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Did you miss it? September was National Childhood Obesity Month.

While September may be over this health issue continues to be a serious concern throughout the year especially as we head into the winter months when getting enough exercise can be a mojor problem. There are no easy answers when it comes to childhood obesity but increasing our knowledge and understanding of the contributing factors is a good first step. Check out these great resources which will help you and your child continue on your journey to good health.

www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/

www.jumpinforhealthykids.org/



Boy On Bike. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. 
quest.eb.com/search/139_1950638/1/139_1950638/cite. Accessed 2 Oct 2018.
submitted by Amy Grill


1. Walk/Run/Bike- Summer is a great time to get outside and be more physically active. Here in Warsaw/Winona Lake we are very fortunate to have a great set of walking/bike trails. Here is an address to the website if you need a map or information about the paths. http://ridewalk.com/ We have 5.67 miles of greenways in Kosciusko County. This is a safe place to get out with your children and walk, run, or bike together. Don’t forget your helmet!

2. Play at the Park- Warsaw is full of fantastic parks for your children to play at this summer. Winona Lake now has the Limitless Park and K21 Splash Pad. The limitless park is a universally accessible park that has a solid surface, ramps, and sensory play. The Splash Pad is open 11am-6pm and is a great place for kids to cool off this summer. Center Lake has a great playground beach area. The beach at Center Lake is staffed with a life guard Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:30-6pm on weekdays, 11:30-pm on Sat and Sun. This a great place to cool off and get some exercise this summer. Make sure you wear that sunscreen and always swim with a buddy!

3. Canoeing and Paddleboarding- Pike Lake is offering free canoeing and paddleboarding on these days. All equipment and life vest are provided.
Monday, June 4, Noon to 6pm
Thursday, June 21, Noon to 6pm
Saturday, June 30, 10am-4pm
Monday, July 9, Noon to 6pm
Thursday, July 26, Noon to 6pm
Saturday, July 28, 10am to 4pm

4. Swim Lessons- Free swim lessons are being given at Center Lake Beach in two sessions this summer. June 18-29, and July 16-27. The sessions are 30min each. Register online for this great event.




Happy family. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 26 Mar 2018.
submitted by Rachelle Himes


It's hard to imagine after such a long winter that Spring is finally here. Our kids are outside exploring and with that comes the risk of tick bites.

Ticks can live in the tall grass, bushes, leaf piles and woods. Merely brushing by a bush with a tick on it can allow it to hitch a ride on your child's pant leg.

You can protect your children from tick bites and tick-borne disease by having them wear long sleeves and long pants when playing in the woods. Wear a repellant with at least 20% DEET

When your children come back in from playing outside be sure to check for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair. Ticks like to hide in the warm , dark areas.

If you see a tick, don't panic. Simply remove the tick with tweezers, squeezing it as close to the skin as possible and pulling upward with steady even pressure. Avoid using old folklore remedies such as salt, nail polish or gasoline. Removing the tick as soon as it is discovered is best. Be sure to wash the area as soon as the tick is removed.

Monitor for symptoms. Watch for a rash or fever up to several weeks after a bite. If a rash or a fever develop seek medical attention. Be sure to let the doctor know about the bite, when it occured and where the tick was acquired.

For more information on ticks visit the CDC website. www.cdc.gov/ticks

Get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and be Tick Savvy.

*Information obtained from cdc.gov



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submitted by Ashley Rodewald

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Warsaw Community School nurses want you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:
  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

For more information visit:
http://www.breakthecycle.org/




Teenage dating. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
quest.eb.com/search/139_1910504/1/139_1910504/cite. Accessed 27 Feb 2018.
submitted by Lisa Secrist

National Sunday Supper Month is an annual designation observed in January. The Sunday supper was once an opportunity after a hectic week for families to gather around the supper table to spend time together and share stories about their week. These days families are busy with after school activities, jobs and homework. Sunday supper has been a disappearing tradition around the country and the Sunday Supper Movement aims to bring families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table one Sunday at a time. If you are finding it difficult to get together with your family at the dinner table, here is a little inspiration:

OBSERVE
Gather with family or friends & prepare a meal together
Savor each other’s company around the supper table
TURN PHONES OFF! And the TV, too! NO electronic devices allowed at the table!

MAKE IT FUN
Theme nights – try a theme night – try a taco bar, pasta night, or make your own pizzas – the possibilities are endless. It is also a great time to try out that new recipe.
Invite friends or family – reconnect with friends and family by sharing a meal with them. Make it a potluck and play some games.
Make it a moveable feast. Do a tailgate. Go on a picnic or eat in the backyard. Move the meal to Grandma’s house every now and then. What’s important is that your family is together.
Use conversation starters – talk about the best part of your day, where you would like to go on a vacation, or your most embarrassing moment. The most important thing is to interact with those sitting with you.

BENEFITS
Promotes healthier eating
Cheaper than eating out – save money by cooking your own meals
You control your portions – the average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal.
Allows a family to focus on each other and to enjoy face to face interaction

Empower your family by nurturing them around the family table. Making a vow to eat together on Sunday evenings. Who knows? That may soon grow into more family meals shared with the ones you love.


www.sundaysuppermovement.com

www.health.com/health

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