KIDS BE AWARE, INC.
Volume 1, Issue 6
Tips for a Stress-Free Morning Routine
Now that school has resumed for fall, if smoother and stress levels will
your children are like mine, they are not decrease for you and the children.
always excited about climbing out of bed You and the children will be in a
and getting ready to leave the house on better mood and frame of mind to
time. Because of this, they often waste being work once you arrive at
value time looking for needed items school or work.
before they are ready to go. To 3. Establish a “special” place and time
decrease your daily morning stress, for studying (i.e., specific chair/table,
there are several techniques you can use desk, etc.) and make sure that all
to make the mornings go smoother so materials needed are present before Table of Contents
you and your children can leave home homework begins. When finished,
and get to school on time with fewer check to make sure all items have
CEO’s Corner ............... 2
concerns about what to wear, where to been returned to the book bag and Highlights ......................... 2
find one’s shoes, books, book bag, coat, the book bag has been returned to
or other necessary supplies for the day: the bin by the specified door.
1. Place a coat rack or several hooks 4. Establish an evening bath time and
on the wall near the door in the afterwards, have your children lay Healthy Recipes.............. 3
home that you most commonly use out their clothing for the following
and instruct children to remove and Body Wellness................ 4
day. Assign morning time limits for
hang coats, hats, gloves, etc., upon ........................................... 5
entry. Also, place a small bench or
chair (if room permits) and place a 5. Eliminate distractions but not turning
large plastic bin, shelf or basket (if on the TV or leaving it on a news
enough space, use one individual channel instead of placing it on a
container for each child) and instruct cartoon channel while your child is
him/her to place shoes and book getting ready.
bags into the bins upon entry. When 6. Ensure that your child begins each
it comes time for homework, they morning with a good, healthy and
can easily retrieve their book bag, balanced breakfast.
complete their assignments, place
items back in the book bag and
As an added bonus, encourage your child
return it to the bin for easy retrieval
to keep his or her room clean and
as they walk out the door for school
organized. Not only will this help them,
the next morning. Likewise, you can
it will also help you when it comes to Our Mission and Vision
avoid the shoe scavenger hunt in the
overall home maintenance. Each
morning that so often wastes To increase disease
evening, set aside 15 minutes and send
valuable time, especially when you awareness among children
everyone, including you, to their
are in a rush. bedrooms. Place a trash bag in the and parents; To promote
2. Create a weekly schedule and hallway and a laundry basket in each healthy behaviors, reduce
develop a daily routine. Your room. Have children remove all trash the spread of infections,
children may need some constant from their rooms and place into the and to reduce health-
reinforcement until they learn the trash bag and any dirty laundry into the related issues in our
routine. Children thrive on basket. Other clothing items can be nation’s children.
structure! Once they learn the hung up and placed into the closet or
routine, morning transitions will be folded and put away, along with books,
KIDS BE AWARE, INC.
Howdy! have envisioned much more
for Malden. We are now
Great News! We are reaching out to individuals
officially a 501(c)3 and organizations for
organization. We are now support and financial
moving forward with our backing in order to fulfill You may donate by going
mission and vision. You this need. at our website: http://
may find us at www.kidsbeaware.org or
http://www.guidestar.org simply by mailing in your
The current need of this
We have also updated our organization is to open a
website. Now you can go new health facility among
I thank you in advance
online and see who are our our Malden residents.
for your support and hope
organization donors. All Together, we can raise
that you find it in your
donors are listed on our disease awareness among
heart to help us decrease
website. children and parents.
health disparities among
I’m always pleased to bring our children.
more good news to you all On Behalf of KBA, we are
each and every month and asking for in-kind
“Teach me about health so
hope that you enjoy reading donations. All donations
that I may teach others”
us as much as we enjoy are tax deductible. We seek
Together we can!
writing these articles for to acquire a facility with
you. approximately 1200 to 1500 Cheers and Peace to You!
square footage of space to
We have been working house our program. To do Jeannette Bryant, CEO
overtime getting ourselves this, we need $25,000.00 by Kids Be Aware, Inc.
ready for a capital December, 30th 2012.
campaign that our
organization is launching
to help us raise needed From our humble
funds to open our children’s beginnings, and with only a
health and wellness center little bit of help, we are
in Malden, MA. growing and now we are in
the position to make our “We strive to partner with
We are eager to partner dream a reality but to do schools, churches, and
with organizations all this, we need your financial organizations to focus on the
around town whose mission support that will enable us health and well-being of our
and vision is in line with to expand our Kids Be children”
ours. While we are Aware mission, and to
delighted in the progress uphold our vision for We are seeking NEW Enrollment!
that KBA is making, we children everywhere.
We are seeking Volunteers for various
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Best food Choices for kids
For example, foods in the milk Whole grains are the best
group, such as yogurt, cheese, choice because they contain
and milk, are all good sources more fiber, vitamins, and
of protein, calcium, and minerals. Both kids and adults
vitamin D. Eating foods from should aim for at least half of
each group every day provides their daily servings to be from
most of the nutrients that kids need. whole-grain sources
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, vi- bursting with an array of
tamins, 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 it
terol. Vegetables are divided into five sub- up! Remember to intro-
groups based on nutrient content—dark-green duce kids to all types of fruit because each offers its
vegetables, orange vegetables, beans and own assortment of nutrients. And try to choose whole
peas, starchy vegetables, and a group for all fruit or cut-up fruit over fruit juices to get more fiber
others. Serve your child a variety of vegeta- and fewer calories per serving. Be sure to cut fruit
bles from all the subgroups each week. into appropriately sized pieces for younger children.
Nutrients: Carbohydrates, fiber, folate, vitamin C,
Nutrients: Fiber and abundant vitamins and potassium
minerals, which vary by vegetable Servings: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups for kids and
1 1/2 to 2 cups for adults
Servings: Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups for
kids and 2 to 3 cups for adults http://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-
KIDS BE AWARE, INC.
“Protecting Your Children from Flu”
Well, school has begun for most of the country and that means our children
will face numerous exposures to a variety of pesky germs. Some children will be
fortunate and be “missed” in that these germs will not cause them illness
during the school year. For other children however, these germs often find a
suitable host resulting in a bout of seasonal illness. The reality is that no one
knows who will contract an illness. The result can be in the form of influenza,
or more commonly known as flu. The key then, lies in prevention.
Influenza is a viral illness that can be spread by coming into contact with
someone who has the flu and by touching items touched by those with the flu.
When children cough, sneeze, and have runny noses, these secretions carry the influenza germ
which then seeks another acceptable host to set up shop. Children who have been exposed to
influenza can become symptomatic: cough, sore throat, fever, aches, runny nose, and general
muscle aches. http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/immunizations/a/flu_shots.htm
While most adults would automatically think about their getting a flu shot, most parents may not
know that the formal recommendation now is that children 6 months to 18 years of age should get
a yearly flu shot. For children 6 months to nine years of age, it is recommended that they receive
two shots in the first year (one month apart) for best response. Children over nine years of age
and younger children, who have already had flu shots the previous year, should receive the flu
shot once a year. http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/immunizations/a/flu_shots.htm
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state that, “Each year an average of 20,000 children
under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications”, and in
some case, these complications result in the death of the child. For children who
have chronic diseases (like asthma) or certain brain and nervous system disorders,
getting the flu could be life-threatening.
The simplest way to offset issues with flu this year is to be proactive- get your child
immunize against the flu. According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, the 2012-2013 flu shot will
protect against seasonal flu and the H1N1 or swine flu. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/flu-
There is so much truth in that old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. By
taking the time to learn more on preventing a visit from the flu this year, and by getting everyone
in your house vaccinated against the flu, you will be taking the necessary steps toward a healthier
and happy school year for all!
By: Susan Ruiz
Chair, Kids Be Aware, Inc.
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Tips for a Stress-Free Morning Routine (cont.) Providing Safe Drinking Water for Your Family
KNOW YOUR WATER SOURCE
toys and other items. If your weekly cleaning •Find out if the pipes in your home or apartment building are
schedule is on weekends, allow your child to pitch made of lead or contain lead solder.
in and participate in age appropriate activities (i.e., •Send tap water samples to your local EPA-certified labora-
tory for testing, or buy a water test kit.
from picking up toys to vacuuming, dusting or •If your water is supplied by a public system:
changing bed linens). Of course younger children ◦ Ask your supplier what chemicals and parasites are tested
may not be as capable to doing some chores for and how the water is treated.
compared to others but even a toddler can put toys ◦ Obtain a Consumer Confidence Report on your water
into a toy box or books onto a shelf and you can quality from your public water authority.
•If your water supply is a private well: ◦ Test your water
always get more cooperation when you make the yearly for pesticides, metals, coliform bacteria and other possi-
chore/task fun. Try challenging your child by ble contaminants.
making clean up a game or teach your child the ◦ Avoid using pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals near
Clean Up song….http://www.youtube.com/watch? your well's supply source as they can pollute your ground-
v=PJhXVg2QisM. This not only encourages the water.
child to be personally responsible, but it also IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLY
teaches the value of working together as a team as •Install water treatment filters or conditioning systems.
they help you to keep the house cleaner, plus you ◦ Several types are available, depending on what contami-
there is an added advantage of having things nants are present.
organized for easier retrieval when needed. •Consider buying a water distiller.
•Flush your pipes by running cold water for at least one min-
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.
•Make sure formula is prepared with safe water since boiling
increases the lead concentration. Infants are at particular risk
of lead poisoning because of the larger amount of water they
consume relative to their body size.
•If necessary, install shower/faucet filters since babies can swal-
low water when bathing.
•Immediately dispose of household chemicals like batteries,
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.)
IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLY
•Read the label of your bottled water. "Spring" water comes
from one or more underground sources and some bottled
water may come from a "municipal source" or from a
"community water system," and may have had additional treat-
•Avoid plastic bottles with the following recycling codes #1
PET, #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 Polycarbonate, which may leak
suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
•Look for safer plastic bottles, such as #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE,
and #5 PP.
Read more: http://www.healthychild.org/live-healthy/checklist/
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Tiffany Henderson Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org 678-431-6543
Florette Dihewou Board Secretary email@example.com 774-242-8480
Susan Ruiz Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 301-302-4215
Teresa Godley-Chase Co-chair email@example.com 240-515-4222
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