Thursday, January 19, 2017

A couple tips to help your kids eat healthier

Here are a couple tips to help your kids eat a little bit healthier :-)
1)"Make a schedule! Children need to eat every three to four hours: three meals, two snacks, and lots of fluids. If you plan for these, your child's diet will be much more balanced and he'll be less cranky, because he won't be famished. I put a cooler in the car when I'm out with my kids and keep it stocked with carrots, pretzels, yogurt, and water so we don't have to rely on fast food.
2)Get kids cooking! If your children become involved in choosing or preparing meals, they'll be more interested in eating what they've created. Take them to the store, and let them choose produce for you. If they're old enough, allow them to cut up vegetables and mix them into a salad. Although Julia refuses to eat fresh fruit, she and I make banana or apple muffins together -- and she always eats them once they're done." -By Julie Burns, R.D. from Parents Magazine
Here are a couple yummy, healthy, and simple ideas that you can use to help your kids get the nutrition they need :-)
Smoothies-Kids go crazy over these delicious treats, and they're packed with nutrients. Use nonfat vanilla yogurt, 100 percent orange juice, and a banana as the smoothie's base, then experiment with a combination of cut-up fresh or frozen fruit. It's a great way to sneak two or three servings of fruit and fiber into your child's diet.
Sliced Cheese-
Option 1: Top multi-grain crackers with sliced cheese and dill pickles.
Option 2: Top a slice of whole-wheat bread with cheese and sliced avocado.
Option 3: Wrap apple wedges with sliced cheese and ham.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical cancer symptoms?
"In most cases, cervical cancer does not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Routine Pap screening is important to check for abnormal cells in the cervix, so they can be monitored and treated as early as possible. Most women are advised to get a Pap test starting at age 21.
The Pap test is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening methods available, and women should have yearly exams by an OB-GYN. However, the Pap test may not detect some cases of abnormal cells in the cervix. The HPV test screens women for the high-risk HPV strains that may lead to cervical cancer. It is approved for women over age 30.
Although screening methods are not 100 percent accurate, these tests are often an effective method for detecting cervical cancer in the early stages when it is still highly treatable. Talk with your doctor about which type of cervical cancer screening is right for you." -Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Angel Tree delivery in December 2016 (late post)

We delivered Angel Tree presents December 22nd 2016. :-) Thank you to all that helped make this happen! We had over 90 children sign up and receive presents in our Angel Tree program this year.

Happy New Year 2017

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

"Since human trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. Some indications that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include (especially in the case of women and children):
Appearing malnourished
Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement
Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
Lacking official identification documents
Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
Working excessively long hours
Living at place of employment
Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp
Poor physical or dental health 
Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back
Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
Small children serving in a family restaurant
Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment - barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows
Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves
These warning signs are adapted from information provided by the Polaris Project and its National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Innocents at Risk."- The Office of the Nevada Attorney General