Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
Summer is right around the corner and June is National Child Safety Awareness Month. Summer is full of fun, travel, going to the beach and more -- here are eight summer must haves to keep kids safe this summer
1. Parking Pal Magnet: SAFER unpacking; keep kids safe in parking lot
This is a super safety product; unpacking the car at the beach can be challenging -- beach chairs, coolers, beach umbrella, towels, toys, kids, ect. The Parking Pal Magnet is a magnet to place on a safe part of the automobile and a child places their hand on the magnet to stay in place safely while the car is unloaded. Parking Pal makes trips to the beach and anywhere else this summer easier and safer.
2. SwimZip Swimwear: SAFER swimwear
We are all aware of the dangers of exposure to the sun. SwimZip Swimwear offers super cute swimsuits in UV50+ protection. SwimZip blocks 99% of the UVA and UVB cancer causing rays from your little ones skin! We all might as well purchase SwimZip suits because it offers safety from the sun for kids so simply.
$17.99 - $29.99
The Noblo Umbrella Buddy: SAFER beach umbrella use
Invented by two moms to stop fly away beach umbrellas (and the injuries that can result from this), the Noblo is a simple to use beach umbrella anchor. Three easy steps: 1) Fill noblo with sand, 2) velcro to beach umbrella, and 3) relax at the beach. Noblo will take care of your beach umbrella.
4. Zoe b organic Beach Toys -- SAFER beach toys, SAFER for the kids -- Safer for the planet
• Made from corn, not petroleum.
• SAFER for our kids: no toxic chemicals like BPA, phthalates.
• SAFE for our oceans: If washed out to sea, our toys will fully break down in 2-3 years (not 500 years, like ordinary plastic).
• The world's first biodegradable beach toys.
• Made in USA.
• 5 pieces set: bucket, sifter/lid, shovel, 2 cups.
• Color: turquoise/lime, pink/orange
5. Eye Cream Shades -- SAFER Eyes: UVA &UVB sun protection for those little eyes.
Eyes Cream Shades is a leader in providing quality sunwear for kids ages 6 months and above. All Eyes Cream frames are fashion forward, comfortable, as well as durable; and all lenses are polycarbonate and provide 100% UVA & UVB protection. As everyone knows, sunglasses are not "toys" or novelty items, but serve an important health function -protecting precious eyes. Many celebrity moms and dads sport their little ones in the Eyes Cream Shades brand.
6. S'well Water Bottle -- SAFER days with proper hydration: This is such a great water bottle for the beach!
S'well is a fashionable, reusable, sustainable water bottle company. Their bottles are double walled in stainless steel leaving liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Not only will you have a great water bottle for the beach, but you will help in S'well's effort to bring clean water to the world's poorest communities. Water is essential for life, but one billion people (one sixth of the world's population) do not have safe access to it. To address this crisis, S'well is a proud to partner with WaterAid.
The bottles shown above feature a quartz finish (no-slip) for that much-needed, sweaty-hand grip -- perfect for the beach on a hot day.
7. Dr. Robin All Natural Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30+ -- SAFER sun protection
With all the information about sunscreen/sun exposure a SAFER choice is Dr. Robins.
Made in California
Specially formulated by a Pediatric Dermatologist
Made in California and specially formulated by a Pediatric Dermatologist. Believing less is more, Dr. Robin created this broad spectrum mineral sunscreen without irritating chemicals, phthalates, parabens, or fragrance. Dr. Robin's special formula is: Gluten-free/ Water Resistant/ Formulated to minimize allergic reaction/ Coral Reef Safe. Dr. Robin is Robin Schaffran, M.D., a caring mom who happens to be a Beverly Hills Dermatologist.
8. Little Toader AppeTEETHERS - SAFER Teething Toy; keep babies entertained this summer
While adults and children have fun this summer, so can babies with AppeTEETHERS by Little Toader. Using a play on words with "appetizers" and "teethers", AppeTEETHERS are fun, safe and effective teething toys that look like real food. While BBQing this summer, baby can enjoy a Chompin' Chicken Wing or Baby-Q Ribs…coming soon are fruits, veggies and sweets. These patented silicone teething toys are free of BPA, Phthalate, PVC and lead providing the perfect amount of resistance to sooth babies' sore gums and best of all they are fun.
"One super important safety necessity at the beach is to show your children where the lifeguard stand is and tell them to go to the lifeguards if they are lost. Its easy to get disoriented at the beach and children do not always think to go to the lifeguards," shares Kathleen Pisano, inventor of Noblo.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:08
Category: Community - Original Written by Carol Cain
MOUSSA KABA is a teen enrolled at Cornerstone Health High School which started as a joint effortmof Cornerstone Schools, Grand Valley State University and Detroit Medical Center to train more young people for healthier careers and address the growing need in that burgeoning jobs sector.
- Photo Courtesy CBS 62 / Paul Pytlowany
With seismic technology shifts and other changes sweeping through companies, schools and communities, what’s ahead for the state that put the world on wheels?
A big time talent gap as those changes have helped fuel a divide as many workers and companies in manufacturing, information technology, healthcare and engineering are in jeopardy with reports of over 63,000 jobs in Michigan unfilled right now.
If nothing is done, this situation will only worsen with baby boomers retiring, leaving more voids with fewer young people prepared for those jobs.
Add in the brain drain of young talent and what’s left is a talent disconnect that could threaten Michigan’s future.
Which is why leaders from across the state including Gov. Rick Snyder, Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert, Amway President Doug DeVos, Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, DTE Energy CEO Gerard Anderson, UAW President Bob King, and Northern Michigan University President David Haynes -- are channeling new efforts and programs to address this problem.
CBS 62 will showcase some of those efforts in its latest “Eye On The Future” prime time TV special “Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” airing Sunday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. This program shows what is taking place in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Marquette that will help bridge that disconnect.
And it also shares insights from experts on what people and businesses need to know to be better prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Snyder kicked off the conversation earlier this year with his two day economic summit in the Motor City that brought together students, educators, CEOs and business organizations to focus on it.
“We could lower our unemployment rate 1.5 percent by filling those 63,000 open positions,” Snyder said.
“We’re focusing as a state to say that the jurisdiction that does the best job of matching supply to talent will have a strong strategic advantage over other parts of the country and the world,” Snyder explained.
Among some of the programs highlighted in the fast paced “Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” special:
Cornerstone Health High School which joins Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone Schools and Detroit Medical Center as they team up in a new charter school in Detroit that has a mission of helping its first class of 70 students gear up for careers in the burgeoning healthcare sector.
Detroit Chassis, an auto supplier on Detroit’s east side, had such a growing need for employees as its business grew that it turned to Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Community Ventures programs and hired dozens of workers who were considered unemployable.
It gave those workers a chance at a new life and also helped the company prosper.
Cliffs Natural Resources in the Upper Peninsula – like many companies across the state -- is addressing its talent needs by working with schools including Northern Michigan University and business organizations to find and train good workers.
With 50-percent of Cliffs’ workers retiring the past five years, it has become a focal point for the iron ore mining company.
There are lessons to be learned from Cliffs Natural Resources, Detroit Chassis and Cornerstone Medical High School.
“Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” will also show viewers where the good paying jobs are right now in key Michigan markets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:17
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
DETROIT – To prepare local athletes for the upcoming sports season, Henry Ford Hospital is hosting a sports conditioning program June 17-Aug. 19 that focuses on improving strength, speed, agility and flexibility.
Participants will train two days a week and can choose from two conditioning tracks – Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Workouts are two hours and can be isolated to the upper or lower body. It is geared for athletes ages 12 to 24.
The program is led by nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainers from Henry Ford’s Sports Medicine division.
“This program is a great way to stay in shape over the summer, refine your skills or return from injury,” says Henry Ford athletic trainer Kelly Weir. “Right now, during the offseason, is the best time to work on their weaknesses and improve their overall fitness.”
Cost is $175 per participant and includes an individualized evaluation and 15 customized workout sessions.
The program is being held at these locations:
Monday & Wednesday track
Henry Ford William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine, 6525 Second Ave, Detroit
Tuesday & Thursday track
Henry Ford Medical Center – Columbus, 29450 12 Mile Rd, Novi
To register or for more information, call (313) 972-4167. Deadline for registration is June 1.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:37
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The deadline to apply is May 31, 2013.
Nationwide -- The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) provides individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation.
The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to "give back" by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars.
All high school seniors, undergraduate college students, and students at vocational or trade schools are eligible to apply. All applicants must be US citizens, 25 years old or younger, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
For more details and/or to apply, visit:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:35
Category: Community - Original Written by Chuck JacksonChief Clinical Officer at Starr Commonwealth
Autism is something we all need to respect – children, families, government, schools and employers will increasingly find autism to be a day-to-day reality. However, while autism is for life, it does not have to get in the way of life.
Approximately 15,000 children in Michigan are living with autism spectrum disorder. Nationally, the rate is at least 1 in 88 children, although some research suggests as many as 1 in 50 are on the spectrum.
With such a dramatic rise in known cases, America needs to get better at understanding, diagnosing and treating autism. Significant improvements are being made. The recently published Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan is a major leap forward in making sure children and families can access the support they need.
At Starr Commonwealth, we’ve been supporting children with autism and other neurological differences for over 13 years. We operate Montcalm, Michigan’s only therapeutic boarding school, which treats children from across the U.S., many of whom are on the spectrum.
Our approach is to provide a positive, strength-based environment for children, where they can find their own path, developing academically and socially, with all the professional help they might need being made available.
We also provide in-home care for children and adults living with developmental disabilities, including autism. Our PsychSystems program is one of Michigan’s leading in-home care providers for people with developmental disabilities and can offer services tailored to an individual or family’s needs.
The approach at Starr is about being person-centered, recognizing that everyone has different needs. With autism, each case is unique, and that’s our starting point. We always see the person before the condition.
As our understanding of autism improves, society will find new and better ways to ensure that anyone living with autism can be happy, healthy and awesome. Michigan is making significant progress in this important area and we look forward to working with partners to maintain the momentum.
Find out more at starr.org/autism
Editor’s Note: Chuck Jackson, MA, is executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Starr Commonwealth. He is also executive director of StarrVista, a care management organization in Wayne County.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:48
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