A study in Academic Pediatrics revealed mothers who used mobile devices during meals had 20% fewer verbal and 39% fewer nonverbal interactions with their children, which in turn may reduce family mealtime's protective effects against obesity, asthma and risky behaviors. Maternal mobile-device use also resulted in 26% fewer verbal and 48% fewer nonverbal interactions with children during introduction of unfamiliar foods.
Pregnant women with the highest vitamin D levels were significantly less likely than those with the lowest levels to have a child who developed type 1 diabetes before age 15, according to a study in the journal Diabetes.
Farmers and anti-hunger activists asked Texas lawmakers to remove regulations and reduce taxes to make it easier to sell fresh produce from vegetable gardens and chickens from urban coops to the public. Studies suggest that people who know where their food comes from or help grow it eat healthier, and Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Drew DeBerry said more emphasis is needed on teaching children good eating habits.
Moms are online-shopping mavens, according to a Nielsen study on the their past 30 days of behavior. The study found that moms were 35% more likely to shop for clothes, 50% more likely to purchase toys, 29% more likely to buy music and 23% more likely to purchase e-books online. Their favorite social websites were Pinterest and Disney Online, and 50% accessed them through a mobile device, the study found.
Boot camps are moving into neighborhoods to offer a workout option for busy moms, as well as a way for them to catch up with friends. Missy Isom, owner of Moms Evolution in Cornelius, N.C., also involves babies in the workouts, sometimes having moms use them as weights.