Juvenile Arthritis Awareness

July 19, 2011

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, so we wanted to spread some light on this topic! Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.


Arthritis typically affects joints, but juvenile arthritis can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well.

Who Gets JA?

No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop the disease. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition,


There is no cure for juvenile arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, control pain and help improve quality of life. Most treatment plans involve a combination of medication, physical activity, eye care and healthy eating.

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Therapeutic Recreation Week

July 12, 2011

This week marks National Therapeutic Recreation week, which was established by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society. The purpose of this week is to spread awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services, and expand recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions.  These activities are designed to develop and use their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

Recreational sports can provide many benefits, both psychological and physiological. Some commonly used therapeutic recreations include: aquatic therapy, tai chi, and animal assisted therapy. Check your local papers for activities in your community.

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Firework Safety

July 1, 2011

The Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high for children ages 10 to 14 as for the general population.

The good news is you can enjoy your holiday risk-free by following a few simple safety tips:

  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers, can be extremely dangerous- they can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (hot enough to melt gold).
  • If you decide to give children sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothes and hair.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and make sure to keep water near by in case of accidents.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Wear some sort of eye protection
  • Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket – the friction can set them off.
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.
  • Soak all fireworks in water before throwing them in the trashcan

In addition to these tips, take a look at the following video for more fireworks safety tips from leading news source HealthWatchMD:

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