DORA THE TWEEN?
The response was overwhelmingly negative after toy maker Mattel and Nickelodeon, announced that a “tween” version of Nick’s beloved “Dora the Explorer” cartoon character would be unveiled in the fall. To moms, it looked like a sexed-up version of a children’s fav.
Mattel and Nickelodeon both say there are two major misconceptions about the new Dora, which is not replacing the “Dora the Explorer” cartoon, but will be a new interactive doll aimed at 5- to 8-year-olds.
“People care so deeply about this brand and this character,” Leigh Anne Brodsky, president of Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, says. “The Dora that we all know and love is not going away.””I think there was just a misconception in terms of where we were going with this,” Gina Sirard, vice president of marketing at Mattel, says. “Pretty much the moms who are petitioning aging Dora up certainly don’t understand. … I think they’re going to be pleasantly happy once this is available in October, and once they understand this certainly isn’t what they are conjuring up.”
Are we ready for Dora to become a Tweenager?
The “D” word.
According to a new poll, the number of Americans who think another Great Depression will occur within the next year is on the rise. Forty-five percent of people questioned said another depression is likely. Nearly nine out of ten people questioned in the survey said economic conditions in the country are poor today.
“Metabolism” is the name of the bodily system that converts food calories to energy needed to perform various tasks, like pumping oxygen to muscles during a long walk. Many variables contribute to your metabolism, including heredity, gender and age. But you can quicken yours; here’s how. Your metabolism quickens as you exercise and for hours afterward.
Exercise more. When you walk, run, or lift weights, you increase the energy required of your body, which raises your metabolism then, and for hours afterward.
Work out with weights. During weight training, muscle tissue is stressed; afterward, it’s repaired — which raises metabolism.
Practice portion control. This helps ensure you don’t overload your metabolism with a surplus of unusable energy (that is, food).
Eat smaller meals more often. Some experts recommend eating smaller meals throughout the day, known as grazing. “Grazing helps normalize blood sugar levels rather than producing three large spikes, which is what happens eating three meals a day,” says Nick Flynn, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
Determine the amount of calories you need at Mypyramid.gov.
Laugh it off. When researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, put people into a “metabolic chamber” (a small room that measures heat output in order to calculate a person’s metabolic rate) and showed them funny videos, the subjects’ metabolic rates rose by 10 to 40 calories. It’s a small increase, but every calorie counts for those seeking weight loss, says lead researcher Maciej Buchowksi, PhD.
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