Category: Health and Safety

Helping Children Deal with Stress

2016 was in many ways, a year of big changes; 2017 will bring a lot of change too. As adults, we have developed ways to cope with stress and change—some of them healthy, like talking to friends, taking walks or runs, reading, playing or watching sports or deep breathing and meditation. Sometimes, we cope in… Read more »

Take Action Against an Undetectable Gas: It’s National Radon Action Month

This month we are acknowledging National Radon Action Month. We encourage you to test your home and workplace for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Reducing Stress

Spotlight Take Care of Yourself: Reduce Your Stress The Problem High levels of parental stress can cause health problems, make parenting more difficult, and contribute to stress and challenging behaviors in children. One Solution Take Care of Yourself: Reduce Your Stress is a four-page brochure that you can provide to parents to help them keep… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Alexis Hood

Spotlight Alexis Hood, Sunnyside Learning Center, Raymond, WA The Problem Children are our future, and society can’t afford to let them grow up physically inactive. The Solution Dancing, and lots of it! How She Did It Alexis is a role model when it comes to fitness, logging between 15,000 and 18,000 steps per day. She… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

Whole-Grain Rich Foods—What’s That?

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by “whole-grain rich” foods. The new requirements apply to CACFP centers and CACFP participating child care… Read more »

Report on Media Use and How It Affects Young Children

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Children and Adolescents and Digital Media explores new recommendations for children’s media use. The report covers what we currently know about media use and how it affects young children and adolescents and makes recommendations for pediatricians and parents. These recommendations are designed to help… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Karen Ekdahl

Spotlight Karen Ekdahl, Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center, Bellingham, Washington The Problem Working with children can be very stressful, and the demands on staff just seem to grow. The Solution Offering some creative (and some extremely low-cost) health and wellness activities for teachers so they feel appreciated and cared for. How They Did It Bellingham… Read more »

New Grain Requirements in CACFP–Separating Wheat from Chaff

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? Want to know what “whole grain rich” means? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by ‘whole grain-rich’ foods. The new requirements apply… Read more »

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

Smoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom. Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working… Read more »

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