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6 All In The Family

8 7 Important Skills Your Child Will Learn from Lego Play

moms R women 2 10 MS: One Woman's Experience

12 How Philly's Most "Glam" Event is Helping Thousands

14 Our Lady of Lourdes: The Baby Friendly Initiative

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2017 Birthday Party Guide

28 Summer Camp Guide

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24 Does Endometriosis Compromise Fertility?

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Make celebrating St. Patrick’s day fun and easy with this adorable leprechaun lunch. It’s cute as can be and super fun for kids, but it’s also a healthy lunch option for the holiday. You’ll need the following for two shamrock pizzas: • Cheddar cheese • English muffin separated into 2 halves • Green pepper cut into rings for shamrock • Green pepper slice cut into rectangle for stem • Preheat oven to 425 degrees This is a simple recipe to include your little leprechaun in the preparation. Sprinkle enough cheddar cheese to cover surface of English muffin. Place pepper ring on top of cheese and add stem to look like a complete shamrock. Place in heated oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden.

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elcome to the annual Birthday Party issue! While we always hope our pages are inspirational, this month we’re featuring South Jersey locations to throw your kids a perfect birthday extravaganza (page 17). Birthdays are meant to be a joy, so to the busiest of today’s super moms, make the day hassle free; hand over the hard work to the party venues and enjoy the day with family and friends. Also, be sure to learn the Dos and Don’ts in, “Does Kid Party Etiquette Still Exist? (page 16)”. And, need I remind you…the clock is ticking to find the right camp for your kids this summer. This month, be sure to check out “What Makes Camp So Special”, (page 28). There are so many positive reasons to send your kids to camp. Andy

Pritikin, owner and director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown says, “Camp is a ‘step back in time’ to a more care-free environment where children are away from their over-loving and ever-hovering parents and are able to take a break from technology”. At camp children are often problem solving and adapting to change, which helps build confidence. Personally I love this concept! My kids have been in camp for the last ten years and all of these tools have helped them cope with hurdles they may encounter and build resiliency. My son, Sky, is turning 17 this month and has been a camp counselor at Tall Pines Day Camp since he was 14 and a camper for years before that. At an early age he was rambunctious and I just couldn’t keep pace with him, camp was the answer to get him out of the house and keep him busy. As he got older he would have spent his summers on the computer all-night and sleeping all day. Camp keeps him on a schedule all year. This month is National Nutrition Month, be sure to look for Lisa Figueiredo’s article (page 6) on how important it is to help create healthy eating and exercise habits with your kids. Today’s generation spends too much time with a device in their hand instead of a ball. I challenge you this month to play with your kids outside, take a walk, play soccer, throw a football, ride a skateboard, or even draw on the pavement with chalk. Be adventurous! The possibilities are endless.✲ Your friend & fellow MOM,

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rom the time our children are born we as parents are their greatest role models. Like sponges they absorb our actions, mimicking our behavior; including physical activity and diet. As parents this is our opportunity to shape how our children view food and positively influence their choices when it comes to nutrition. Kristy Davies, South Jersey mom of two agrees. “I think it starts at first bites. We (her and her husband) started together making our own baby food so they saw from an early age, food doesn’t come in plastic containers all the time,” she said. As parents how can we be an advocate for Family Nutrition in our homes as a daily lifestyle? Make healthy foods available to your children. Let you children be a part of the experience by taking them to the grocery store, letting them pick out healthy snacks including fruits and vegetables. Mother of two, Amy Petrie said, “I think the best thing we can do is include our children in meal making decisions and meal preparation Taking your kids grocery shopping and allowing them to pick out their fruits as snacks for the week is a really great way for children to feel included and empowered

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about what they put into their bodies.” Educate your children on healthy meals and how food impacts their body. Talk about what they have learned about healthy foods and “sometimes” foods, as my five-year old calls them, and don’t limit them from their diets entirely. Let them eat cake on birthdays or special occasions. Experts also suggest not using foods as rewards or punishments. Model behavior that shows your child nutrition is important in your life. If your children, see you eating regular meals; snacking less or eating healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, they are likely to want to do the same. Healthy Living Initiative Coordinator for Food Bank of South Jersey and mother for two boys, Tricia Yeo agrees. “I feel my boys are very fortunate to have had a mom as a nutritionist. They are very educated on good nutrition and it is something that just comes natural in our home.” Petrie echoes her sentiment. “Children look to their parents as examples of how to act, behave, treat others, and treat themselves. We have to be aware that they watch everything we do and will make those behaviors their own,” she said. Try eating more fruits and vegetables. We all know if there is food on your plate that

is likely what your toddler will want to eat, even if they aren’t hungry. After all most kids, at least in the early phases of childhood want to be like Mommy or Daddy. Why else would they enjoy play kitchens and food and playing doctor? Another way to inspire and incorporate healthy eating in your children is to get them involved in cooking. “People probably think I’m crazy,” says Davies, “seeing pictures of my two year old at the stove, but it is learning these things young and making it a lifestyle and habit,” she said. Making cooking and food fun is another way Yeo feels kids can get excited. “I teach cooking classes weekly to kids, and they all know about Iron Chef, Master Kitchen Kids, etc. The past few years there is more and more information about food in places where our kids are seeing it, online, social media, TV and school. If we can continue the conversation at home and make food fun.” Balanced nutrition starts and at home and can help to eliminate a host of problems medical problems in the future such as heart disease, Diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea. Proper nutrition and exercise for the entire family will promote good lifestyle all will benefit from.

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any pressure of fear or failure. Karl Goldstein from Bricks 4 Kidz also adds, “Taking time away to build with LEGO® frees them from an artificial world where their eyes are glued to a screen, to physically experience something they can play with and recreate over and over. While I subscribe to the critical importance of following step by step instructions required to complete a LEGO® model kit, it is equally important for children to use their imagination and construct something abstract out of a pile of free play LEGO®.” 3. Problem-Solving: Whether utilizing structured or unstructured Lego play, kids must analyze what they see, draw conclusions, and readjust if something isn’t working out as they had planned when building their masterpiece.

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s a parent, there may have been times you’ve found yourself screeching in pain from stepping on one, two or maybe even ten Lego pieces throughout the day. You might even go as far as resenting the fact that you bought them in the first place. I felt that way too at one point. That is until I learned first-hand the amazing benefits of Lego bricks. My son has always loved Legos, and still does. In fact, his nickname around the house is “Master Builder.” I often find myself watching him in admiration as he constructs each masterpiece. What’s most interesting, however, is that Lego construction has the ability to capture his full attention for hours. It’s quite easy to overlook the benefits of Legos, particularly if we don’t know what to 8 | March 2017

look for in the first place. Although they may seem like simple building blocks, they are much more than that. So what important skills do children learn from Lego play anyway? 1. Fine Motor Skills: Building with Legos requires grasping, manipulation, and twisting of the hands and fingers. This in turn strengthens coordination and promotes dexterity, which is necessary for activities such as handwriting and buttoning a shirt, for example. 2. Creativity: Free Lego play allows children to let their imaginations run wild, where there are no mistakes or limitations. They can experiment while taking risks and set their own goals in a fun and meaningful way. They also have the freedom to create and explore without

4. Three-Dimensional Thinking: Lego building requires children to think about objects in three dimensions. This encourages spatial reasoning, which is the ability to mentally manipulate objects. For example, a child with good spatial skills is able to picture an object rotated in the mind’s eye.  Spatial skills are also the key building blocks to STEM success, particularly when it comes to robotics. John Grater at Robotech Educational Services explains, “LEGO robotics entices children to create, problem solve, and follow directions at the same time they develop STEM awareness.  The simple design of LEGO allows the young student to quickly see success and encourages them to want to learn more.” 5. Awareness of Structural Engineering and Architecture: Playing with Legos teaches children about structure and stability. If they build a tower only for it to quickly fall apart, they learn that their structure isn’t quite stable enough. In that case, a few more bricks may be needed for added support. This is at the root of basic engineering and architecture. 6. Following Directions: While free Lego play doesn’t require following directions, achieving a specific design does. This encourages even the most eager builder to slow down and read the manual. Lego instructions also contain illustrations, which allow nonreaders to reap the benefits as well. 7. Social Skills: Building Legos together with peers is a great opportunity to encourage teamwork, which fosters cooperative play and collaboration. “Mandy Fredericks is a homeschooling mom who is very active in the community. She’s also the founder of Compassionate Kids, a local group of families who perform community service projects monthly. If you’d like to participate, you may join her group on Facebook at Compassionate Kids.”

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“I feel lucky to have found the right balance” – Jaime Angelini

MS: One Woman’s Experience


By Samantha E. Gill with Jaime Angelini

t age 38, Jaime Angelini began noticing vision problems, which she attributed to getting older. During an exam with her family Eye Doctor, she was referred for an MRI of the brain. The physician wanted to look for something called “optic neuritis.” During the weeks she’d been waiting for her next appointment, she spent time online researching and reading up on optic neuritis. She had an idea of what it could mean. Her mind was awhirl with “what if’s” and “what could be’s.” Once the results of her MRI came in, she was told to see a specialist, a Neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania. It was at that life-altering appointment, she received the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Optic neuritis is oftenlinked to the disease. Jaime said she was “overwhelmed” by the news. She asked questions based on what she had read online. To her comfort and surprise, the University of Penn doctor treated her “where she was.” By that, Jaime explained, she means he felt that it was important to ask the person – the patient - how they were that day -- before pulling out the results and getting to the “nitty gritty” with the patient. There are different approaches to treatment; not everyone picks the same treatment and not everyone at their first appointment decides how they want to progress with treatment. After consulting with her doctor, she decided to take a multi-prong approach by addressing the emotional aspect, taking medication and making dietary changes. As a long-time professional who works in the field of mental health, Jaime talks 10 | March 2017

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openly and easily about the subject. She says well-supported by family and friends, including a great husband, Steve, whom she says is her “rock.” Together they decided to tell their children about her diagnosis in an age appropriate way. Both children, now age 8 and 11, also have traveled to Penn to see the facility. Jaime and Steve continue to answer questions as they come up. Jaime also searched for a local support group, when she couldn’t find one, she started her own. As a board member for a Center for Independent Living(CIL) in Atlantic County, Jaime was able to start the group; it’s casual, confidential and open to the public. Jaime said she uses *Disease Modifying Drugs that she and her neurologist have mutually agreed upon for her treatment and management of her illness. She says she occasionally experiences problems with her vision, but for the most part is doing well. Moreover, Jaime decided to see a *Chiropractor and an expert in *Nutrition Response Testing, through this she has adopted a “food as medicine” approach.

Today, her diet is gluten and dairy free, which, she says, has positively affected her health*. I asked Jaime what advice she had for others who have MS. She said, "networking with those who have been touched by MS, attending a support group, or going to an educational event have been helpful." Support groups are a safe place to listen and/or speak your mind about your experience. "Support is key", she said. Two years have passed since her diagnosis. Jaime is now 40 years old. She works full time at The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County in addition to being a wife, mother, and an advocate for MS. *Note: please talk to your doctor or nutritionist before making any/these modifications to your diet, as everyone responds differently. The MS Support Group is held at the Artemis Center, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Rd Suite #7 Galloway, NJ 08205. The meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. You can call 609.748.ABLE for more information. *Note: Information was received from Occupational Therapist's Dr. Jean A Ayres. I am not a Dr. or a practitioner. I realize everyone has different schools of thoughts. This is information to share and read only, not to practice. For more information on SPD or Dr. Ayres work please go online to: http://www. or treating-sensory-processing-issues Samantha E Gill, is a full time Mom to Audrey 7, Addie 6, and Addie's service dog Golden Doodle, Data 3. Super-Addie has special needs; she is currently in a full day mainstream Kindergarten classroom with Data and a successful IEP in Northfield. Samantha is a full time social worker and sometimes writer. Audrey is in 2nd grade and ready to continue to play hockey and karate. Sam and her tribe loudly exist in Northfield where she hopes to take a nap someday.



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Putting the “Fun” In Fundraising—

How Philly’s Most Glam Event Is Helping Thousands Brie Latini

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary lives.” — C.S. Lewis


ianca Yodice, by all accounts, was extraordinary. A loved daughter, niece and friend, Bianca relished in her work with children and dreamed of continuing her education in order to serve them further. Her goal was simple- to help children in need. In August of 2010, Bianca was walking to work when she was struck by a car. Just 21 years old, Bianca passed away from her injuries, leaving behind a devastated family. Her aunt, Buffy Harakidas and her family Debbie Savigliano, was left wondering how best to honor the life of this beautiful young woman and it was from her grief that Bianca’s Kids was born. Starting out as an idea of Debbie and a few other South Jersey-area mothers, Bianca’s Kids has grown into a thriving non-profit, granting wishes to children in need across the state of NJ. Since its inception, Bianca’s Kids has granted over 15,000 wishes, ranging from helping an ill high-school senior attend his senior trip to assisting a family with the costs of buying a home. “Each wish,” Debbie explains, “is different and fulfilling.” This year, Bianca’s Kids was chosen to be the beneficiary of the Hair O’ the Dog Fundraiser. Hair O’ the Dog, created in 1995 by Daniel Cronin and Robert Molinaro, is billed as being one of the most glamourous events on the Philly scene! The idea for HOTD recognized that a well put together party would not only attract people who want to have a good time, but also attract people who want to do good. An extraordinary amount of work goes into creating all of that fun, and for the past seven years, Buffy Harakidas has been at the helm of this event. While she is the driving force behind Hair O’ the Dog, she is also a South Jersey mother of three children. Striking a balance between work and motherhood can be difficult, and Buffy wants other mothers to know that in order to keep that balance healthy, you have to keep yourself healthy! Motherhood is busy, but allowing space for your own interests and fun is a vital part of keeping the ship afloat. Buffy channels her passion for this belief into her work in creating one of the most talked-about events in Philadelphia- who better to attend a glamorous fundraiser than women who provide good works for their families every day? Debbie and the staff of Bianca’s Kids are humbled and grateful to have been the chosen beneficiary for Hair of the Dog 2017. “We were screaming when we found out! Besides the obvious donation…it was an opportunity for our organization to be brought to the attention of thousands. We are forever grateful to HOD!”

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10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: The Baby-Friendly Initiative

CAMDEN, NJ— Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center recently received a prestigious international recognition as a “Baby-Friendly Designated Birth Facility.” The Baby-Friendly initiative is part of a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The designation culminates a fiveyear journey for the Lourdes’ Women’s and Children’s team, which began with a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Nutrition and Fitness, and coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics – New Jersey, Pediatric Council on Research and Education. Currently, there are 390 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. Lourdes is now one of only two Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in South Jersey, and one of eight in the state. Based on the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” the award recognizes facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. Nurses and physicians were

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required to complete 20 and three hours of education, respectively, along with annual training. The “Baby-Friendly” designation is then given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed, as well as practice and policy changes that were submitted to Baby Friendly USA during the 4-step designation journey known as the 4D Pathway to Baby Friendly™ Designation. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes. “When you breastfeed, you start your child on a path to good health. For example, studies have shown that breastfeeding helps prevent childhood and adult obesity, which are major risk factors for diabetes and heart disease,” said Trish Cerveny, RN, Manager of Women’s and Children’s Services and Coordinator of the Baby Friendly Initiative at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. “But Baby-Friendly is not just about exclusive breastfeeding. It is about the total care of the mother and baby. We’re proud of our team’s commitment to mothers and babies, and that we achieved this highly respected award.” When the Baby-Friendly journey began, Lourdes had an exclusive breastfeeding rate only in the teens. Today, the rates remain

consistently above the 40th percent. In addition, Lourdes’ recently received a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) score of 94 out of 100, significantly higher than state and national averages. The Lourdes team collaborates with many others in the community to promote Baby-Friendly activities, including Lourdes outpatient facilities, Women’s Healthcare of Collingswood, the South Jersey Perinatal Cooperative and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). “It is important to collaborate with the entire community. Our patients are here for two or three days and go home. We have formed partnerships with key stakeholders in the community that provide our patients with the support that is needed well after discharge,” said Andrea Racobaldo, MSN RNC-OB, CBC, Corporate Director of Education and Baby-Friendly Initiative Coordinator at Lourdes. “The feedback we have received from area providers has helped us to improve our care.” For more information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, visit

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Does Kid Party Etiquette Still Exist? Written By: Jessica Mungekar


ocial and party etiquette is still practiced, even in our informal society. Now, mind you, it has evolved with modern times, but it is still important to follow certain “rules” when planning, hosting or attending a party- even a party for kids. Here are some helpful tips! I’m hosting a party at a venue- now what?

Be courteous: The number one rule for letting your guests and their parents feel welcome at your party is to be a welcoming and gracious host. Be considerate: Let’s face it…posting to social media is commonplace, however, some parents or caregivers may not want their children’s photos shared. It’s a common courtesy for your guests to check with you before posting and for you to do the same. If you are not wanting your party put on social media outlets, kindly ask your guests to refrain from posting. Most often, it is not an issue. Be prepared: What do you do when disaster strikes? Like… when a friend’s parent brings their siblings or the cake is ruined… It’s ok! Your kid’s party is not ruined!  First and foremost stay cool and calm. Be sure to use your vendor of choice’s resources and ask for HELP! They may have a simple solution to get your party back on track quickly and smoothly.   Sometimes, there is just no fix. So instead of crying, try to laugh it off! Other parents typically can relate… What do I do if my guests have dietary restrictions? When hosting a party at a venue, the venue will typically supply the food so it’s important to let parents know what food will be served. If it is something their child cannot eat, you can request that the parent bring food to the party or you can ask the venue if you are able to bring in outside food. To open or not to open? When hosting a party at a venue, as a rule, venues typically ask parents to take the gifts with them before opening. Parents may choose to invite all or a few guests back to their home to open gifts and as children get older, this becomes more commonplace. Kids love to open gifts with their friends and their friends love to watch their gifts get opened.  Younger kids (ages 1-5) may prefer a quieter surrounding with the family when opening presents. Are thank you cards necessary? Saying thank you in the form of a note is also a wonderful teachable moment in which your child learns to show gratitude and express his or her thanks.  The recipient will also feel appreciated when receiving the note. Are party favors required? Most venues will supply goodie bags for a fee or you can bring your own. If you don’t want to send your guests home with cheap toys that break within 5 minutes, offer take home gift certificates to the local ice cream shop or movie theatre instead.   What to do when the host says “no gifts please”? Typically, you go to a party, you bring a gift. It’s a no brainer, right? This philosophy all changes when the host specifically requests that no gifts be brought. In this case, the host’s requests should be honored.  If you feel compelled to bring something, ask the host if you can bring an alternative gift like a subscription, membership…maybe even make a donation to a charity in the child’s name.  When all is said and done, the most important thing when throwing and attending a kid’s party is to have fun!   Jessica Mungekar is the Founder and CEO of Jessie’s Party Stop, South Jersey’s Guide to Kids Parties; An online resource for families living in SJ looking for help planning their DIY kid’s parties. She lives in Washington Township with her husband, and two children, Layla 9, Kiran 5. 

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e have all heard multiple benefits to lactation and breastfeeding for both mother and child. The primary function of the breast is for milk production for the purpose of consumption. The benefits of just the milk that is produced are so well known that there is even a market for the milk for non-infants with some athletes saying it has performance boosting benefits. The thing that some people may not know is that anyone who has their breast intact is a candidate for lactation (even men). Now this is not to say that there is not work and time to be invested and in some cases individuals may look for assistance in the form of hormones and/or medication. One of the keys to preparing for this time if you are an adoptive mother or are using a surrogate is using a breast pump on a regular basis for what is called “pumping.” Keeping in mind this step is about creating the chemical reactions in the body that a baby does when it is nursing and may be started 3 -4 months before the baby is born if possible. There are hormone supplements which will assist in the process; as well as medications to both facilitate starting the milk production as well as increasing. It is important to keep expectations about the amount of milk someone will produce reasonable. Stress and negative emotions actually can interfere with milk flow. The goal does not have to be that breast milk will be the only food source, but instead the mother and child will receive the benefits of bonding. The child will receive the emotional and nutritional benefits even if supplementation is required. It is important to communicate your desire to nurse especially in an adoption/surrogate situation. You want as much skin to skin contact between mother and baby as possible early on. A breast pump does not replace the stimulation of a nursing infant; just as a mother in the process of helping a baby “latch-on” will not provide the flow of an artificial nipple. It is important to not get frustrated with the process. If you are adopting or using a surrogate, you may want to consider looking for a lactation coach. If you are not sure where to start check with your doctor for recommendations. Breast feeding is one of the most natural forms of bonding between a mother and child. Yet, many women are embarrassed or even worse in some cases shamed for public feeding of their children. In a society where we sexualize women’s breast numerous women have reported being harassed for breast feeding in public. Many women even feel forced to cover their child’s head making feeding uncomfortable for the child. Many companies and retailors have responded to this by creating lactation rooms for mothers to provide a clean private place where they can breast feed without fear of harassment or observation from strangers. This is not to say that if there is no such place available that you should feel uncomfortable with your choice. If you are considering breast feeding and returning to work be sure to check with your human resources department as many states have laws regarding accommodating mothers who may need to “pump” during their workday. If they don’t already have a designated space, most companies are happy to create one even in states where it is not required. Patricia Mooneyham coaches and educates women on personal confidence, sexual wellness and empowerment. You can find other helpful information at her

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ndometriosis is a disease that leads to severe pain and fertility problems and is one of the most common medical conditions affecting women. It is common among women in their 30s and 40s and may make it harder to get pregnant. The cause is not entirely clear. One theory suggests that endometriosis may be genetic, especially if you have a strong family history to the disease. Another may be an excess of estrogen in the body. The good news is advancements are being made to relieve the symptoms. Dr. Angel Kelly of Cumberland Obstetrics & Gynecology in Vineland NJ shares valuable information as she answers the most common questions about endometriosis. What is it? Endometriosis is a medical condition that is often painful for many women and occurs when tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis affects approximately 1 in 10 women

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Does it influence future fertility? Approximately one-third to one-half of women with endometriosis can have difficulty getting pregnant. Even so, many women diagnosed with endometriosis can still conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. Any woman with concerns should follow up with their health care provider as an early diagnosis may result in better symptom management and prevent disease progression. Dr. Angel Kelly’s advice gives a general overview of this condition. There are many solutions to ease the symptoms of "Endometriosis is a Endometriosis but there is no cure yet. Talk to your doctor if you experience disease that leads to any of the above symptoms. Your severe pain and fertility doctor will do a physical exam. problems and is one Further studies will be needed for a proper diagnosis. Many doctors of the most common perform a laparoscopy and MRI to medical conditions determine the location and size of the growth. It can be a long journey but foraffecting women" tunately with today’s treatments, women can experience the joy of childbirth and improved health for many years. and is most commonly found in women in their 30’s and 40’s though women of any age can be diagnosed. The most common symptom of Healing Path Counseling Endometriosis is pelvic pain or pain associated with menstrual periods. Other common sympFertility Support Group toms of Endometriosis are: Professionally led • Painful periods (this may include lower abdominal cramping or lower back pain) 7:00pm-8:30pm • Pain with sexual intercourse RSVP required • Pain with bowel movements or urination 609-230-6280 • Heavy periods or bleeding between periods • Infertility Meets on the first Wednesday • Other symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea, of each month constipation, bloating or nausea, especially Karen Ognibene, MA, LPC during menstrual periods How is it treated? The treatment for endometriosis can be varied and often will depend on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and the extent of the disease. Treatment strategies may consist of pain medications, hormonal agents, or surgery. Some


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f you speak with anyone who has a child at day or overnight camp, there is no doubt they will tell you what an amazing experience it is for their child. If you didn’t go to camp yourself or have a child at camp, you might not “get” camp. What is it about summer camp that makes it so special? “Camp is a ‘step back in time’ to a more care-free environment where children are away from their overloving and ever-hovering parents and are able to take a break from technology,” says Andy Pritikin, owner and director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown, NJ and President of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ. “Children also communicate face to face and spend time in an outdoor environment that fosters the development of skills that young people need in the 21st Century.” American Camp Association research has found that 92% of campers said that camp helped them feel good about themselves and 70% of parents reported that their child gained self-confidence at camp. Building self-esteem happens easily at camp. When a camper puts her head under water for the first time or gets to the top of the climbing wall she was scared to try, she builds confidence by accomplishing something new and challenging. “There are many activities at camp that you just don’t find in day to day life. When a child learns and masters a skill, we celebrate that at camp,” comments Danielle Wiest, Executive Director of Child and Camp for YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties. “Having those moments to celebrate throughout the summer help children to know what they are capable of and how to set and achieve goals independently.” Camp fosters independence and allows children to feel good about things they do on their own. “One of the best examples is the process of getting ready for swim. Young camp-

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ers learn how to change in and out of their own clothing after swim where at home, a parent would typically help their child on a one-to- one basis,” says Andrew Yankowitz, owner and director of Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown, NJ. “At the end of the summer, I get phone calls from the parents of our youngest campers telling me that their child now says ‘I can do it!’ Whether this applies to changing for swim or cleaning up their eating, they signal to their parents that they no longer need help in certain areas.”

“Camp fosters independence and allows children to feel good about things they do on their own” Each day of camp brings a new opportunity for children. Research by the American Camp Association found that 74% of campers said they did things at camp that they were afraid to do at first. One day your child might be waterskiing around the lake and another day he may be going down the zip line. Wiest comments, “Children are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone. There isn’t the safety net of a parent or guardian when they try something new. Kids get to feel all of the emotions of learning new skills: healthy fears, anticipation, teamwork, accomplishment and celebrating success. They gain the confidence in themselves to stand proud and know that they have the ability to accomplish great things if they set their minds to it.” Children learn to become part of a community at camp. They learn to share in camp traditions, work together and at overnight camp, live together in bunks. Becoming part of a strong camp community can help children learn to live

with others and help better prepare them for the college experience. Yankowitz says, “Each summer, campers and staff become part of a large camp family. They gain a true sense of community and look forward to returning each summer to see their camp friends that they may not have seen during the school year.” In a report by Common Sense Media, it states that tweens spend 6 hours a day and teens 9 hours a day consuming media. This includes watching videos, TV, video games and social media. Instead of engaging in human interactions, children are staring at screens throughout the year. Summer camp has become one of the last unplugged environments for children and a place where children can take a break from smart phones, ipads and social media and take time to communicate in person. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children to reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones as well as helping them manage stress. Traditional summer camps give children plenty of opportunities to play which leads to healthy emotional and social development. Camp allows children to play in a safe and nurturing environment with a caring and supportive staff. “Structured, adult directed play, like playing on a sports team or in gym at school is great for exercise and teamwork, but this is not real play. Play is when kids naturally play with each other, usually outside, without electronics and without adult direction. This is where creativity blooms, collaboration is essential, and leadership shines,” comments Pritikin. To find out how truly extraordinary camp is for a child, send your child to camp After just one summer, you will totally get it. For assistance in finding a summer camp, contact Renee Flax at the American Camp Association, NY and NJ for free, one-on-one advice at 212.391.5208.

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We offer flexible scheduling, affordable tuition payments, and sibling discounts. We also include lunch, drinks, snack and extended care in one low daily rate. Each air-conditioned facility offers an indoor roller skating rink, giant inflatables, FunZone (indoor climbing jungle gym), outdoor playground, outdoor water splash area, indoor turf fields, camp lounges with video gaming systems, arts and crafts room, Pre-K & K curriculum rooms and so much more. Our summer day camps are jam-packed with daily theme days, sports, activities, field trips, swim trips, sport-specific camps, and enrichment programs. We do it all from cooking and nutrition classes to laser tag and bubble ball soccer.


SC & DSC Summer Day Camps are not your traditional summer day camps! Whether you are looking for full-time care or just a few days here and there to add fun to your child’s summer, ISC and DSC are the places to be this and every summer. We have 4 convenient locations in Deptford, Hammonton, Cherry Hill & Mt. Laurel. Our campers are 3.5 years old by the start of camp up to those who just completed 8th grade. Our camp runs from June 19th – September 1st. Camp is open at 7AM until 6PM, Monday - Friday.

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According to the American Camp Association web site “Day camp can be a child’s first independent experience away from mom and dad. A child can strengthen emerging skills of making new friends, taking care of their own belongings, trying new activities, and taking risks.” Our mature, energetic and fun-loving camp counselors are all 18 and older have been fingerprinted and background checked through the State of NJ, are CPR and First Aid certified and have completed an extensive orientation process. They are teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and college student who are all here to build bonds within the camp community and help create a safe, fun and memorable summer with your children. For more information including tuition and registration details please visit our webpage at

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JCC Camps at Medford The fun lasts all summer, but the memories last a lifetime at the JCC Camps at Medford, an award-winning and ACA accredited summer day camp. With 75 years of experience, we really know camp and provide children ages 3-14 with the ultimate summer experience! Each camp day is woven with traditions, values and spirit, and campers become more self-confident, self-reliant and self-sufficient while building lifelong friendships. Visit us at one of our Spring Open Houses on Sunday, March 19, 11am-2pm and Sunday, April 9 from 11am. Watch our camp video and learn more at Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC, an award-winning summer day camp, is the place for little campers ages 2-5 to have big fun! Children learn new skills, develop socially create friendships all while having a blast. Learn more at; (856) 424-4444 x1242.

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BURLINGTON JCC Camps at Medford Open House Date/Time: Sunday, March 19 11am-2pm Location: 400 Tuckerton Road, Medford, NJ FREE and open to the community Come meet the staff to learn more about summer fun at JCC Camps at Medford. Stay and play while enjoying food and a tour of the facility. New families join at the open house and save $250 per camper! For more information, visit www.

GLOUCESTER Dr. Seuss Celebration featuring Lunch with the Cat in the Hat Saturday, March 4 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m The Franklin Township Library. Come join us for a special lunch with the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America week. We will begin with story time and a craft. After story time, we’ll enjoy pizza courtesy of Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz and birthday cake. We will also have balloons and face painting by the Masters of Magic and Fun and children can have their photo taken with the Cat in the Hat! We’ll cap off the celebration with the hilarious antics of the Andrew Show presented by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Open to ages 3 to 8 years with a caregiver. There is no charge for lunch; however, lunch seating is limited so reserve your child’s seat now. The Franklin Township Library is located at 1584 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ. (856) 694-2833

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“Women Who Made A Difference: Martha Washington” Thursday, March 16—6:30 p.m The Franklin Township Library. In Celebration of Women’s History Month, Alisa Dupuy of The Ladies of History will present a first person portrayal of Martha Washington. The Ladies of History’s main goal is to make history fun, exciting and memorable for guests who attend the shows. This program is open to all ages; however, registration is required. Please call the Library. The Franklin Township Library is located at 1584 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ. (856) 694-2833 Pitman Theatre A Toy Tale March 9 – 10:30AM March 10 – 10:30AM March 11 – 10AM & 1PM The Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s live Children’s Theatre calls fantasy and imagination to the stage. Children’s Theatre is best appreciated by children ages 3 to 9. Using a mix of creative sets, music and live actors, each onehour performance is filled with audience participation that captivates children with its fun and original theatrical style. 43 S Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071; 856-384-8381; www. Logan Library Happenings Branch of Gloucester County Library System; 856-241-0202

CAMDEN JCC Free Community Tot Shabbat Date/Time: Friday, March 3 10:30-11:15am Location: Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ FREE and open to the community, Families with children ages 1-4 Join us for a fun play group and meet new friends as we celebrate Shabbat with crafts, snacks, music, candle lighting and challah. For more information, contact Susie Shavelson at JCC Shabbat Shabang For Families Date/Time: Saturday, March 4 11am-12:30pm Location: Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ FREE and open to the community, Families with children ages 2-6 Celebrate Shabbat and enjoy a spirited morning with songs, art projects, storytelling, KIDish and challah snack! For families with children ages 2-6; For more information, contact Jill Cogan at JCC Community Purim Carnival Date/Time: Sunday, March 12 1-4pm Location: Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Open to the community Dress up as your favorite princess, super hero or Purim character and join the celebration! Kids will enjoy a moon bounce, carnival games, delicious hamantashen, face painting and more! Cost: JCC Members: $7; Guests: $10; Adults & Children under 2 are FREE For more information, visit holiday-celebrations

The Garden State Discovery Museum Is a children’s museum located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Come play, explore and get education all while having lots of fun! 2040 Springdale Rd #100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. 856-424-1233;

CUMBERLAND Back to Work and Breast Feeding Inspira Health Network Fitness Connection Vineland, NJ This free class is led by a certified lactation consultant, helps mothers returning to the workforce overcome breast feeding issues and concerns. Starting in March, classes meet the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm. Call 856-641-7535. 1430 W. Sherman Ave Vineland, NJ. Inspira Health Network eClass Online Childbirth Education Available at your convenience. Call 856-641-7535 for more details. S.T.E.P.S for Kids This childhood weight management program helps children ages 8-11 who are overweight or over the 85th percentile of their recommended body mass index. Call -1-800-INSPIRA or visit www. for locations and more information. New Jersey Motorsports Park 2017 Event tickets are on sale now. Paintball and go-karting are also at the park. Lots of great family fun things to do throughout the year. Millville, NJ 08332. 856-327-8000; www.

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Here Comes the Sun and a Springtime Menu By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio


he air’s filled with the sound of twittering, chirping birds; the ground’s producing beautiful, sun-kissed daffodils, and the temperature’s on the rise! These are just a few sure signs that spring has truly arrived, and, with it, comes the desire to put aside the Heavier, comfort foods most people enjoy during the cold winter months and replace them with lighter, springtime meals. Here are three recipes that are filling yet not too heavy -- perfect for a springtime menu!

Almond Coated Chicken • 10-12 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins • 2 cups almond flour • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder • 1/2 tsp. onion powder • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 3 eggs, beaten • Extra virgin olive oil Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick olive oil cooking spray, set aside. In a bowl, add the almond flour, parmesan cheese and seasonings, set aside. Dredge the chicken tenderloins into the beaten eggs, then into the almond flour mixture until well coated on both sides. Place the tenderloins in one layer onto the prepared baking pan. Drizzle the chicken lightly with extra virgin olive oil and place pan into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven, flip chicken over and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until clear juices flow when the chicken’s pierced. Serve.

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan & Breadcrumbs • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets • 3–4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese • Garlic powder, to taste • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 400º. In a bowl, toss florets with olive oil, bread crumbs and cheese. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet greased with nonstick cooking spray. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roast 25-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

Greek Quinoa Salad • 3 cups cold water • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked • 1/4 cup apple cider or balsamic vinegar 38 | March 2017

• Juice from one lemon • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated • 3-4 tbs. extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped • 1 small onion, diced or sliced small • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese In a large saucepan, cook the quinoa in water for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, set aside. In a large bowl, gently toss the quinoa together with the olives, parsley, onion, tomatoes and cucumbers. Pour the olive oil mixture over the quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste and gently toss in the feta cheese. As always, Bon Appetit! Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page http://www.facebook. com/profile.php?id=100001935347501

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March 2017 - South Jersey MOM Magazine  

The March 2017 issue of South Jersey MOM Magazine

March 2017 - South Jersey MOM Magazine  

The March 2017 issue of South Jersey MOM Magazine