April 17, 2014

~Earth Day is April 22!~

 

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Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.  Cigarette butts are the most littered item globally, leaching toxic chemicals and carcinogens that pollute the environment. Tobacco control advocates can use Earth Day to call attention to the environmental impact of cigarette butts.

Help Us Stop Toxic Litter:

The dangers from smoking don’t stop once a cigarette is stubbed out. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals and carcinogens that pollute the environment. They’re poisonous to wildlife and can contaminate water sources. And they’re the number one littered item on US roadways and the number one item found on beaches and in waterways worldwide.

http://www.legacyforhealth.org/our-issues/cigarettes-and-the-environment/help-us-stop-toxic-litter/

Earth-Day

 Get the Facts:

Fact Sheet Tobacco1

Fact Sheet Tobacco2

Fact Sheet Tobacco3

For more information, please visit www.legacyforhealth.org

 


April 14, 2014

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April 11, 2014

Screen Time vs. Lean Time

ScreenTime

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun. That’s just the time they spend in front of a screen for entertainment. It doesn’t include the time they spend on the computer at school for educational purposes or at home for homework.

The CDC recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The time kids spend watching TV, playing video games, surfing the web, is time they could be physically active.

 Screen Time: Kids 8-10 Years Old

Screen Time Ages 8-10

Screen Time: Kids 11-14 Years Old

Screen Time Ages 11-14

Screen Time: Teens 15-18 Years Old

 Screen Time 15-18

For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/solutions.html or http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/screenfreeweek/


April 9, 2014

2014 Fresh EUP FREE Raised Bed Program in Sault Ste. Marie!

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April 7, 2014

April is ~Autism Awareness~ Month

Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability defined by diagnostic criteria that include deficits in social communication and social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Initial signs and symptoms typically are apparent in the early developmental period; however, social deficits and behavioral patterns might not be recognized as symptoms of ASD until a child is unable to meet social, educational, occupational, or other important life stage demands. Functional limitations vary among persons with ASD and might develop over time.

New data from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. These new data can be used to promote early identification, plan for training and service needs, guide research, and inform policy so that children with ASD and their families get the help they need.

 10 Things About CDC’s Latest Report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network:

1.  About 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 8 year olds) were identified with ASD. It is important to remember that this estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in 11 communities. It does not represent the entire population of children in the United States.

2.  This new estimate is roughly 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (1 in 88), roughly 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110), and roughly 120% higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (1 in 150). We don’t know what is causing this increase. Some of it may be due to the way children are identified, diagnosed, and served in their local communities, but exactly how much is unknown.

3.  The number of children identified with ASD varied widely by community, from 1 in 175 children in areas of Alabama to 1 in 45 children in areas of New Jersey.

4.  Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD had average or above average intellectual ability (IQ greater than 85).

5.  Boys were almost 5 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls. About 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls were identified with ASD.

6.  White children were more likely to be identified with ASD than black or Hispanic children. About 1 in 63 white children, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children were identified with ASD.

7.  Less than half (44%) of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were 3 years old.

8.  Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.

9.  Black and Hispanic children identified with ASD were more likely than white children to have intellectual disability. A previous study has shown that children identified with ASD and intellectual disability have a greater number of ASD symptoms and a younger age at first diagnosis. Despite the greater burden of co-occurring intellectual disability among black and Hispanic children with ASD, these new data show that there was no difference among racial and ethnic groups in the age at which children were first diagnosed.

10.  About 80% of children identified with ASD either received special education services for autism at school or had an ASD diagnosis from a clinician. This means that the remaining 20% of children identified with ASD had symptoms of ASD documented in their records, but had not yet been classified as having ASD by a community professional in a school or clinic.

 For more information about Autism Awareness, please visit www.cdc.gov/autism or www.autism-society.org

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