Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

August 29th, 2014 11:11 AM

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. The purpose of the resource is to provide as much information as possible on things you can do to build a positive, healthy relationship. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior and decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies like positive communication, structure and rules, clear directions, and consistent discipline and consequences. To find out more information please see the CDC‘s website.

Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables

August 15th, 2014 11:29 AM

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.

UMaine Extension Serves up ‘Dining with Diabetes Down East’

August 1st, 2014 9:22 AM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s free Dining with Diabetes Down East series starts Wednesday, Oct. 1 at HealthWays Regional Medical Center at Lubec. The series continues Oct. 8, 15 and 22. All sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon at the medical center, 43 South Lubec Road.

The community-based program is intended to complement medical care by teaching people with Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, as well as their family members and caregivers, how to select and prepare foods that help control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. UMaine Extension registered dietitian and nutritionist Alan Majka will make presentations, lead discussion and prepare nutritious food.

To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542 (in Maine) or complete a confidential online preregistration survey. When 10 preregistrations have been recorded, a series will be scheduled in the Columbia/Milbridge area. To express interest in the series being offered elsewhere in Washington County, and for more information, contact Majka at 255.3345 or

Sun Exposure

July 17th, 2014 1:39 PM

Travelers spending time outdoors are exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. Travelers are at increased risk when traveling near the equator, during summer months, and at high altitudes. Reflection from the snow, sand, and water increases exposure, so consider sun safety during outdoor activities, including snow skiing, spending time at the beach, swimming, and sailing.  Check out the Centers for Disease Controls website for more information.

Kids Playing Outside and Ticks

July 17th, 2014 10:39 AM

As the nice weather approaches and children are outside playing more, it is important to be aware of ticks that live in the woods.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pest Management Office has a great resource for parents to learn about ticks as well as tick identification.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

June 23rd, 2014 9:01 AM

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.

Measles Outbreak

May 30th, 2014 10:29 AM

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a concern about a recent Measles Outbreak.  Please select the link to learn more about preventing the disease and keeping your children save.

Summer Camps for Kids

May 21st, 2014 11:21 AM

If you are looking for a summer camp for your child to attend this summer  has a great website with useful information as you research what is the best camp for your child.



Forstadt, Trostel Quoted in BDN Article on Increased Pre-K Enrollment

May 20th, 2014 11:55 AM

Leslie Forstadt, a child and family development specialist and associate Extension professor with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, and Philip Trostel, a UMaine economics and public policy professor, were quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Report: Enrollment in pre-kindergarten increasing steadily in Maine.” Forstadt spoke about the multiyear effort by pre-kindergarten advocacy groups to educate the public about the benefits of early education, which may have contributed to the enrollment increase. Trostel said the increase in the number of public preschools offered by Maine school districts also is a result of a funding change that went into effect during the 2006–07 school year and increased the amount of money districts could receive from the state for each 4-year-old taught. The change means taxpayers also benefit when children attend high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, Trostel said, adding that pre-kindergarten allows parents to work and can set children on a path to a higher paying career, which equates to more people paying taxes and less dependence on government services.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

May 13th, 2014 12:30 PM

About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.  The Centers for Disease Control has some great information on data and statistics.