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    Involve the kids, Save On School Lunches

    TV cooking guru Rachael Ray knows the secret to making cheap, healthy lunches your kids will like. “Give them ownership by involving them in the process,” Ray said.” It’s an opportunity to let the kids be the boss.” When grocery shopping, for example, ask them to pick out the fruits, vegetables or whole grain breads they like best. Let them pick a treat, too, so it doesn’t seem like a chore. Or ask them to choose and make a recipe for a pasta or tuna salad they’d like to try.

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    Vaccinating Kids Against Childhood Diseases and the H1N1 (Swine Flu)

     Vaccinating Kids Against Childhood Diseases and the H1N1 (Swine Flu)   If you’re a public health officer, the argument for vaccinating kids against childhood diseases is basic. “The natural reservoir for vaccine-preventable diseases is humans. Everyone who gets one of these diseases gets it from someone else — not from a chair or an animal,” said Mark Netherda, deputy public health officer for Sonoma County. “So one very good reason to vaccinate the population is to protect each other.” But for some parents, the argument isn’t basic at all; they feel the vaccines do more harm than good. By California law, children start getting vaccinated when they’re infants, as young…

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    Vaccinating Kids Against Childhood Diseases and the H1N1 (Swine Flu)

     Vaccinating Kids Against Childhood Diseases and the H1N1 (Swine Flu)   If you’re a public health officer, the argument for vaccinating kids against childhood diseases is basic. “The natural reservoir for vaccine-preventable diseases is humans. Everyone who gets one of these diseases gets it from someone else — not from a chair or an animal,” said Mark Netherda, deputy public health officer for Sonoma County. “So one very good reason to vaccinate the population is to protect each other.” But for some parents, the argument isn’t basic at all; they feel the vaccines do more harm than good. By California law, children start getting vaccinated when they’re infants, as young…

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    Depression Forums Back-To-School Pointers For Parents

    Depression Forums Back-To-School Pointers For Parents August 23, 2009     Getting a new school year off to a good start can positively influence a student’s attitude, confidence and performance both academically and socially.   The transition from “vacation” to school days can be difficult for both students and parents. Even students who are eager to return to class must adjust to greater levels of activity, structure, academics and for some, additional social pressures associated with school life. The degree of adjustment will differ with each student, but parents can help their children, and the rest of the family, manage the increased pace of life and responsibilities by planning ahead,…

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    Mental Health And Back to School

     Being mentally fit will help prepare children for the year and stresses ahead according to local experts. When the new school year starts, there’s no doubt things can get a little hectic for you and your children. Going into new classrooms, learning new subjects and meeting dozens of new people is somewhat stressful, especially in just a few days time frame. At this crucial time, some children can become overwhelmed with the changes. When coupled with other factors, it can have a tremendous effect on a student’s well being. To ensure that your children are getting the most out of their day at school and at home, it’s just as…

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    Psychotropic and Antidepressant Use Has Significantly Doubled In the US

      Psychotropic and Antidepressant Use Has Significantly Doubled In the US MONDAY, Aug. 3  — Antidepressant use among U.S. residents almost doubled between 1996 and 2005, along with a concurrent rise in the use of other psychotropic medications, a new report shows. The increase seemed to span virtually all demographic groups. “Over 10 percent of people over the age of 6 were receiving anti-depression medication. That strikes me as significant,” said study author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.

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    DF Gives you Answers – Treating Anxiety — Avoiding Dependence on Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Other Antianxiety Drugs

    DF Gives You Answers – Treating Anxiety — Avoiding Dependence on Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Other Anti-anxiety Drugs Benzodiazepines—such as Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Valium (diazepam)—are effective for alleviating anxiety, but they are also powerful drugs with serious side effects. Among the most dangerous is the development of both physical and psychological dependency. In fact, more than one third of people taking benzodiazepines for anxiety for more than one month become dependent on them. Because of this high risk, the prescribing physician should monitor patients closely, and patients considering these anti-anxiety drugs should understand both the possible side effects and the precautions to take to avoid developing dependence. Two…

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    NAMI StigmaBuster Alert – PSYCHO DONUTS: TASTELESS

    ***********************NAMI StigmaBuster Alert***********************Online: www.nami.org/stigma PSYCHO DONUTS: TASTELESSJoin the national on-line food fight.Help turn lemon donuts into lemonade.Since early spring, NAMI Santa Clara County and other mental health groups have beenfighting an impressive, valiant battle against stigmatizing elements of a "PsychoDonuts" store that opened outside San Francisco.The store's worst features include a straitjacket, padded cell decorations andtasteless donut names-such as "Massive Head Trauma," which has especially enragedwar veterans.Concern has existed that the company's business plan may envision franchiseexpansion to other states or communities-but victory may be near. The store ownerhas promised an "evolution" and some changes are starting to be made. Nonetheless,the story "went national" this week.

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    Just Taking Regular Walks — The Benefits of Physical Activity on Improving Mood Disorders

    The Benefits of Physical Activity on Improving Mood Disorders Just Taking Regular Walks —Can Improve Your Mood Significantly May 2009 – Feeling a little down in the dumps? It turns out that a modest exercise program — even just taking regular walks — can improve your mood significantly. “There has been some about whether exercise is helpful for mood, but it turns out that it is,” says Dr. Michael C. Miller, member of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. “For some people, especially those who are really committed to daily exercise, it’s almost equivalent to taking an antidepressant,” he…

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    True Healthcare Reform Must Integrate Mental Health into the Mainstream

      August 1st, 2009 About 15 millions Americans are suffering through depression every year; one in every Six Americans suffers from depression in their life time.  The most common treatment is a combination of therapy and medicine. A bigger challenge is that many who need the help most also have the difficulty on trusting their medicine.  They justify that none of these work.  Quite often those taking the medications and therapies are not the ones who need it the most. On top of these problems, the uncertainity in the effectiveness of these medications enhances the belief.  “There’s no clear evidence that one antidepressant is more effective than another,” said Dr.…