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Kids Be Aware Newsletter


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Kids Be Aware Newsletter

  1. 1. June 2012 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Volume 1, Issue 3A Safer SummerHere are five steps to create a safer, essential oil of eucalyptus and 1 tsphealthier, environment for children essential oil of pennyroyal with 2 cupsespecially during the summer months. water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spray along baseboards, backs of counters,Step 1 - Avoid Pesticides inside cupboards. Do not rinseWeeds, bugs, rodents can be a pest and no For ants, you can sprinkle red chili powder,one wants them around. In the spring and paprika or dried peppermint (or itssummer months are times for cutting essential oil) where the ants are entering.grass, killing weeds in gardens and flower For outdoor pets, place their food bowlgardens and getting rid of insects. Most within a larger bowl of soapy water.often pesticides are used and can be Table of Contentsharmful. Pesticides are poisons, and in Step 2 - Use Non-Toxic Products CEO’s Corner ............... 2most cases, their negative effects can far We use many personal care products,outweigh any positives of being rid of the cleaners, computers, carpeting, cabinetry, Highlights ......................... 2pests. Pesticides have been linked to a cushions, cosmetics and the list goes onrange of health problems, including and on. Checking labels to ensure they areasthma, hyperactivity and behavior non-toxic is essential for a safe Featured Articles:problems, cancer, learning disabilities, environment for children and the entirereproductive disorders, and compromised family. Healthy Recipes.............. 3brain development. Body Wellness................ 4 What to DoWhat to Do Use gentle castile soap and water and ........................................... 5 Avoid unsafe chemicals inside and out buy safer cleaning products. For Look for Instruct caregivers about the hazards of products made with certified organic pesticides and talk to school or daycare ingredients and those with the fewest centers about pest management ingredients. practices For personal care products use fewer Prevent pests through good sanitation products and smaller amounts. Look for and food storage habits, and by products made with certified organic preventing their entry structurally ingredients and those with the fewest Take off your shoes at the door to ingredients. prevent tracking pesticides indoors Step 3 - Clean Up Indoor AirSafe Solutions Because we breathe more than we eat weExamples of some safe solutions are: need to be careful and be mindful what ourAll-purpose pesticide spray: Combine 1 tsp children are inhaling. Young children Our Mission and Vision breathe faster than adults – inhaling 50% more air per pound of body weight. The To increase disease worst air is generally inside, where most awareness among people spend roughly 90% of their time. children and parents; Safe Solutions To promote healthy Indoor products we use could contribute to behaviors, reduce the pollution and an unhealthy environment. spread of infections, That is why it is essential to know what’s in and to reduce health- the products you buy and opt for the most natural and non-toxic choices. related issues in our nation’s children. Continued from Page 5
  2. 2. Page 2 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. CEO’s Corner...I am pleased to partner with local organizations aswith our board to reach our we reach out to childrenfamilies across the nation. I and parents.believe that the greatest We realize that parentsasset this country has is our have a tremendous job to dochildren. community. – raising their children inWith the help and support difficult times. We want to If we can join you in yourof a dedicated board, we are help! established meeting place,excited about the many contact us! We would love Our Board of Directors arechanges we are to introduce Kids Be diligently seeking areaundergoing ! This year will Aware, Inc. to you! schools, churches, localbe a year of great businesses to join us as we Byexpansion and outreach. reach out to the Jeannette Bryant, CEOWe anticipate partnering Monthly Highlights “We strive to partner with schools, churches, KIDS BE AWARE GALA and organizations to focus on the health and TO BE ANNOUNCED well-being of our children” SOON FOLLOW US ON Our JUNE Activities FACBOOK OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE We are having a Disease Education Program for Families on We are planning a SPECIAL surprise in JUNE 23th. August! But, we will PLEASE SIGN UP SOON!! give you a hint- We will host a special event in Boston for children and Parents! Facilitator Training Get more hints as We are seeking NEW Enrollment! August draws near!!! We are seeking Volunteers for various roles. You will not want to Contact us and Volunteer! miss it!
  3. 3. KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 3 Healthy RecipesZucchini Oven Chips Preparation1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs Preheat oven to 425°.1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl,1/4 teaspoon garlic powder stirring with a whisk. Place milk in a shallow bowl.1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Dip zucchini slices in milk, and dredge in2 tablespoons fat-free milk breadcrumb mixture. Place coated slices on an2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini ovenproof wire rack coated with cooking spray; (about 2 small) place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30Cooking spray minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.Citrus Chicken. PLACE RECIPE HERE WITH THE IN-STRUCTIONS AND VALUABLE TIPS;,MAYBE HAVE INGREDIENTS ON ONESIIDE AND THE INSTRUCTIONS ONTHE OTHER COLUMN.
  4. 4. Page 4 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Body Wellness “Hop To It” Renee Sullivan, M.A., CCLC Spring has arrived and the weather has gotten warmer, but fewer children and adolescents seem to be outsideengaging in activities that require physical energy compared to times in the past. It seems that if children are outside at all, mostare riding some motorized vehicle instead of riding a bike or some other object that requires physical energy to operate, whilemany are inside playing video games or playing on the computer. As a result, the numbers of overweight children andadolescents in America have significantly increased through the years. In 2010, President Obama issued the President’sChallenge which encourages children to participate in physical exercise at an increased level in their local schools. Parents canhelp by discussing the programs with their child’s principal and encouraging the school to participate in the program. Childrencan earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) each school year for the next three years. Information on this programcan be found at According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2012), the obesity rate for children aged 6-11 increased from 7%in 1980 to 20% in 2008 and from 5% to 18% for those aged 12-19. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(AACAP, 2011), childhood obesity has become a major problem in the United States, with 16 to 33 percent of children andadolescents considered to be obese. This problem of obesity has cost over $100 billion dollars and is believed to be fueled by alack of physical exercise and poor dietary habits. Studies have shown that obesity begins between ages 5 and 6 or duringadolescence and if one parent is obese, the child has a 50 percent chance of being obese as well, but if both parents are obese,this chance increases to 80 percent (AACAP). Problems contributing to child and adolescent obesity include: lack of exercise,overeating or binging, poor eating habits, family history of obesity, medications (i.e., steroids, some psychiatric medications),medical illnesses (i.e., endocrine, neurological problems), stressful life events (i.e., divorce, deaths, abuse, moves, separations),low self-esteem and depression or other mental health problems such as anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder (AACAP).Although only 1 percent of problems are caused by obesity, other physical problems can include diabetes, increased heartdisease and high blood pressure, breathing problems and trouble sleeping. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK, 2012) suggests that parents helpchildren who are overweight or obese by encouraging them to engage in physical activities such as playing catch, dancing, playingon a jungle gym, hopscotch or bouncing a ball. Because children and pre-adolescents are not ready for adult-style physicalactivity, it is recommended that they participate in these “fun” activities for up to 60 minutes per day, which can beaccomplished in short 5 to 10-minute intervals until they have achieved the full 60 minutes per day. Of course, parents can seta good example by joining their children in activities at the park, walking, or even riding a bike and they can encourage theirchild to participate on a local sports team and if their child is uncomfortable playing physical sports, the parent can encouragehim or her to participate in activities such as playing tag with friends or family members. Families can even participate in dailyor weekly chores together such as vacuuming, or washing the car (NIDDK). Changing poor dietary habits is essential as well. This can easily be done by incorporating more fresh fruits andvegetables, fruit canned in light syrup or juice, low sugar and whole grain cereals with low-fat milk and small amounts of driedfruits (i.e., raisins, apple rings, apricots). Parents can encourage healthy dietary habits in schools, daycares, churches and otherorganizations in which their children participate (CDC, 2012). In addition, ensuring that children start their day with a healthy,nutritious breakfast will increase their energy level overall, cause them to feel less hungry during the day and increase theirability to perform academically. Eating less fast-food and planning and eating nutritious family meals together can also help. Ofcourse, accepting children regardless of their weight, while listening to their concerns and making them feel important is alsocrucial and essential to their overall development (NIDDK, 2012). Be an excellent role model for your child by adopting ahealthier lifestyle that includes smart dietary choices, water, and exercise. ReferencesAmerican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2011). Obesity in children and adolescents, No. 79. Retrieved from for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Childhood obesity facts. Retrieved on April 15, 2012 from http:// Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2012). Weight-control information network: helping your overweight child. Retrieved on April 15, 2012 from
  5. 5. KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 5A Safer Summer Continued from Page 1 Providing Safe Drinking Water for Your FamilyChoose personal care products that are fragrance-free and KNOW YOUR WATER SOURCEsprinkle baking soda on your carpet to absorb odors before •Find out if the pipes in your home or apartment building arevacuuming. made of lead or contain lead solder. •Send tap water samples to your local EPA-certified labora-Step 4 - Eat Healthy tory for testing, or buy a water test kit. Pesticides, bacteria, industrial chemicals, and food additives •If your water is supplied by a public system:all find their way into our children’s foods, often at levels ◦Ask your supplier what chemicals and parasites are testedthat can be harmful to them in myriad ways. Pound for for and how the water is treated.pound, children eat and drink more than adults. Therefore, ◦Obtain a Consumer Confidence Report on your water qual-healthy eating is essential in order to safely nourish their ity from your public water authority.growing bodies. •If your water supply is a private well: ◦Test your water yearly for pesticides, metals, coliform bacteria and other possibleSafe Solutions contaminants.The easiest way to eat healthier is to start making your food ◦Avoid using pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals nearinstead of buying prepared food and warming it. Have the your wells supply source as they can pollute your ground-tap water at home tested. Also, trim fat off of meat, poultry water.and fish, broil or bake instead of frying and eat a wide IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLYvariety of foods. Lastly, read labels. Look for foods with few •Install water treatment filters or conditioning systems.and identifiable ingredients. ◦Several types are available, depending on what contami- nants are present.Avoid the top five risky additives: Artificial Colors (anything •Consider buying a water distiller.that begins with FD&C ), Chemical Preservatives (Butylated •Flush your pipes by running cold water for at least one min-Hydroxyanisole [BHA], Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Benzoate), ute.Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Saccharin), •Do not use hot water from the tap for cooking or drinking,Added Sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup [HFCS], Corn Syrup, as toxins are more likely to leach into hot water.Dextrose, etc.), Added Salt (Look at the sodium content and •Make sure formula is prepared with safe water since boilingchoose foods with the lowest amounts.) increases the lead concentration. Infants are at particular risk of lead poisoning because of the larger amount of water theyStep 5- Be wise with Plastics consume relative to their body size.Plastic is generally toxic to produce, toxic to use, and toxic •If necessary, install shower/faucet filters since babies can swal-to dispose of. Some common plastics release harmful low water when bathing.chemicals into our air, foods, and drinks. We may not be •Immediately dispose of household chemicals like batteries,able to see it but if you’re serving your dinner on plastic, fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil, etc., at your municipal haz-you’re likely eating a little plastic for dinner. ardous waste depot. (Do not leave them around your home where they may contaminate your water supply.)Safe Solutions IMPROVE YOUR WATER SUPPLYBuy and store food in glass, ceramic or stainless steel •Read the label of your bottled water. "Spring" water comescontainers. If using plastic storage containers, make sure from one or more underground sources and some bottledhot food items have cooled before placing them in the water may come from a "municipal source" or from acontainer. "community water system," and may have had additional treat-Find safer substitutes for plastic toys your child mouths. Do ment.not heat plastics even if they say they are microwave safe. •Avoid plastic bottles with the following recycling codes #1Recycle, re-purpose or discard plastic bottles and food PET, #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 Polycarbonate, which may leakstorage containers that are worn, scratched, or cannot be suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors.identified. •Look for safer plastic bottles, such as #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE, and #5 PP.Material taken from Healthy Child Healthy World Read more: providing_safe_drinking_water_for_your_family/ #ixzz1sbN9gsgz
  6. 6. Page 6 KIDS BE AWARE, INC.Kids Be Aware, Inc.P. O. Box 3226Woburn, MA 01888 We are on the Web! Visit us at: We are also on Facebook! KBA Board Members Jeannette Bryant CEO 781-535-2448 Tiffany Henderson Treasurer 678-431-6543 Florette Dihewou Board Secretary 774-242-8480 Susan Ruiz Co-chair 301-302-4215 Teresa Godley-Chase Co-chair 240-515-4222 Renee Sullivan Board Member 478-718-1306 Regina Rainey Board Member 864-303-2151 Andre Bikai Board Member 770-369-5305 Felix Bikai Board Member Krissy McGarvey Board Member