March is National Nutrition Month

national nutrition month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Parents can check out resources online at external link


Household Child Safety

dangersHave a toddler?  Have you crawled around your house on your hands and knees to get a toddler's-eye-view of what they see?  You should; it's a good way to check your house for hazards they may be exposed to that you aren't  aware of!  An accident or injury can occur in any part of your home. Some safety hazards are obvious — others are not so easily identified. KidsHealth has compiled very handy checklists for household safety; see more at external link


Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting

family vacationRaising kids is one of the toughest and most fulfilling jobs in the world — and the one for which you might feel the least prepared. Don't worry, you aren't the only one!  Fortunately, in our modern digital age where information about almost every conceivable topic is just a few clicks away, help is easy to find.  For instance, KidsHealth from Nemours is a great source for information about parenting.  They have published nine child-rearing tips that can help you feel more fulfilled as a parent.  Click here to read (or listen to) them! external link


Helping Your Children Through Their Fears

afraidEveryone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, experiences anxieties and fears at one time or another. Feeling anxious in a particularly uncomfortable situation never feels very good. However, with kids, such feelings are not only normal, they're also necessary. Dealing with anxieties can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging situations of life. Read more at external link


Fun Family Activities for March

family funAs winter begins to wind down, most of us start looking forward to spring.  Officially, spring starts on Monday, March 20 of this year (but of course it has been known to snow on the Fourth of July here in Klamath Falls "back in the day"), so it's not too early to start to think about fun family activities as the weather warms up.  The Spruce, a home website offering practical tips and inspiration, has some great ideas.  Click here to read more! external link


Raising Safe and Healthy Kids

safe healthy familyFrom planning your pregnancy to knowing the signs of child development, from making sure your little ones are as safe as possible to teaching your children healthy habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of tips for parents on ways to raise safe and healthy kids.  These common-sense ideas are sure to benefit any parent at any stage of their family's lives.  Click here to read more at external link



HPV and Cancer: HPV Vaccinations recommended for ages 11 and up

immunizationsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an epidemic of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.  The American Cancer Society recommends that routine HPV vaccination for girls and boys should be started at age 11 or 12.  Boys and girls in this age group have the best response to the vaccine, which prevents most cases of cervical and anal cancer in females if the vaccine is given before a person is exposed to HPV.  Read more on the American Cancer Society's website. external link


Breastfeeding Saves Mothers' Lives, Too!

babyBreastfeeding as recommended -- for a total of one year and exclusively for six months -- could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a study published online in Maternal & Child Nutrition. Read more about it at external link


Youth Events at Klamath County Library

March Youth Events at Klamath County Library

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for March include Let's Go To Space Camp!, Read With Us!, Meet a very special wolf: OR-7!, Spring Thing!, Let's Explore the World!, Make comics with Lemon Brick Road Studios, Family Movie and more!  Read more