The More Tobacco Marketing Kids See, The More Likely They Are To Smoke

Kids who shop in stores with tobacco marketing, such as gas stations and convenience stores, are 64% more likely to start smoking than their friends who don’t. (1) What specifically is going on in these stores to cause this difference in risk? Tobacco companies pay $27.1 Million annually, in Montana alone, (2) to concentrate their […]

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Protect Babies from Whooping Cough – the Tdap Vaccine during Pregnancy

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. Early symptoms of pertussis are a runny nose, no fever, and mild cough. If left untreated, the cough becomes stronger and more frequent and may persist for up to ten weeks. The CDC and […]

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Candy Flavored Tobacco

Many kids believe flavored tobacco products are less harmful than their non-flavored counterparts. In fact, the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed, more than 40 percent of U.S. youth (grades 6-12) who currently smoke, reported using flavored tobacco. Despite a 2009 federal ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes, tobacco companies continue to lure kids with […]

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Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful

Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it’s hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during, and after a vaccine visit to ease the pain and stress of getting shots. Read […]

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Safe Kids Day

On April 26th, 2015, communities across the United States will celebrate Safe Kids Day, a day to celebrate kids, prevent injuries, and saves lives. When it comes to safety for your children, you know the basics: buckle up, wear a helmet, learn to swim, look both ways. Here are some lesser-known tips to make your family […]

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National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is scheduled to be held April 18-25, 2015. On Saturday, April 25th from 9am-1pm, the Gallatin City-County […]

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Tips for Unplugging the Kids

Having trouble prying your child’s face away from the screen? You’re not alone! With all of the latest and greatest technological toys, you might find it harder and harder to get your kids to power down their devices. What is Screen Time? Screen time is a term used for activities that are done in front […]

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Spring Break and Gonorrhea (GC)

Spring Break should be a fun respite from the stress of college. It’s a time to relax with your friends and unwind from a hard semester of studying, but it’s also time to continue making smart choices. According to a study published in the Journal of American College Health1, the average male reported consuming 18 […]

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Kick Butts Day Scavenger Hunt

For decades, Big Tobacco has marketed its deadly and addictive products to teens like you. Thanks to a 2009 law passed by Congress, the Food and Drug Administration has restricted some forms of tobacco marketing. However, in the U.S. alone, tobacco marketing still totals $8.5 billion a year – nearly one million dollars each day. […]

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Tips for Keeping the Peace – Managing Temper Tantrums

February 22, 2015 | Parenting & Prenatal, WIC

You’re shopping with your toddler in a busy department store. He or she has spied a toy that you don’t intend to buy. Soon you find yourself at the center of a gale-force temper tantrum. Everyone’s looking at you, and your face is burning with embarrassment. Could you have prevented the tantrum? What’s the best […]

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