Step Away from the Smartphone

Children’s screen times are going up despite mounting evidence that computer technology is having a negative impact on their physical and mental health. Screen time includes watching TV, movies, computers, video games, phones, and tablets and overuse is linked to unhealthy dietary patterns, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and poor sleep quality…

Break Patterns with Intuitive Eating

Restrict. Binge. Repeat.  According to the Boston Medical Center, 45 million Americans follow this pattern as they cling to a new diet each year. Whether they’re too obsessed with French fries, or too fixated on calories, most Americans don’t interact in a healthy way with food. In 1995 two registered…

Sleeping Tips for Baby & You

At Open Arms we see many moms who have this number one commonality: “My baby is awake for hours at night and I need my sleep!” With babies’ different temperaments, parents’ routines, technology and trying to keep up with social media, along with trying to be the best parent, these…

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…

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…

Join the (PoP)Club!

The Inland Northwest Food Network is pleased to announce that they will once again be offering the Power of Produce (PoP) Club this summer at the Hayden Farmers Market. The PoP Club – first held last summer – is a program that seeks to encourage children to make healthy food…

Free Grief Camp for Kids and Teens

Children and teens profoundly experience grief when they experience the loss of a loved one. Thankfully, from July 13 to 15, North Idaho kids and teens will have a chance to gather together and know they are not alone. Hospice of North Idaho offers this free summer camp to help…

Free CPR Training February 8

There will be a free CPR, AED, and First Aid training! Keep The Beat strives to increased number of citizens throughout the community properly trained to recognize and provide initial care for a variety of emergencies. Importantly, this training will provide attendees with life-saving knowledge to help stabilize situations to…

Don’t be SAD!

by Bill Rutherford According to NIMH, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons (appearing in the winter or summer months) for at least two years. Seasonal…

Help for Dyslexia

It’s hard to imagine anyone can make it through school without being able to read. From filling out a medical questionnaire to reading road signs, illiteracy can be crippling. Yet, in 2018, 1 in 4 children grow up without learning to read proficiently. According to the National Center for Education…