Category Archives: Self Education

Teaching children to grow their own food greatly reduces obesity, study finds

Natural News
28 August 2018
Russel Davis

(Natural News) Teaching children the basics of gardening and food production may stem childhood obesity, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. To carry out the study, a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis examined more than 400 children aged nine to 10 years old at four schools in California. The children were stratified into two groups: one that received gardening lessons, and the control group.

The study was conducted under the Shaping Healthy Choices Programme, which instructed children to grow and harvest their own vegetables. The produce were then used in cooking demonstrations or were taken home. The school canteens were also instructed to use produce grown from the gardens, which were then featured in newsletters that were sent home to the children’s families.

According to the study, children who enrolled in a gardening class were more likely to shed pounds within a year. The research team also found that schools with gardening classes had lower proportion of obese students. The researchers inferred that gardening lessons may help curb obesity in children by teaching them about healthy foods such as fresh vegetables.

“The BMI and waist-to-height ratio were greatly improved in intervention groups, with the overweight or obese population declining from 55.6 to 37.8 percent at the Northern California intervention school. The dramatic decrease in BMI, although unexpected in this short time frame, demonstrated that the SHCP was effective due to positive health messages and reinforcing nutrition concepts throughout the school and home environments,” said lead author Dr Rachel Scherr in Daily Mail.

Studies show the importance of gardening against childhood obesity

A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that a community gardening initiative resulted in a significant decrease in obesity rates among low-income Hispanic American children. The intervention, called Growing Healthy Kids Program, involved a weekly gardening session, a seven-week cooking and nutrition workshop, and social events for both children and parents. As part of the study, the researchers assessed pre- and post-program height and weight data from 95 children aged two to 15 years.

The research team found that 17 percent of overweight and obese children attained significant improvements in BMI classification. The study also revealed that 100 percent of children with a normal BMI at the start of the study were able to maintain their weight after the initiative. In addition, the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables grew by 146 percent following the gardening program. Furthermore, the researchers noted an increase in the children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.

“Findings from this pilot study are consistent with previous studies reporting an increase in availability and consumption of fruits and vegetables among families participating in community gardens. Although there are limitations because this is a pilot study, this strategy seems to be promising for addressing childhood obesity, particularly among low-income Latino immigrant families,” the researchers wrote.

In another study, researchers found that lack of access to gardens may increase the odds of childhood obesity. To carry out the study, a team of researchers from the VU UniversityMedical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands pooled data from the Millennium Cohort Study with a total cohort population of 19,000 children. The research team found that children who did not have an access to gardens between the ages five and seven years were 38 percent more likely to become obese by age seven. Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood and having a lower educated household were also found to raise the odds of childhood obesity. The researchers also noted that children belonging to higher educated households living in disadvantaged neighborhood were still at an increased risk of childhood obesity.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

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Basic mechanical skills every survivalist should have

Natural News
1 July 2018
Frances Bloomfield

(Natural News) Survival situations aren’t always easy nor are they always kind. One day, you could be cruising down the highway, blasting your favorite Kansas or Lee Greenwood tracks. The next, you could be wasting a few good hours trying and failing to start your car. In situations like these, it pays to be knowledgeable in basic auto repairs. These and other mechanical skills are musts for your personal survival skill set — find out which ones you’ll need down below. (h/t to DoomsdayMoose.com.)

  • How to do simple auto maintenance and repairs: The great thing about the modern day is that you can just pay someone to fix your car when it breaks down. But when you’re in a survival situation, you’re pretty much on your own. That’s why you need to be comfortable and capable of performing the following repairs to your car when the need arises:
    • Changing a flat tire
    • Changing oil
    • Checking and replacing spark plugs and wires
    • Checking and replacing your car battery an alternator
    • Replacing the air and oil filter
    • Replacing brake pads
    • Replacing distributor cap and rotor
    • Rotating tires
  • Don’t forget your tools: Of course, you can’t do all of these with your own bare hands. You’ll need to keep a few tools with you in order to carry out these maintenance and repair jobs. Make it a point to always keep the following tools in your car:
    • Air compressor
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Electrical tape
    • Gas tank patch
    • Jack
    • Jumper cables
    • Pliers
    • Seatbelt cutter
    • Screwdriver set
    • Socket and ratchet set
    • Tire plug kit
    • Torque wrench
  • How to start a fire without a lighter: Lighter fluid runs out, but the need to stay warm never will. The good thing is that you can start a fire using almost anything. The important thing is that you keep the wind direction and your surrounding area in mind. The last thing you want is to start a forest fire by accident. That being said, here are some everyday items you can use to stay toasty:
    • A battery and gum wrapper: Cut or tear a long narrow strip of gum wrapper and place each end onto the positive and negative terminal buttons.
    • A car battery: The idea here is similar to the one above. Only instead of gum wrapper, you can use steel wool, a knife, or anything conductive.
    • A pair of eyeglasses: Far-sighted specs and a sunny day are best for this. Spit on the lens and angle them between the sun and a pile of kindling, focusing the sun’s rays through the lens. This should result in the formation of a single heat point in your kindling. A bottle of water can work in the same way.
    • Sticks: You’ll need two straight, very dry sticks and a bundle of kindling. Sharpen one stick and create an indention in the other one for the sharpened stick to rest into. Twirl the sharpened stick into the hole of the other stick to create friction that ignites the kindling. (Related: How to build a fire in a winter survival situation.)
  • How to signal for help: Nobody wants to be in a situation that they can’t get out of on their own. But the fact is that it can happen to anyone at anytime. Should it ever happen to you, the least you’ll want to do is be able to catch the attention of anyone who’ll help. There are various ways you can do this, and they are:
    • Using fire: This is a very effective method of signaling for help. What you’ll want to do is create three signal fires in a very visible place and arrange them in the shape of a triangle. Make sure that your fires don’t get too big though. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time putting them out.
    • Using flags: For this, you’ll either want brightly colored or highly reflective garments. Lash your makeshift flag to a tent pole then a tree to make a free-standing signal flag. You can lay it out on the ground as well if you can find a large, clear area to place it in.
    • Using flagging tape and markers: Simple and easy to use, bright pink or blue flagging tapes with messages of help will catch anyone’s eye.
    • Using whistles: This is especially helpful if you’re stuck in a relatively hidden place. If help can’t see you, they can at least hear you.

Luck favors the prepared. So stack the odds in your favor by learning all of these skills and adding them to your arsenal.

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Conspiracy Theorists, Why People Think You’re Crazy And How To Change It

Source:The Vinny Eastwood Show
Date: 30 June 2015
Author: Vinny Eastwood

One day you’re going to work,
Drinking on the weekends with your friends,
Spending money on things that make you happy,
Then several years later you can’t find a job,
Your friends don’t want to hang out with you any more,
Your family thinks you’re nuts,
You’re frustrated with everything and everybody,
You might have become a conspiracy theorist.

This scenario is all too familiar and it’s about time we come together to comprehend a few very important things, who we are, what’s happening to us and how we can deal with it.
Firstly, let’s define what we are and what we’re not,
To understand this fully requires the realization that there’s a spectrum and a bell curve,
So, no matter how clearly defined the parameters,
There are always extremes on either end of the scale to accommodate a minority,
But, the bulk of people usually cluster near the center in some form of balance. Continue reading Conspiracy Theorists, Why People Think You’re Crazy And How To Change It

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The Benefits of Organic 002

Many people in America are proponents of the organic food movement, and worried about the potentially harmful effects of pesticides on their health or the environment. In Cuba, farmers have gone organic for a very different reason – they had to. In this final instalment of our series “The Cuban Evoltion” Jeffrey Brown looks at food and farming.

Homesteading When You’re Flat Broke….

Source:Kiwiurbanhomestead
Date: 27 May 2015

I just read this really good blog post on how you can get started (or continue) homesteading even if you don’t have a spare cent to your name. So many of the things suggested reflect what we have done or are doing here. Kendra does a great job of telling you the four (free) things you need to homestead without financial resources.  Hop on over to her blog and read her inspiring article HERE, and then come back and check out my own list of some of the ways I’ve been able to find free resources or create garden structures for free, or with very little expense, below.

Continue reading Homesteading When You’re Flat Broke….

The Benefits of Organic 001

Infowars
Christina Sarich
May 18, 2015

Eating organic could be your solution

As said by Dr. Jesse Henley, pesticides kill pests by damaging their cellular structure. Though pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, and herbicides were meant to control how a plant grows, there is no doubt that they affect us too – and we are using more pesticides and herbicides than ever.

Strangely, these chemicals aren’t destroying pests – they are likely destroying us. Continue reading The Benefits of Organic 001