Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Health, Wellness and Technology Helps Families

iQ: smartparent "Health, Wellness and Technology" will discuss healthy habits for families and how technology can positively impact our well-being.

June 10, 2013

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano

iQ: smartparent “Health, Wellness and Technology” will discuss healthy habits for families and how technology can positively impact our well-being.

PITTSBURGH—WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative premieres the third episode of iQ: smartparent on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV.

Episode 3: Health, Wellness and Technology will help parents learn the facts about childhood obesity and good nutrition, and discuss ways that families can use apps, games and other media to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors.

Guests include:

• Deborah Gilboa, MD, Board Certified Family Physician and host of iQ: smartparent;
• Kara S. Hugan, MD of the Division of Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC;
• Jacqueline Ely, RD, LDN, registered dietitian and nutritional counselor at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center;
• Richard V. Piacentini, executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Let’s Move Pittsburgh;
• Adriane Harrison, of Venture Outdoors;
• Christine Robins, CEO of BodyMedia, Inc.

The episode will also be available at following the on-air premiere. An encore broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. on WQED-TV. Bloggers and others interested in this topic are invited to attend a Facebook chat with WQED EDU and Dr. Gilboa on Thursday, June 13 at 9 p.m. in advance of the show’s premiere. For more information about this event e-mail Jennifer Kraus at

WQED launched iQ: smartparent in response to a research study of regional parents (conducted by WQED in spring 2012) who expressed their desire to build their confidence with educational, 21st century media and expand their capacity for co-learning with their digitally savvy children. Through a series of six broadcasts and a robust online community iQ: smartparent equips parents and caregivers with tools and resources to aid their understanding and use of digital media and technologies for learning. To sign up for more information go to

The first two iQ: smartparent episodes aired in February and April:

• Episode #1 Learning with Games
Can video and online games be positive learning tools for kids? This episode of iQ: smartparent will explore different ways that children learn through gaming and how parents can enhance the educational impact of video and online games for their children.

• Episode #2 Girls Growing Up With Media
How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these topics and offer some advice on how to talk with your children about gender inequity in the media.

Future episodes will include:

• Episode #4 Tune In, Tune Out (Taping June 27, 2013)
Do your children believe everything they see on TV? How does your child learn to separate fiction from reality? This episode of iQ: smartparent will empower families with skills and techniques for evaluating media images and ratings systems while identifying ways that media can have a positive impact on their lives. Register for a seat in our live audience at

• Episode #5 Early Childhood, Screens, and the Developing Brain
What happens when kids under age eight watch television and are exposed to screens? We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer parents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.

• Episode #6 Online Identities and Social Media
Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online.

All six broadcasts and the initiative benefit from the expertise of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents find age-appropriate, quality media. Parents can join the conversation online with WQED EDU and #iqsmartparent on Facebook, Google +, Pinterest and Twitter. iQ: smartparent is brought to you by WQED Multimedia with generous support from an anonymous donor.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to:

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