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North Elementary school/tri-town YMCA kids                  SJ 3rd grade students enjoying some apples at snack break





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SJ 6th and 8th grade students crunching apples on their field trip downtown. Thanks sooo much!

Studies link air pollution to mental health issues in children

Science Daily reported that a study published Sept. 25 in Environmental Health Perspectives found that short-term exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with exacerbations of psychiatric disorders in children one to two days later, as marked by increased utilization of the Cincinnati Children’s emergency department for psychiatric issues. The study also found that children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution compared to other children, especially for disorders related to anxiety and suicidality.

The lead authors of this study are Cole Brokamp, Ph.D., and Patrick Ryan, Ph.D. They are researchers in the division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Cincinnati Children’s.

“This study is the first to show an association between daily outdoor air pollution levels and increased symptoms of psychiatric disorders, like anxiety and suicidality, in children,” says Dr. Brokamp. “More research is needed to confirm these findings, but it could lead to new prevention strategies for children experiencing symptoms related to a psychiatric disorder. The fact that children living in high poverty neighborhoods experienced greater health effects of air pollution could mean that pollutant and neighborhood stressors can have synergistic effects on psychiatric symptom severity and frequency.” Read more

Why is Extra Salt Injected into Meat?

There are two other major reasons the food industry adds salt to food. “The other 2 reasons, however, are entirely commercial and for most foods are the real reason the food industry wants the intake of salt to remain high.” If salt is added to meat, it draws in water, so the weight can be increased by about 20 percent. Since meat is often sold by the pound, that’s 20 percent more profit for very little cost.

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How can high-performing students set healthy goals?

ROGERS Behavioral  Health shared that we live in a competitive world. The drive for success is affecting children at an increasingly early age with young people feeling the pressure to achieve better grades, excel on standardized college admission tests, and outperform their peers, whether it be in academics or athletics. All that can add up to stress and anxiety, even for high-performing students.

“It’s all about balance,” says Amanda Heins, Ps yD, a supervising psychologist in Rogers’ OCD and Anxiety Center for adolescent residential care. “We want high achievers in the world. They cure diseases, come up with amazing new technology, and perform complex procedures and surgeries. It’s also important when pushing yourself to succeed that you ask some questions like what do I want to accomplish? What are my personal values? Why do I want this particular goal? What’s driving me? When it comes to setting goals, oftentimes there’s a missing ingredient that unintentionally sets us up for failure.”

What are SMART goals?

Dr. Heins says goals should be SMART:

S – specific (Clearly define what it is you want to achieve.)

M – measurable (Establish a way to determine if you’ve met your goal with a tangible metric.)

A – appealing (Pursue a goal that interests you.)

R – realistic (Make sure your goal is achievable.)

T – time-bound (Ensure you have enough time to achieve your goal.) Read more

10 Yoga Poses to Keep the Kids Fit and Healthy

John Linden, Editor @ shared with Healthy Lombard that yoga, an ancient art, is great not only for the mind but for the body as well. Along with adults, even children can benefit immensely from this therapeutic practice.[1]

In fact, the yoga is tremendously beneficial for children as it promotes neuromuscular development,[2] improves body awareness and offers basic stretching and strengthening.[3]

In addition to this, yoga also helps maintain flexibility, strengthens a growing body, enhances concentration,[4] cultivates a relaxed state of body and mind, helps with stress management, sparks creativity in young minds, and teaches discipline and responsibility.

If you plan to teach your children yoga, then do not worry about practicing it perfectly. You need to focus more on helping them practice gentle movements that feel comfortable and help them increase their body awareness.

You also need to teach your children that yoga is not a destination; rather it is a lifetime journey that can help them lead a healthy life in the coming years.

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Understanding the flu shot

MedExpress shared with Healthy Lombard that while the symptoms are sometimes similar to a cold, influenza – aka the flu – is a more severe, viral illness that can lead to additional complications and even hospitalization – with the CDC estimating that flu-related hospitalizations have ranged from 140,000 to 710,000 since 2010.1

Recent studies show that the flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 to 60 percent among the United States’ population during seasons when the vaccine is well-matched with circulating viruses.2With those figures, an annual flu vaccine remains one of the best defense methods against catching and spreading seasonal flu.1

Why Do I Need to Get the Flu Shot Annually?

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine is recommended every season for two reasons1:

  • Your body’s immune response from vaccination – it declines over time, making an annual vaccine necessary for optimum protection.
  • Constantly changing flu viruses – the formulation of the flu virus is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with the changing flu viruses.

The influenza viruses, or Candidate Vaccine Viruses (CVVs), are selected based on what research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The CVVS are what the CDC or another public health partner prepare for vaccine manufacturers to use to produce a flu vaccine.7 Read more

Dealing With Cyberbullying

Alyssa, a freelance writer. I write articles on education and students life, shared with Healthy Lombard that the Internet has become an inseparable part of modern life as it provides much faster and easier access to needed data and also convenient means to connect with other people. While the advantages are obvious for everyone, many people may suffer from the negative phenomena brought to life by the rise of online social media use. According to Cyberbullying Research Center, almost every fourth teen in the US was bullied or harassed online and the rate continues to increase. Cyberbullies like to keep the anonymity and their primary goal is to harm or frighten their victims and make them feel depressed and powerless because of the more public nature of this type of abusing people. You must be aware and ready to prevent psychological harm to your child especially if he/she belongs to one of the vulnerable groups. In fact, no one is immune from online harassment but belonging to a minority group may be a ground for biases and subsequent cyberbullying. Youth with learning disabilities or other special needs and those who are perceived as “different” based on their race, religion, social status or any other aspect of their personality often find themselves exposed to this threat. Read more

A Parent’s Guide to a Sick Kid

MedExpress shared with Healthy Lombard that for working, stay-at-home, and work-from-home parents alike, a sick kiddo can completely derail the whole family’s agenda. When you’ve got a sick kid (or two or three) on your hands, it prompts a string of sometimes stressful questions.

Who can take the kids to the doctor? What about that big meeting this afternoon? Our babysitter is out of town. Is there anyone who could watch the kids for a few hours?

And while we all hope to avoid the dreaded sick days, the likelihood is that they eventually catch up to us all – especially when we’re talking about kids with developing immune systems and school and daycare germs. So, in tribute to the Boy Scouts, it’s best to be prepared. A sick plan can help provide some much-needed stress relief by helping to sort out the last-minute details and logistics associated with a sick kid.

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