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Beyond “The Talk”: New Research on Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Relationships

10/29/14
By Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexuality and relationships. For those of you who think you’ve got this covered, think again. New research shows that while most parents are talking with their children, most of us aren’t talking often enough or in enough detail about critical topics that will help ensure that our children make healthy decisions. Planned Parenthood and New York University’s Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health commissioned a national survey...
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5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

10/29/14
More than 12.5 million children in the US are overweight. This number is not decreasing but increasing which puts children at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives. Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. By cooking with your...

Interview with Tacoma City Councilperson Ryan Mello on paid sick days

10/29/14
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has said she supports passing a paid sick leave bill this year. You’ve been leading on this issue for some time. What do you think about the details the Mayor has shared? //Ryan Mello, Tacoma City Councilperson: I’m glad Mayor Strickland understands that cities need to take the lead on issues like paid sick leave, but...
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Why Work Flexibility Works for Our Family: And Why We Want to Give Others the Opportunity

10/27/14
In honor of National Work & Family Month, two NC employers shared why they value family-friendly work place policies and why they want to give others that same opportunity.
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Back on the Job: Employee Protections Following a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

10/24/14
The story is all too common. After months of fighting, it looks like you have finally overcome your breast cancer diagnosis. All that is left is for some follow-up treatments and to return to work. To your surprise, after having fought off breast cancer, you now find yourself in a fight with your employer over the nature of your return.
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Closer to the Finish Line

10/24/14
With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination.
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Chris Christie is tired of hearing about the minimum wage. Moms are tired of $7.25/hour!

10/23/14
Earlier this week Chris Christie said he was "tired of hearing about the minimum wage." Governor Christie needs to wake up and hear what actual moms working low-wages are tired of!
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Current Policy Choices Aid Abusers

10/23/14
This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . We cannot separate support for domestic violence survivors from support for a robust safety net. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago, opinions among the public and politicians have shifted remarkably from viewing domestic violence as a private family matter to expressing overwhelming support for survivors...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Teaching Gardens, an Active, Healthy Learning Tool

10/23/14
Teaching Gardens were designed by the American Heart Association to encourage children. Participating children are fascinated by the gardening process! Unbeknowst to them, they are learning healthy nutrition & learning through school based gardening to connect with healthy foods that help to combat childhood obesity. Nearly one in three children and adolescents in the U.S. is overweight or obese. There is significant research showing the health benefits of gardening and educational programs. The American Heart Association designed Teaching Gardens to encourage healthy diets in young...
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Are there toxic chemicals in your child’s “trick or treat” bag or Halloween costume?

10/23/14
Parents across the country are stocking up on this year’s hottest costumes for their little ghouls, goblins, and princesses, but some costumes may contain hidden toxic chemicals harmful to our children’s health. I wish I were tricking you.

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