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  • 1. November 2012 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Volume 1, Issue 8 Thanksgiving Each year in November, and at the end of the week, the familymany American’s celebrate gathered to read all the “Thank You”Thanksgiving with good food, notes and were surprised to find that,family, friends and good times as in many cases, it was a thank you forthey give thanks for all their something that one family memberblessings throughout the year. Some had done for another. If you preferpeople, for various reasons, do not to take a more active role, you andfeel that they have much for which your family may wish to volunteer tothey should be thankful. Perhaps serve a meal to visitors of localthey are jobless, homeless, have homeless shelters or churches in your Table of Contentsserious financial problems, or have area, or you may wish to help your CEO’s Corner ............... 2recently lost a loved one. The truth children to make cards for hospital Highlights ......................... 2of the matter, however, is that patients or residents who are elderlyregardless of who we are, if we are or disabled who are reside in localbreathing on our own, have the care facilities. The cards can be Featured Articles:ability to read and write, or are able mailed, along with a photo or letter,to sit up or walk on our own, then we wishing the resident a Happy Healthy Recipes.............. 3all have something for which we can Thanksgiving. Body Wellness ................ 4be thankful (Flaxington, 2012). When my twin daughters ........................................... 5According to the U. S. Department of were in middle school, they had theEducation, 32 million people in opportunity to serve a spaghettiAmerica struggle with illiteracy and dinner at a local homeless shelter asthe U. S. Census Bureau (2010) part of a youth group mission projectreported that 54 million people in at our church. When the girls cameAmerica have a disability of some home, they were quite disturbed by akind. As we get busy with work, single mother of three youngschool, community and other children who had come in for theactivities, we can, at times, take our meal. It was a cool fall evening yethealth, employment and educational the mother was wearing flip flopsopportunities for granted, but we are and the children had no shoes at all.often reminded of these blessings at This upset my daughters so muchThanksgiving. There are many that they immediately went to theirthings that you and your family can Our Mission and Vision closets and removed all shoes anddo to reflect on your blessings this clothing that were too small. We To increase diseaseThanksgiving. For example, took them to the center to help awareness among childrenFlaxington stated that when her people like this mother and her and parents; To promotechildren were younger, she and her children. Seeing the need of others healthy behaviors, reducefamily kept a “Thank You” box on first-hand provided my children with the spread of infections,the counter and every day, as family a very heart-felt lesson and and to reduce health-members did things for each other or afterwards, my children felt a great related issues in ourwere particularly thankful for sense of gratitude for they had nation’s children.something, they wrote it down on a themselves, as well as their ability topiece of paper and put into the box
  • 2. Page 2 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. CEO’s Corner...Howdy! delighted in the progress that KBA is making, weGreat News! We are have envisioned much morestarting our Christmas for the families we servedrive in collaboration with and look forwardthe Salter school in Malden, accomplishing more things online at our website:MA November 30th, 2012. together. We continue http://we will set up a box at the reaching out to individuals www.kidsbeaware.org orschool lobby area. Please and organizations for visit us on guide star,have your friends and support and financial Startsomegood.comfamily register for our first backing in order to fulfillannual Christmas drive. this need. I thank you in advance for your support and hopeI’m always pleased to bring that you find it in yourmore good news to you all The current need of this heart to help us decreaseeach and every month and organization is to open a health disparities amonghope that you enjoy reading new health facility among our children.us as much as we enjoy our Massachusettswriting these articles for residents. Together, we canyou. raise disease awareness “Teach me about health so among children and that I may teach others”We have been working parents. Together we can!overtime getting a center atthe Malden, MA or Cheers and Peace to You!Woburn, MA. We have On Behalf of KBA, we arefound a location in Woburn, looking for volunteer to Jeannette Bryant, CEOMA and hope to get the help us with the Kids Be Aware, Inc.space very soon. There is a organization Branding andpossibility that the location to continue to spread thecould be rented to someone word around theelse because we haven’t community.raised sufficient funding.However, end of January, From our humblewe will house our program beginnings, we continue to “We strive to partner within one of the location strive to raise disease schools, churches, andmentioned above. awareness among children organizations to focus on theWe are eager to partner all around the Nation and health and well-being of ourwith organizations all hope that our message will children”around town whose mission not only resonate to us here but to people all around the We are seeking NEW Enrollment!and vision is in line with world as well. Please find us We are seeking Volunteers for various roles.ours. While we are Contact us and Volunteer!
  • 3. KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 3 Thanksgiving recipes Ingredients: Smoked Turkey 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and 2 tablespoons honey giblets removed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 (20 pound) bag high quality charcoal 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large), Briquettes hickory chips or chunks peeled and cut into wedges Cracked black pepper or chopped herb ofDirections: choice (rosemary, sage or thyme), to tastePlace the charcoal into the bottom pan of the smoker. Light thecoals and wait for the temperature of the smoker to come to 240 Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13 inch baking pandegrees F (115 degrees C). Lightly oil grate. Rinse turkey under with cooking spray.cold water, and pat dry. Place hickory chips into a pan with water to To make the sauce, in a small bowl add the water, brown sugar, honeycover. and olive oil. Whisk until smooth. Place a single layer of sweetPlace turkey onto the prepared grate. Add 2 handfuls damp chips at potatoes in the baking pan. Pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes.start of cooking, then a handful every couple of hours during the Turn to coat them.cooking process. Leave the lid on - DO NOT keep looking at Cover and bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Turn the sweetturkey, or you will let the heat out! Continue smoking until the potatoes once or twice to continue coating them. When tender, removeinternal temperature of the turkey reaches180 degrees F (82 degrees the cover and continue to bake until the glaze is set, about 15 minutes.C), or keep going until the coals die out. Transfer to a serving dish and top with pepper or chopped herb of choice. Serve immediately.http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Tools/Print/Recipe.aspx?recipeID=35500&origin=detail&servings=18&metric=falseGlazed Sweet Potatoes The vegetable Naturally sweet and juicy, group is where you fruits are also low in calo- find many of na- ries, fat, sodium, and cho- ture’s healthiest lesterol and are bursting foods. Vegetables with an array of vitamins are full of fiber, vi- and minerals. Fruit may al- tamins, and miner- ready be a staple in your als and are low in house, so if that’s the case, calories, fat, so- keep it up! Remember to dium, and choles- introduce kids to all types ofterol. Vegetables are divided into five sub- fruit because each offers its own assortment of nutri-groups based on nutrient content—dark-green ents. And try to choose whole fruit or cut-up fruitvegetables, orange vegetables, beans and over fruit juices to get more fiber and fewer caloriespeas, starchy vegetables, and a group for all per serving. Be sure to cut fruit into appropriatelyothers. Serve your child a variety of vegeta- sized pieces for younger children.bles from all the subgroups each week. Nutrients: Carbohydrates, fiber, folate, vitamin C, potassiumNutrients: Fiber and abundant vitamins and Servings: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups for kids andminerals, which vary by vegetable 1 1/2 to 2 cups for adultsServings: Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups for http://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-kids and 2 to 3 cups for adults recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.htmlhttp://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.html
  • 4. Page 4 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Body Wellness Celebrating the Holidays! Thanksgiving has always been a time when we set aside a time to express our thanks for all of our blessings. This year is no different. In light of the extreme challenges we have faced individually, and as a nation, being thankful for what we have is very important. During our family gatherings however, we parents often juggle busy schedules while attending to our families. It can become a challenge to parents who also struggle to maintain the physical health of their children.Despite the fact that children are back in school and schedules have changed toaccommodate this, children often contract colds and flu as a result. Keeping your childhealthy during the school year becomes more challenging when schedules change again aswe celebrate the holidays. Emergency rooms see an increase in cases of accident and illnesses among childrenduring the holidays and in some cases, these visits are preventable. In taking these steps,parents may be able to avoid an unnecessary trip to the ER during the holidays:1. If you decorate your home, be sure to use non-toxic decorations and avoid introducingplants into your decorations if you are unsure of their potential to cause illness.2. If your child takes regular medication(s), make sure that you maintain your supply justin case the weather makes travel hazardous. Even if you cannot get out, your child willhave their regular medications.3. Maintain your diligence to personal hygiene for your children. Frequent hand washingis best to teach your children as a preventable method of contracting cold and flu.4. Maintain sleep schedules for your children. In keeping children to a normal sleepschedule, you are actually helping them to be well rested and ready to enjoy the holidays.5. In celebrating the holidays, make sure you are taking into consideration any foodallergies your child may have when eating away from home. When making sure thatyour host is aware of these allergies, you help to make the holidays safer for yourchildren.All in all, as we take time to celebrate the holidays, let us take time to ensure that theones we love stay safe and healthy!References:http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/holiday_dangers.htmlhttp://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/winter.htmlSusan Ruiz, Chair
  • 5. KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 5Thanksgiving (cont.) Providing Safe Drinking Water for Your Family help others who were less fortunate. KNOW YOUR WATER SOURCE •Find out if the pipes in your home or apartment building are Thankfulness is defined as “warm, friendly made of lead or contain lead solder. feelings of gratitude” and gratitude is “a feeling or •Send tap water samples to your local EPA-certified labora- attitude of appreciation.” Many years ago, one of my tory for testing, or buy a water test kit. psychology instructors asked me why I chose to go into •If your water is supplied by a public system: the field of psychology. Although it was not the answer ◦ Ask your supplier what chemicals and parasites are tested that he wanted to hear, I simply replied that it was for and how the water is treated. because I wanted to “help others.” Years later, I now ◦ Obtain a Consumer Confidence Report on your water realize that by helping others, I help myself because “it quality from your public water authority. makes me feel good” on the inside. Of course, when I •If your water supply is a private well: ◦ Test your water chose to obtain a college degree, my future goal was to yearly for pesticides, metals, coliform bacteria and other possi- have the ability to support myself and my family by ble contaminants. establishing a lucrative career, but having a career that ◦ Avoid using pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals near your wells supply source as they can pollute your ground- would allow me the opportunity to help others was icing water. on the cake and once my degree was completed, I immediately began to give back to others through IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLY teaching and volunteering in the community. Dr. Keith •Install water treatment filters or conditioning systems. Ablow (2010), a Fox News Medical team member, ◦ Several types are available, depending on what contami- reported that there is a “connection between feeling nants are present. grateful and feeling a sense of purpose in life.” Gratitude •Consider buying a water distiller. causes us to approach life with optimism and encourages •Flush your pipes by running cold water for at least one min- faith but psychological issues can diminish our outlook ute. on life, causing us to lose faith and hope (Ablow). As •Do not use hot water from the tap for cooking or drinking, previously mentioned, there are those who are less as toxins are more likely to leach into hot water. fortunate who may be struggling financially and who •Make sure formula is prepared with safe water since boiling may not be able to provide a well-balanced, nutritious increases the lead concentration. Infants are at particular risk meal for themselves or their families and many may be of lead poisoning because of the larger amount of water they consume relative to their body size. alone on Thanksgiving Day, causing the holiday to •If necessary, install shower/faucet filters since babies can swal- trigger depression and anxiety. Ablow (2012) stated that low water when bathing. “major depression can make folks forget that life is a gift; •Immediately dispose of household chemicals like batteries, panic disorder can hijack all their thoughts and feelings fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil, etc., at your municipal haz- and leave no bandwidth for hope or gratitude; alcohol ardous waste depot. (Do not leave them around your home and drug addiction can take their autonomy away so that where they may contaminate your water supply.) they dont have the personal reserves to look with optimism or gratitude upon anything.” IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLY •Read the label of your bottled water. "Spring" water comes Emmons and McCullough (2003) have done an from one or more underground sources and some bottled abundance of research on the psychological benefits of water may come from a "municipal source" or from a gratitude and have found that those who take a few "community water system," and may have had additional treat- minutes at the end of each day to consider all that they ment. have to be thankful for are generally more optimistic, •Avoid plastic bottles with the following recycling codes #1 more energetic, happier and are more satisfied with life PET, #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 Polycarbonate, which may leak in general. Whether you show some random act of suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors. kindness to a stranger or to a friend (i.e., paying for a •Look for safer plastic bottles, such as #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE, soda or cup of coffee) or volunteer at a homeless shelter and #5 PP. to serve a meal, taking a moment to reflect on your blessings may improve your mental health this Read more: http://www.healthychild.org/live-healthy/checklist/ Thanksgiving season. I will end with quote by Cicero providing_safe_drinking_water_for_your_family/ that states: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, #ixzz1sbN9gsgz but the parent of all others.” Happy Thanksgiving!! Renee L. Sullivan, M.A., CCLC
  • 6. Page 6 KIDS BE AWARE, INC.Kids Be Aware, Inc.P. O. Box 123456Boston, MA 01100 Monthly Highlights We are seeking NEW “We strive to partner with schools, churches, Enrollment! and organizations to focus on the health and We are seeking Volunteers for well-being of our children” various roles. Contact us and Volunteer! First Annual Christmas Drive to be held at the Salter School Malden, MA starting November Kids Be Aware, Inc Wellness and Health We are on the Web! Center coming soon around Visit us at: www.kidsbeaware.org To donate to our organization please use this link: http://www.kidsbeaware.org/donate KBA Board Members Jeannette Bryant CEO kidsbeawarenow@gmail.com 781-535-2448 Tiffany Henderson Treasurer donald_and_tiffany@yahoo.com 678-431-6543 Susan Ruiz Chair susan.ruiz@waldenu.edu 301-302-4215 Teresa Godley-Chase Co-chair teressa.godley-chase@waldenu.edu 240-515-4222 Renee Sullivan Co-Chair renee.l.sullivan@gmail.com 478-718-1306 Regina Rainey Board Member reginarainey@ymail.com 864-303-2151