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We Are What We Eat: Karachi Farmers Market prepares you for food sovereignty!

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M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: In order to raise awareness about the food hazards, a group of like-minded people has created an entity called Karachi Farmers Market (KFM). 

Providing a platform for responsible producers to have direct market access, KFM endeavors to give an opportunity to karachiites to eat better by fostering a local organic community.

Consumers are encouraged to buy fresh, locally produced, organically grown and naturally processed food.

Speaking to NewsPakistan.TV at KFM’s weekly Alliance Française (French Cultural Center) bazaar KFM’s Maheen Zia said: “The idea is that we all want to become healthier”.

Pointing towards prevalent diseases here she said that despite being an agricultural country we don’t have so much sustainably grown produce available for us to eat.

“We have Subzi Mandis but we don’t have Farmers’ Markets. So the idea is to introduce Farmers Markets”, Maheen Zia maintained.  

Sara Nasir-ud-din who handles KFM’s marketing informed they ensured that the vendors were offering healthy foodstuff: “We have an entire process of vetting all our vendors”.

She added that before letting any seller come to the Farmers’ Market they send them an application form: “If we feel they have passed the application then we go and visit them whether it be a farm, whether it be something they are making at their home in their private kitchen”.  

KFM also promotes self reliance by encouraging citizens to set up their own small scale kitchen gardens.

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Digital Revolution: 42% kids own their tabs, says report!

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AIMAN INAM

JAPAN: Savants on a daily basis reiterate that screen time is considered bad for individuals, particularly kids.

Nevertheless, a new report has revealed that around 42 percent children (8 years and above) have their own tablet devices.

So as to determine this, approx 1,454 parents have been canvassed in order to figure out how their kids use media. Their ramifications demonstrated that children tend to spend around 2 hours and 19 minutes with screen per day.

It has further been learnt that some 98 percent children live in a home with some sort of mobile devices and TV.

Experts also pointed out the rising trend to give kids their own smartphones or tablet in the study. Such devices are connected to wifi for playing games and using apps for educational purposes.

Some 67 percent parents, on the other hand, stated that their children use the tabs for educational and learning purposes.

However, they strongly opposed the idea by maintaining that parents should not give total control of these devices to their kids.

Connoisseurs further delineated that mobile would become the most important part of kids’ lives in the upcoming 10 years or so.

In another research, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, 3rd through 5th graders (aged 8 to 11 years) have been reported having TV or video games in their bedrooms, resulting into spending more time with media.

As a result, they were more likely to sleep and read less, which affected their grades in schools.

Also, such kids are highly likely to be exposed to more media aggression and tend to act more violently than children with no bedroom media.

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Can depression and anxiety cause migraine?

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AIMAN INAM

GENEVA: Excruciating migraine pain could be caused due to the consumption of additives like sweetener aspartame, salty & processed foods, hard drink or caffeinated beverages etc.

However, latest research carried out on approx 588 patients, asserted that recurrent migraines are triggered by anxiety and depression.

According to a study titled Headache, those people with poor sleep can come out with adverse depression and anxiety, resulting into mounting migraine.

Harboring on the subject, study’s corresponding author Dr. Fu-Chi Yang from Taiwan noted that their up shots strongly opined that sufficient medical treatment as to reduce headache frequency might push down the odds of developing severe warning signs of depression and anxiety among its patients.

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Want to stay healthy, live longer? Do household chores!

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AIMAN INAM

KARACHI: Be it house cleaning, mopping, washing clothes or ironing, ladies do not enjoy the household chores but we have to do that by any means.

What connoisseurs have discovered must be good news for housewives!

They asserted that household chores might help you in keeping fit just like exercise does. Not only this, but this might add years in your life span as well.

Academics have established that one out of 12 mortalities can be averted via doing just 30 minutes of physical activity:  either house-cleaning or walking to work five days a week.

So as to determine this, the investigators have been through the records of around 130,000 people, aged between 35 to 70 years, living in 17 different countries.

The contributors came from both poor and rich backgrounds.

Proving their findings on an international forum, researchers are of the view that bodily commotion could reduce odds of untimely demise and vascular ailment.

It is pertinent to mention here that the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests doing either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.

Unfortunately, approx a quarter of the world’s population do not fulfill this requirement.

Stressing upon it further, the lead study author from the Simon Fraser University in Canada, Scott Lear noted that the more people do physical activity, the less they prone to die prematurely or from the heart chaos.

Journal Lancet has run their ramifications.

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