• May 27, 2015

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  • Real Estate

    Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need

    (BPT) - If you’re planning a home improvement project this year, you’re in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that the home improvement industry could post record-level spending in 2015.

  • Pets

    Odor Answers

    (NAPSI)—As your nose knows, your beloved pet can make a stinky mess—but there are simple ways by which you can cope.

  • Home Improvement

    Simple Accents

    (Family Features) Small details and accent pieces can make a big difference when it comes to dressing up your home. However, adding a touch of personal style doesn’t have to break the bank; you can actually make a big difference by adding simple, practical and inexpensive accents in every room.

  • Bridal

    6 ways to beat your inner bridezilla

    (BPT) - Having fears on your wedding day is normal and many questions will run through your head; “Did I invite everyone?” “What if I trip in my heels?” “Am I forgetting something?” Out of all the questions you’ll ask yourself, “Am I being a bridezilla?” probably won’t be one of them.

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Padres hispanos, satisfechos con las opciones saludables que ofrecen los programas para después del horario escolar

(StatePoint) Los programas para después del horario escolar atienden a 3.8 millones de niños hispanos en todo el país. Aunque la mayoría de los padres informan que están satisfechos con la comida sana y la diversidad de actividades físicas que ofrece el programa de sus hijos, aún hay una enorme necesidad no cubierta de tales programas, especialmente entre las familias hispanas.Los padres de 5.5 millones de niños hispanos Y los padres de los padres de 19.4 millones de niños en general dicen que inscribirían a sus hijos en un programa para después del horario escolar si lo hubiera disponible, según “Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity”, un informe especial basado en las respuestas reunidas para America After 3PM.“Los programas para después del horario escolar son una herramienta probada, pero en ocasiones no debidamente valorada, en el esfuerzo por evitar la obesidad y la inactividad física entre los niños”, dice Jodi Grant, Directora Ejecutiva de Afterschool Alliance, una organización de concientización y defensa pública sin ánimo de lucro. “Durante mucho tiempo hemos sabido que los programas de actividades para antes y después de la escuela, y para el verano, mantienen a los niños seguros, los estimulan para que aprendan y ayudan a los padres que trabajan. Estos nuevos datos dejan claro que también hacen mucho por ayudar a mantener a los niños sanos, ahora y hacia el futuro”.El nuevo estudio, que fue financiado por la Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, determina que muchos padres no están conscientes de los estándares de alimentación saludable y actividad física (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, HEPA) que tienen los programas para después del horario escolar, que recomiendan al menos 30 minutos de tiempo del programa dedicados a la actividad física en la mañana o después de la escuela. El informe recomienda aumentar los esfuerzos a fin de garantizar que los proveedores de atención después del horario escolar, así como los padres, estén conscientes de los estándares HEPA.Según el informe:• La mayoría de los padres están de acuerdo en que los programas para después del horario escolar deben proporcionar opciones de comida y bebidas sanas para los niños.• La mayoría de los padres dicen que proporcionar comida sana era un factor importante al seleccionar un programa para después del horario escolar.Los padres blancos y afroamericanos fueron más propensos que los padres hispanos a decir que el programa para después del horario escolar de sus hijos sirve bocadillos que incluyen alimentos sanos (75 por ciento y 72  por ciento contra 63  por ciento).•  Más de ocho de cada 10 padres hispanos y afroamericanos están de acuerdo en que los programas para después del horario escolar deben ayudar a los niños a estar físicamente activos.• Cuando se les preguntó acerca de las oportunidades para la actividad física, 71 por ciento  de los padres hispanos y 71 por ciento de los padres afroamericanos informan que fue un elemento muy importante al seleccionar el programa para después del horario escolar de sus hijos.• Una enorme mayoría de padres hispanos y afroamericanos informan que el programa de sus hijos para después del horario escolar efectivamente proporciona oportunidades para la actividad física.“La comunidad dedicada a la actividad después del horario escolar tiene el compromiso de hacer aún más para detener la obesidad infantil”, dice Grant. “Los  programas de calidad para después del horario escolar son una parte esencial del tejido de nuestras comunidades, ofreciendo una vasta gama de servicios que necesitan los niños y las familias”.Los resultados nacionales y por estados de aquel informe y de este informe especial están disponibles en www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM/.Ante un aumento de participación en los programas para después del horario escolar de 6.5 millones a 10.2 millones de niños a lo largo de la última década, es fundamental el apoyo para estos programas por parte del gobierno a todos los niveles, de las organizaciones filantrópicas, las empresas y otros, dicen los expertos.

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