February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Scary stat: 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease by the age of three! Did you know periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition even though it’s completely preventable? Taking care of your dog’s teeth is a huge part in ensuring overall good health. Dental disease can…

10 WAYS TO HELP SENIORS DEAL WITH ISOLATION AND DEPRESSION

Treat sleeping problems: Many seniors who live alone are prone to sleeping problems which can aggravate depression. Promote a sense of purpose: Struggle with depression is much tougher for people who’ve lost their sense of purpose in life Encourage social interaction: Don’t let your loved one deal with depression on…

The Truth about Bullying

When we distributed the Fall issue of the North Idaho Family Magazine, we asked parents, school administrators, and teachers about topics they’d like to see covered in future issues of the North Idaho Family Magazine. From pre-school teachers through middle school age, the overwhelming response was bullying. Administrators in elementary…

Diaper Bank Helps Local Families

A new service has recently become available to local parents that helps reduce the cost burden of diapers. Organized by Mountain States Early Head Start, the diaper bank is the first of its kind in North Idaho, and was created in collaboration with the Idaho Diaper Bank, United Way of…

Mobile clinic delivers much needed health care to high school students

Despite their perceived aura of invincibility, teenagers get sick, they hurt themselves, or they simply need someone to listen. This is where Heritage Health’s 40-foot mobile clinic comes in to play. The School-Based Health Center serves hundreds of students across North Idaho every week. “Having the mobile clinic at our…

Snackles! Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup oat flour 1/3 cup raisins 1/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut or hemp seeds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional, but adds a beautiful essence) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (see note…

The Not-So-Sweet Truth about Sugar

Did you know that there are about 56 different names for sugar? Some at least HAVE “Sugar” in the name. Here are a few trickier ones: Dextrose Fructose Galactose Glucose Lactose Maltose Sucrose Agave Nectar Barley Malt Dextrin Sucanat Maltodextrin Brown Rice Syrup Evaporated Cane Juice High Fructose Corn Syrup…

Assistance for Kids with SLDs

The Wired2Learn Foundation serves an invisible population of students who are falling through the cracks of our public and private education system. These are the 20% of students who have Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and ADHD. These children, if they don’t get our help:…

Explore the Trades!

North Idaho Building Contractors Association and Home Depot are teaming up for a 2-day event to introduce the building industry trades to local students. Idaho State University designed the Construction Combine event and hopes to have similar events through out Idaho in 2019. The event will be at the KTEC…

NIC Adult Education Classes Now Enrolling

The North Idaho College Adult Education Center in Coeur d’Alene is now accepting students for the new session beginning March 4, 2019. NIC’s Adult Education provides instruction for individuals, 16 years of age and older, not currently enrolled in any public high school who want assistance to prepare for the…

Spreading the Love, One Stall at a Time

The Spreading the Love Project began when local artist Christina Hull saw a Facebook post featuring teachers who painted inspirational quotes in middle school bathrooms. Christina put the word out, and artists were quick to respond. Nancy White from Coeur d’Alene Portfolio Real Estate stepped up to sponsor the project…

Open Arms Offers “Earn While You Learn”

If this is a first pregnancy or even a second, there may be questions about what pregnancy is like. This is why Real Choices Clinic offers the Earn While You Learn program. While there are many services available, no one needs to go through an unplanned pregnancy alone. We connect…

Ask the Author – Lauren Stinton

Local author, Lauren Stinton, was asked the following questions. Her replies may help aspiring authors pursue their passion for writing. How long have you been a writer? I have enjoyed writing since I was a child. My mother actually remembers a time when I was three years old, and I…

Bandaids for What?

My 4 yr old hurts herself several times a day. She tumbles to the ground, walks into a table, or drops something on her toe just to name a few. Maybe her brother hit her or pulled her hair? Recently on a walk she tripped and fell. She was bleeding…