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Kids Who do not Drink Cows Milk tend to be Shorter: Study

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Parents, take note! Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter, a study claims.

Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter

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Parents, take note! Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter, a study claims.


Researchers from St Michael's Hospital in Canada found that for each daily cup of non-cow's milk they drank, children were 0.4 centimetres shorter than average height for their age and for each daily cup of cow's milk they drank, children were 0.2 centimetres taller than average.

This height difference is similar to the difference between major percentile lines on the World Health Organisation growth chart, said Jonathon Maguire, pediatrician at St Michael's Hospital.

This means drinking three cups of non-cow's milk per day might move a child to the 15th from the 50th percentile for height, and vice versa, compared with other children their age, he said.


Researchers also found that children who drank a combination of cow's milk and non-cow's milk daily were shorter than average.

"This finding suggests adding some cow's milk to a child's diet did not reverse the association between non-cow's milk consumption and lower height," Maguire said.

Height is an important indicator of children's overall health and development, researchers said.

Many parents are choosing non-cow's milk for their children, which may have lower nutritional content, Maguire said.

Researchers examined about 5,034 children between the ages of 24-72 months. Of those studied, 13 per cent drank non-cow's milk daily, and 92 per cent drank cow's milk daily.

While the majority of children studied drank cow's milk daily, the number who drank non-cow's milk daily suggests its popularity has increased in recent years, possibly due to perceived health benefits, researchers said.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Kids who do not drink cows milk tend to be shorter: study, Deccan Herald, Press Trust of India
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5 CRITICAL STEPS FOR PARENTS TO TAKE

SPEND QUALITY TIME

Be there. Not just physically, but also emotionally. Listening to your child and making conversations helps you to bond with each other. Also, turn off all the electronics and give them your time without any disturbance. Doing things together will teach your child to be a more caring and considerate person.

Practical things you can do:

  • Play their favorite game together
  • Read them a book
  • Ask them questions about their day

BECOME A ROLE MODEL

Children learn from things they see and experience. Many parents may not notice how much of their behavior young kids see and understand. This is why you should think about your words and actions. When you make mistakes, admit them and apologize. Be the example you want your child to become.

Another important thing is respect, which can only be earned. So always be honest, show that you are a human too and people make mistakes. Also, try to see everything as a lesson and a chance to grow and become a better person. Teach this to your child as well.

Practical things you can do:

  • Always admit your mistakes and apologize for them
  • Talk about problems and finding solutions
  • Find time to take care of yourself, only then you can take care of others

TEACH THEM VALUES

It is important that your child communicates with others and learns to share in the young age. Taking other peoples’ feelings in consideration and being selfless is an essential feature and can become beneficial in the future.

The Harvard study found that caring about others is as important as one’s happiness. This is something that parents need to teach their children consistently because sometimes the message is not received quickly.

As a parent, you must always be an example. This means taking responsibility and doing the right thing (even when it is not the most convenient thing to do). Be a role model and confirm your words with your actions. Remind them, that others are counting on them and it is not nice to let people down.

Practical things you can do:

  • Teach them every day to be kind
  • Make them take responsibility for their actions and stick to their commitments. Do not just let them quit a sport or end a friendship. It is always easier to just give up, but it is not always the right thing to do.

     

TEACH THEM GRATITUDE

Teach them to appreciate people and things in their life. Tell them about the history and trying times, so they would understand how lucky they are to live in this time with plenty of opportunities. Teach them not to take their life and possibilities for granted.

The study has shown, that people, who practice gratitude in their everyday lives, are more helpful, generous, compassionate and forgiving. What is most important – they are more happy and healthy. So it is a key feature in a real person.

Practical things you can do:

  • Remind your child to be grateful in everyday life
  • Teach them to show respect and appreciation for people (family members, teachers, neighbors) in their lives
  • Be the role model and do not take individuals and things in your life for granted

SHOW THEM THE BIGGER PICTURE

It is a commonly known fact that children care about a small circle of family and friends. This is normal, but the difficult challenge is to teach them to empathize with people outside their circle.

Children need to learn that it all starts with people and that they can make a big difference in someone’s life. So it is important to show kindness towards people you do not know so well (new kid in class, the shopkeeper, the cleaning lady).

The Harvard study suggested that children should learn to zoom in and listen carefully to those, who are part of their inner circle but also to zoom out and take in consideration the bigger range of people they interact with on a daily basis.

Practical things you can do:

  • Teach your child empathy – teach them to comfort a crying kid and reach out to a new classmate
  • Have conversations about different people and their lives. Talk about people with different religions, beliefs, communities, and countries
  • Teach them not to have prejudices and to show kindness to people around them
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Doodling can make you feel happy, say scientists, including one of Indian origin, who have found that art activities make brain feel rewarded, PTI reports from New York.

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"There are several implications of this study's findings. They indicate an inherent potential for evoking positive emotions through art-making - and doodling especially," said Girija Kaimal from Drexel University in the US.

Researchers measured blood flow of about 26 participants in the areas of the brain related to rewards while they completed three different art activities.

For three minutes each, the participants coloured in a mandala, doodled within or around a circle marked on a paper, and had a free-drawing session.

They found that during all three activities, there was a measured increase in blood flow in the brain's prefrontal cortex, compared to rest periods where blood flow decreased to normal rates.

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To develop government schools, the state is now planning to rope in old students. To start with, it has asked all government schools to form old students association from the current academic year


Today, many people who have studied in government schools are in good positions within and outside the country. The Department of Public Instructions has decided to bring them under a single umbrella of ‘alumni association’ to improve the conditions at government schools.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2017/jun/27/karnataka-plans-to-develop-government-schools-with-help-of-alumni-network-1621225.html

It is an initiative taken by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, which is being implemented through the district administrations. According to the information available from the commission, all government schools in the state should have ‘alumni associations’ by July 16. 

Kripa Alva, chairperson of the commission said, “I have been personally visiting schools and also meeting officials concerned at district and taluk levels to implement it. We are aiming to complete the formation of associations within a month.”

During my visit to government schools, I got to know that some of them have been developed by their old students. Hence the idea of old students association at government schools struck my mind,” she added.Private schools in the state are already having alumni associations, which help in their development in every possible way.

“These associations hold annual events and support schools financially and morally. We are sure that alumni of respective government schools will also come forward to develop the schools in which they studied,” Alva said. 

How it will be conceptualised
The authorities of all 54,000 government schools will verify the admission registers of last 10 to 25 years. They will  identify the residential address of the students and will send them invitations regarding setting up of old students association. In each letter, the contact number of the head master or the teacher in-charge of the school will be mentioned. Later, an official inauguration of the association will be done, where all students will be invited.

 

 

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Bengaluru, dhns: The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday directed the block education officer (BEO), Bengaluru South Division, to allot seats to eight children for Class I under Right to Education (RTE) Act quota to another neighbourhood school without insisting them to go through the lottery process again.

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Justice S Sujatha passed an order in a petition filed by eight children, all six-year-olds.

The petitioners were allotted seats in Venkatesh Education Society (MVJ International School) located in Marathahalli, but the school happens to be a minority institution that is exempted from allotting 25% of their seats under the RTE Act. The judge directed BEO to allot them seats in another neighbourhood school without any lottery process as they have already been allotted seats through the lottery system.

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Bengaluru, dhns: A CBSE school in the city, run by energy minister D K Shiva Kumar, has now agreed to give seats in Class I, under the Right to Education Act quota, to underprivileged children.                                                The school in Rajarajeshwari Nagar was supposed to give seats in two entry points - Class I and LKG.

Shiva Kumar, who is the chairman of the school, had refused to give admission to students who had been allotted seats in Class I through lottery process, and admitted students only to LKG. Parents, whose children had been allotted seats in the school, had protested in front of the premises earlier this month.

After holding several discussions with the management, the Block Education Officer said that now the school has agreed to give admission to 40 children in Class I.                                                                                                   The school has two units in the same locality and will now admit 28 students in one unit and 12 students in the other.

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