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'Puss in Boots' Movie Review

I have always been a fan of Dreamworks and the Shrek films, even before I popped out a couple of kids. And it was hard to resist the lovable 'Puss in Boots' character, with his adorable wide eyes and Antonio Banderas' Spanish accent.

So when I first saw the trailers that Dreamworks Animation was going to make a spin off film about my favorite 'Shrek' character, I was more excited than my four year old daughter.

Off we went to the theater, with baby and daughter in hand, joining the lines of fans trying on their 3D glasses, oohing and awing about how cool 3D is.

My expectations were high and I was hoping not to be upset...and I wasn't.

'Puss in Boots' was exactly what I had hoped for. It had great humor for both parents and kids. The plot incorporated characters from nursery rhymes that everyone recognized and was quite creative.

High blood pressure not just a problem for adults

According to the report, if your children are overweight or obese, their risk of having high blood pressure is almost three times higher than children at normal weight.

A new study came out today from the American Heart Association that says that increased fat in children increases their chance of high blood pressure.

They studied 1,111 healthy Indiana school children over a period of 4.5 years revealed that when the children's body mass index (BMI) reached or passed the 85th percentile - the beginning of the overweight category - the adiposity effect on blood pressure was more than four times that of normal weight children. Adiposity is fat under the skin and surrounding major organs.

Researchers found when children reached categories of overweight or obese, the influence of adiposity on blood pressure increased.

"Higher blood pressure in childhood sets the stage for high blood pressure in adulthood,&rdquo

Text messages help with weight loss

PHILADELPHIA - Texting to track your calories may help peel off pounds.

College students who used cellphones to monitor calories and physical activity and received personalized feedback about how they were doing dropped significantly more weight than those who didn't, new research shows.

"Cellphones are a powerful intervention tool for weight loss," says lead author Melissa Napolitano, a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education and an associate professor of kinesiology at Temple University in Philadelphia.
She and colleagues recruited 52 overweight college students, mostly women, who weighed an average of 190 pounds, and assigned them to one of three plans. Here's a look at the plans and how much the dieters lost in eight weeks:

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.