Category archives for Health and Nutrition
You may have noticed that if you see someone yawn, you feel an urge to yawn yourself. This is called contagious yawning. But a new study shows that rates of contagious yawning are higher near relatives, followed by close friends. The study suggests that yawning may be a way to empathize with others by showing you are feeling the same way they are feeling.
Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic
Did you know that your ears work even while you’re asleep? It’s true–your brain filters out the sounds for you. Your ears are able to hear an incredible amount of things, but noises that are too loud can damage them. Some common noises can be damaging to your hearing. Even cicadas can be hard on your ears. How do you know if a sound is too loud? Check out the interactive sound ruler on the It’s a Noisy Planet website to learn what kinds of sounds can damage hearing and learn more about how to protect your ears.
Image courtesy the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “It’s A Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing” campaign
with Gabriel, Time for Kids, Helen, National Geographic Kids, Alexandria, Scholastic, Daniel, Ranger Rick in the
Children’s Garden of the White House on March 16, 2011.
Helen, from National Geographic Kids: Hi, I’m Helen, and I’m from
National Geographic, and I was wondering… What do you make with the
honey from the White House beehive?
Michelle Obama: Well, we use it in recipes. I put it in my tea.
Sometimes some of the pastry chefs bake with it. We’ve also given it as
gifts to other First Ladies around the world. Most recently, the
beekeeper worked with some folks and they made beer from the honey. So
we had the first ever White House brewed beer with honey, and we served
it at the Super Bowl Party. We’ve figured out a lot of things to do with
House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
First Lady Michelle Obama invited local school children to the White House Wednesday afternoon to plant vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden. Students from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C., their teachers, White House staff, and employees from the National Park Service helped Mrs. Obama plant seedlings and seeds in raised beds on the White House South Lawn.
Photographs by Helen O., National Geographic Kids
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What’s in your school’s vending machines? Chances are, the contents determine if your eating habits get a passing or failing grade. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health reports that students eat more unhealthy foods (like candy and soda) overall if their school has vending machines that sell them. However, in schools that sell fruits and vegetables, the students eat more fruits and vegetables overall.
Do you have vending machines at your school? If you do, what is for sale inside them?
Read more about the study on the USA Today website.
Start your day with a nutritious breakfast! Try this oatmeal recipe from National Geographic Kids.