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  1. 1. In the past, it was acommon practicefor families to havedinner togetherduring the evenings.This was a time forcatching up witheach other andprocessing individual experiences thatoccurred throughout the day. As ourdaily schedules have become busier,Fishel (2013) pointed out that “mostAmerican families are starved for time tospend together” and suggested thatdinner may be the time these familiesneed to reconnect with each other,relax, and share stories and catch oneach other’s daily activities while alsoallowing participants to “develop a senseof who we are as a family.”An article from the Journal ofEpidemiology and Community Healthfrom December 20, 2012, indicated thatchildren from families who gather aroundthe table for meals on a regular basis eatmore fruit and vegetables than others.The World Health Organizationrecommends 80 grams of fruit andvegetables per day. A study conductedin England that included 1516 primaryschool children from 52 different schoolsassessed the quantity of fruits andvegetables eaten by children when theyhad regular and occasional meals withtheir families, or did not have meals withtheir families at all. Results indicatedthat on the average, children who atewith their families consumed 283g offruits and vegetables per day but thosewho participated in regular family mealstogether actually consumed the most(125g) compared to those who sometimesate meals together (95g). In addition, theresults also indicated that children atemore fruits and vegetables when theirparents also ate fruits and vegetables.Smith (2013) included a report inthe Huffington Post on January 23, 2013that indicated that a report from Welch’sKitchen Table Report indicated thatalthough many American’s feel thetradition of families sitting downtogether for dinner occurred in daysgone by, 34 percent of families eattogether seven nights per week on theaverage. Only 3 percent of familiesreport that each dinner together inrestaurants or fast-food chains.Interestingly, 71 percent of childrenunder 18 reported having dinner togethermore now than they did when they wereyounger. Results from the studyindicated that 75 percent of families eatmost meals and snacks in the kitchen,while 18 percent reported they eattogether on the family couch.Researchers from the study reportedthat parents seek to share quality timewith their children and take advantage ofmeals in which to do so and 90 percentdiscuss their children’s thoughts andfeelings during this time. There is somecontroversy, however, regarding thenumber of families that actually eat outduring the week.For example, Sifferline (2012) pointed outthat in a study conducted by Rutgersresearchers, about 40% of the averagefamily’s budget is spent eating out,typically not together. Rockett (2007)warns against eating out to deter obesitybecause take-out foods are often high intrans-fat, calories, sodium, cholesteroland fat. Rockett also pointed out thatthere has been a 45% increase inoverweight children over the last decade.To maximize the quality of mealstogether, Sztainer (2007) suggested thatparents make sure the television is offduring mealtime. Sztainer reported thatwatching television while eating mayinfluence the types and quality of foodsthat children eat. For example, Sztainerfound that boys tended to eat fewerKIDS BE AWARE, INC.April 2013Volume 2, Issue 4Our Mission and VisionTo increase diseaseawareness among childrenand parents; To promotehealthy behaviors, reducethe spread of infections,and to reduce health-related issues in ournation’s children.Table of ContentsCEO’s Corner ...............2Highlights.........................2Featured Articles:Healthy Recipes..............3Body Wellness................4...........................................5Healthy Dietary Habits That Lead to Good MentalBy Renee L. Sullivan, M.A., CCLC
  2. 2. CEO’s Corner...Inc. PO BOX 2173 Woburn,MA 01888I thank you in advance foryour support and hope thatyou find it in your heart tohelp us decrease healthdisparities among ourchildren.Also I wanted to bring toyour attention the talk showthat I host every otherSaturday from 12:00PMEastern time until 1:00PM.Please listen to us online aswe bring to you manysubjects and resourcesnecessary for your day today life. We strive to bringbetter life to all and we workhard everyday to accomplishthis.“Teach me about health sothat Tomorrow I may teachothers” Together we can!Cheers and Peace to You!Jeannette Bryant, CEOKids Be Aware, Inc.Howdy!Great News! We finishedsetting up our center at 600West Cummings Park Woburn,MA 01801 . We were grantedthe EEC Exemption allowingus to proceed with ouractivities. Marketing effortsare now required to helpincrease our awareness amongthe community and directparents to use our services.We are currently looking forvolunteers to help us withchildren’s activities.I’m always overjoyed to bringmore good news to you all eachand every month and hopethat you enjoy reading us asmuch as we enjoy writingthese articles for you.I will be going for campdirector training on April 25thwhich is the first part inbecoming a camp director.Becoming a camp director willallow us to offer summer campfor children and their parents.The process is long and fundsare limited. However, I knowthat we are going to reach ourgoal. The best project are theones that are done in a slowpace. But success is near by.We are eager to partner withorganizations all around townwhose mission and vision is inline with ours. While we arepleased in the many milestoneof our organization, we areconducting our first Annualdance for your health May4th and hope that we willorganize this event within ourown center. Parents andChildren are invited to sign upfor our program now as wehave already received the gofrom the EEC.The current need of thisorganization is to getvolunteers to help us conductthe center’s upcomingactivities. Together, we canraise disease awareness amongchildren and parents.We have been growing ourface book community andinvite you to have friends andfamilies like our page. We arealso selling T-Shirt Mugs andNotebook for fundraising needand hope that you will help usin our continue effort tosustain our organizationmission.On Behalf of KBA, we areasking for in-kinddonations. All donations aretax deductible.From our modest beginnings,and with only a little bit ofhelp, we are growing and westill need your financialsupport that will enable us toexpand our Kids Be Awaremission, and to uphold ourvision for childreneverywhere.You may donate by going atour website: http://www.kidsbeaware.org orsimply by mailing in yourchecks. At Kids Be Aware,We are seeking NEW Enrollment!We are seeking Volunteers for various roles.Contact us and Volunteer!“We strive to partner withschools, churches, andorganizations to focus on thehealth and well-being of ourchildren”Page 2KIDS BE AWARE, INC.
  3. 3. Healthy Recipes for childrenFire Roasted Chileand Garlic ChickenBurgersThe easiest wayto make a burgerhealthier is to subout the beef withchicken in order to skip out on the saturatedfat. This recipe adds tons of flavor with theroasted chiles, and piles on more with thegarlic. Simply leave out the bacon to go easyon your waistline and you’re good to go. Use amulti-grain or whole wheat bun to make it acomplete meal.http://bembu.com/healthy-dinner-recipesPaleo Curry MeatballsThe curry sauce on thesegives them a unique flavorthat’s unusual in the world of meatballs. Theseare dairy free for all of you Paleo enthusiasts,and they end up as a healthy option even forthose that aren’t following the Paleo diet. Ifyou’re looking for low-carbs you can make ameal out of them, and if not you can balancethese out with some nice whole wheat pasta ora baked potato.http://bembu.com/healthy-dinner-recipesCrock PotChickenTaco ChiliNo tacoshellsneeded toenjoy this chili. It uses chicken instead ofbeef so you’re getting all of the flavoryou’d want, but without worrying aboutadded fat from ground beef. The beansare there, as you’d expect, but you maywant to add some bell peppers to getsome more veggies included. The cornand beans are your carb source. Overall ahearty meal you can eat with a fork.http://bembu.com/healthy-dinner-recipesPage 3KIDS BE AWARE, INC.Cha Cha BowlThe bright mix of colorsmakes this a great dish towhip up when you havecompany over, and noone will suspect thatyou’re passing off healthy food on them. Theingredients are all freshly made, and retain theirhealthy status by not being cooked. The riceand beans supply some good carbs, the chickenis the protein adder, and there are yummy veg-gies like zucchini. The healthy fats from theavocados mean you’ll feel full and fight bodyfat.http://bembu.com/healthy-dinner-recipes
  4. 4. Seasonal Allergies in ChildrenAs spring begins to unfold around us, we are tempted to shed our winter coats and hats and head to the greatoutdoors. We may even notice the beautiful budding trees and the onslaught of new flowers of every color and hue.For some however, spring heralds yet another round of seasonal allergies. Seasonal Allergies are considered to occuras a result of an allergic reaction to a trigger (such as new flowers and grasses) that is typically present for part of theyear, such as spring or fall. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itching of the nose, and post-nasal drip. Not all people experience all of the symptoms of hay fever, and in some people, only one symptom will predominate. It maybe difficult to tell the difference between seasonal allergies and the common cold, and only an allergist may be able to tell thedifference. This type of allergy often occurs when pollen is present. Pollens are tiny, egg-shaped powdery grains released fromflowering plants, which are carried by the wind or insects and serve to cross-pollinate other plants of the same type for reproductivepurposes. When pollen is present in the air, it can land in a person’s eyes, nose, lungs and skin to set up an allergic reaction. The higherthe pollen count in your area, the worse your symptoms can be. To check out the pollen count in your area please go to: Pollen.comHow can I help my child who has seasonal allergies?If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, there are steps you can take to reduce their symptoms and decreasethe use of medications: During the spring, keep your children indoors in the evenings because pollen levels are highest during that timeof day.Keep your home and car windows closed during windy, sunny days.Have your children take a shower after spending time outside to remove any pollen residue on their body or in their hair.Have your children change their clothes after spending time outside because they will carry pollen indoors on their clothes.Dry your clothes indoors instead of on an outdoor clothesline during this time of year.Visit your child’s medical provider for an evaluation/allergy medication(s). Medicine can help alleviate allergy symptoms in children, butwith any medication you give your child, be sure you’re using the right medication for your child’s age and weight. Follow theinstructions carefully to be sure your child gets the correct dosage. Over-the-counter, generic allergy medication is effective for manypeople and can cost less than prescription allergy medications. If you have any questions about what medications are right for yourchild, ask your family doctor. Some common allergy medications include: Nasal decongestants to relieve a stuffy nose, Antihistaminesto relieve sneezing, and an itchy, runny nose, and Nasal corticosteroids are also often used, but are available only by prescription.What if my child already had allergies?Although allergies and asthma are separate conditions, they are related. People who have allergies — particularly ones that affect thenose and eyes — are more likely to have asthma. About 70% of kids who have asthma also have an allergy to something. And manypeople who have asthma find their symptoms get worse when theyre exposed to specific allergens (things that can cause allergicreactions in some people).Future exposure to the same allergens can cause the reaction to happen again. So if your child has asthma, its wise to explorewhether allergies may be triggering some of the symptoms. Talk with your doctor about how to identify possible triggers, which can bethings other than allergens, such as cold air, respiratory infections, or tobacco smoke.How to Manage Outdoor Activities withChildren and Seasonal AllergiesBecause allergies and colds share symptoms many parents have a hard time telling the two apart. So ifyour child’s sneezing and sniffling lasts for more than a week and his eyes and nose are itching he most likely has seasonal allergies andnot a cold.For children whose allergies are so severe that avoidance and over-the-counter drugs aren’t enough, a prescription for nasalsteroids may be in order. In some cases it’s also possible that a series of shots that can actually “re-educate” a person’s immune systemand teach it not to reject pollen. Ask an allergist if your child’s seasonal allergies are serious enough for these specialized treatments,but if they’re like most children they may prefer their allergies to a round of shots!- By Andrew MacGinnitie, MD, PhD, associate clinical director of the Division of Immunology at Children’s Hospital BostonSusan Ruiz, ChairKids Be Aware, Inc.Body WellnessPage 4KIDS BE AWARE, INC.
  5. 5. grains and vegetables and drank more sodas while girlstended to eat more fried foods and fewer darkvegetables. Sztainer suggested that parents turn off theTV and use this time to catch up with their childrenwhile also encouraging the consumption of better qualityof foods. In addition to catching up with each other,Forthun (2008) points out other advantages of familymeals together to include enhancing family togetherness,better communication among family members, betteroverall adjustment in children and youth, and betternutrition. Likewise, Siffertin (2012) stated that poordietary habits of Americans increase the risk of obesityand nutritional deficits. In terms of mental health, Gibbs(2006) stated that adolescents from families who eattogether or a regular basis are less likely to smoke, drink,do drugs, become depressed, develop eating disorders,consider suicide and are more likely to do betteracademically and socially, eat more vegetables, learn bigwords and “know which fork to use.”As you prepare meals to share with your family, aswe have mentioned in previous editions, remember toread labels, avoid foods high in preservatives, additives,and artificial colorings. Serve nutritious and well-balanced meals to include fish, beef, green, leafyvegetables, whole wheat bread, and plenty of fresh fruit.Check the following link for 75 nutritious and healthybalanced meal ideas. http://bembu.com/healthy-dinner-recipesReferencesForthun, L. (2012). Family nutrition: The truth about family meals.University of Florida IFAS Extension, Document FCS8871. Retrieved onApril 15, 2013 from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.Gibbs, N. (2006). The magic of the family meal. Retrieved on April 15,2013 from http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1200760,00.htmlRockett, H. R. (2007). Family dinner: More than just a meal. Journal ofAmerican Dietetic Association, v107(9), pp 1498-1501.ScienceDaily. (2012). Regular family meals together boost kids’ fruit andvegetable intake. Retrieved on April 15, 2013 fromhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121220202921.htmSmith, N. (2013). Family mealtime: Most families eat dinner together mostnights. Retrieved on April 15, 2013 fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/family-mealtime-study-_n_2534347.htmlSifferlin, A. (2012). Why families who eat together are healthier.Retrieved on April 15, 2013 fromhttp://www.heartland.time.com/2012/04/24/why-families-who-eat-together-are-healthier/print/Stainer, D. N. (2007). Turn off the TV during family meals. Retrieved onApril 15, 2013 fromhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071014200545.htmHow to Manage the Indoor Environmentduring Seasonal changesHere are few tips to limit your child’s allergy symptoms:Keep your windows closed and run an air conditioner, evenif it’s not overly warm outside. Air conditioners filternew air into a room and help minimize pollen levels in-side the house. Humidifiers and non-ionic air purifierscan also help reduce pollen counts indoors and makebreathing easier for kids with allergies.Children who are sensitive to pollen should shower andchange clothes after playing outside. This extra stepkeeps pollen that may get stuck in their hair or clothesfrom getting into the inside air or on their pillow whereit can irritate the child all night long. Pollen counts arealso lowest during or right after it rains, making that anideal time for outdoor play for young children with al-lergies.Vacuum your carpets, and wash your child’s linens weekly.Pollen can easily hide within the fibers and because thechild is likely to have them close to her face they cantrigger allergies if not properly clean. Also, dust mites, acommon cause of year round allergies, can live in linensand toys.Wash your pets often, especially if they spend time bothinside and outside. Some people are allergic to pet hair,but some are simply allergic to the pollen that collectson their fur. By keeping your animals pollen free you maybe able to reduce your family’s pollen exposureClean any mold in the house with a diluted bleach solution.Like pollen, mold is a prime allergy trigger. Using a dehu-midifier in damp basements or bathrooms can inhibitmold growth.Susan Ruiz, MSChair, Kids Be Aware, Inc.References:http://blog.usa.gov/post/46846772665/seasonal-allergy-treatments-for-childrenhttp://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/allergies/allergies_asthma.htmlhttp://childrenshospitalblog.org/managing-your-childs-springtime-allergies/http://allergies.about.com/od/allergies101/a/seasonalallergy.htmhttp://childrenshospitalblog.org/managing-your-childs-springtime-allergies/Dietary Habits(cont.)Page 5KIDS BE AWARE, INC.
  6. 6. We are on the Web!Visit us at: www.kidsbeaware.orgPage 6KIDS BE AWARE, INC.KBA Board MembersJeannette Bryant CEO kidsbeawarenow@gmail.com 781-354-2701Tiffany Henderson Treasurer donald_and_tiffany@yahoo.com 678-431-6543Susan Ruiz Chair susan.ruiz@waldenu.edu 301-302-4215Teresa Godley-Chase Co-chair Teressa.godley-chase@waldenu.edu 240-515-4222Renee Sullivan Co-Chair renee.l.sullivan@gmail.com 478-718-1306Regina Rainey Board Member reginarainey@ymail.com 864-303-2151Kids Be Aware, Inc.PO BOX 2173Woburn, MA 01888Monthly Highlights“We strive to partner with schools, churches,and organizations to focus on the health andwell-being of our children”We are seeking NEWEnrollment!We are seeking Volunteers forvarious roles.Contact us andVolunteer!Kids Be Aware, IncCenter is nowOpenedWe welcome any donations to help us with theexpansion of our programTo donate to our organization please use this link:http://www.kidsbeaware.org/donateListen to our Talk Showon BBS Radio Station 2Every two weeksBeginning at 12:00PM