Dr. Jonathan Halevy. — Photo courtesy of Family Medical Practice Viet Nam News By Dr. Jonathan Halevy* The technological revolution has changed our lives in so many ways. We can travel faster, reach places we never dreamed we could get to, share information and ideas faster than ever before, create tools and machines that change our world, eat more, sit more, invent new medications that will support our decaying sedentary bodies, because we don’t need to work hard anymore. Our world is becoming more and more artificial, virtual and unnatural. Our bodies and minds can’t adjust fast enough to the pace of technology. Our souls have to “bend or break” in order to cope with this fast evolving reality. We are facing a new generation of children who spend more and more time with screens: Watching TV, Youtube, video games, smartphone applications, chatting online and even studying and preparing homework using laptops and computers. Children spend less time … [Read more...] about Screen time and your child’s wellbeing
Child friendly city breaks
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
By Tú Lê A huge number of people, including me, have been rushing to various swimming pools and water parks around Hà Nội to stay cool in the sizzling summer heat. Unsurprised by the fact that adults are outnumbered by children at those venues, I am more concerned about the body size of our next generation: both boys and girls with heavy bodies either staying out of the water or clinging to their parents' necks. Few show an interest in swimming. Over the past few years, obesity has spread at an unprecedented rate in the country, which just a few decades ago was stricken by wars and food shortage. According to the Vieät Nam Medical-Sociological Institute, the number of obese children under the age of 5 already reached 300,000 (four per cent of the children in that age group) in 2013. The situation was worse in big cities like HCM City, where the rate of obesity among children is 9.6 per cent and even 12 per cent in the core districts, higher than the global average rate of 6.9 per … [Read more...] about Swim and slim: VN tackles child obesity
Aiming to socialize art, an artist opened a gallery cafe in HCMC to support young talents breaking into the field. Artist-founder Nguyen Kim Hoang relaxes at her brainchild gallery café … [Read more...] about Flaming creativity
VietNamNet Bridge - US singer Anthony H.Brown could not hold back his tears when he saw child victims of Agent Orange (AO) in Quang Ngai province in the morning of August 15. Extraordinary will of an "AO teacher" AO victims to continue suing American chemical producers American talk about AO pains Holding Brown's hands, Phan Thanh Long, Chair of the Association of AO/dioxin Victims of Quang Ngai province, said: "It's time to close the painful past to look to the peaceful future, to share the pain left by the war. During the process to seek justice for AO victims, we need sympathy from American friends like you." … [Read more...] about American singer sympathizes with AO victims