What Not to Buy at Garage Sales

Garage SaleSome people swear by garage and yard sales. They can certainly help stretch tight family budgets by being a great source for gently used baby and toddler items. But, there are important things to keep in mind when you’re considering that “good deal.”

One of the challenges, whether you are a buyer or a seller at a garage sale, is knowing the recall history of items. Unless you make a point of checking the Consumer Product Safety Commissions website (cpsc.gov), you may not be aware an item has been recalled. These items pose a life-threatening danger to infants and children so it is important not to take any chances.

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV + AIDS Awareness DayApril 10th is the annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (#NYHAAD), a day dedicated to educating the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people.  Prepare yourself, Public, you’re about to be educated…

Bear with me for a quick science review:  Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  HIV can be transmitted through infected bodily fluids – unprotected sex, sharing needles with infected person (with IV drug use, tattoos/piercings, etc), passed from infected mom to baby in childbirth or breastfeeding.

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What is Your Fitness Personality?

Fitness PersonalitiesFor the last 15 years, I’ve worked with school-age children from elementary school through high school as a special education assistant, track and cross country coach and exercise physiologist in the Pediatric Fitness Clinic.  During this time, exercise has been my “go to” tool for handling behavioral, performance and medical concerns.  It’s obvious that the need for exercise is universal (emotional, physical, and psychological health). However, approaching your child with the type of activity they are drawn to varies based on their personality.  It seems as if certain “Fitness Personalities” occur time and time again.  Knowing your child’s personality may help you find the right activity for your child that feels natural, is rewarding and fun.

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Teenage Stress: There’s an app for that

ss_260574644_teen_girl_iphoneRecently, a group of teenagers from Kennewick, Washington, were winners in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their proposed app, “Safe&Sound,” to give teens a way to manage stress and depression.  When interviewed on NPR, three members of the group described their own personal experience with depression and anxiety as well as a school shooting in their community as inspiration for the app. While they acknowledge that the app – which offers, for example, inspirational quotes, breathing exercises, and suggestions for coping – does not address all of the elements necessary for dealing with mental health concerns, it is a small piece of the puzzle to help teenagers deal with stress in an increasingly hand-held and web-based world. The app is expected to be released in June 2015. Read more

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