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7 tips for screen time

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should not let their children watch any TV until they are at least 2 years old--not even if the tired mommy really wants to take a shower. That's why my oldest daughter, Fiona, didn't even know the word for TV until her second birthday, when she promptly became a Sesame Street and Blues Clues junkie.

However, I conveniently forgot about the AAP recommendation when my second daughter, Molly, came along--it seemed too hard to cut TV out altogether. Is that bad?

I certainly wasn't alone in letting my baby watch TV. American children spend two to five hours a day watching television, on average. And 59 percent of children younger than 2--who aren't supposed to be watching any--watch an average of 1.3 hours of television daily.

It turns out that a very large number of studies have reported harmful effects from children's television viewing, including worse performance in school, obesity, attention-span problems, aggression, sleep deprivation, requests for advertised foods, and eating fewer fruits and vegetables and more pizza, snack food, soda, and high-fat foods.


Monday, 1-Apr-2013 00:14 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Entrepreneur recognized

Mississauga business woman Maria Vandenhurk was recently recognized at the 2010 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards as a finalist for the RBC Momentum Award.

Vandenhurk was recognized for the work done by her company, Banyan Work Health Solutions.

The company, which started in 1995, provides solutions for workers with disabilities and their employers, as well as disability management and insurance claims.

Vandenhurk started the company as an independent consultant, helping injured workers get back to their jobs and find new ones. In their second year, after being asked about contacts for similar programs in other cities, such as Vancouver, the company decided to expand.

"I didn't have a vision to build a real company," said Vandenhurk. "It was that attention that gave me the belief that we could grow."

Today, Banyan Work Health Solutions has 250 contractors and 100 employees.

"We're approaching [disabilities] from another angle: What can they do, instead of what they can't do," replied Vandenhurk.



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