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October is Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness month; DV takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities is important, and can help us better address violence in all its forms.
Sports drinks were first created in the 1960s. Gatorade, for example, was developed by researchers at the University of Florida to help athletes replace water lost as a result of exercise and exposure to heat and humidity. The product included water, small amounts of carbohydrates/sugars, and electrolytes. People who exercise, especially in the Arizona heat, need to replace water on a regular basis. However, experts indicate that, except for those who are vigorously active, special sports drinks are not necessary — water does the job.
Headaches affect 57 to 82 percent of teenagers, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. These headaches are caused by multiple factors, including the act of chewing gum. A recent study published by the Pediatric Neurology journal reported, “Excessive daily gum-chewing may be associated with chronic headache and should get more attention in the medical literature.”
Cigna Medical Group offices across the Valley are currently providing walk-in flu shot clinics to better equip the community on warding off the respiratory disease.
Preschoolers from Children of Hope Child Development Center in Ahwatukee were given a chance to participate in the Hug-A-Bear campaign by donating teddy bears to patients at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Organizers for the upcoming Phoenix Hydrocephalus Association Walk hope their event next month to support research into the condition and provide information about a disease that affects children, the elderly and even pets.
While Summit School of Ahwatukee’s regular classes are already in session, registration is still open for its Toddler Discovery program for families who would like their children to begin their education at an early age.
The signs in front of local schools do not carry a message that most kids want to hear — “School Begins in Early August.” In spite of protests, our kids are now making the usual preparations: buying school supplies, school clothes and often a new backpack. Whether old or new, some guidelines for using backpacks will come in handy for both youth and their parents.
Michele Wenhold waved goodbye to her son in 2004, watched him ride his bike off to school like every other day and about an hour later, she got a call that her perfectly healthy son had suddenly stopped breathing.
The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2014-2015 academic year, was recently presented to Francesca Olguin, a senior at Mountain Pointe High School. The scholarship was presented at the Mountain Pointe High School awards ceremony on May 7, by Susan Conaway and Becky Hill.
In 2008 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) appointed a committee of national experts to revise existing physical activity guidelines to include recommended amounts of physical activity for people of all ages (www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines). The guidelines for children recommended:
When Lori Basaldu had her first opportunity to do her baby’s laundry she was thrilled.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report an average of 30 million children and adolescence participate in sports annually. Of these players, the CDC estimates approximately 600,000 youths will go to the emergency room with dental related injuries involving children as young as 5 years old. In attempt to promote awareness of facial injury prevention, five organizations have sponsored April as being the National Facial Protection Month. These organizations’ 2014 message to the public is “to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring.” The nation’s top five organizations leading this cause are the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry.
Research has shown that sugar is addictive … in fact, eight times addictive as cocaine. In 1821, each person consumed approximately 10 pounds of sugar annually. Today, that number is an astounding 160-190 pounds of sugar per person annually. On top of that about 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered.
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Over the past few months, in Arizona, there have been multiple changes affecting health care coverage for children in Arizona. In October, a bipartisan bill passed which increased Medicaid expansion to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and many more Arizona families qualified for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
Registration begins today for the Arcadia Family Fun Run, with all proceeds going to fund research for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this national awareness annually to raise the importance of oral health. The goal of the NCDHM is to educate children on developing good dental habits, encouraging scheduled dental visits, and to promote healthy eating habits across the country.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Phoenix have unveiled Project for Kids, its second fundraising event. The five-hour live broadcast will enlist community support for pediatric health care programs at Banner Children’s, and will air on all eight Clear Channel Phoenix radio stations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too?
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Getting a child ready for their schooling career can be an important endeavor, and Thrive to Five is offering educational classes for toddlers and parents to get ahead in schooling.
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