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No one is safe from Peloton-mania now, as toymaker Little Tikes launched its own kid-sized “Pelican” stationary bike for children.
Peloton’s popularity amongst the pandemic-weary apparently prompted Little Tikes to follow suit, having launched its own miniature version last summer, the Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle, which is designed for kids ages 3 to 7.
And much like its adult-sized counterpart, it comes complete with a tablet prop so kids can follow along with Little Tikes’ training videos offered on YouTube while their parents pump it to Peloton’s own instructors. Those without a screen have access to “just as cool built-in audio adventures,” and a Bluetooth attachment that allows kids to play their favorite tunes and “ride along to the beat.”
“It’s like a cycling or spin class for kids,” touts the toy’s description on the Little Tikes website, where its suggested retail price starts at $157.99 — though it’s currently on sale at Target and Walmart for $134.99 amid the holiday shopping season.
“We didn’t want the parents to be the only ones having all the fun,” Kevin Bloomfield, Little Tikes vice president of product development, told CNN Business last week. “Our commitment to inspiring an active and imaginative lifestyle among kids sparked the idea.”
Bloomfield sees the Pelican as an opportunity for kids to stay active “regardless of the state of the world.” Plus, many kids like to do as their parents do.
“We wanted to give the option for a safe and engaging experience alongside mom and dad’s stationary bike,” he added.
However, child development experts are skeptical about the benefits of exercise equipment for kids. Lenore Skenazy, president of Let Grow, a nonprofit that promotes children’s learning independence, noted that “kids want to be part of the real world,” but solo cycling at home isn’t exactly a ticket to socialization.
Experts would rather see kids getting active on their feet or outdoors, if possible, and with other kids, where they’ll gain social skills and learn creative problem solving on their own. After all, there will be plenty of time to join the “Peloverse” later.
“A stationary bike doesn’t prepare them for anything but moving their legs in a circular motion,” Skenazy said. “You can burn calories on this [stationary bike], but you can’t get to know your neighbors.”
Pediatric psychologist Jason Boye, of the Healthy Weight and Wellness Clinic at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Delaware, worries that such imitation — and perhaps seeing a parent’s struggle through their workout routine — might lead to a negative association with exercise “and make it something they’re not interested in doing,” he told CNN.
However, fitness wasn’t the primary objective for Little Tikes’ product developers, according to Bloomfield. “Family bonding is one of the Pelican’s benefits,” he said.
American-based brand Little Tikes isn’t the first company to bring a stationary bike for kids to the market. Almost 15 years before the Pelican, Fisher-Price launched its own $150 version in 2007. The toy giant updated it a decade later before slashing the price down to less than $100, then soon discontinued the product altogether, according to CNN.
As for adults, sales for Peloton cycling bikes — which cost roughly $2,000 for the machine, not to mention its $39 per month class subscription — spiked during the pandemic as fit-minded adults traded their gym memberships for the at-home exercise device.
But Peloton bikes may not be the finest example to set for kids’ fitness toys as the company continues to grapple with backlash over the dangers of their equipment. Most recently, the New York-based company’s newer treadmill product has been criticized for skimping on safety features that other treadmills have. A Brooklyn family sued the workout device brand after their $4,300 Peloton Tread+ wrought third-degree burns over their 3-year-old son’s body in 2020.
Peloton issued a recall on the treadmill earlier this year, amid at least 70 other reports of child injury, including at least one death, and Peloton has since endured a fall from grace as their shares recently tanked, with nearly $9 billion disappearing from the company’s market worth.
Their reputation took a similar hit back in 2020 after a recall of some 27,000 Peloton parts manufactured between 2013 and 2016, following 120 reports of injury due to faulty clip-in pedals.
ChalleNGe Academy graduate prepares for West Point journey – West Virginia MetroNews
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – A West Virginia National Guard Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy graduate is the first graduate to earn an appointment to the U.S. Army’s Military Service Academy, West Point.
William Farkas, 17, of Preston County, said he was has made a lifelong dream a reality.
It’s been something I’ve been dreaming about since elementary school and something I’ve been set on doing since middle school,” Farkas said during a Friday appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”
He said the training he received at the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy-South in Montgomery was key in developing the attitude and work ethic that enabled him to succeed. That level of focus was required to gain admission to one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
“Everybody was encouraging me there. Everybody wanted me to succeed,” Farkas said. “I kept testing on the ACT and I ended up scoring in the 30’s with my composite. I wouldn’t been able to do it without them.”
William Farkas becomes the first Mountaineer Challenge Academy graduate to receive an appointment to West Point. He talks about this next step in his life with @HoppyKercheval. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/jJO0mae0Ap
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) January 21, 2022
Within a paramilitary structure, cadets are challenged to learn coping skills, how to lead as well as how to follow, citizenship and physical fitness. Farkas said the program is very demanding. He was awarded the Robert C. Byrd Distinguished Cadet Award and Adjutant General’s Award for Academic Excellence as well as the appointment to West Point.
“The first day was a shock and the first night was even more so a shock,” Farkas said. “I went to sleep and asked myself,,’Am I really doing this? Am I really sleeping on a cot in the gym on reception day?’”
Farkas is enjoying this success before the next chapter of West Point preparation begins.
“It was worth it,” Farkas said. “Despite the initial challenges it was worth it.”
The next stop for Farkas is one-station unit training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He is scheduled to report to West Point in June to begin his college career.
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Sick Day Management for Diabetes: How to Plan Ahead – Healthline
When you have diabetes, taking care of yourself during an illness has extra importance — even if the condition is as common as the flu or a urinary tract infection.
To avoid complications, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for how you’ll handle sick days, illnesses, and infections.
This article provides some expert guidance on:
When you have diabetes, an illness or infection can deliver a powerful one-two punch to your body. Here’s how.
One reason to plan ahead is because illness or infection can worsen diabetes symptoms.
Your body reacts to them the same way it reacts to stressful events. It produces a surge of hormones, including cortisol. Cortisol is often called the stress hormone.
When your body is flooded with cortisol, your blood sugar can spike for several reasons:
Both of these actions can mean that when your body is dealing with an illness or infection, you may experience a bump in your blood sugar levels.
If you have diabetes, you may have a higher risk of certain kinds of infection or illness.
If you do get sick, you may face a higher risk of hospitalization. For example,
That’s why it’s so important to work with your diabetes care team to plan ahead, so you’ll know how to handle an illness, injury, or infection if it happens. Your plan can give you some peace of mind now, and it may protect your health later on.
Advocates at the American Diabetes Association and the
Let’s tackle these questions one at a time.
To prepare yourself for the sick days you’re bound to face sooner or later, talk with your diabetes care team about testing, medications, and warning signs.
When you’re sick, your blood sugar may go up for several reasons:
To keep your blood sugar in your target range, keep eating and drinking as close to your usual routine as possible. That may be easier said than done, especially if you have symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you’re having trouble eating and drinking, aim for:
If your blood sugar is too low, you may need to follow the 15-15 rule. That means you’ll need to consume 15 grams of carbs, then test your blood sugar 15 minutes afterward.
Talk with your healthcare team about whether hard candies or glucose tablets would work if you’re not able to keep down food or drink.
Keep a notepad nearby so you have an accurate record to share with your doctor. You don’t want to rely on your memory of the readings at a time when your recall could be clouded by lack of sleep or worsening symptoms.
You may also need to test your urine for ketones. Ketones are a sign that your insulin levels are low and your body is using fat for fuel.
Testing for ketones in your urine can tell you if you’re developing a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition is life threatening, so it’s important to know in advance how to detect these chemicals in your body.
The NIDDK recommends that you test ketones every 4 to 6 hours during an illness.
It’s also important to track your weight, body temperature, and blood pressure. These metrics are important clues that may tell you if:
It’s especially important for people with type 1 diabetes to test their blood glucose more often when they’re sick. Insulin levels can drop sharply as the body fights an illness or infection.
An illness can change how much insulin you need. Talk with your diabetes care team about when and how much to adjust your dosage of insulin and any other medications you take.
It’s important to keep taking insulin, especially long-acting insulin, on the schedule your doctor recommends. It’s also important to continue taking long-acting insulin even if you’re not eating.
Some over-the-counter (OTC) medications — especially those that treat cough, cold, and flu symptoms — contain sugar. Other types of medication can affect the way your diabetes medications work.
Your diabetes care team may be able to give you a list of medications to avoid when you’re feeling unwell with a common condition.
It’s a good idea to stock up on easy-to-prepare foods, sick-day drinks, medications, and diabetes care supplies so you have these items on hand for those days when you’re not feeling well. Here are some items to include in your sick-day kit:
Keep a ready supply of:
Your sick-day kit should also contain:
Make sure your kit is stocked with:
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor or someone on your diabetes care team right away:
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency: It can lead to coma or death. Get medical help immediately if you’re experiencing symptoms such as:
If your employer or insurer offers telehealth services, consider downloading the app or keeping contact information in your phone to make it easier to get advice if you’re not feeling well.
Diabetes can damage your immune system, according to
You can do this by:
Diabetes can make an ordinary illness more challenging — and feeling unwell can make it harder to manage your diabetes.
If you have diabetes, talk with your healthcare team to plan how you’ll respond to an illness or infection. Together, you can decide in advance how to manage your blood sugar when you’re feeling sick.
You can also stock up on food, beverages, testing supplies, and medication you might need.
A good sick-day plan includes information on which medications are safe to take, which to avoid, how best to test your blood sugar, and what steps to follow to keep diabetes or another health condition from sidelining you for longer than necessary.
Last medically reviewed on January 21, 2022
Newcastle single mum of three dies suddenly after eating snack with peanuts – Daily Mail
A single mother-of-three who was allergic to peanuts died suddenly after unknowingly eating a snack containing the allergen.
Hanna Scigala, 31, suffered a fatal anaphylactic attack after eating the snack at her home in Newcastle, on the NSW coast, on January 4.
Her condition spiralled quickly and she went into cardiac arrest, suffered brain swelling and was declared brain dead before passing away on January 7.
She leaves behind a 12-year-old, nine-year-old and three-year-old boy who will now be looked after by their grandparents.
A single mother-of-three who was allergic to peanuts died suddenly after unknowingly eating a snack containing the allergen
Hanna Scigala, 31, suffered a fatal anaphylactic attack after eating the snack at her home in Newcastle, on the NSW coast, on January 4
Her death has come as a complete shock to the family who say the single mother was always careful with the foods she ate.
Ms Scigala had been with her three children at home when she started to feel peckish and she reached for a snack. She had no idea it contained traces of peanuts.
The single mother immediately recognised the signs of an allergic reaction and rushed down the stairs and into the garage for the Epipen she kept in her car.
She administered the dose of adrenaline before calling an ambulance while her horrified nine-year-old son phoned family to come and help.
A neighbour managed to perform CPR until paramedics arrived and wheeled her into an ambulance.
Ms Scigala went into cardiac arrest on the way to hospital but paramedics were successfully able to treat her.
But her condition continued to deteriorate the following day with the single mother suffering from brain swelling before she was declared brain dead on January 6.
Her devastated sister Stephanie as ‘inspiring’ and ‘very fun to be around’.
She leaves behind a 12-year-old, nine-year-old and three-year-old who will now be looked after by their grandparents
‘As a mum, I think her favorite thing to do was to introduce the kids to new things so they could develop new interests,’ she said.
‘Whatever she could think of or saw that she thought they might like she’d get them involved. She’d put them before anyone else.’
Stephanie has launched a GoFundMe to raise money for her children. The campaign was set up to raise $7,000, but has already drawn in $29,792 in donations.
‘With their grandfather retired and grandmother working only part time, this go fund me has been made in hopes to help them be able to financially provide for their grandchildren,’ Stephanie wrote.
‘These funds will also go towards funeral arrangements and any other memorial type of function.’
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Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group
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