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Playing Tetris for three minutes can cut strength of cravings, study shows

Playing Tetris for three minutes can cut strength of cravings, study shows | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Visual stimulation provided by computer game can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, psychologists say

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Study finds asking kids 'What would Batman eat?' improves their food choices

Study finds asking kids 'What would Batman eat?' improves their food choices | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

In the ongoing battle to get children to eat healthfully, parents may do well invoking the names of superheroes to come to their rescue, say Cornell researchers.

 

Just as Popeye inspired a generation to eat spinach, such role models as Spiderman or Batman could help children make healthy choices, according to Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

 

Wansink, with postdoctoral researcher Mitsuru Shimizu and visiting graduate student Guido Camps of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, conducted a study in which 22 children, ages 6-12, at a summer camp were asked if they wanted "apple fries" (thinly sliced raw apples) or French fries during several consecutive Wednesday lunches.

 

During one of those lunches, the children were first presented with 12 photos of real and fictional role models and asked, "Would this person order apple fries or French fries?"

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The oringal link seems to have changed. You can find the article at: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2012/05/considering-what-batman-would-eat-helps-kids-diets

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"Kiddio" App May Help Parents Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

"Kiddio" App May Help Parents Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

When complete, "Kiddio: Food Fight!" will give parents of preschoolers a fun, interactive way to learn some of the best approaches for getting their kids to eat more vegetables, according to Tom Baranowski, who leads the team that is developing the app.

 

The videogame project, funded by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will draw upon five studies that the Houston scientists have conducted over the past decade. These studies, involving thousands of parents, kids, and nutrition-related professionals, are examples of what has become known as "behavioral nutrition," a comparatively new scientific discipline that has roots in both psychology and nutrition.

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