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Healthy Snacking Benefits in Children

08 Mar 17

Recent reports have shown that healthy snacking in children has several benefits. Snacks are essential for children as they need good nutrition. Nutrition promotes growth and development, and helps in building stronger immune system. It also increases energy and the ability to focus.

But snacking doesn’t mean consuming junk food. Snacking has to be on fruits, veggies, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Such snacks also help in filling the nutrition gap which is sometimes left by meals. Healthy beverages include low-fat milk, water, soy drinks and 100 percent fruit juices. Junk foods are high in fat and sugar. Both make children lethargic and dull. On the other hand, healthy snacks boost energy and increase concentration.

Why is snacking so important in children? Unlike adults, children have smaller stomachs. They cannot have huge amounts in meals to fulfil their appetite. That is why it is crucial for them to eat in smaller portions after every three to four hours. This also prevents them in indulging in eating out of boredom or emotions.

Thus, snacking has various health benefits. It is important for parents to help children in developing a taste for healthy snacks.

Content: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-children-eating-snacks-during-school-4999.html

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The Incredible Writings by J.K. Rowling

17 Dec 17

Joanne Rowling writes under the pen name “J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith”. Rowling is a British novelist and screenwriter who received a lot of fame for writing Harry Potter fantasy series. The books of Harry Potter have won multiple awards and sold more than 400 million copies.

The Harry Potter series became the best – selling book series in the history and became a base for a series of films. Rowling had overall approval over scripts of these films and was a producer on the final films in the series. She was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She was also working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International. Her first novel in the series was published in 1997 and then there were six sequels to it. The last one was released in 2007. Rowling has also written four books for adult readers. These are The Casual Vacancy, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: en.wikipedia.org


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The Harm of Chemical Fertilizers

16 Dec 17

Would you like it if we ingested your body with chemicals every now and then? So why do the same to plants. Using chemical fertilizers as nutrient source to boost the plant growth is not a healthy way to treat the soil and the plants. We are seeing a massive use of chemical fertilizers in the third world countries to cater to the extra food requirement.

This over use of chemical fertilizers is leading to a number of environmental issues and health problems among the humans. This also causes a permanent damage to the soil in the area where it is used and leaves it unfit to grow crops after a point of time.

The need of the hour is to shift the system from chemical to organic to not just maintain and improve the soil quality but also reduce the harm that it is causing to us.

By: Srishti Anand

Content: https://permaculturenews.org/2016/02/25/green-leaf-manure-a-useful-organic-manure/


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Ever Heard of Laissez – Faire Leadership?

15 Dec 17

The Laissez – faire leadership is also known as delegate leadership style. It is a type of leadership style in which leaders do not interfere and allow group members to make decisions. Researchers have studied that this style of leadership leads to the lowest productivity among group members. Still, one has to understand both benefits and pitfalls of such leadership style.

This style works excellent when the team members have skills to succeed. The team members are able to deal with any issue through their expert skills. Laissez – Faire is a style which allows team members to feel free and stay satisfied with their work. Thus, independence is valued and followers have a high – level of passion and intrinsic motivation towards their work. The downsides of Laissez – Faire leadership can sometimes prove to be very dangerous. It is not ideal when group members lack knowledge or experience. It can lead to low accountability, passivity and avoidance. Therefore, use this kind of leadership wisely to ensure growth of anything.

By: Bhavna Sharma


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Climate Migration Demands International Attention

14 Dec 17

Climate Change is a human rights issue. In 2016, extreme weather, climate conditions displaced approximately 45 people every minute. This issue is in immediate need of action. As a result, civil leaders from more than 100 countries across the world, have urged for an action on the displacement caused due to climate change at a summit in Suva, Fiji. They suggested the international community to defend the human rights of the victims of such displacement.

Climate change should be identified as a major cause for migration in the global compact due to be negotiated by countries in 2018, such as Oxfam Pacific, 350.org and Act Alliance. Certain instances of climate migration are (i) sea level rise in the pacific, making some island communities unviable; (ii) 2 kilometres inland movement of Vunidogoloa in Fiji, in 2014, leading to relocation of 30 villages. There are well framed international rules for giving asylum to victims of political persecution but no provision for people displaced by climate change. It has been seen that initiatives in this regard have been made by New Zealand, due to its longstanding relationship with a number of Pacific islands. It is planning to create world’s first humanitarian visas. These visas shall be employed towards people displaced due to climate changes. There is need for other countries also to enforce such actions. But in reality, only vulnerable countries are eager to discuss the subject during climate negotiations, others often focus on different priorities.

By: Anuja Arora


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The Connection Between Our Inner Voice and Self Conversation

13 Dec 17

Our brain does a number of different functions at the same time. According to a new study talking to ourselves may be fundamentally the same as speaking our thoughts out loudly. The latest results found by the researchers may help us understanding and getting the reason why people with mental illnesses hear voices to themselves.

Earlier it was thought that auditory-verbal hallucinations arise due to abnormalities in inner speech that is our silent internal conversation. Past research suggested that when we are ready to speak out loudly, our brain develops an exact copy of the instructions. After that, in no time these instructions are sent to lips, mouth and vocal cords and the process is known as an efference-copy. It is sent to the region of the brain that processes sound to forecast what sound it is about to listen. Then the region allows the brain to differentiate between the predictable sounds and the less predictable sounds. The way our brain perceives sounds can be changed by People's own thoughts. As its effect when people imagine sounds, those sounds seemed quieter comparatively to the real one. This research is going to be helpful in understanding how inner speech might be different in people with psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. It will help doctors to cure those patients well.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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