The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is an organization that protects America from healthy, safety, and security threats. Among their many tasks and large-scale projects, they maintain research and health statistics on children. For instance, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System monitors six priority health-risk behaviors that play a role in the causes of death, disability, and injury in children and teens. Three of the six dangerous behaviors are listed below:
Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence – According to the CDC, there are risky behaviors that lead to unintentional injury, such as riding a bicycle without wearing a helmet, not wearing a seatbelt when riding as a passenger in a car, riding in cars with drivers who had been drinking, and texting or emailing someone while driving a vehicle. The CDC also recognizes behaviors among older children and teens that specifically lead to violence such as carrying a weapon, carrying a gun specifically versus other weapons, being in a physical fight, experiencing being hit, slapped, or physically hurt intentionally by a boyfriend or girlfriend (dating violence), avoiding school because of its lack of safety, experiencing bullying, or considering and/or attempting suicide.
Unhealthy dietary behaviors – Dangerous behavior that leads to unhealthy diets include not eating the right amounts of fruit or drinking fruit juices, not eating any vegetables, not drinking milk, drinking sugar based drinks such as sodas, and not eating breakfast. Continue reading
Marijuana is a popular drug in the state of California, particularly Los Angeles. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s February 2014 report of drug use in Los Angeles County, marijuana was reported as “the primary drug problem” with 27.2% of drug rehab treatment admissions for marijuana addiction or dependency. Plus, more than half (59%) of drug rehab treatment admissions were for children. Furthermore, marijuana was identified in 30.8% of drug reports analyzed in laboratories. Lastly, marijuana ranked second in the list of illicit drugs reported in the poison control system.
Children younger than 12 years old are experimenting with marijuana. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, 14 children under the age of 12 ended up in the hospital after taking in the edible form of the drug between 2009 and 2011.
Despite its reputation for being a safe and harmless drug, marijuana does in fact lead to danger, as noted with the hospitalizations above, as well as addiction. In fact, regular use of marijuana can create the same destructive lifestyle that comes with any dependency. Considering marijuana to be harmless, in a sense, makes it more dangerous. A child using the drug may not be able to make the connection between some of its ill effects on school, home life, and peer interactions. He or she might be looking for a quick high, a release of stress, but the effects of the drug have proven to lead to an addiction. Continue reading
If you are parents of a child who is heavily involved in sports, there are some cautions you might want to take on behalf of your children. As parents raising a family in Los Angeles, there are a variety of sports that your child might be involved in including swimming, surfing, basketball, football, or track. However, if the demands of being on a sports team is getting in the way of your child’s life at school or home, then you may want to know about the following resources.
For instance, not only are young athletes faced with academic stress but they may also feel the pressure to perform, to keep their bodies in shape, and to succeed in their chosen sport. To help children and teens with these demands, many universities, high schools, and community organizations provide academic and athletic support programs. For the most part, these programs are aimed at meeting the academic, personal and professional development needs of student athletes.
For instance, the UCLA Academic & Student Services Office (AS2) and its S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Program is a diverse program with a wide variety of objectives. They are focused on easing the stress of a student athletes that have both professional and academic goals. They recognize and celebrate student athletic successes. They provide opportunities for the development of leadership and mastery. They strive to create and support an environment that harnesses intellectual discipline, creativity, problem solving, independence, and responsibility. Their mission is to provide an interactive learning environment that emphasizes life-long learning habits, goal setting, teamwork, leadership and character. Continue reading
Autism, known clinically as Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a challenging disorder to manage in children. The following are tips, perhaps reminders, when the daunting task of parenting becomes overwhelming.
- Get involved in a community of professionals and other parents of autistic children. For instance, the Autism Society of Los Angeles has a wide community of families and individuals who have been affected by autism. The support you receive from other parents who know and understand the small and large challenges of raising an autistic child can be deeply nourishing. The frustrations you experience might not feel as overwhelming when you are know that you are not alone in them. Also, talking with professionals at the Autism Society can provide you with information that can further your education on Autism including any recent advancements in treating this disorder.