its five-figure Nautilus speakers have been displayed in museums; Abbey Road Studios has used their monitors for more than 20 years; and the company’s new 800 Series Diamond (which I auditioned during last year’s NYC launch event) are receiving rave reviews.
The company’s headphone line, on the other hand, has been the black sheep in the family. The wired versions have been judged as pretty good, but not truly great; they’ve certainly never achieved the acclaim afforded the company’s best speakers. Just beforeApple’s iPhone 7 announcement, Bowers & Wilkins upgraded its P7 and P3 models to Bluetooth wireless versions. The question on just about every audiophile’s mind is whether these new models simply add wireless capability to the previous generation, or if they up the ante. I was among the first reviewers to get my hands on the B&W P7 Wireless, so I was anxious to find out.
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Identical or fraternal twins?
This lap of luxury needs some break-in time
Like a pair of your favorite Jeans
Can you be too isolated?
A secret menu
Identical or fraternal twins?
The new P7 Wireless are easily mistaken for the original. I placed the new model next to itswired forerunner, which I’ve owned for quite some time, and found the two virtually indistinguishable. Even their spec sheets look alike: two 40mm full-range drivers, impedance of 22 ohms, frequency response ranging from 10Hz to 20kHz, and sensitivity of 111dB/V at 1kHz. The P7 wireless are a hair heavier at 323g vs 290g.
The Bluetooth 4.1 P7 Wireless omits the chrome accent around the ear cups, and while I was sorry to see that feature cut, it has zero impact on performance. A three-button remote control has been added to the left ear cup, as well as a power switch and a micro-USB charging port on the bottom.
With all the controls now on the left side, the wired input has moved to the right ear cup. The ear cups are magnetic, as they were on the original. To switch to wired mode, emove the right-hand cup, insert the 2.5mm angled end into the articulating input, and you’re set. Plugging in the cable immediately disables Bluetooth, but removing the cable doesn’t re-enable Bluetooth. You must power the headphones back on again manually to do that.
This lap of luxury needs some break-in time
There’s nothing cheap or flimsy with these headphones. The P7 Wireless simply spoil you with their luxurious fit and feel. There aren’t many headphones under $500 (or twice the price, for that matter) that can keep up with Bowers and Wilkins in this regard. In my book, the P7 Wireless are a gold-standard. The genuine sheep leather headband and ear cups are smooth, soft, and supple. The sleek-looking aluminum frame is sturdy and infinitely adjustable. The headband guides, conceals, and automatically expands and contracts the nylon-braided wire connecting each ear cup. The engineering is a thing of beauty.
The headphone design gets even better. Many over-the-ear headphones aren’t portable—they’re just too bulky and they can’t fold flat. B&W has solved this problem by inserting a rotating joint between the edge of the headband and the ear cup arm that allows you to fold the headphones to half their size. Brilliant.
The accessories have been pored over just as meticulously. The included carrying case is smooth, lined with velour, and snaps closed with a magnetic flap. That’s industrial design done right—down to the smallest detail.
Like a pair of your favorite Jeans
You should treat the P7 Wireless like a new pair of designer jeans: They need to be broken in. As with every other B&W headphone I’ve owned (the P5 wireless and the original P7), the new P7 Wireless are stiff and overly-snug when you first put them on. Trust me, they’ll loosen up over time. Once you’ve broken them in, they’ll fit like a glove. Don’t be afraid to flex the metal frame a bit (within reason, of course) to loosen things up more quickly.
Once you get used to the P7s, you’ll notice that other headphones will seem far too loose and won’t stay on your head as precisely as the P7s do. You can jog with them without worrying that they will shift or slide off. Perhaps most importantly, they’re exceedingly comfortable ever during long listening sessions. I wore them for three, four, five hours at a time without a problem, and my ears were never trapped in a sweat chamber.
There’s one qualifier to that point, however; the ear cups are said to be made of memory foam; but unlike most memory foam ear cups, these remain stiff and keep their shape.
That stiffness creates a stable pocket for your ears. The ear cup design may not be for everyone, but it creates a consistent environment for the audio drivers to work in. Pressure around your ears is also very even, though it’s shy of the almost perfect fit of the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones.
Can you be too isolated?
B&W’s P7 Wireless headphones are outstanding at sealing out ambient noise. My family was mad at me on more than one occasion for being completely oblivious to what was going on around me. Wearing the P7 Wireless literally puts you into your own world. The headphones also passed the ambient audio torture test. No, not an airline cabin. Starbucks. Slap on the P7 Wireless, turn on your tunes, and you won’t even notice who’s ordering a cappuccino or what’s playing on Starbucks radio.
The only count on which I found the P7 to be sub par was when I made phone calls: People on the other side of the line had a hard time hearing me, and I had difficulty hearing them. In fact, I didn’t make a single call with an iPhone 6s where the person on the other end didn’t complain about the sound quality.
A secret menu
When it comes to documentation, B&W seems to have taken a page out of In-n-Out’s playbook. The California-based restaurant is known as much for its secret menu as its great burgers (order a “4×4” and you’ll get four beef patties and four slices of cheese). The P7 Wireless comes with a quick-start manual, which is fine for getting up to speed quickly, but you won’t know about several nuanced (and important) elements unless youdownload the full manual from here.
You turn on the P7 Wireless by sliding the power button on the left ear cup to the right (pull it back if the headphones are on your head). To pair with a Bluetooth device, press that same button down and hold it for a few seconds. Don’t get confused between the two. In my tests, pairing the P7 Wireless was always flawless—whether it was an iOS or Andriod device or an Astell&Kern media player. Take note that whichever device you pair first with the P7 becomes the primary device for Bluetooth auto-connection. B&W says the P7 Wireless can remember up to seven secondary devices.
Wireless and wired tradeoffs
Don’t worry too much about the music running out. The P7 Wireless are rated to rock up to an awesome 17 hours. A green, yellow, or red light on the left ear cup tells you the current battery life. A green light means that the battery is above 30-percent charged. Yellow means that the battery is between 10- and 30-percent charged. Red means the battery is less than 10-percent charged. If the indicator blinks red, then battery is too low. At that point, you must use the P7 in wired mode until you recharge.
If you do use the P7 Wireless in wired mode, here’s an important item to note: the included cable doesn’t have an inline remote, which leaves you no means to control your iOS or Android device remotely. The controls on the left ear cup don’t work. I don’t know why B&W thought this was a good idea; I was able to use the inline remote cable from the original P7 without a problem.
Very different sound from the original
As similar as the P7 look to the original P7 wired, they sound completely different. In fact, they sound so fantastic that they’re a worthy upgrade even if you never use them in Bluetooth mode. That’s because B&W came up with a whole new set of transducers. I immediately noticed the difference with the first track I listened to: Adele’s “He Won’t Go” from 21. The kick drum, which was quite reserved on the original P7s, literally gave me a visceral kick on the new P7s. Bass was punchy, dynamic, and thoroughly satisfying on just about every single source and track I played.
Put in any exceptional Chesky recording, like Alexis Cole’s Dazzling Blue or City of the Sun’s To the Sun and All the Cities in Between and the P7 Wireless just sparkle with a precise and deep sound stage. With the P7 Wireless, music was warm, engaging, and alive. This adjustment is a very welcome addition and addresses the sonic shortcomings of the original.
Improved bass response doesn’t mean B&W suddenly discovered hip-hop. You can take the P7s to the ball, too. The P7 Wireless handled the most intimate and delicate notes of Yo-Yo-Ma’s Cello from Yo-Yo-Ma Plays Ennio Morricone. The cellist’s work on “Gabriel’s Oboe” was warm and simply invited me into an oasis of pure bliss. The depth and breadth of piano notes on “Debora’s Theme” from Once Upon a Time in America was enthralling. The hairs on my arms were still standing when the penultimate track, “Dinner” from Lady Caliph, came on. That’s the type of emotion the P7 Wireless elicits.
Better wired or wireless?
I view wireless as a convenience, not as a reference standard. My opinion hasn’t changed after testing out the P7 Wireless. I tested the P7’s aptX Bluetooth connection with an Astell&Kern AK70. It sounded good but lacked the finesse, detail, and air you get when you plug them in. There’s still no substitute for a wired connection.
That being said, if you own a headphone amp, by all means use it with the P7 Wireless. You’ll notice even more refinement. Comparing the P7 Wireless with a NuForce uDAC5 (currently in for review) versus the internal headphone jack of a Macbook Air was night and day. With the NuForce uDAC5, bass was more controlled, much tighter, and not as forward. The midrange was more defined and three-dimensional. The top end too was more precise.
B&W’s P7 Wireless headphones won’t be treated like second-class citizens in B&W’s lineup. These headphones are a major step forward for B&W—not simply because of the addition of Bluetooth, but also for the effort that B&W put into fine-tuning the voicing in the new model. These aren’t just good wireless headphones. B&W’s P7 Wireless are great headphones,
Social media and “sharenting” have created a new baby milestone: establishing an online presence.
A whopping 92 percent of kids in the United States have an online identity by age 2, according to Time magazine. It also said that American parents share almost 1,000 photos of their kids by the time they turn 5. The article, was adapted from the book “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenagers” by Nancy Jo Sales, didn’t explain how it arrived at the figures.
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The article said that in this new culture of sharing, young girls are at the greatest risk through the pressure to post intimate photos. A 14-year-old girl told Time that the pressure comes from the desire to get likes and attention through social media.
A Pew Research survey released in January found that 94 percent of parents of 13-to-17-year-olds have discussed what is and isn’t appropriate to post on social media. The Time story highlighted that a parent’s concern for their child’s safety is rooted in real safety issues, citing a recent abduction and murder of a teen who had been chatting with one of her killers on social messaging app, Kik Messenger.