New York Times Fitness & Nutrition
Activity monitors accurately measured energy expenditure when volunteers walked briskly but were far less reliable in tracking the energy costs of light-intensity activities like standing or cleaning.
Researchers found that among those who used public toilets in one college town, 10 percent did not wash their hands at all, and almost a quarter used no soap. Only 5 percent washed for longer than 15 seconds; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends rubbing vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Three new computer apps provide evidence-based healthy hints for raising children ages 1 to 5. For example: “Don’t forget it’s time for your child’s 1-year checkup! The doctor will talk to you about how your child is growing and what to expect this year.”