Risk of Insufficient Sleeping Habits for Children and Youth

Risk of Insufficient Sleeping Habits for Children and Youth Getting good sleep is vitally important at any age, but especially for growing children. When children don’t get enough sleep, they’re at increased risk for: obesity hypertension (high blood pressure) mood swings behavioral issues such as aggression, depression, anxiety, inattention, and hyperactivity over-tiredness poor response inhibition/self-control poor response time and…

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Talk to Your Children About Smoking!

Parents can have a big influence on whether their kids smoke as attitudes and opinions about smoking set an example. Talk openly about the fact that you do not approve of your child smoking and help them think of ways to resist if someone offers them a cigarette. Did you know that most adult smokers had their first cigarette…

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National Safety Awareness Month

June is National Safety Awareness Month and did you know that every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls from people seeking medical help for poisoning?  It is the leading cause of unintentional death, surpassing even motor vehicle crashes, and includes inadvertent ingestion of drugs or chemicals, the excessive use of a drug and exposure to environmental…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know that 1 in 5 children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental illness and that 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness ? Some warning signs that a child may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness can include: • Feeling very sad…

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Alcohol Awareness Month

In recognition of alcohol’s dangerous and long-lasting influence among adolescents, adults, and families, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has declared April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents, caregivers, and members of the community can play a key role in preventing alcohol abuse in children. According to a 2014 national survey on drug use and health, adolescents use…

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Six Tips For Keeping Teens Safe On Social Media

More than 60 percent of teens in the United States have at least one social media account, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While being online is a good way to keep in touch with friends, it’s important for parents to be proactive about Internet safety. Unfortunately, there are people who can use your child’s…

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