Posted from Re-posted from the CDC website
Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities.
Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and
healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.
Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.
Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Make boating safety a priority.
Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.
Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors.
The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms usually are more severe than the typical sneezing and stuffiness of a cold.
Symptoms, which usually begin about 2 days after exposure to the virus, can include:
loss of appetite
nausea or vomiting
Infants with the flu also may seem fussy all of a sudden or just "not look right."
After 5 days, fever and other symptoms have usually disappeared, but a cough and weakness may continue.
All symptoms are usually gone within a week or two. However, it's important to treat the flu seriously because it can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening complications, particularly in infants, senior citizens, and people with long-term health problems.
The flu is contagious, spread by virus-infected droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air. People who are infected are contagious from a day before they feel sick until their symptoms have ended (about 1 week for adults, but this can be longer for young kids).
The flu usually occurs in small outbreaks, but epidemics — when the illness spreads rapidly and affects many people in an area at the same time — tend to occur every few years. Epidemics often peak within 2 or 3 weeks after the first cases occur.
When an epidemic spreads worldwide, it's called a pandemic. The most recent flu pandemic occurred in 2009-2010, with the H1N1 ("swine") flu.
Posted from www.ChooseMyPlate.gov - 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series
From the US Dept. of Agriculture - Try (and download) these great resources!
The Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series provides consumers and professionals with high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient,
printable format. These are perfect for posting on a refrigerator.
These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet.
Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you. These tips are also available in Spanish.
More tips coming soon!
For more print materials, click here.
We live in a stressed-out nation, according to the American Psychological Association (APA) survey, "Stress in America." Most Americans feel moderate to high stress, with 44% reporting increased stress levels over the last 5 years. Many Americans have experienced stress from financial problems related to the economy. And many have found it difficult to balance work and home responsibilities and find the time to focus on healthy behaviors.
When you're under stress day in and day out, it can take a toll on your physical and mental health. And if you have children, your stress may also be affecting them -- more than you realize. According to the survey, 69% of parents said that their stress levels didn't have a big effect on their children, yet 91% of kids knew when their parents were stressed. So it's smart to learn how to manage stress to ensure good health for you and your family.
Types of Stress
Not all stress is bad for us, says Bruce S. McEwen, PhD, a leading stress researcher and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University, New York, NY.
How Your Body Responds to Stress
When something very stressful occurs, your body leaps into action. The brain triggers the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones travel to different parts of the body, putting it on high alert. Your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure increase. Blood vessels constrict, directing more blood to your brain and muscles. These stress responses get your body ready to either fight or flee.
Of course, fighting or fleeing isn't something most of us need to do very often. "Early humans were exposed on a regular basis to many more real-life dangers than we are now," says Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, executive director for professional practice of the American Psychological Association. The problem, she says, is that as we evolved, our world became less dangerous, but our bodies still react to stress the same way.
"Even psychological dangers such as the threat of abandonment or loss of self-esteem produce the same physiological response that real, physical dangers present," Nordal tells WebMD. The daily grind, family and work conflicts, money troubles, and even world events create a certain level of stress and anxiety.
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While kids are outside more during the summer months, there's more opportunity for injury or other health concerns. Heat, spiders and rashes, oh my!
Never, never, never treat poison ivy w/ bleach! Don't ignore spider bites - assume the worst. Brown Recluse spiders are bad news! And children practicing sports in the heat, need frequent breaks out of the sun, and near constant hydration.
There are great websites with more detailed info on how to keep your family safe this summer. Make it fun - ask your child to become the RASH EXPERT - or the SPIDER SPY! Sit down in front of the computer screen together - there's an idea!
Here's just a few ideas:
Try these websites:
KidsHealth.org - Printable Safety Guides - everything from heat exhaustion, to water safety, to spiders and more
eatright.org - Nutrition for Kids and Teens - from the American Dietetic Association
Recommended readings lists - based on grade levels. Scroll down mid-page for a couple sets of links. Good stuff!
Learn to lead - get involved in something bigger than you. YouthNoise.org - young people unite around their favorite causes.
If you need help finding local resources, visit our Database search page, or call us at 757-244-5373 during regular business hours.
With childhood obesity increasing at staggering rates, parents and caregivers must play an active role in protecting children's health. Eating healthy foods is a key factor in maintaining their overall wellbeing. But, this has to be balanced with regular physical activity.
Children who are physically active on a regular basis will reap enormous benefits. Studies have shown that they:
Now that we know why children need to be active, it's time to get them up and moving. Here's how: