Posts for: November, 2017
You would never let your children ride in a car without a seat belt. For the same common sense safety reasons, you shouldn't let your children ride their bikes without helmets either. While riding a bike is a fun and timeless childhood activity, it can also be a very dangerous one if you don't insist your children follow proper precautions.
But Bicycle Accidents Almost Never Happen!
While you may not think bicycle accidents are that common, the truth is that hundreds of thousands of children are involved in bicycle accidents every year. While not all of these are fatal, too many of them are. When something as simple as an adequate helmet can save your child’s life in the case of an accident, it’s hard to think of a single reason not to get one.
But My Child Doesn’t Like Helmets!
Do your children complain that their helmets are too hot or uncomfortable? These complaints are common, but they don't have to be persistent. First, choose the right helmets for your children ones that will be comfortable while still providing enough protection. Then, simply insist that your children wear them. Once your children see that helmets are a requirement and they will not be riding their bikes without them, they'll be much less likely to put up a fuss.
Sure, bike helmets may not seem "cool," but at the end of the day, looking cool matters far less than staying safe. If your child is worried about how the helmet makes them look to their friends, one way to make it more fun for them is by letting them customize it. Buy colorful stickers and let your child decorate the helmet to their heart’s content!
It’s the Law
In fact, in some states, you may even have the law on your side as well. In California, for example, children are required to wear bicycle helmets by law. If they neglect to wear them while riding their bikes, their parents could be faced with a fine.
You already insist that your children wear their seat belts and eat their vegetables. It's time to start insisting that they wear their bicycle helmets as well. Even if your children complain, you'll know you've made the right choice.
According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, nearly 15 percent of teens drink energy drinks on a weekly basis. Could the widespread use of energy drinks among teens be a problem? Many researchers fear that it is. Here's why.
1. Teens Who Drink Energy Drinks are More Likely to Smoke and Drink Alcohol
According to a study by the University of Michigan, the research is clear: Teens who drink energy drinks are more likely to smoke and drink as well. Research found teens who drank energy shots and drinks were 2-3 times likely to use alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drug use. Saying no to energy drinks may just be the first step to saying no to other, more dangerous drugs as well.
2. Energy Drinks Lead to Tooth Decay
Energy drinks contain a great deal of sugar. When consumed frequently, they can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues, especially when kids and teens don't brush immediately after.
3. Energy Drinks Can Contribute to Certain Health Conditions
Consuming energy drinks can also help lead to certain health conditions, including diabetes and obesity. While one drink may not cause a problem, drinking energy drinks can become habitual, which can turn into a problem quickly.
4. Energy Drinks Replace Healthier Options
Children and teens that choose to drink energy drinks are also choosing not to drink other, healthier options - such as water, milk or 100 percent pure fruit juice in their place. When children and teens choose energy drinks frequently enough, they end up missing out on all the health benefits that the other beverages provide.
For most - if not all - children and teens, energy drinks are completely unnecessary and cause far more harm than good. If your children and teens currently drink energy drinks, wean them off as soon as you can. If they have yet to try them, encourage them to keep it that way as long as possible.