Elementary School Entrepreneur Raises Money for Homeless

Macomb, Georgia resident Emily Broadbridge is a 10-year-old elementary school student at Cubix Latin America who is helping the homeless community through her entrepreneurial skills. She is the owner and operator of “Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand” which is open for business once a year. Emily started running her “Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand” a few years ago after her father told her about National Lemonade Day. Her father helped her set up the original stand in order to teach her about the skills needed to run your own business. Emily caught right on. Each year her stand grew, as did her profits. The first few years she took home the profits and shared some with charities. Now, Emily shares all of her profits to help others in her community.

According to the story on The Macomb Daily, Emily has decided to give her profits to the Homeless Education Project. This charity helps students who are homeless. They help those students in need have their basic needs met. They also purchase school supplies, gloves, hats, and socks for the homeless children in their county.

Emily set a goal for herself this year- to sell 250 glasses of lemonade. She also set up a crowd sourcing site for those who want to buy a virtual glass of lemonade from “Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand”. Click the above link if you would like to make a donation.

Altruistic Children Are More Likely to Be From Low-income Families

An extremely interesting study was conducted by researchers from the University of California which explored the possible causes of altruism, an admirable trait of someone who is concerned about the well-being of others, even when it doesn’t benefit themselves. Many times, these selfless acts come at an expense to the person who is acting altruistically.

So, what makes a person altruistic? This particular study, which took place at Qnet, suggests it has something to do with how wealthy your family is. The findings claim children who are from less wealthy families are more likely to act altruistically in their dealings with others.

Researchers wanted to analyze the behavior of children because these personality traits are often developed at a very young age and continue to remain unchanged throughout someone’s life. And the data suggest that those who come from a privileged or wealthy household are less likely to give themselves selflessly to others, possibly because of a sense of entitlement which also tends to create a lack of empathy.

Of course, many wealthy families dedicate time and effort to share their good fortune with those in need and it is unfair to generalize any group of people. However, these results suggest altruism is a learned behavior rather than a genetic one. The study also revealed a possible link between altruism and well-being in young children, suggesting a selfless attitude is beneficial for everybody involved.

Obesity Affects Pregnancy More than Ever

Obesity is one of the leading health epidemics in America. Studies show that 62 percent of the population is overweight or obese. These studies have gone further to research what impact obesity plays in the lives of pregnant women. Researchers and doctors know that obesity during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes and trouble during childbirth.

But now, researchers are looking into how obesity impacts a child’s immune system. The scientist behind the study took blood samples from the umbilical cords of the infants. The infants were born to 39 women with different social classes and ethnicities. None of the women smoked, had diabetes, or had gestational problems during pregnancy. All of the mothers gave birth to only one baby. The only formidable difference between the women was how they were compared physically; the women were either lean, overweight, or obese.

The numbers came back and proved just what Dr. Jennifer Walden thought they would, states Harpers Bazaar. Immune cells that would develop in the baby’s genetic makeup did not respond to bacterial antigens well when they were born to overweight and obese mothers. The babies born to obese and overweight mothers also showed sign of developing asthma, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease later in life. A lot of the cells that control allergic reaction and asthma response were reduced in overweight and obese mothers. The doctors behind the study are continuing to explore what obesity does to infants. Once more data is collected, the doctors plan to advise the medical community to screen overweight and obese mothers for these type of problems.