Coping With Kids: Swaddling system, pollution-prevention posters
Swaddling system provides womb-like environment
TrueWomb says that its new products — Stage 1 Sleeping Swaddle and Stage 2 Arms Free Weaning Saddles — will help your baby sleep more safely, soundly and comfortably. The swaddling system aims to provide a womb-like environment, and allows the baby's arms and legs to stretch and kick, and return to a fetal position easily while at rest. Both swaddles cost $39.99. Details: truewomb.com
Crafts can be done in one afternoon
With months of cold days ahead of us, you might be looking for indoor fun activities to do with your kids. Kathreen Ricketson — founder of WhipUp.net, an online handcrafting site — has put out four “Kids' Crafternoon” books, each with 25 ideas of crafts you and your kids can easily do in an afternoon. The Kids' Crafternoon books are for Sewing, Beading, Felting and Papercraft. Each book lists for $24.95.
Obesity affects kids in poorer neighborhoods
Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more-affluent neighborhoods, according to a new study from Rice University in Houston.
The study by Rice sociologists Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Urban Health Program, and Justin Denney, associate director of the program, reveals that living in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty and lower levels of education is associated with increased child-obesity risk, regardless of family composition or other individual factors. The research also showed that living in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of foreign-born residents is associated with reduced child-obesity risk.
The findings will appear in an upcoming issue of Social Science & Medicine.
Pollution prevention is poster contest theme
Allegheny County Health Department Air Quality program is hosting its 14th annual poster contest for county residents in sixth through eighth grades.
The theme is “Pollution Prevention Starts With You.”
Students are asked to depict what people can do in their daily lives to minimize pollution and cut down on waste so that the actions will have a positive impact on the environment and public health.
Judging will be based on creativity, strength of message and accuracy of information.
Deadline for entries is March 15. Winners will receive environmental-theme prizes and be honored in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations in April.
Child safety-seat inspections free through Dec. 2
Pennsylvania State Police will offer free child-safety-seat inspections statewide through Dec. 2 in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Troopers are conducting traffic safety checkpoints to educate the public about traffic laws, focusing enforcement efforts in areas with traditionally high numbers of crashes.
For more information about Pennsylvania's seat-belt and child-safety-seat laws, visit www.buckleuppa.org.
For information about inspection locations call any state police barracks, or visit www.psp.state.pa.us. Look for the Click It or Ticket logo.
— Staff and wire reports
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