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Obesity among New Zealand children is continuing to decline, according to a University of Otago study

Researcher Dr Lisa Daniels says »

“What is really reassuring to see from this work is that the declines in high BMI (body mass index) over time are occurring overall and across sociodemographic indicators – sex, ethnicity, deprivation and urban/rural classification – suggesting a narrowing of inequities,” she says.

“Importantly, we observed a narrowing in socioeconomic disparities, showing more pronounced decreases in prevalence above each of the BMI thresholds for children residing in the most deprived areas compared with those living in the least deprived areas.”

“Others have suggested that contributions towards declines in overweight and obesity in preschool children could include efforts to focus on public health interventions and initiatives, increased parental education, decreasing unemployment rates, decreased maternal smoking during pregnancy, increased breastfeeding problems and an increasing proportion of mothers born overseas where lower population BMIs are present.” »

Is the new ‘Starlink for RVs’ scheme worth it for you?

Starlink, for many, is filling a need, especially for those with limited or no access. Yet, these are still early days and Elon Musk‘s satellite internet service–operated through SpaceX—is not robust enough to accomodate everyone who needs or desires access. This might be a reason Starlink and the Starlink for RVs program is seemingly aimed at those who are incapable of waiting, can afford it, and don’t mind paying the inflated prices.

Starlink for RVs for Canadians » CDN$947.60 (~ US$740) 1st month then CDN$195.50 (~US$153) per month for service thereafter (Conversion rate 2022.05.24 / CDN$1 = US$0.7777371 or US$1 = 1.00 US Dollar = CDN$1.2848661)

Richard Lawler, The Verge »

Taking that route won’t be cheap, though. Like most people in the US who live east of the Mississippi River, my home address is waitlisted for Starlink service, but I could sign up for a dish today with $99 down and an estimated $110 monthly service price. If I opt for Starlink for RVs, then I can get a dish shipped to me ASAP, as long as I’m willing to pay the full $599 price plus fees immediately and $135 per month for internet service.

For my extra $25 each month, I would enjoy “best effort service,” as well as the option to pause service for months when I don’t need it. As the Starlink for RVs FAQ explains, “Network resources are always de-prioritized for Starlink for RVs users compared to other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed. Service degradation will be most extreme in “Waitlist” areas on the Starlink Availability Map during peak hours.” »

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The eight least relevant factors of long-term relationships

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Wired »

Among more than 11,000 long-term couples, machine learning models found that the traits listed below, in a mate, were among the least predictive of happiness with that mate. Let’s call these traits the Irrelevant Eight, as partners appear about as likely to end up happy in their relationship when they pair off with people with any combo of these traits:

Race/ethnicity
Religious affiliation
Height
Occupation
Physical attractiveness
Previous marital status
Sexual tastes
Similarity to oneself

What should we make of this list, the Irrelevant Eight? I was immediately struck by an overlap between the list of irrelevant traits and another data-driven list discussed in this chapter. »

Could Almere provide a glimpse of what living in cities will be like in the future?

BBC »

Almere’s evolution is inspiring other cities too, by providing examples of innovative urban planning in action. “Professionals – politicians, architects, city planners – come from all over the world to look and learn from Almere,” says JaapJan Berg, citing particular interest from China. “They have been working on new towns and cities there on a completely different scale – places like Shenzhen. In the UK, I would mention Milton Keynes, and in France, Marne-la-Vallee.”

MVRDV, meanwhile, have drawn on principles from Almere in their ongoing redevelopment of the city centre of the Dutch city of Eindhoven, which aims at allow that city to expand significantly, yet still retain an air of “cosiness”. Cues from Almere include creating green city centre living spaces and using brightly-coloured buildings in striking shapes to enliven the feel of the cityscape.

Principles learned in Almere are also being deployed on a smaller scale in the little Dutch village of Overschild, which saw almost 80% of its homes badly damaged as a result of earthquakes triggered by fracking in the area.

Key ideas trialled in Almere that are being introduced here include the chance for residents to design their own new homes, alongside collective decision making on infrastructure and facilities. “Residents were asked what their wishes were and how they felt the village should look like in 10 years – [then] we have given the residents a toolbox which will give them the help and inspiration needed to take the future into their own hands,” says Winy Maas. »

How Jacky Hunt-Broersma ran 104 marathons in 104 days running on a prosthetic leg: ‘Just focus on the next step’

In 2020, when amputee ultra runner Jacky Hunt-Broersma saw that Alyssa Amos Clark had broken the record for running 95 marathons in as many days, she thought to herself, “Well, that would be interesting to try and do. Especially running on a prosthetic leg …”

Two years later, in late April, 46-year-old Hunt-Broersma broke the record, which could take up to a year for Guinness World Records to ratify, with 104 marathons in 104 days, including the Boston Marathon’s para-athletic race (which was Day 92).

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Tour de France for Women has been announced

Fred Dreier, Outside Magazine »

The event broadcasted the details of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes, the highly anticipated new stage race for pro women. The eight-day Tour de France Femmes will replace the old La Course by le Tour de France, which was a single-day event held in various locations across from 2014 until 2021.

For years, critics have blasted Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for not building La Course by le Tour de France into a stage race on par with the men’s event. After all, there used to be a women’s Tour de France that ran from 1984 until its demise due to financial difficulty in 1989. And these days, other race promoters operate multi-day events for pro women, such as the Giro d’Italia Donne, which is ten days long.

The race packs in 640 miles and plenty of climbs as it traces a route from Paris, across northeastern France, and into the Vosges mountains, where it concludes with back-to-back climbing stages.

The race kicks off on July 24, the final day of the men’s Tour de France, with a fast and frenetic route on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The peloton then tackles a series of hilly and flat stages across northeastern France, before heading into the Vosges.

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Authoritative parenting is the best style for raising smart confident children

CNBC »

Authoritative parents are supportive and often in tune with their children’s needs. They guide their kids through open and honest discussions to teach values and reasoning.

Like authoritarian parents, they set limits and enforce standards. But unlike authoritarian parents, they’re much more nurturing.

Some common traits of authoritative parents:

  • Responsive to their child’s emotional needs, while having high standards
  • Communicate frequently and take into consideration their child’s thoughts, feelings and opinions
  • Allow natural consequences to occur, but use those opportunities to help their child reflect and learn
  • Foster independence and reasoning
  • Highly involved in their child’s progress and growth

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