⛄ Winter Resources for Parents 🎨

posted Feb 9, 2017, 6:25 AM by Linda Hartkopf   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

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Child at the dentist. Link takes you to Medplus page on children's dental health month.Children's Dental Health Month

Getting your kids to brush their teeth at night maybe one more thing they delay to avoid going to bed. Here are two to help get them into a routine. Get more information about good dental hygiene during Children’s Dental Health Month.

Photo of a child using a e-cigarette. Link takes you to surgeon generals page on e-cigarettes.

Know the Risks About e-Cigarretts

E-cigarettes are very popular with young people, but are e-cigarrettes less dangerous than actual cigarettes? Get the facts from experts and talk to your children about the dangers associated with e-cigarette use.

Picture of Winter Wonderland Terrarium from PBS Parents. Link takes you to PBS arts and crafts page.

Winter Crafts for Kids

Looking for more do-it-yourself projects this winter? Make a magical winter wonderland terrarium using an old empty glass jar with a lid and other projects via PBS Parents. 

A family runs through snow. Link goes USDA page for increasing physical activity.

Tips to Stay Active in the Winter

Build a snowman, go sledding or throw a football. Being active as a family is a great way to make lasting memories. Check out these tips from USDA for increasing physical activity during winter months

Find more resources on Kids.gov

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Learn About National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

posted Jan 23, 2017, 9:22 AM by Linda Hartkopf   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 9:25 AM ]

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Every year, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week  provides an opportunity for students to connect with scientists and other experts to discuss the many myths that surround drugs and alcohol. 

This year, the event will be live on Thursday, January 26, 2017, and wil run from 8 AM to 6 PM ET. Teachers and parents, you can view it by visiting http:///www.nidachat.org.


Logo of the National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Link takes you to NIDA's Drugs and Alcohol Chat registration page.

Order Your Winterkids Passport Today!

posted Dec 19, 2016, 7:13 AM by Linda Hartkopf

Get outside, get active, and have fun!

Our Passport for all Maine 5th, 6th and 7th graders is your ticket to winter fun! Passport holders and their families can also take advantage of WinterKids Family Days!

Is your child too young for the Passport?  Check out the WinterKids FunPass for children in pre-school through 4th grade!

Whether you're new to winter sports or a seasoned "pro," the WinterKids Passport will help you get outside and active more often in the winter, with free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 50 areas all over Maine!

From downhill and cross country skiing to ice skating and snow tubing, the Passport offers something for everyone! 

More info

Order Your Passport Here!


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Screen Time - Maine Public

posted Dec 19, 2016, 6:52 AM by Linda Hartkopf   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 6:52 AM ]

By Keith Shortall  Dec 12, 2016
Credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/baxiabhishek/

Today's children spend a significant percentage of their day on one screen or another -- from kindergartners using iPads to teens who are perpetually staring at their phones. Add in videogames, laptops, television (an old-school screen), and you get a lot of screen time. How does this affect their health and wellness, and are there benefits that make it worthwhile?

Guests: Dr. Jonathan Fanburg works in South Portland, ME and specializes in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Fanburg is affiliated with Maine Medical Center.

 Dr. Tory Rogers, Director of Let’s Go!, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

5-2-1-0 Tips for Staying Active as a Family

posted Dec 13, 2016, 7:30 AM by Linda Hartkopf

By letsgo on Dec 07, 2016 04:41 pm

Adults and kids alike are recommended to get physical activity everyday. How can we really make this happen for our kids and ourselves when we don’t even have time for the gym? We can start by rethinking our idea of physical activity! Although sustained aerobic exercise is an incredible workout, physical activity doesn’t have to mean running laps or lifting weights, which requires certain time, space, and equipment we don’t all have access to. Moreover, physical activity doesn’t have to be a consecutive 60 minutes each day; you can work up to your daily hour with smaller bursts of activity a couple times of day.

As an added bonus, exercise with family doubles as quality time together, which is often the first thing to be replaced with television and computer screens. Below are a couple creative ideas to help you turn every day into an opportunity to stay healthy and happy together!  To read more.....


December Parents Newsletter from Kids.org

posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:19 AM by Linda Hartkopf

Check out the cool links in this months newsletter from Kids.org
  • Tour the White House on your Phone
  • Become a Junior Snow Ranger
  • Career Spotlight: Nutritionist
  • National Park System Free Park Days
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New Screen Time Guidelines From the American Academy of Pediatrics

posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:14 AM by Linda Hartkopf   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 7:20 AM ]

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Learn About Concussions

posted Oct 17, 2016, 6:54 AM by Linda Hartkopf

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Learn About Concussions

Concussions can happen in an instant. From toddlers falling at home to teenagers participating in sports. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that can hurt a child’s brain and may impact their development. Understanding the signs and symptoms of a brain injury may help you quickly address the situation. Learn more about concussions.

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Why School Meals Matter!

posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:41 AM by Linda Hartkopf

Helping kids make healthier choices throughout the school day

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Weight statistics for children are approaching that of adults: 1 in 3 children is now overweight or obese. Studies have also shown a rising prevalence of type 1 and 2 diabetes in adolescents ages 10 through 19 years, with increasing obesity cited as a key contributor. 
To help address this problem, the goverment has revamped nutritional standards for food served at school—and early results are encouraging. Read more

Our Food Service Staff Rock!!

posted Sep 1, 2016, 5:56 AM by Linda Hartkopf

Check out the Let's Go! You Tube video highlighting the new look at school lunch programs:

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