Children living in the countryside have better motor skills than their peers

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 28 2019In a recent study with 3 to 7-year-old children provided an example of how children’s daily living environment and motor skills are closely related in the Finnish context. The main finding revealed that residential density is related to children’s motor skills, engagement in outdoor play and organized sports. It was found that Finnish children living in the countryside spent more time outdoors and had better motor skills than their age peers in the metropolitan area. On the other hand, children living in the metropolitan area participated the most in organized sports.Motor skills comprise locomotor, object control and balance skills, all of which are present in everyday life tasks like running, climbing and drawing. Adequate motor skills enable participation in typical games and plays for different ages and developmental phases, for example, in running and ball games. Motor skills do not develop to an optimal level without practicing. So far, we know that one out of ten children have delays in their motor development. These delays can complicate everyday tasks, such as putting clothes on, writing and riding a bike.- Every child, with or without delays in motor skills, develops motor skills through repetition of the task. For the child’s development, it is crucial that (s)he has an opportunity to try, play and practice spontaneously. The parental presence while moving assures the child that practicing motor skills is important and safe. Therefore, for example, summertime is an excellent period to move as a family, as nature enables versatile experiences and stimuli for the child’s motor development, explains Niemistö.Time spent outdoors and participation in organized sports promote children’s motor learning Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationThe findings suggest that the time spent outdoors and participation in organized sports support motor development. In fact, Niemistö points out that opportunities for time spent outdoors and participation in organized sports are important in terms of equality in the society.Children find outdoor environments stimulating and motivating – for example, large yards that provide opportunities to play and run. Indeed, free running and playing are important for the development of the locomotor skills, such as walking, running, climbing, galloping and jumping. Furthermore, large spaces and playing areas are also crucial in practicing object control skills.- When a child feels as competent in a given motor task, (s)he will practice more, and through the increased repetition, (s)he will gain better motor skills, underlines Niemistö.When planning the environment, one should take into consideration the safety, versatility and independency of the child’s opportunity to move around in an age appropriate way. Due to common access, Finnish children have free access to environment and the opportunities it offers. However, to enhance equality within the country, we should recognize the differences in the environments and develop them equally and, consequently, enhance children’s equal motor skill development possibilities.The Skilled Kids study, conducted at the University of Jyväskylä from 2015 to 2017, had a geographically representative study sample of 945 children and their families from 37 different childcare centers in Finland. Children’s motor skills were assessed with internationally well-known indicators, which assessed locomotor and object control skills. The time spent outdoors and participation in organized sports were enquired on a parental questionnaire. Based on the residential density, six of the childcare centers were located in the metropolitan area, 17 in cities, seven in rural areas and, finally, seven in the countryside. Source:University of JyväskyläJournal reference:Niemistö, D. et al. (2019) Environmental Correlates of Motor Competence in Children -The Skilled Kids Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111989. In early childhood, the mastery of basic motor skills is one of the main developmental task of the child. Motor skills enable children to participate in various physical activities and physically active play. Mutual plays and games enable children to have friends to play with. Moreover, motor skills are also crucial when it comes to school adaptation.”PhD. student Donna Niemistö from the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylälast_img read more

EU electricity reform calls end to coal subsidies

first_imgEuropean Union member states and the European Parliament agreed Wednesday to reform the bloc’s electricity market, including a call to end coal subsidies by 2025. Explore further The reform, clinched after marathon talks, broadly aims to develop a more transparent and competitive market as the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, continues opening up national energy markets.Austria, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, announced the end to the coal subsidies in Wednesday’s political agreement that still requires formal approval.”Member states can, after strict examination by the European Commission, distribute state aid but only until 2025,” Austria said in a statement, referring to existing coal-fired power plants.The subsidies, designed to compensate electricity producers who maintained higher capacity to meet peaks in demand, had stirred debate over the role of coal in the bloc.The reforms introduce a new limit for powerplants eligible to receive the subsidies known as capacity mechanisms: subsidies to generation capacity emitting 550 grammes of CO2 per kilowatt hour or more will be phased out.Krisjanis Karins, the MEP who pushed for the legislation, said negotiators finally overcame sticking points on several issues including coal-linked subsidies.”Our ambition is to get away from heavy state subsidies and instead let the market do the job of supplying industries and households with affordable and secure energy inside the EU,” Karins said in a statement.The Latvian politician said the reform will lead to lower electricity prices, greater consumer choice for energy suppliers, and stronger incentives for new technology.Miguel Arias Canete, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said the deal puts the “EU in the lead in terms of rules to accelerate and facilitate the clean energy transition.”It comes after other EU moves toward cleaner energy this week and after international talks in Poland aimed at breathing new life into the 2015 Paris climate agreement.Monique Goyens, who heads the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), said “overall this is a good deal for consumers”. For example, consumers will find it easier to understand bills and they will be able to switch to new suppliers within 24 hours rather than in weeks, Goyens added.The European Parliament and the member states still have to formally approve the deal. Coal still accounts for a considerable amount of power generation in several EU countries, including Germany and Poland EU unveils plans to boost ‘clean energy’ usecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Citation: EU electricity reform calls end to coal subsidies (2018, December 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-eu-electricity-reform-coal-subsidies.htmllast_img read more

People Are Overdosing on Wasp Spray in West Virginia

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High school in Mumbai goes solar to save ₹7 lakh per year

first_imgsolar MYSUN, a Noida-based rooftop solar player has grid-connected 35kV rooftop solar plant at St Xavier’s High School in Mumbai. The installation will help the school save about Rs 7 lakhs every year on the electricity bill, the company has said in a statement. It added the solar installation of this size is akin to planting 850 trees. To maximise the benefits of going solar for the school, the solar energy generated during the weekends and school holidays would be exported back to the grid through net-metering.”This will help the school to address the problems of sustainability while simultaneously saving substantially on power consumption. The prestigious academic institution has set a great example for its students by installing the solar-powered system,” Gagan Vermani, Founder and CEO, MYSUN.”Adopting solar energy will certainly help the school achieve greater economic sustainability by reducing our consumption of and dependence on state supplied electricity,” FR (DR) Francis Swamy S.J., Manager and CEO, St. Xavier’s High School said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT December 11, 2018center_img Published on SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more