Five Ways to Beat Flu Season

The flu is no fun (as if you needed us to tell you that!). Symptoms range from sniffles and chills to a high fever that keeps you home from work all week, or worse-flu lands 200,000 people in the hospital each year and kills more than 30 thousand in this country alone. Here are 5 ways to beat the flu this season.


What Did God Teach You In 2012?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and now that we are a few days into 2013 it’s a good time to really reflect on 2012. I’d like to know what was one thing that God taught you last year? For me, it was to Trust Him more!  What was something that He taught you?

“Kings & Queens” by Audio Adrenaline

Earlier this fall came the announcement of the re-formed Audio Adrenaline with former dcTalk member and industry mainstay Kevin Max as lead vocalist, CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) on guitar, Jared Byers (Bleach) on drums, and singer-songwriter Jason Walker playing on keys along with original member Will McGinnis on bass.

With the same heart, passion and infectious musical prowess they developed as a band in the 1990′s, multi-GRAMMY® award-winning Audio Adrenaline is back and has put together a new lineup of like-minded musicians with the same common goal; to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. Net proceeds from the Audio Adrenaline album will go to Hands & Feet Project to continue growth and support of the nearly eight-year-old charity.

Hear their new song now “Kings & Queens” on the New Shine.FM.


Kids Need Recess

Recess is going the way of the dinosaur at many schools, and America’s pediatricians are worried.

According to a story on Time.com, doctors say recess can be as important as class time for helping students perform their best.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement on recess, saying it can be a critical time for development and social interaction.

Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician and professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University who is a co-author of the statement.  He says “Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges.”

“They tend to be less able to process information the longer they are held to a task. It’s not enough to just switch from math to English. You actually have to take a break.”

The AAP committee that developed the statement discovered that the benefits of recess extend beyond the physical.  They found that it affects social, emotional and cognitive development, helps kids practice conflict resolution, and lets them come back to class more ready to learn and less fidgety.

The Time article points out that new policy could be a lifeline for the diminishing role recess plays in the school day.  Many districts have trimmed budgets and hours of instruction, squeezing more academic subjects into existing or even fewer school days.  Recess often gets sacrificed in the process.

Last year a national survey found that just six states adhere to standards from the National Association for Sports and Physical Education.  That group recommends that schoolchildren participate in 150 minutes a week of physical education.

To learn more about the pediatricians’ new recommendations on recess, visit the Academy’s website at aap.org.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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