Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The amount of whole fruit* children, 2-18 years old, ate increased by 67% from 2003 to 2010 and replaced fruit juice as the main contributor of fruit to children’s diets. Experts recommend that most fruit come from whole fruit, rather than juice. The amount of vegetables children ate did not change from 2003 to 2010. Moreover, in 2007- 2010, children did not meet recommendations for the amount of fruit and vegetables they should eat.

To read more about this article please see the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information.

Spring Activities for Kids

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Spring is a great time to explore nature with your children as well as participating in many other activities.  Activity Village has some great spring craft ideas to do with your children.  Some of the craft ideas include puzzles, games, crafts and coloring pages.

Gift Giving and Overindulgence

Friday, December 6th, 2013

With the holiday season approaching, UMaine Extension has a great video on Gift Giving and Overindulgence. This video also has some great ideas on alternatives for gifts by using family time and making memories that will last a lifetime.



Maine Resilience Building Network

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Maine Resilience Building Network was formed in February, 2012. In 2011, a research study and report called “Working with Adverse Childhood Experiences: Maine’s History, Present, and Future” was conducted for the Maine Children’s Growth Council Health Accountability Team.

Maine Resilience Building Network is a collective of organizations from throughout Maine. We focus on resilience in people and communities. Resilience is the ability to overcome stresses and adversity. Resilience is built through supportive relationships, positive experiences, and by learning skills. Resilience is unique in each person.

To find out more about the Maine Resilience Building Network  (MRBN) select the link.

Safe Youth, Safe Schools

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Now that August is here, some schools will be starting at the end of the month.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has some great information about keeping kids of all ages safe while going to and while in school.

Please check out the link for some great information.

Water Safety

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat.  Teens Health has a great resource to stay safe in the water during the hot summer days.


Go Green for Kids!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Go Green for Kids! is a great resource from Penn State University for children to learn about reduce, reuse and recycle.

Penn State’s Better Kid Care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM)  Programs are teaming up to bring you “Go Green for Kids,” a monthly tip to help you provide a healthier and safer environment for the children in your care. IPM works to promote healthy alternatives for pest management to lower children’s exposure to both pests and pesticides through a variety of educational programs. Resources for children, teachers, and parents are available on the IPM website. This month’s focus is on…recycling.

Maine Maple Sunday and How to Tap a Maple Tree

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Maine Maple Sunday March 24th.  This is a great day to plan some family time.  It informs kids on where the syrup comes from and the process that is involved in making maple syrup.  To find a list of activities in your area go to Get Real Get Maine.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has a publication available if you think you may be interested in tapping some maple trees yourself.

There are some great recipes that include maple syrup.  If you think you would like to try some recipes Betty Crocker has several to choose from.

Hopefully you will get a chance to enjoy Maine Maple Sunday!

Spring into Action!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

As the days become longer and the weather starts to warm up people of all ages can Spring into Action!  Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while getting physical activity.  The Centers for Disease Control has a great resource on the importance of being outside.


Girl and woman planting flowers