A Holiday Gift for Less than $10 that Benefits a Great Cause

Buy a Hot Chocolate Snowball for $7.29 to Benefit Victims of Child Abuse by Annette Pinder BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization in Western New York. A vitally important program of BestSelf is the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Like all Child Advocacy Centers

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Social Media and Your Teen’s Self-Esteem

(StatePoint) Recent public internal research from Facebook reveals that its photo-sharing app Instagram can have harmful impacts on young users, particularly girls. Many participants in the U.S. and U.K. study say they feel “addicted” to these apps, while at the same time, attribute depression and anxiety to

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Keep Kids Safe

What to Ask Caregivers and Daycare Centers By Annette Pinder As families with young children settle into “back to school” routines, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) recommends that parents ask their providers some important questions regarding their COVID-19 safety protocols. What is your center’s policy

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Help Your Child Transition Back to School

establishing routines and expectations is important By Claire Rosenecker The return to school and a “new normal” can bring about many uncertainties, emotions, and anxious feelings for your child. As we know, daily schedules have been constantly changing throughout the course of the pandemic, and for your

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Halloween Safety for Unvaccinated Children

Jack-o’-lanterns are lit on front porches, neighborhood streets are blanketed in colorful leaves, mulled apple cider is simmering on the stove, and children are putting the finishing touches on costumes and trick-or-treating routes. But with only a fraction of children vaccinated, families are still looking for safe

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RSV: Another Virus on the Rise

By Annette Pinder Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is on the rise, resulting in young children being hospitalized, according to Stephen J. Turkovich, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital. According to Dr. Turkovich, RSV is a common respiratory virus that can occur in people

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Conquer Back to School Anxiety with Positivity

By Shannon Traphagen Children who are heading back to the classroom this fall are facing unusual challenges, and one of them is anxiety about being separated from their families after months of togetherness. For some kids, it will trigger separation anxiety, in addition to the anxiety they

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Childhood Obesity Risk Factors

Parents want their children to be as healthy as possible, but many youngsters are at serious risk for poor health because of their weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 13.7 million children and adolescents in the United States are obese, which poses

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Free School Supplies Distributed in Underserved Communities Through August

These Good for the Neighborhood events will also offer fresh produce and free health screenings. It’s time to start getting ready for school! Free school supplies, including paper, notebooks, folders, pencils, glue sticks, crayons, markers and protective face masks, will be distributed by the Independent Health Foundation

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