Want a Sweet Way to Reduce Stroke and Cardiovascular Risk? Try Chocolate

There’s a growing body of research that cocoa (either in chocolate or straight) may reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems.

In two papers written by researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health, consuming flavonoid-rich cocoa (FRC) was associated with decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, blood flow, and improved cholesterol levels.

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Mr. Dad and GreatDad.com Announce Spring 2012 Award Winners for Dad-friendly Products

Mr. Dad and GreatDad.com announce their Seal of Approval winners for Spring 2012. Today’s dads are involved in every aspect of parenting and a growing number of companies are developing products with dad’s unique style of parenting in mind.

The Mr. Dad Seal of Approval and GreatDad.com Recommends awards identify products that promote interaction between dads and kids. Trusted by some of the toy world’s biggest brands including Lego, Haba USA, and the Magic Schoolbus Series, the combined awards recognize products and services that help strengthen and empower families, and help strengthen and empower families, and help fathers create memorable, enriching experiences with their children.

“With limited resources and support devoted to fathers, it’s more important than ever to recognize and champion products and services that promote positive parenting and demonstrate a commitment to helping fathers become the parents they want to be,” said Armin Brott.

A panel of dad experts judged products and services based on whether they:

  • Improve the quality of father-child time
  • Improve father child relationships
  • Help dads be better parents and partners
A special emphasis was put on toys and games that bring the whole family together and which dads really will want to get down on the floor and play. “This is especially important for dads (and moms) returning from military deployment and who are going through what is often a tough transition to becoming a family again,” says Banas.

The full list of winners is here.
Info on the Seal of Approval is here.

 

Daddy, why can’t you just get money out of one of those machines?

When my first child, who’s now 22, was less than a year old, I took her to an FAO Schwartz store in New York, thinking that she’d have a ball with all the toys and stuffies. But no matter what I pulled off the shelf, she was always far more interested in playing with the price tags than with the toy itself. Ten or 12 years later, I found it endlessly entertaining that she still had her obsession with price tags, saving up her clothing allowance to buy herself jeans  at $150/pair (I get mine at Costco for $12/pair and have never seen the point of paying much more than that). And in all the years in between, I can’t even count the number of times when she, presented with a “No, bunny, I don’t want to buy that right now,” would come back with, “Daddy, can’t you just get money from one of those machines?”
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Need help getting the kids outside?

So Zoe and I rode our bikes to a movie theater last weekend to see “The Lorax.” When we came out, my bike had been stolen. Aside from being extremely inconvenient, that suddenly made it harder for me to get Zoe to spend time doing physical stuff outside.

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Say it isn’t so: hot dogs increase cancer risk?

A new study from the British Journal of Cancer found that processed meats, including hot dogs (which, you could argue isn’t really meat at all) increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. And apparently the more you eat, the greater the risk.

I find this news terribly disappointing. For the most part, I’m a vegetarian. But my one exception (in addition to fish and shrimp) is hot dogs–especially the ones from Costco.
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Some people just shouldn’t have kids. Ever.

Yesterday, it was the couple who left their kids along while they gallivanted around Las Vegas. A few days before that, there was the guy who made his son stand on a corner with a sign asking people to honk if they felt getting Fs on a report card was good. And then there were the school administrators who made a 15-year old girl get up in front of the entire school and announce that she was pregnant.

So why am I not surprised at the moronic father in Missouri who decided that the best way to discipline his 4-year old son by shooting him with a BB gun?

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