How the food we feed young people affects their brain

How the food we feed young people affects their brain

At work we’ve been reflecting recently on how our young people’s diet affects their brain.

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli has this amazing video which takes you into the brain to find out.

The challenge now is how does this alter the youth work we run – does it change how what food we provide and what treats we offer?  What are you doing in your setting?

View the full lesson here.

The decline of play

The decline of play

In this TED talk, Dr. Peter Gray argues that children must be given support for more free play.

Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children’s freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents.

Based on his own and others’ research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children’s healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children’s lives.

The Optimal Length for Social Media Updates [Infographic]

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Many of us use social media, but these days if you want people to engage it is so important that you make sure your posts are the optimal length.

Check out this infographic from Buffer to help you know what is the optimal length for not just social media updates but also for hashtags, blog posts and titles, and even subject lines for emails.

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Children’s champions

Children’s champions

As a children’s and youth worker love this quote! Whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, carer or someone who teaches children – let’s be their champion! Never underestimate the difference it can make to a child’s life when even just one person believes in them.

Why not share this with your volunteer team who are great children’s ‘champions’ with a word of encouragement.

How Big is the Ocean?

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How big is the ocean? It’s really big! You know it covers more of the Earth’s surface than land does, but the exact proportions may surprise you. We don’t much about how really vast it is, because we don’t live there. But most of Earth’s living things do! Scott Glass makes it all real in the TED-Ed video.