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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health:

Gopinath, B., et al. (2012). Physical activity and sedentary behaviors and health-related quality of life in adolescents. Pediatrics, available online June 11.

  • This study results revealed that physically active children had higher health-related quality of life scores compared with those with a sedentary lifestyle. The authors found that more screen time was associated with lower total, psychosocial, emotional, physical and academic scores. 

Jeong, S.-H., Cho, H. & Hwang, Y. (2012). Media literacy interventions: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Communication, 62(3), 454-472.

  • This study found that the majority of media literacy interventions assessed had positive effects on outcomes including media knowledge, criticism, perceived realism, influence, behavioral beliefs, attitudes, self-efficacy, and behavior. 

Primack, B. A. et al. (2012). Role of video games in improving health-related outcomes: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(6), 630-638.

  • This study aimed to determine whether video games may be useful in improving health outcomes.The results showed that video games improved 69% of psychological therapy outcomes, 59% of physical therapy outcomes, 50% of physical activity outcomes, 46% of clinician skills outcomes, 42% of health education outcomes, 42% of pain distraction outcomes, and 37% of disease self-management outcomes.

Wansink, B., Shimizu, M.; & Camps, G. (2012). What would Batman eat?: Priming children to make healthier fast food choices. Pediatric Obesity,  7(2), 121-123.

  • The researchers used two priming tactics – the priming of a role model's food choices or the priming of healthy foods to ask children what would an admirable people such as Batman or Spiderman- would eat. The study showed that when children were asked what various admirable people –  would eat, 45% chose apple slices over French fries.

Wartella, E. A. &  Lauricella, A. R. (2012). Should babies be watching television and DVDs? Pediatric Clinics of North America, 59(3), 613-621.

  • This article reviews the theories and related research to examine what is known about infant media use. The review provides evidence both for and against each theory.  

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