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American Heart Association Statement on New World Health Organization Report “Ending Childhood Obesity”

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX   The following statement is from Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, on a report on strategies to address rising global obesity rates.

Nations around the world should view the ECHO report as a wakeup call to aggressively address the childhood obesity epidemic using every recommendation possible. Children should be surrounded by healthy food and drinks and opportunities to play and be active.

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Greatest Gifts of All

 

Greatest_GiftClarksville, TN – Christmas is the time of year when we should give some serious thought to the process of giving and what it really means to show our love to others.

I suspect that if most of us tried to remember the best gifts we’ve ever received, we’d find that many of them didn’t necessarily cost a great deal of money. Instead they had a lovely share of thoughtfulness behind them.

One of the gifts I received that I’ll never forget was from a blind man who sat for several hours at his tape recorder and taped for me music he believed I’d enjoy and some of his own words about what my friendship for him had meant. Another gift I’ll never forget came from a student and her mother who made a CD of favorite Christmas songs for me. I listen to that CD in my car every Christmas because it has so many classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and James Taylor’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Other gifts I’ve received are on a different scale.

Jesus in the Manger

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American Heart Association reports Obese Kids young as age 8 show signs of Heart Disease

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report

American Heart AssociationOrlando, FL – Imaging tests of obese children — some as young as 8 years old —  showed signs of significant heart disease and heart muscle abnormalities, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Comparing 20 obese kids with 20 normal-weight kids, researchers found that obesity was linked to 27 percent more muscle mass in the left ventricle of their hearts and 12 percent thicker heart muscles – both signs of heart disease.

Child weighing himself on a scale. (American Heart Association)

Child weighing himself on a scale. (American Heart Association)

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Consumer Reports No Longer Recommends Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods

 

Citing continued danger to young children, CR calls for tougher safety standards

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports today announced that it would no longer recommend liquid laundry detergent pods because of the continued high-rate of accidental poisonings of young children attributable to those products.

The organization now strongly urges households where children younger than 6 are ever present to refrain from purchasing them. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell works to raise awareness about Hot Car Deaths

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee’s Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) is working this summer to raise awareness about how to prevent the deaths of children trapped in hot cars. A recent report concluded Tennessee is in the top 10 states for death of children due to hot vehicles, claiming 23 deaths from 1998-2014.

“As summer temperatures are soaring into the 90s, it is critically important that we raise awareness about this issue. Across the country, as of the middle of June, there have been five child vehicular heat stroke deaths this year,” said Speaker Harwell. “We need to get the message to all Tennesseans that it’s dangerous to leave your child unattended in your vehicle, even for a minute.”

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Clarksville Police reports Children Struck by Car on Turner Lane

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville TN — Today, April 12th, 2015 at 11:22am two children were reportedly playing inside a cardboard box on Turner Lane near Gale Drive when it was struck by a motorist.

Both children were life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from a nearby designated landing zone at Glenellen School. The children were identified as a six-year-old boy and his seven-year-old sister. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health reports first confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of two cases of enterovirus D68 in Tennessee. One patient resides in West Tennessee and the other in East Tennessee. Both were young children who were hospitalized for their illnesses, but are now home and doing well.

“As expected, Tennessee has been impacted by enterovirus D68 as have most other states this fall,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We have now confirmed two cases, while other samples have tested positive for different, common, seasonal cold viruses. It is also likely other samples will test positive for EV-D68 in the future. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Human Services encourages Caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” when transporting Children

 

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months. In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

DHS is also encouraging parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” car doors upon exit so that children are not left in the sweltering heat of a locked vehicle. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Police Department reminds everyone not to leave Children and Pets in Unattended Vehicles

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – With the summer heat in full gear, the Clarksville Police Department is reminding citizens not to  leave children and pets in unattended vehicles that are not running. It takes a matter of minutes for the inside of a car to heat up and become deadly for a child or animal.

According to a 2012 article by Melissa Crumish, from the DMV, “since 1998, 529 children have died in the United States from hyperthermia (heat stroke) after being left inside unattended vehicles.”1

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Graco Children’s Products recalls nearly Two Million Child Car Seats because Buckle may not Unlatch

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – Graco Children’s Products (Graco) is recalling certain rear-facing child restraints manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013, models SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect (including Classic Connect 30 and 35), SnugRide 30, SnugRide 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40, and Aprica A30.

The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle’s release button.

Graco SnugRide 30 Infant Car Seat is one of the models being recalled.

Graco SnugRide 30 Infant Car Seat is one of the models being recalled.

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