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 Breastfeeding helps a baby’s brain to grow Breastfeeding helps a baby’s brain to grow
Every parent wants their child to have a better chance in life than they had. They want them to be smarter and get a better education. A good education can lead to getting a better paying job. Parents work hard to give their children the best things they can afford to help them be smarter and achieve more in life. While many factors can affect your baby’s brain growth and development, new studies show that breastfed babies are smarter when they get older. More seems to be better when i....

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 Arkansans spot the dangerous 'kissing bug'

 Arkansans spot the dangerous 'kissing bug'
A dangerous bug known as the "kissing bug" has been spotted in Arkansas. According to the CDC, nearly 300,000 people may be infected with the disease these bugs are known for carrying in the south. They got their name because they prefer to bite around the eyes or mouth. There are no confirmed infections yet, but one Jonesboro woman found the bug in her home and immediately posted it to social media. She said her first instinct was to kill it, but it wasn't easy. "Not knowing that wasn....

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 Autism rate has increased
Autism rate has increased
One in 68 children in the United States has now been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, according to new centers for disease control and prevention numbers. Overall, the new report mirrors earlier estimates, finding that autism is roughly five times more common in boys than in girls. One in 42 boys were affected, compared to just 1 in 189 girls. White children were more likely to be identified with autism than black or Hispanic children. It’s still not precisely known wha....

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 Tips for a great school day

Tips for a great school day
There are various habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But one healthy habit in particular, the routine of having a nutritious breakfast every morning, is one that can positively impact your family. A nutritious breakfast is important to fuel your body and brain after an overnight fast, and provide the nutrition you need to start the day. For parents who want their children to be their best, good nutrition at breakfast can make all the difference. In fact a good breakfast is ju....

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 National breastfeeding month and world breastfeeding week National breastfeeding month and world breastfeeding week
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which is held every year from August 1-7. The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal For Life!” This shows the importance of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. To help meet this goal, Arkansas has two breastfeeding laws supporting breastfeeding families. The newest law, in effect since July 1, 2009, requires employers to give reasonable unpaid break ....

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 Improve your eyes with fruits and vegetables Improve your eyes with fruits and vegetables
You may not realize just how many foods in some of your favorite recipes contain ingredients that benefit the health and wellness of your eyes. Robert Irvine, Food Network celebrity chef, understands just how critical it is to include eye healthy foods as part of your diet. The right foods can help you maintain healthy, enhanced vision and see your best. "Whether I'm cooking on the set or at home with my family, I always try to prepare dishes using the freshest and most colorful ingr....

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  August is immunization awareness month 

 August is immunization awareness month
Every year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month is recognized. Vaccines help protect your child and others from serious and life-threatening illnesses. Many people have concerns and questions about vaccines. Here are a few that may help you understand the importance of immunizations. What are vaccines? Vaccines are made from a small amount of weakened or killed viruses and bacteria. When a vaccine is given, most often by an injection (shot), the body makes antibodies (proteins....

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 Warning: Sexting and middle-schoolers

 Warning: Sexting and middle-schoolers
Did you know that 20 percent of middle-schoolers or at least the ones with phones that can send and receive texts, report receiving a sexually explicit message, otherwise known as a sext? That's one of the more surprising facts in a study released recently in the journal Pediatrics. We've all heard about sexting, but I think we tend to think of it more as a high school thing, not a middle school thing. But according to the Youth Risk Behavior Study, it's a middle school thing too. Stud....

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Eating healthy does not have to be expensive
With the high price of restaurant and take-out food, try making meals at home instead. You can control your food dollars by buying the healthy foods you and your family enjoy in the exact amounts you need. Getting the whole family involved is a great way to plan and prepare the meal, and you have control of nutrients, when you make it at home. Use these tips to make healthy choices while staying within your budget. Create a Plan: Plan meals and snacks for the week according to your foo....
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Blue Bell to encourage blood donations on July 18
Hoping the Little Rock community will get a taste for helping save lives, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Blue Bell Ice Cream and the American Red Cross are offering a sweet reward for all who come to give blood at the hospital on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 6 Children’s Way, East Campus, Children’s Hall in Little Rock. All presenting blood donors at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital blood drive will receive their choice of a pint of Blue Bell ice cream or....
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Making the most of your Cash Value Benefit
The Cash Value Benefit (CVB) is a check you can use to purchase fresh or frozen fruits or vegetables of your choice. Women and children WIC participants receive CVBs as part of their monthly food package. Depending on client category, WIC participants receive CVBs of $8 to $15 each month. Look for the amount your family receives on your WIC CVB check. Your WIC purchase of fruits and vegetables must be less than or equal to the CVB dollar value on your check. If you go over your CVB doll....
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11 teens die per day from driving and texting
There’s an epidemic sweeping across the country that leaves 11 teens dead every day. No, it’s not disease-related but instead distraction-based as nearly a dozen teens. Texting while driving is the leading cause deaths teen in U.S. Perhaps the bigger problem currently facing families is the fact a new study Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed found 4 out of 10 teens have engaged in this risky behavior. “Whereas we know that drinking and driving there’s impairment, with text....
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American Heart Association celebrates First "Vestido Rojo" in Arkansas
On Saturday, May 31, the American Heart Association of Arkansas the ADH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Arkansas Human Development Corporation, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Baptist Health Outreach, Blue & You Foundation, ConnectCare, UAMS SAVES, UA Division of Agriculture Pulaski County Extension services, UAMS, Ventanilla de Salud Mexican Consulate, ¡Hola! Arkansas, community leaders and organizations held the first Hispanic Vestido Rojo (Red Dress) event in the st....
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Men’s top-5 health risks
The top five causes of death for Hispanic men are cancer, heart disease, accidental injury, stroke and diabetes. To stay healthy for the rest of your life, make these lifestyle changes: Don’t smoke or use any tobacco, expand your diet to healthier choices, less salty foods, keep a healthy weight, get moving exercise at least 30 minutes every day, limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day. Find healthy ways to manage your stress; daily exercise is one of the best. Health screenings ....
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Cooking on a budget?
An easy way to save money is to eat out less and make more meals at home. Plus, you will be able to control what you eat when you make healthy meals at home. The following recipe is taken from the Arkansas WIC Cookbook Let’s Cook! Healthy Meals for the Whole Family which uses several WIC (Women, Infants and Children) approved foods. The recipe lists the number of servings, serving size, and the nutrition facts for each serving of the recipe. The cookbook has over 80 recipes and healt....
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