Facts with Hope
FACT: Listening to uplifting music may be good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown that emotions aroused by joyful music caused tissue in the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate 26% in order to increase blood flow. On the other hand, when study volunteers listened to music that caused anxiety, their blood vessels narrowed.
HOPE: Psalm 98:4 reminds us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Take a mental inventory on the kind of music played in your home, car or office. By listening to joyful music, you’ll be praising God and improving your health.
FACT: According to a two-year study of more than 3000 school-age children, video game addiction has been associated with problems in youth including depression, anxiety, social phobias and lower school performance. Those who stopped being addicted ended up with lower levels of these same symptoms, but still higher levels than the control group of children who never became addicted.
HOPE: Take inventory of how your child spends her free time on a typical day and weekend. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit screen time to no more than two hours per day includes television, videos/DVDs, and video games. In doing so, you decrease your child’s risk for poor school performance and mental health problems.
FACT: Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that prolonged TV viewing (more than three hours per day) was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. The researchers analyzed eight previous studies and found that for every two hours of daily TV watching, a person’s risk of developing diabetes rose by 20 percent and of developing heart disease by 15 percent.
HOPE: As we promote increased physical activity in our homes, churches, and communities, we can significantly impact health risks by also encouraging a reduction in sedentary behaviors like prolonged TV watching.
FACT: According to a study of 25,888 13-15 year olds, Bible reading makes a significant contribution to promoting a negative attitude toward drug use among this age group. Bible reading was clearly associated with taking a firmer stand against substance use.
HOPE: Encouraging young people in personal Bible reading is not only good for their souls, but also for their bodies!
- Miller, M., Beach, V., Mangano, C., & Vogel, R. A. (2008.) Positive emotions and the endothelium: Does joyful music improve vascular health? Oral Presentation. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, November 11, 2008.
- Gentile, D. A., Choo, H., Liau, A., Sim, T., Dongdong, L., Fung, D., & Khhoo, A. (2011). Pathological video game use among youth: A two-year longitudinal study. Pediatrics 127(2), e319-e329.
- Grøntved, A. and Hu, F. B. (2011). Television viewing and risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality: A meta-analysis. JAMA 305(23), 2448-55.
- Francis, L. (2002). The relationship between Bible reading and attitude toward substance use among 13-15 year olds. Religious Education 97(1), 44-60.