December 2012 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Volume 1, Issue 9 The Psychological Effects of Giving “For it is in giving you have the financial means that we to do so but there are many receive.” (St. ways in which one can give Francis of Assisi). without having money. “Happiness According to Widener (2012), doesnt result there are seven things that one from what we must give to others to realizeget, but from what we success. Table of Contentsgive.” (Ben Carson). They are: honesty, respect, CEO’s Corner ............... 2Of course, we all like to vulnerability, care, passion, Highlights ......................... 2receive gifts but what are the experience and help. Grantpsychological effects of and Dutton (2012) conducted a Featured Articles:actually giving gifts to others? study in which they found that those who were Healthy Recipes.............. 3Farino (2012) suggests that in more focused Body Wellness ................ 4order to help ourselves, weshould first help others. In on giving were ........................................... 5other words, we all have actually morestressors in life to include successful thanfamily problems, stress at those focusedwork, financial concerns, all of on receiving.which can lead to depression You may be thinking thator increased anxiety, but by during this current season ofhelping others, we ultimately giving that you do not havehelp ourselves. Those who give anything extra to give othersto others are often healthier but the truth of the matter isand more satisfied with life in that you have plenty to give,general (Farino). Depression regardless of your finances. Our Mission and Visionand anxiety lead us to focus What a perfect time of the To increase diseaseon ourselves but when we are year to teach your children the awareness among children and parents; To promotefocused on giving to others, it value in giving when the focus, healthy behaviors, reducechanges our way of thinking for many, is on receiving this the spread of infections,and thus reduces our month. Here are some and to reduce health-depression and anxiety suggestions on how you and related issues in our(Farino). your children can work nation’s children.Of course, it is easier to give if together to give to others:
Page 2 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. CEO’s Corner...Howdy! 18 Dartmouth St, Malden, MA.Great News! We are looking Pictures will be uploaded onat two different locations to our website and Facebookhouse our program here in page after December 19thWoburn, MA. www.kidsbeaware.org or The current need of this simply by mailing in yourWe are looking at March as organization is to open a checks. At Kids Be Aware,the month we will move new children wellness Inc. PO BOX 2173 Woburn,into our brand new center. facility among our Woburn MA 01888 residents. Together, we canI’m always delighted to raise disease awarenessbring more good news to I thank you in advance among children andyou all each and every for your support and hope parents.month and hope that you that you find it in yourenjoy reading us as much as heart to help us decreasewe enjoy writing these On Behalf of KBA, we are health disparities amongarticles for you. asking for in-kind our children. donations. All donationsWe received $1,000 from are tax deductible. We seekCummings propriety on “Teach me about health so to acquire a facility withbehalf of Donna Rosa as a that I may teach others” approximately 1200 to 1500contribution to help us Together we can! square footage of space tocontinue our mission of house our program. To do Cheers and Peace to You!educating children and this, we need $20,000.00 byparents about infectious February 22nd 2013. Jeannette Bryant, CEOand chronic diseases. Kids Be Aware, Inc.We are eager to partner From our humblewith organizations all beginnings, and with only aaround town whose mission little bit of help, we areand vision is in line with growing and now we are inours. While we are pleased the position to make ourin the many milestones of dream a reality but to doour organization, we are this, we need your financialconducting our first “We strive to partner with support that will enable us schools, churches, andAnnual Christmas Gifts to expand our Kids Be organizations to focus on thedrive this year. Parents and Aware mission, and to health and well-being of ourChildren are invited to a uphold our vision for children”gift giving celebration on children everywhere.December 19th, 2012 at We are seeking NEW Enrollment! You may donate by going3:30PM At the Salter School We are seeking Volunteers for various roles. at our website: http:// Contact us and Volunteer!
KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 3 Healthy Holiday Treats for children Gingerbread People Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate Nutritional Information Nutritional Information Amount per serving Amount per serving Calories: 56 Calories from Calories: 194 fat: 14% Calories from fat: 18% Fat: Fat: 0.9g Saturated fat: 0.5g 3.9g Saturated fat: 2.3gMonounsaturated fat: 0.2g Monounsaturated fat: 0.0gPolyunsaturated fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g Protein: 7g Carbohydrate: 34g Fiber: 0.8g Cholesterol: 10mgProtein: 0.6g Carbohydrate: 11.5g Fiber: 0.2g Iron: 0.6mg Sodium: 96mg Calcium: 32mgCholesterol: 6mgIron: 0.4mg Sodium: 27mg Calcium: 10mg http://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box- recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.htmlhttp://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.html The vegetable group is where you Naturally sweet and find many of na- juicy, fruits are also low ture’s healthiest in calories, fat, sodium, foods. Vegetables and cholesterol and are are full of fiber, bursting with an array of vitamins, and miner- vitamins and minerals. als and are low in Fruit may already be a calories, fat, so- staple in your house, so if dium, and choles- that’s the case, keep itterol. Vegetables are divided into five sub- up! Remember to intro-groups based on nutrient content—dark- duce kids to all types of fruit because each offersgreen vegetables, orange vegetables, beans its own assortment of nutrients. And try to chooseand peas, starchy vegetables, and a group for whole fruit or cut-up fruit over fruit juices to getall others. Serve your child a variety of vege- more fiber and fewer calories per serving. Be sure totables from all the subgroups each week. cut fruit into appropriately sized pieces for younger children.Nutrients: Fiber and abundant vitamins and Nutrients: Carbohydrates, fiber, folate, vitamin C,minerals, which vary by vegetable potassiumServings: Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups for Servings: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups for kids and 1kids and 2 to 3 cups for adults 1/2 to 2 cups for adultshttp://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-recipes-kids-00412000072333/ http://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-page5.html recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.html
Page 4 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Body Wellness “Pay it forward ” This year, the Christmas season may be a time of continued traditions like sharing gifts and meals with family and close friends. For others, Christmas may be spent in hospitals, nursing facilities, or dealing with an unexpected hardship. Family illnesses and a sense of economic despair may keep some families from being financially capable ofcelebrating the holidays as they would like. For those who have not experienced such hardships this year,we at KBA would like you to consider the concept of “paying it forward”. This concept is not a newconcept by any means; however the concept has begun to surface across the nation and we would like tosee it continue.For parents who would like to see more children learn “sharing and caring”, the holidays affordsopportunities that parents can use to see this develop: 1) teaching children to give clean clothes to anotherchild in need from what your child has grown out of, 2) permitting children to take cans of food to a localfood bank or to a neighbor, 3) encourage children to sort through toys and books they no longer play withor have outgrown, and give them to someone in need, or 4) helping your child pick out mittens and winterhats to keep someone warm this winter.Regardless of what the item is, parents can help children learn to share by pointing out the need of othersand by making a small effort to bless someone else in need. “Paying it forward” is all about doing somethingnice for someone without expecting anything in return. In this manner, we help children refocus on the“giving” rather than just the “getting”. If parents who are in the position to give their children anallowance, they can help children learn how to set aside a little in order to buy something small for someoneelse. No matter how you as the parent choose to start, consider this- when you teach your child to give, you help them find satisfaction in helping another person in need. In order to experience the satisfaction of “paying it forward”, talk to your child about who they think has a need (a classmate, a neighbor, or a friend). One idea that parents can consider, is having your child start a small bank (a simple old jar will do) in which small change collected through the year would be used to help someone in need. When the jar reaches a certain amount ($10-20.00), use the money to do something for someone else. “Paying it forward” however, does not have to be just about money. Random acts of kindness can be just about anything- making a card for a sick friend,taking time to show respect, sharing a smile, donating books to hospitals for others to read while they arehospitalized- all of these are just the beginning ideas of what we could do. Has someone ever done anythingto help you who did not expect anything in return? If the answer is yes, then can we do something forsomeone just because we can? If the answer was no, now is the time to change the focus and start apersonal tradition of giving to someone in need without getting anything back. When asked why you aredoing it, or what do you want, just say nothing, and just do something nice for someone else. Pay it forward.http://life.familyeducation.com/money-management/money-and-kids/48119.htmlMerry Christmas!By: Susan Ruiz, MSChair, Kids Be Aware, Inc.
KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 5 Providing Safe Drinking Water for Your FamilyThe Psychological Effects of Giving (cont.) Volunteer to pack boxes at a food KNOW YOUR WATER SOURCE •Find out if the pipes in your home or apartment building areshelter; read to the elderly in nursing made of lead or contain lead solder.homes; donate toys, clothing and books to •Send tap water samples to your local EPA-certified labora-children in homeless shelters, women’s tory for testing, or buy a water test kit. •If your water is supplied by a public system:shelters or even to those who are less ◦ Ask your supplier what chemicals and parasites are testedfortunate; serve meals or engage in a for and how the water is treated. ◦ Obtain a Consumer Confidence Report on your waterconversation with those in a soup kitchen quality from your public water authority.or homeless shelter; or do something nice •If your water supply is a private well: ◦ Test your waterfor a neighbor. Regardless of what you yearly for pesticides, metals, coliform bacteria and other possi- ble contaminants.choose to do, remember that those who ◦ Avoid using pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals nearare focus on giving are more successful your wells supply source as they can pollute your ground- water.than those who are focused on receiving. IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLY •Install water treatment filters or conditioning systems. ◦ Several types are available, depending on what contami- Happy Holidays to all! nants are present. •Consider buying a water distiller. •Flush your pipes by running cold water for at least one min- ute.By Renee Sullivan, M.A., CCLC •Do not use hot water from the tap for cooking or drinking, as toxins are more likely to leach into hot water.References •Make sure formula is prepared with safe water since boiling increases the lead concentration. Infants are at particular riskFarino, Lisa (2012). Do good, feel good. of lead poisoning because of the larger amount of water they consume relative to their body size.Retrieved on December 11, 2012 from •If necessary, install shower/faucet filters since babies can swal- low water when bathing.http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/ •Immediately dispose of household chemicals like batteries,depression/do-good-feel-good-1. fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil, etc., at your municipal haz- ardous waste depot. (Do not leave them around your home where they may contaminate your water supply.)Grant, Adam and Dutton, Jane (2012). It’sbetter to give than to receive. Retrieved IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLY •Read the label of your bottled water. "Spring" water comeson December 11, 2012 from http:// from one or more underground sources and some bottled water may come from a "municipal source" or from awww.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/ "community water system," and may have had additional treat-publications/journals/ ment. •Avoid plastic bottles with the following recycling codes #1psychological_science. PET, #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 Polycarbonate, which may leak suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors.Widener, Chris (2012). Seven things you •Look for safer plastic bottles, such as #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE, and #5 PP.must give to others if you want to achieve Read more: http://www.healthychild.org/live-healthy/checklist/success. Retrieved on December 10, 2012 providing_safe_drinking_water_for_your_family/from http://www.appleseeds.org/7-Things- #ixzz1sbN9gsgzSuccess.htm.
Page 6 KIDS BE AWARE, INC.Kids Be Aware, Inc.PO BOX 2173Woburn, MA 01888 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! We welcome any donations to help us with the expansion of our program Kids Be Aware, Inc Wellness and Health We are on the Web! Center coming soon in Woburn, MA 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 email@example.com 781-535-2448 Tiffany Henderson Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org 678-431-6543 Susan Ruiz Chair email@example.com 301-302-4215 Teresa Godley-Chase Co-chair firstname.lastname@example.org 240-515-4222 Renee Sullivan Co-Chair email@example.com 478-718-1306 Regina Rainey Board Member firstname.lastname@example.org 864-303-2151 Advisory Board Members Steven Leahy, Attorney email@example.com 617-279-6899 Geoffrey N. Kacoyanis, Attorney 978-465-0111