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I used to consider January and February the worst months to live in Cache Valley (and I still dread packing boots and coats for five little ones every time we run an errand), but the longer I’ve lived here the more I’ve learned to embrace these cold winter months and fill them with family time, winter recreation, and memories. Some of our family’s favorite things to do during this time of year include: Outside Recreation: Last year we all took ski lessons. I had never stepped foot on the slopes before, and, although I spent more time on my bottom than my skis, it was great exercise and a fun experience we plan to keep up with. We also enjoy sledding,
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winter hikes, and visiting places like Hardware Ranch in Blacksmith Fork Canyon. Play at Home: We love playing cards and board games, creating art projects, and building forts together when it is too cold to play outdoors. We enjoy these things so much, but sometimes feel too busy to do them, that I am scheduling time for this kind of interaction on the calendar regularly this year to ensure we make playing together at home a priority. Get Organized: If your house is like mine, it may feel like it is overflowing since Santa’s recent visit. I don’t plan to wait until the spring thaw. Winter is a great time to organize and declutter.
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Cook Winter Recipes: Out of all of the months on our busy calendar, January is usually one of the slower ones. I really enjoy having my girls join me in the kitchen and teaching them favorite recipes that we can all enjoy around the table. For me, winter is a time for reflecting on the last year and looking forward to the future. I set new goals and a try to be a little better each new day, which keeps things hopeful.
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THE START OF a new year is the perfect time to make a commitment to better yourself. Since we spend so much time in our vehicles, doesn’t it make sense to apply some of these resolutions to that area of our lives? Here are some resolutions we can all get behind. • I will never drink and drive. Over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities are a direct result of impaired driving. • I will not use my cell phone behind the wheel. This form of distracted driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving, so put the phone down or pull over to use it. • I will drive the speed limit. Speed limits are road laws set to protect us, yet speeding is a factor
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under 8 should be secured in a proper car seat, and all children under 12 should ride in the backseat. • I will be more fuel efficient. Not only will this save you money, it can help in the national effort to become petroleum independent. You can be more fuel efficient by not idling your vehicle, combining trips, carpooling, keeping your tires properly inflated, and obeying the speed limit. • I will maintain my vehicle and tires. Regular tire checks and routine maintenance will help ensure your vehicle stays in optimal condition. This will aid performance, fuel economy, and tire wear.
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Cache County Children’s Justice Center: "Where Small Voices Can Be Heard" WRIT T E N BY
EMILY BUCKLEY editor in chief
FOURTEEN YEARS AGO, “Katie” and her son “Johnny” (names have been changed to protect privacy) were introduced to the Cache County Children’s Justice Center (CJC) after Johnny was sexually abused by a relative.
"You can image how nervous we both were when we went to the CJC to be interviewed,” Katie said. “But I was surprised how inviting it was. It didn’t feel sterile or like an office or police station, it looked and felt like a home.”
“As a mother, I felt horrible guilt that the abuse ever happened,” Katie said. “A whole year went by before we knew the abuse had occurred, and we had no idea what the process for reporting or prosecution would entail, but my mama bear instinct came out and I wanted to protect my son from any more trauma, being embarrassed, or feeling inferior in any way.”
Johnny completed his interview in about an hour before he and Katie went home. “They listened to Johnny and that was it,” Katie said. “Later, they followed up to see how we were doing. We didn’t want to broadcast what was going on, so it was nice to have someone to guide us. They helped me know what to do as a mom. I couldn’t be more grateful for that guidance and the reassurance that I wasn’t alone and that my son wasn’t ruined; that there was hope.”
When detectives told Katie about a safe place her son could go to report his experience once, and have it recorded, so he wouldn’t have to relive the experience again and again, she was very grateful.
Johnny’s recorded testimony was eventually used in court, so he didn’t have to be present to testify, and the perpetrator went to jail.
“This was a really hard thing for our family,” Katie said. “I am super grateful for the CJC. I hope no one else would ever have to go through it, but unfortunately there is a growing need. They helped make this horrible situation a little more tolerable for us.”
About the Children’s Justice Center
The CJC is a home-like facility that serves children and families from Cache, Box Elder, and Rich counties experiencing crisis or chaos in relation to physical or sexual abuse of a child. The focus and function of the CJC is to reduce the trauma of a child abuse investigation, provide medical services, and help children feel safe to reveal the truth. At the CJC, specially trained professionals talk to children about abuse allegations. They
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also have an on-site medical room staffed by professionals from Primary Children’s Medical Center who have specialized training in diagnosing and treating physical and sexual abuse of children and teens. This service safeguards children’s health and collects evidence. There are 23 similar facilities around Utah, all operating under the Utah Attorney General’s office, with the local program tailored to community needs. In 2018 the Cache County CJC conducted approximately 450 interviews. “Unfortunately, that is just the tip of the iceberg,” CJC executive director Joan Liquin said.
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"We want people to know that if there is ever a suspicion of abuse you don’t need proof to report it,” Joan said. “A lot of people are scared of what might happen, but we are here to be a safe, neutral place, and to find out the truth. If it turns out there is nothing going on, the investigation can offer reassurance, and if there is abuse, we can offer help.” Joan also encourages parents to be very cautious. “Most abuse happens with people the child or family knows,” she said. “Believe your children. Watch for red flags. I can’t over emphasize how many times it is someone they know — be aware and selective about who has access to your children.”
Katie agrees. “I always felt something weird about our perpetrator,” she said. “I actually made a mental note to never leave my children alone with him, and the worst part is that I was in the same house when it happened. Trust your intuition.” Additionally, Joan says it is imperative that parents talk to their children about body safety, what their rights are, and who to talk to if they ever have a problem or feel threatened. “People who hurt children will try hard to hide it. Make sure your kids know they can talk to you.” If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Utah Department of Child and Family Services 24-hour intake hotline at 1-855-323-3237. In an emergency dial 911.
It is a team effort between the CJC, law enforcement, and the Division of Child and Family Services, Joan said. “We are neutral, with primary focus on giving children a safe place to tell their stories. Kids often leave happy. It is a dark and difficult subject, but children are most often relieved to be believed, get it off their chests, and feel safe.” The CJC receives government funding, but relies on the support of a volunteer board and community donations for office supplies, comfort items, and snacks to help children feel more at ease when they are there. “We appreciate any and all support we receive on this end,” Joan said.
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The Elite Story of a Cache Valley Landmark TARA BONE contributing writer
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A TWO-STORY BRICK building with peeling blue paint and a retro neon “Elite Hall” sign that lights up nightly, stands on the corner of Main and 100 West in Hyrum. A passerby may dismiss the building without realizing it’s been a Cache Valley hot spot since 1915. For many, Elite Hall isn’t just steel, mortar and brick, it’s a symbol of community where friendship, love, unity, music, and family merge into one unique place.
When Elite Hall opened on Monday, August 30, 1915, the newspaper the Logan Republican, heralded it as “one of the best dance halls in the west.” Reporters marveled that a small dairy town could build a dance hall with a springloaded floor that could accommodate “500 dancing couples and 700 parent spectators.” The newspaper reported that to build the hall, widows, orphans, and community members of all ages bought shares of stock at $100 per share, but no one was allowed to take more than five so it would be a “strictly community affair.” People from every part of Cache County came to celebrate the opening. A contest was held to choose the hall’s name, and Mrs. T.W. Wand won, believing is should be “Elite Hall” because
it was “the best of the best, because of the spring floor.” Elite Hall hosted dances, government business, sporting events, holiday gatherings, and dance classes. Local schools didn’t have gymnasiums, so basketball games were held there. Rival high schools North Cache and South Cache went head-to-head on the spring floor while fans circled the floor four-people deep and packed the mezzanine.
said. “I asked her, and she wanted to stay out and dance. I danced the rest of the night with her, and that was the start.” Larry and LuDean were married for almost 60 years; LuDean passed away in May 2018. Larry says Elite Hall was always a special place for them. Larry often played guitar with the Mendon Jazz and he and LuDean continued to dance. Over the years, Larry said he knew countless couples who met and fell in love at Elite Hall.
The hall’s weekly Saturday night dances drew car loads of dancers from all parts of Cache Valley, the Wasatch front, southern Idaho and Box Elder County. Dances started after chores were finished at 9 p.m., and went until midnight. Bands like Mendon Jazz, Hyde Park Band, and the Silver Players were featured over the years. In 1917, dance tickets were 50 cents, but ladies were always free of charge. The memories made and relationships forged at Elite Hall live on in many families, such is the case for Larry Johansen’s family. In 1927, Larry’s parents met at an Elite Hall dance, and 27 years later, as a young man on leave from the Army, Larry met his future wife there. “I saw LuDean out on the dance floor,” Larry
Today Elite Hall is featured on LuDean’s headstone in the Hyrum City cemetery. After years of preliminary work, The Elite Hall Restoration Committee will kick off major fundraising efforts this spring to restore the 103 year old building.
These floors can talk. Jami Van Huss, city museum director, recently discovered this advertisement for the 1918 North Cache vs. South Cache Championship Basketball game underneath the floor at Elite Hall.
The annual Elite Hall Jazz Nights, featuring the USU Jazz Orchestra and Ensemble, are February 14, 15, and 16; dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and dance at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. See www.usu.edu/swing for other USU Big Band Swing Club dances. Lewis and Gladys Johansen, pictured in this 1929 photo, met at an Elite Hall dance. They married October 12, 1928, and were married for 67 years. Their son, Larry Johansen, also met his wife LuDean at an Elite Hall dance, pictured here on their wedding day, October 25, 1958. Elite Hall and its memories are central to the Johansen family history.
Richard and Sonja Miller, pictured right, had their first date at Elite Hall. As a youth, Richard drove Santa to the hall’s Christmas party on a one-horse open sleigh and Sonja taught dance there for 26 years.
Richard and Sonja Miller are another couple whose story started at Elite Hall. Sonja was a dancer from Logan and Richard was a farm boy from Hyrum. On their first date in 1954, Sonja says she wasn’t sure about going to Hyrum for an Elite Hall dance. But they went that night and many nights after. Richard and Sonja have been married for 61 years. Sonja started The Millerettes, a dance studio at Elite Hall. She taught ballet, tap, gymnastics, and jazz dance classes there almost every day from 1972 until 1998. “Elite Hall has many magical moments for me,” Sonja said. In the late 1960s, the dances slowed down when entertainment like color television became popular. Hyrum City purchased it and considered tearing it down in the 1980s, about the time the hall was painted blue. Community members rallied to keep it, and in 2003 registered Elite Hall on the National Register of Historic Places.
Present and Future
Today, Elite Hall is still a significant gathering place. The city museum and library provide historic displays, movie nights, holiday events and dances, and community groups hold private dances and events. According to Jami Van Huss, Hyrum City museum director, Elite Hall is the last functioning spring-loaded dance hall in the state. The 4th of July parade on Hyrum’s Main Street passes Elite Hall. The parade is still a city tradition. Elite Hall under construction in 1915; community members raised $18,000 to build the hall.
In the last 20 years, a resurgence in interest among Utah State University (USU) students for big band music and dance has kept Elite Hall literally jumping. Shad Carter, a USU student and president of the USU Big Band Swing Club, says there’s nothing like the Elite Hall energy. The club partners with the Cache Community Big Band to offer dances with live music. Shad said he’s been surprised at community participation at the dances from people of all ages. “Elite Hall has been about being part of something bigger than myself and connecting
with other generations — it’s awesome,” Shad said. “These events are a highlight of my life.” Shad isn’t the only Elite Hall supporter. Five years ago, when the building’s exterior paint started to peel, city leaders asked Jami to determine how to better maintain it. After a lot of research and working with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (USHPO), efforts to restore Elite Hall began. Jami secured a grant to conduct a feasibility study to ensure that the structure was sound and the results were positive. The city formed the Elite Hall Restoration Committee and this group of community volunteers conducted a community survey, organized fundraising events, and obtained a second grant from USHPO that paid for architectural drawings of an annex that will provide accessibility. Now, Jami said the restoration effort is at an exciting point. All of the groundwork is complete, so the committee can seek the necessary funds to actually peel back the blue paint and restore the Prairie School-style building to its original beauty. “The goal is to make Elite Hall function for modern times, with better accessibility while maintaining the historical integrity of the building,” Jami said. “Elite Hall will continue to provide opportunities for people to come together and share their culture. I absolutely, 100 percent, believe this is as important to the health of a community as plowed roads and electricity.”
Continue the Legacy
Like those who built Elite hall in 1915, you can make a donation for its restoration by emailing Jami at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit elitehall.org for more information.
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WHEN ALL OF the holiday chaos has come and gone, January can be a nice, quiet time for reflection. I know that as a farmer's wife, I find the winter months to be an important process. I try to enjoy the slower months in order to save up energy for the upcoming
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INGREDIENTS 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 jar four cheese alfredo sauce sauce 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can chicken broth 1 pkg. (2.5-3 oz) Real Bacon Pieces 1 pkg. fresh sliced mushrooms 1/2 envelope of dry Italian Dressing Mix 1 cup Swiss cheese, cubed 1/4 stick of butter, melted Salt and pepper
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WHILE YOU CAN'T control your genes, you can take care of your body. If you are between the ages of 45 and 50, add getting a colorectal screening to your list of “must dos” for good preventive care. If you thought that test was several years in your future, keep reading. A new guideline from the American Cancer Society advises that colorectal cancer screenings should start at age 45. This is the first time since 1997 that the guideline has changed. "This new recommendation from the American Cancer Society is due to the increase in frequency of more advanced colon cancers found in younger patients having their first colonoscopies in their early fifties," Derrick Walker, D.O., FACS, general surgeon, MountainStar Medical Group — Brigham City, said. "Thirty percent of people will have polyps. Colonoscopies are the best method we have of identifying polyps early and getting them removed." The recent update aims to save more young lives
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by finding colorectal cancer early or preventing it from happening at all. But why change now? Several studies suggest that an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical activity are the likely culprits. Others found that high levels of insulin associated with obesity interfere with cells’ ability to control regulatory genes at the DNA level. This disruption is being linked to cancer in colon cells. Colorectal cancer typically has no symptoms until the disease has progressed and is much more difficult to treat. If caught early though, there is a 90 percent survival rate. That’s why it’s so critical for adults to start getting screened after their 45th birthday. However, if one of your parents or siblings was diagnosed with this disease or has a history of polyps, ask your doctor when to start colorectal screenings. Typically, the recommendation is 10 years younger than the age of the family member at diagnosis or at age 40, whichever comes first.
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Can I Afford a Home?
Dispelling the myth of the over-priced market WRIT T E N BY EMILY MERKLEY association executive, Cache Valley Association of Realtors
Renter to Homeowner ARE YOU READY TO MAKE THE LEAP?
Rental rates are getting higher and higher and there is no relief in sight. This leaves renters with a high monthly bill and no return on their investment. Making the leap from renter to homeowner is intimidating, but ultimately might save you money, and will definitely benefit you financially in the long run. • Do Your Research. The site UtahRealEstate.com has a built-in mortgage calculator. You might be surprised to see that a mortgage is just about what you’re currently paying for rent, a little less, or maybe just slightly more. • Save, Save, Save. It is a common misconception that you need 20 percent of a home’s price as a down payment. It is great if you have 20 percent to put down, but to qualify for a mortgage you could only have to put down as little as 3 percent. • Do a Credit Check-Up. Your credit score is an essential piece to the home ownership puzzle. Your credit tells a lender how likely you are to make timely payments on your mortgage. Studies have shown that home ownership contributes to overall satisfaction in quality of life. Therefore, owning a home instead of spending all of your money on rent in a home with no return on your investment, could make you happier in general. That being said, maybe it’s time to consider taking the leap, and finally go from renter to homeowner.
SINCE THE DIVE in the housing market and recession that took place a decade ago, we’ve seen steady growth in the housing market, which has been accompanied by talk about the growing cost of homeownership. Online and print headlines, as well as the chatter at your local coffee shop, probably seem to center around the idea that homeownership is less affordable today than it has been in recent years. But when you understand the context of these headlines, you will find that you may have been misinformed. Understanding the current housing market, where it’s been and where it’s headed, is made easy with the knowledge and assistance of a REALTOR®, who understands the context of the data that is found throughout different media platforms. A REALTOR® will help you understand that in the last ten years mortgage rates and dramatically discounted home prices
made homeownership not only attainable, but affordable, too. You will also learn that while home prices have increased, they are actually now where they should be. While the cost of purchasing a home has increased over the past ten years, it is still more affordable to own a home than it has been at any other time since 1985. Remove all memory of post-recession years, and your dream of owning a home is a greater possibility now than at almost any other time in American history. Listening to the naysayers could only prove to be more costly the longer you wait. With a little research and the assistance of a REALTOR®, you may find that owning a home today is more affordable than renting. Search out and find a REALTOR® that can help you check off the qualifications that will lead to your piece of the American Dream.
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DO YOU EVER get stuck fighting an inner battle where you desperately want to create with your own two hands, in your own little world, and knowing there is a world of precious little ones who also desperately want to create with their own little two hands. . . but they need your help? Fighting that internal battle is how these Valentine Yarn Hearts were born. I think I won! You see, my kids were aching to create and I was aching to create, so I decided to combine the two. This project turned out to be fun for me to make and display, and my kids had a wonderful time creating them, too, just in time to feel a little festive Valentine excitement.
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Kids Test Kitchen THERE'S NO DOUBT that most kids get more than enough to eat (climbing rates of childhood obesity are proof of that). The problem is, much of what they eat every day — like over-processed and fast foods — is calorie dense, but nutritionally slim. According to HealthyKids.org, many young children are now falling short on many essential vitamins including calcium, Vitamin E, fiber, potassium, and iron. Filling your childs' diets with healthy foods, and even better, healthy foods they help prepare, will set them up for the best chance for success on the day-to-day and throughout life. That’s why Cache Valley Family Magazine, Lee’s Marketplace, and Love to Cook have joined forces for a Kids Test Kitchen to inspire local families to spend time together preparing and enjoying nutritious food.
Five Nutrients Kids Are Missing CALCIUM: About one-third of kids ages 4 to 8 aren't getting enough calcium, according to the latest government statistics. Calcium is not only good for building healthy bones and teeth, it also plays a vital role in the blood stream by helping regulate heart rhythm, blood clotting, and muscle function. Milk, yogurt, cheese, dry cereals, and collard greens are all great sources of calcium. VITAMIN E: A whopping 80 percent of kids under the age of 8 are missing their daily vitamin E needs, according to studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The surprising
culprit is fat-free and low-fat foods, which tend to be low in E, a vitamin that acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage. The best sources for this nutrient include avocado, nuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and spinach. FIBER: Fiber is essential in healthy bowel movements, preventing constipation (a common issue for children), and helping kids feel full longer. Research also shows it can help fight cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease. Good sources of fiber include beans, most fruits and vegetables, or whole-grain bread/pasta/cereal.
POTASSIUM: Potassium ensures normal heart and muscle function, maintains fluid balance, participates in energy production, and promotes strong bones. Most kids don’t get enough. Common potassiumrich sources include bananas, oranges, white and sweet potatoes, yogurt, milk, and some fish (like halibut and cod). IRON: Iron helps the body make red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the body, and helps kids grow. Without it, kids become anemic. Red meat, beans, green leafy vegetables, tuna, eggs, and iron-fortified cereals are all rich sources for iron.
no-bake protein bombs INGREDIENTS 1 cup Quick Oats 3/4 cup old fashioned oats 2 T cocoa powder 2 scoops chocolate orgain powder 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips small glug of vanilla
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Stir together oats, cocoa powder, and chocolate orgain powder in a
2. Add peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, vanilla, and optional
ingredients and stir it all together until smooth.
3. Line a small baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Using a
small cookie scoop, scoop the bombs out onto the cookie sheet.
4. Freeze for a couple hours, then store in a Ziplock back in the fridge.
optional: 1-2 T chia seeds 1-2 T ground flaxseed
Join in the fun!
Would you like to take a cooking class, too? Love to Cook hosts a wide variety of cooking classes. Check out their ongoing schedule at luvtocook.com for more information and available dates. Follow @cachevalleyfamilymag on Facebook and Instagram for future opportunities to join our next Kids Test Kitchen.
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Growing Fresh Herbs Indoors MARK ANDERSON owner, Anderson’s Seed and Garden
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IF YOU LIKE to cook the way I do, then you know it’s a must to have fresh herbs available when the cooking urge strikes. I spent three years in Italy, and I learned many of the techniques of cooking that I use today. Some of that time I didn’t have enough money to buy fresh herbs or space to grow my own, and others I was more fortunate. This experience helped me learn the difference between fresh and dried (and now I have discovered the best of both worlds using Freeze-dried, but that is for another article entirely). At any rate, I now have the time and knowhow to grow my own herbs, outside during the summer months, and inside during our long winters. Rest assured,
the fresh herbs I grow in my pantry under artificial light taste just as good (sometimes better) as those grown outside in my garden. Let me show you how you can do it, too. I start the whole process with a mini greenhouse called a NanoDome. It includes a 10-inch-by-20-inch nursery tray (heavy duty for years of reusing), a seven-inch greenhouse dome with vents that perfectly fit the tray, and an 18-inch, full-spectrum light bulb fixture with reflector for my own mini sun. To get seeds to germinate quicker, I also use a single tray heat mat. It really helps when sprouting difficult or heatsensitive seeds. You can choose either a high-quality seed starting soil mix like Ferti-lome Seedling and Cutting mix
or Expanded Coco Coir for Growing Medium (soil). You get to pick the herb seeds that best fit your needs. I’m a fan of basil, thyme, rosemary, and oregano. Just be aware that each herb has its own germination and growing needs, so some may not be practical to grow together in the same tray. For example, rosemary takes three to four weeks to germinate and likes warm, drier soils while growing, and cilantro will be ready to cut and harvest before the rosemary even sprouts. Fill your tray with about a half-inchto-one inch of seed starting soil. If you want to try multiple varieties of herbs, it might help to segregate your tray into two to four different zones to help keep the plants organized. Sprinkle your
Feed your family for $30 a year. We’re serious when we say you can feed your family for a year on $30-worth of vegetable seeds. If you have a 50X50 foot garden (2500 square feet), we can help you fill it with about $30-worth of vegetable seeds. All it takes is a little effort and a little know-how. Come on in before spring planting is here. We’ll provide the know-how, and you can make the effort.
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seeds on the surface, and either cover them with a very thin layer of soil, or you can just leave them on the surface (they will still grow just fine). I mix one Tablespoon (.5 oz) of Seed Starter from Baicor (made locally in Logan) and one teaspoon of Water-In soil penetrant in one quart of water and then mist the seeds thoroughly, applying enough water to soak the seeds as well as saturate the soil about a half-inch deep. The soil penetrant will allow the seed and soil to absorb the water much quicker than normal, and will help saturate the soil, otherwise it takes a long time for the soil to absorb the water that the seed will need to germinate. Once the soil is moist, cover the seed and soil with the greenhouse dome (making sure the vents are closed), plug in your heating mat, and turn on the amazing miniature sun (full spectrum light bulb, available in fluorescent and LED). I put my mini greenhouse in the pantry, where the sun never hits it, but where I can control its environment better. The artificial light will give your seedlings all the light they need, so there is no need to keep them near a window (it can also get very cold near the window during the winter and drastically slow germination and growth of herbs; the pantry is better!). The dome will help collect and retain the initial moisture, so you may not need to water again until the seeds start to sprout. Wait until most or all of the seeds have germinated, then open the vents on the dome, and water every two or three days with the Seed Starter Mixture. At about a week old, I use a root enhancer called Kangaroots on the seedlings that encourages root development and allows them to pick up and utilize moisture and nutrients better. Give the seedlings a minimum of 12-14 hours of light each day, regularly fertilize and water, and in no time you can start harvesting leaves of your herbs to use weekly, if not daily. The process is so easy and quick (with some herbs) that you can grow multiple crops throughout the winter months. Many gardeners like to use the fresh herbs as micro greens, harvesting the small seedlings when they have grown somewhere in between sprouts and immature transplants. The small leaves hold more nutrients and flavor than fully developed plants. The flavors are intense and amazing for all kinds of greens, but even more so for herbs. Youâ€™ll love the tastes and textures they provide. Growing herbs indoors has never been easier. You can enjoy the success of growing indoors as well as eating/reaping the health benefits. Give it a try!
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Lee's Legacy: You've Got a Friend at Lee's WR IT T E N BY
EMILY BUCKLEY editor in chief
Jonathon and Shari working at Jack's Foodtown in the early 1990s.
IN 1981, Lee and Shari Badger entered into the grocery business purchasing Jack’s Foodtown, a 9,000-square-foot store, in Smithfield. Over the following decade they remodeled the store several times, doubling its size by 1991. To accommodate the rapid growth at the north end of Cache Valley, the Badgers closed Jack’s in 1994 and opened the doors to a new, even larger store, directly across the street: the first Lee’s Marketplace, which included a pharmacy, deli, scratch bakery, and other expanded departments. Five years later they opened their second location, in Logan, again with new expansions and specialty services. Today the Badgers operate five 45,000-square-foot grocery stores (in Smithfield, Logan, North Odgen, Heber City, and North Salt Lake) and two Lee’s Ace Hardware stores (in Smithfield and North Salt Lake). “With all of our growth, we’ve taken the best of what was there and added to it,” Shari said.
Lee passed away from ALS, a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function, in 2009, but his legacy for greeting customers and considering them guests in his stores continues today. “He wanted things to be bright, clean, and friendly,” Shari said. “Before he passed away we had a jingle on the radio, ‘You’ve got a friend at Lee’s.’ It kind of got put on the back burner for a while, but in the last year we’ve decided to bring that back. We really want our community to know that they do have a friend at Lee’s. I would stack our team up against any other — they go out of their way to take care of our guests and make sure things are right for them. Lee would be happy about that — and that [the jingle] is back.” Jonathan Badger, one of Lee and Shari’s three children and the current president and CEO of Lee’s Marketplace, says, with a smile, he began his career playing hide-and-seek at age 2 in Jack’s. “Really, when I was 14 or 15 I started by
The Badgers open the North Salt Lake Lee's Marketplace in 2017. Lee and Shari Badger cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Lee's Marketplace in Logan in 1999.
fast facts When the Badgers bought Jack’s Foodtown in Smithfield in 1981 they had 20 employees. They now employ approximately 800 team members. During their 2018 Summer Food Show weekend, Lee’s sold three semi-truck loads of bottled water between their five stores. Bananas are the number-one moving item in grocery stores in the United States. In other countries it is mango. Milk is one of the top-selling items in their grocery stores.
sorting garbage and recycled glass pop bottles and bagging groceries,” he said. Since then he has worked in every department, with exception of pharmacy, which allows him to understand the work his team members do each day, and pitch in if needed. The corporate mission of Lee’s Marketplace is to make grocery shopping enjoyable. “Grocery shopping is something everyone has to do, but is maybe not everyone’s favorite thing to do,” Jonathan said. “We want to be the place that makes it enjoyable — somewhere people want to come back to.” Community involvement is important to the Badgers. “As businesses grow it is sometimes hard to maintain the same thing over and over,” Jonathan said. “Our goal is always to stay familyfocused and really grow with the communities we serve.” One way they do this is by staying involved with and supporting the communities they do
business in, through charitable programs like School Cents (in which they donate a portion of purchases to local schools), the Lee’s Cares Foundation (which honors their founder, husband, and father and raises money for ALS research), and many other donations, monetary and in-kind, that go toward food banks, other non-profit organizations, community events, city and university programs, parades, and more. They also host Easter egg hunts, Halloween trick-or-treating, and summer and holiday food shows throughout the year, and it isn’t uncommon on a hot summer day to find a Lee’s team member greeting guests at the door with an ice-cold bottle of water. “A lot of times, at these events, I step back and think, ‘Wow! Lee would be so excited to watch what is going on,’” Shari said. “He’d especially be happy to watch his son. I work with a lot of grocers, and there aren’t very many that have the legacy we have — they don’t have a Jonathan to carry on the work. We love what we do, it is part of our culture, and we hope it shows.”
Lee’s delis and bakeries prepared over 150 fully-catered Thanksgiving dinners this year. Lee’s is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to ensure their team members have those days off. “We believe if we treat our team correctly, they will treat our guests correctly,” Jonathan said. Lee’s was the first grocery store in Utah to offer online shopping and grocery delivery.
Jack's Foodtown, in Smithfield, circa 1981.
The Badgers have conciously chosen to be involved with as many community events, like parades, as possible. They believe in being a part of the communities they do business in. Breaking ground for the first Lee's Marketplace in Smithfield in 1994.
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Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Your Children’s Vision? MICHAEL COLE, OD Child and Family Eye Care Center
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SCREEN TIME IS a topic frequently brought up by parents in our office. Many children are spending increasing amounts of time with digital devices, playing video games and apps, and spending less time in physical and outdoor play. This trend is not without consequence in regard to the visual system, especially in young, developing minds. Near visual tasks are particularly hard on the eyes for a few reasons. First, because the working distance is close, our eyes have to exert extra effort to make details clear. This is called “accommodation.” Adults over 40 are no longer able to do this, and need to wear reading glasses or multifocal lenses to read comfortably up close. While children and young adults are still able to accommodate to make things clear, doing so for long periods of time is fatiguing. Often, we see young patients in the clinic who spend so much time on devices that their eyes’ focus is effectively “stuck” up close, and their distance vision is blurry as a consequence. Our eyes also have to converge, or turn together, to point up close. Doing so allows us to view different distances without seeing double. This
is a normal phenomenon, and should happen automatically and effortlessly. However, sustained convergence without breaks can become an uncomfortable chore. When our eyes are no longer able to sustain this position, they tend to relax to their normal, straight alignment. This causes double vision; which can be resolved by either turning one eye off, or exerting increasing amounts of effort to keep the eyes aligned, neither of which are desirable outcomes.
upon refraining from electronics, the eye turn always improved, sometimes resolving completely without any other interventions at all.
The type and amount of light emitted from screens also has adverse effects on the visual system. High energy light causes overstimulation of the senses and can disrupt sleep patterns, alter moods, and cause visual fatigue. It's hard to imagine a child drifting calmly to sleep after an intense session playing Fortnite. While devices and electronics may be entertaining and exciting, they offer little to promote creativity and provoke meaningful thought.
While looking at how near work affects refractive errors (glasses prescriptions), a group of researchers compared over 500 children who attended different schools. The students attending one school were encouraged to play outside every day during recess, while students at the other school had indoor activities during their breaks. After one year of differing recess patterns, the children who were kept indoors had either become myopic (nearsighted), or increased in myopia at much higher rates than their counterparts who had regular outdoor activities. They concluded that excessive indoor and near visual tasks have a profound effect on myopic shift, or the amount of increase of nearsightedness over time.
A recent study linked the use of smartphones with an eye turn toward the nose, or esotropia. The researchers in this study found that excessive smart phone use can influence the new development of an eye turn in children with previously normal vision. They also noted that
Due to the abundance of evidence about the potentially poor consequences that screen time and excessive near activities have with regard to vision, children should be encouraged to spend more time playing outdoors and with hands-on games that promote healthy development.
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Graduate with One Foot in the Door TESSA EVANS FLUCKIGER public information intern, Cache Country School District
WHAT WOULD IT be like if your child could graduate from college with a four-year degree in half the time? Sky View High School graduate, Johnny Robinson, turned that dream into a reality. While still in high school, Johnny participated in and completed a two-year STEM program. After combining that with other AP credits, he went on to earn a four-year college degree in just two years. Johnny is currently an engineering assistant at Autoliv, a top company in the automotive industry. The path that Johnny chose is one that many Cache County School District (CCSD) students are pursuing by utilizing the Career and Technical Education (CTE) course options available at each high school. CTE Pathways are rigorous programs of study that focus on strong academic and technical preparation to provide students with critical learning and handson skills. Students who focus on a Pathway can choose to extend this training to higher education, or they can pursue well-paid careers following graduation. These careers have the potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction. Pathway programs focus on eight areas of study: agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health science and technology, information technology, marketing, skilled and technical science, and technology and engineering. To match the rising popularity of CTE programs, unique and exciting opportunities have grown in our community. One such opportunity is the Bear River Region Automated Manufacturing (AM) STEM Program. The AM STEM program started as an initiative from the local manufacturing industry, where employers struggle to recruit and retain qualified employees. Industry partners worked with education partners from Bridgerland Technical College, Utah State University, and Box Elder, Cache County, Logan City, and Rich School Districts to develop a curriculum that includes career-specific coursework and work-based learning experiences. The AM STEM program, which each of CCSD's high schools offers as an early morning class, starts in secondary schools and then continues through higher education. If completed, students enrolled in the program can earn an Automated Manufacturing certificate through Bridgerland Technical College and receive 30
credit hours toward higher education. Once students have finished, they graduate not only with the necessary skills and experience, but also with the distinct advantage of having completed an educational training program designed by the very companies with whom they may seek employment. Jared Storrs, STEM Program advisor and technology teacher at Green Canyon High School, has been teaching shop and technology classes for 20 years. He believes that courses such as the AM STEM Program are appealing to students because they offer an alternative to more traditional high school classes. “Students take [STEM] classes because they get to work with their hands and not just sit at a desk all day,” Jared said. “Out in the shop, students are able to use their creativity. This program also provides students with the ability to work toward a certificate that opens up potential job
opportunities. The students who go through this program can get their foot in the door.” The Bear River Region AM STEM Program was recently awarded the prestigious CTE Excellence in Action Award. According to a CTE news release announcing the award, the AM STEM program "represents the best CTE program in the state of Utah. Career and Technical Education in the Bear River Region provides all learners with a world-class education. While the program is unique, it offers a rigorous sequence of courses beginning with foundational skills to subject-matter, real-world hands-on experiences in the classroom led by dedicated educators and meaningful work-based experiences facilitated by industry partners." If you are interested in learning more about CTE offerings, please visit ccsdut.org/cte or contact a guidance counselor at your child’s school.
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Teaching Children to Appreciate Diversity FRANK SCHOFIELD superintendent, Logan City School District
WE ARE FORTUNATE to live in a diverse community, where differences in language, ethnicity, culture, religion, physical ability, gender, and other differences surround us. This local diversity reflects the diversity that our children are likely to face as they grow and become part of an increasingly global society. One challenge parents face is determining how to help children accept, respect, and value diversity in their own lives and community. This appreciation can prepare them for future success, both professionally and personally, as they grow and interact with people from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Christopher Metzler, a leading authority on issues of diversity and inclusion, has the following four suggestions for parents:
Start with Yourself
Children listen to what parents say and watch what they do, so parents must be willing to address their own diversity deficits. For example, one parent may tell her children not to judge people by their color. The family lives in a predominately white community and the children have very limited interactions with diverse populations.
However, if her children hear their mother telling friends that people with different racial/ ethnic backgrounds with whom she works are so lazy that she has to do their job and her job, the children hear a message equating diversity to laziness. If we are to teach our children to make decisions that are not based on stereotypes, then we must do the same.
Get Out of Your Comfort ZoneÂ
Americans tend to segregate themselves into fairly homogenous communities. To teach our children to accept differences and explore the strength and value in diversity, we may need to make concerted efforts to seek out cultural activities outside of our community and read books, or search online to learn about differences. It is not enough to simply visit cultural events and eat ethnic foods, thus learning about differences from a â€œtouristâ€? point of view. Instead, we must make a deliberate effort to get out of the familiar and show our children we mean it. Accepting differences should be how we live our lives.
Listen and Respond
When children ask about differences, start by listening to the questions they are asking and the
language they are using. If in asking questions about differences they are using hurtful or stereotypical language, explore with them why such language is hurtful. Explain, in an ageappropriate manner, why stereotypes don't tell the whole story and are divisive.
Don't Be Blind to Differences
Parents often say that they want their children to be "difference blind." This is both unrealistic and misses the point. Children will notice that some kids have a different sounding name, that others dress differently, or that some even use a wheelchair. As parents, we must help them appreciate and learn about those differences, not pretend that they do not exist. The question is not whether differences exist, it is what message we are sending by teaching children to be "blind" to differences. Unless we, as parents, are willing to help explain what seems strange or different to children, we will never successfully teach them to understand and appreciate differences. Parents teach children how to brush their teeth, comb their hair, be responsible, and be successful by introducing and reinforcing behaviors that helps achieve these goals. We should do the same when it comes to appreciating diversity.
The Benefits of Family Dinner and How to Make it a Priority RORY ANDERSON foster division vice president, LiFT Consulting
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WHAT IF I told you there is one activity you could do every day that would help prevent obesity, addiction, anxiety, stress, drug abuse, depression, and self-esteem issues in your children? Not only that, this one activity also increases your child’s vocabulary, connectedness with you, and resilience. Would you believe me if I told you that as a parent you could accomplish ALL of these things with one simple 30-minute activity every day? It’s all about dinner. The research on the positive effects of family dinnertime is astounding, if not overwhelming. When I was growing up, family dinner was a time to chat, laugh, enjoy a simple meal, and discuss the day. After 22 years of marriage and five kids, family dinner is still my favorite time of the day. As my children have grown older, it’s not always as easy to match dinner times with every member of the family being present, but we try to eat at a time when most or all of us can attend. When I was a stay-at-home mom, it was much easier to plan and prepare meals and create a special family dinnertime every night. As my children matured and I transitioned into the workplace, one of my biggest fears was holding my family together while juggling work and household duties. It took some adjustment, teamwork, and creativity, but here are a few things I have learned to help busy parents keep family dinner time sacred: • Planning is everything. Make two-week meal plans and shop accordingly. I’ve been doing this for almost two decades. I plan a main dish and write it on a calendar that I use as a guide. When I come home from a long day I already know that I have ingredients for any meal on the list. As a bonus, planning is a huge money-saver.
• Prioritize. One of the most difficult struggles these days is finding time to eat together when mom and dad are carting kids across town and back during what used to be dinnertime. My advice: Choose to make dinnertime the priority instead of the extracurricular activities. For us, if it is something that takes my husband, me, or our kids away from family dinnertime on a prolonged basis, we choose to say no. We’ve also made dinnertime early or later purposefully so that everyone can attend. • Everybody helps. I have a friend whose kids each take a turn helping her make dinner once a week. Now that some of them are old enough, they can prepare a meal by themselves for the whole family. You can also have kids help with setting and clearing the table together. Everyone works together until the jobs are done. • Play with your food. Simple games or activities during dinner can liven up any meal. Check out thefamilydinnerproject.org for ideas on conversation starters, quick and easy games, and meal plans. Therapist Anne Fishel says, “I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me.” Spend more time at the table together for some free family therapy. You might find that “what’s for dinner” is more satisfying than just mac and cheese.
FIVE PICTURE BOOKS THAT ENCOURAGE DIVERSITY FAVORI T E P I C KS F ROM
The world is a diverse place that is packed full of people living dramatically different lives, even within the same neighborhood or classroom. Teaching children to appreciate and celebrate this diversity is a top priority in our homes, and we hope it is in yours, too. One great way to introduce and reinforce these valuable lessons is age-appropriate books. There are enough books on the subject to fill library shelves, but here are some of our favorites: THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN by Michael J. Tyler A great pick about race is The Skin You Live In, written specifically for little kids. It is a rhyming book that celebrates all different skin colors — from “butterscotch gold” to “cookie dough rolled” — it makes a point to reinforce the message that the person within is what matters, not how someone looks on the outside. The illustrations are charming and brightly colored. ALL ARE WELCOME by Alexandra Penfold This book depicts a day in the life
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of kids at their school. They come from a wide range of cultures, and share those cultures with each other through food (at lunch), music, art, and stories. The book shows how these differences are their community’s strength. Not only are different cultures and races represented, but there are also kids with disabilities and a variety of family configurations shown. THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: ONE DAY IN THE LIVES OF SEVEN KIDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Matt Lamothe Captivating for both kids and adults alike, this book follows a day in the life of seven kids from around the world and from very different cultures: Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia. The characters in this gorgeously illustrated book are based on real kids from each of the countries. Showing their experiences from morning to night, it shows how children in different cultures play, eat, and spend time with families, offering a new appreciation for people around the world.
FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES by Suzanne and Max Lang Families, Families, Families is a charming rhyming book for preschoolers that celebrates families, no matter what form they take. The fun illustrations depict silly animals in framed “family pictures.” The story mentions adoption, step-siblings, kids being raised by grandparents, and animals of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The overarching theme is that if you love each other, you are a family, a message that is important for children and adults alike. LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt De La Pena A Newbery and Caldecott winner, this book follows a little boy as he rides the bus with his grandmother after church. As he comments (and sometimes complains) about their community (Why doesn’t he have an iPod? Why do they have to go through the “dirty” part of town?), she lovingly chastises him and points out the beauty of the world around them.
Family Vision Boards: Goals Get a New Look FAMILY MATTERS TARA BONE contributing writer
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AS A CHILD, every January 1st my heart sank when my mother pulled out her little blue planner. That planner meant one thing: goal setting time. She’d read last year’s family and individual goals and then we’d stare at each other, not allowed to leave the room until we set new goals. I’m grateful to my mom who taught and encouraged us to set goals, but, if you’re like me, goal setting isn’t easy. New Year’s resolutions can be overwhelming and honestly, discouraging. To put a new spin on goal setting, in 2019 our family plans to create a Family Vision Board. I’m sharing this in print, so we have to do it — no excuses! There are many online resources and books about creating vision boards. After some online research and discussions with friends who’ve had successful vision boards, here's what I learned:
What is a vision board? A tool that helps you define goals and support them with inspirational images and quotes that motivate and keep you focused as you work to reach your goals.
Tools you’ll need:
• A board. This can be as simple as a long roll of paper, poster board, cork board, magnet board, or a framed posterboard. Keep in mind that a vision board needs to be displayed in a place where every family member can look at it every day. • Magazines, paper to draw on, or the capability to find and print images and quotes online. • Glue, scissors, magnets: tools to attach images.
1. Before gathering the entire family, the parent(s) should determine core family goals before kids give their input. 2. Gather supplies and the entire family; remember the thoughts of
each family member are valued. Talk without cell phones, televisions, or other distractions. Time spent together is valuable. 3. Define goals with the following discussion points: Big ideas: Family service projects, daily habits, home improvement projects, and attributes to develop. Dreams: Places to travel, things to save for, games to play, new food to try, new experiences to have, books to read, and skills to learn. Themes: Favorite scriptures, mottos, or quotes. 4. Find images and inspirational quotes that effectively symbolize goals. Cut them out of magazines, find them online, or draw them. Make sure this is intentional; don’t just slap on any picture. Will the image or quote inspire and motivate all year? 5. At this point, each family member can create an individual vision board using the same approach. This can be a valuable opportunity to find out what your child really enjoys, so
when life gets busy during the year you both can look at their board and choose activities that are in harmony with their core goals. 6. Hang them up! Look at your vision board every day and celebrate success. Kelly Pietrangeli, author and self-proclaimed “mama motivator,” uses a long roll of paper for her Family Vision Board and adds the individual boards on the same paper roll. She hangs it all up in the garage where it’s seen every day.
• Add to vision boards during the year. • Don’t get discouraged if a goal isn’t met; put it on next year and keep working toward it. • Have fun! There’s no right way, make it as unique as your family. There you have it! We wish you all the best as you develop your Family Vision Board together and create a new, beautiful way to visualize your family goals for 2019. Happy planning!
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MOST PEOPLE STRIVE to approach each day with confidence, but getting there isn’t always easy. Dressing in expensive clothing may offer a short sense of satisfaction, but real confidence in how one appears is not about the brands one wears or the trends they follow, it comes with accepting and embracing one's self and playing to strengths, says Cyndi Caldwell, owner of Kaboom Boutique in Logan. When Cyndi and her daughter, Montanna, decided to open Kaboom Boutique (located at 795 N. Main in Logan) last year, they made it a priority to offer stylish and flattering clothing for women of all ages and body types at affordable prices. “We have loved having mothers, daughters, and grandmothers come into our store to shop together and all find perfect, classic outfits,” Cyndi said. Read on to learn four of Cyndi’s best recommendations to dress with confidence:
Play to your strengths
“We all have parts of our body we may not want to show off, but everyone also has great attributes,” Cyndi said. “The key is discovering your strengths and accentuating them.” If you have a beautiful neckline, Cyndi recommends wearing a necklace that draws the eye there. If you want to elongate your body, consider wearing a long cardigan or jacket. Scarves draw attention up to the eyes, and knee-length skirts and slim leg trousers show off great legs.
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Find your colors
There are many ways to determine what color palette works best for you, most involve considering your skin tone and hair color. “It is easy to wear black, but color can also be beautiful,” Cyndi said. To find the hues that flatter you, do a simple color assessment in a room with lots of natural light. • Look at your veins: To find your most dramatic color, look at the inside of your wrist. Are your veins blue, green, or purple? Whatever color you see will be a high-impact color for you. • Look at your eyes: To find colors you’ll always look great in, identify the darkest and lightest hues in the colored part (iris) of your eye. You can also find the best black for you by looking at the shade around the rim of your iris. • Look at your fingertip: To find your most “romantic” color, pinch your fingertip. This is a great way to choose a lipstick color.
Consider Your Shape
“It is not always easy to know how to adapt styles to complement our different (and beautiful!) body shapes,” Cyndi said. Fashion is about feeling great, so use your own instinct and follow the basic rules for your shape. “The most important thing,” Cyndi said, “is to highlight the most beautiful parts of your body (we ALL have them!) and minimize attention from the
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“Dressing in a way that makes you feel comfortable is the most important part of gaining confidence in your style,” Cyndi said. “If you feel confident you are going to walk taller and smile bigger, which is always the best way to look more beautiful.”
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To Flu or Not to Flu RYAN BELL, MD pediatrician, Treehouse Pediatrics
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INFLUENZA SEASON HAS arrived in Cache Valley, along with the annual question from your doctor: “Would you like a flu vaccine today?” I have this discussion with patients numerous times every day during this time of year, and would like to make a few points of observation and education that hopefully will be helpful as you make this decision for yourself and your children. There are three widespread misunderstandings about the flu shot I would like to address:
Common viral stomach infections are often referred to as “the stomach flu,” but are not the influenza virus. If your child is vomiting, experiencing diarrhea, fever,
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and/or mild to moderate stomach discomfort, this is not a case of influenza and YES, they should still get a flu vaccine for the present flu season. Along the same lines, even with the vaccine, you may still get other infections.
You cannot and will not get the “flu” from a flu shot. Some people have a mild, short lived immune response to the vaccine that may include a mild fever or muscle aches. This immune response can be addressed adequately (if it occurs at all) with several doses of ibuprofen or acetaminophen, and is much more tolerable than the symptoms that come with an actual influenza infection.
You no longer need to avoid flu vaccines if you have egg allergies. The Center for Disease Control updated guidelines several years ago and recommends all persons with an egg allergy to get a flu vaccine. If you have a severe allergy, you should remain at the doctor’s office for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to ensure no worrisome response takes place.
Flu infections are miserable! If a patient ever says, “I feel like I want to die,” influenza is the most likely diagnosis, and often lasts a solid week. I cared for a healthy 13-year-old boy, during my residency in North Carolina, who died from an influenza infection. This comes to mind as parents refuse vaccines, often based on misunderstandings or not wanting to cause a child the temporary discomfort of a shot. Thousands of people in the United States die every year from influenza, especially in higher risk groups, including children younger than 2, adults over 65, and anyone with a compromised immune system. Please help protect your family, and all of our families, by getting vaccinated against influenza. Even during flu seasons when the shot is not a great match for the circulating strain of influenza (like last year), getting a vaccine is still the best way to avoid getting the infection, and if you do, your symptoms should be lessened because you have prepared your body’s defense mechanisms the best way possible to get through it in good shape. Visit www.cdc.gov or a medical professional for more information.
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THE NEW YEAR is upon us and many of us ask the ubiquitous question, “Why can’t I lose weight?” Effective weight loss means dealing with several variables: • Poor diet: Most of us eat habitually or based on family and cultural traditions, or follow the recommendations of the processed food and fast food industries which encourage us to eat much more than we need and more poorly than we should. This also extends to the oversized food portions being served in many restaurants. • Lack of exercise: The purpose of food is to provide the energy required for activity. If we consume more calories per day than what we expend in activity, we store the excess calories as fat. As we increase exercise, we decrease fat. • Lack of accountability: Successful weight loss is best accomplished by being accountable to someone else. Have someone help you on your way, or better yet, start with a friend or family member. • Failure to commit: Successful, healthy weight loss can require a commitment of six months-to-two years, with a LIFETIME commitment to a new healthy lifestyle to keep it off. Twenty-one days is typically considered how long it takes for a new regimen to become a habit, however, in the past decade it has been found that it takes an average of 66 days. Make it a goal to commit to a healthy lifestyle, and keep to those changes for more than two months. • Physchological make-up: Food as a reward mechanism is common in American culture. We love our sweets and fried food. For some, it offers a sense of happiness, though it is shortterm with long-term consequences. • Genetic make-up: Research has found that some
individuals possess a genetic profile that makes it difficult to lose weight. However, genes only indicate predisposition; they do not mandate outcome. • Hormones: There are a number of hormones that can come into play in weight loss, including thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones, and dopamine. Hormones can impact metabolic rate,weight gain, and food cravings. If weight loss is a desired goal, you must consider the variables above. First, start with a diet plan that suites your lifestyle and includes more protein and fruits and vegetables. Also, call your local health store or pharmacy and ask what kind of supplements can help you achieve your goals. Finally, add a workout routine to your plan to help tighten and tone your body. Working out is a good way to burn excess calories, and as long as you commit to your new-found goal, it will become a regular part of your life, staving off many health issues that plague our society.
CPR Saves Lives: Local Mother Shares Her Story WRI T T E N BY JENNY
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JENSEN MILLER WAS born with with a birth defect affecting his trachea and esophagus, causing spells where he struggles to breathe and turns blue. His mother, Breanne Miller, calls these “blue spells.” Because of his condition, Jensen had surgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center shortly after birth, and his parents were trained to deliver rescue breaths, just in case. “Luckily his repair and recovery was actually pretty incredible, and he was home in two weeks, rather than the six weeks-to-six months they warned us about,” Breanne said. Jensen’s blue spells continued and were a constant worry for his parents, who had to give him rescue breaths on occasion. One day, in October, Breanne and Jensen made an unplanned stop at Chick-Fil-A to meet friends after a doctor appointment. The restaurant was full, so Breanne had to wait to find somewhere she could sit to feed Jensen, who had a stuffy nose and was having trouble nursing. As he began to eat, Breanne began to panic, recognizing the warning signs of a particularly bad blue spell. Jensen had stopped breathing. “I thought that he was dying,” Breanne said. “ I couldn't even think. I couldn’t even function.” A friend noticed Breanne was upset and came over. Seeing that Jensen was blue and unresponsive, the friend called out for someone to call 911, and asked if anyone in the restaurant had CPR training.
A couple of people tried to help, including another mother who had also recently had a child in the neonatal intensive care unit, but Jensen wasn’t responding and minutes were passing. Eventually a nurse, who was at the restaurant dining, and coincidentally had very recently renewed her infant CPR certification, became aware of what was happening and took over CPR, delivering three rounds of breaths and compressions, before Jensen started breathing on his own again. “She really saved him.” Breanne said, “There were many who helped, and did their best, and maybe he would have come through, but I don’t like to think about what might have happened had she not been there, had the training she had, and been willing to step in and help.” Since this harrowing experience, Breanne and her family have been learning as much as they can about infant CPR, even helping to educate their older children, not only in CPR, but other emergency procedures too. “Being trained and willing to help can make the difference in saving someone’s life,” Breanne said. “We know, more now than ever, what that means. Everyone needs to be CPR trained.”
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Mrs. Cache Valley Sets Out to Define Real Beauty WRI T T E N BY
BECKY ERICKSON, the reigning Mrs. Cache Valley, is a busy wife, mother of three, and professional ballet dancer and instructor, teaching regularly in Cache Valley at the Cache Valley School of Ballet and Dance Illusion, and also in master classes around the country and at the Happy Feet Ballet and Performing Arts School in Domincial, Costa Rica. She has performed for many civic and professional dance industries, including the Cache Valley Civic Ballet, the Cache Community Theatre, Valley Dance Ensemble, nationally on So You Think You Can Dance, and Inishfree Irish Dance, and was featured on the cover of the book Dance Across the USA, by Jonathan Givens, which features dancers photographed in National Parks across the United States. “I have been teaching kids for 18 years,” said Becky. “I consider it my job to not only train girls proper ballet technique, but to also train
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them to be happy, confident women. So, when the opportunity came for me to represent Cache Valley, I felt like it was a way I could share this message I feel so strongly about.” Becky has worked with ballet dancers of all ages, but her classes always end the same way: with an affirmation. “I have the little girls thank their legs for what they allow them to do and say, ‘I love ballet!’, and I have the older girls look into the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful.’” Becky says she has seen amazing transformations in the young women she works with. “I help them learn to appreciate themselves and really come to believe that they are beautiful; they can’t afford negative thoughts about themselves, so I try to help them replace the negative with positive.” It is important to understand that the beauty Becky is talking about is not skin deep. “I’m not talking
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Three Budgeting Methods to Start Saving for a Better Future WRI T T E N BY
ONE OF THE most popular and well-known methods for maintaining your finances is the “envelope method.” This essentially involves dividing your physical cash into separate envelopes in an effort to control your budget. But with all of the readily available technology we have at our fingertips, why not make some improvements to this method? After all, this method involves keeping a large amount of cash on hand, which can be risky.
There are some popular apps to help organize and budget your finances electronically such as: Mvelopes®, Mint™, Goodbudget™, Every Dollar®, You Need A Budget®, or the Albert™ app. It seems like new applications are popping up each day with different, and sometimes better, functions. Take some time and try browsing the app store. You might find the perfect app to fit your finances.
budgeting, and start saving. Consider setting up an automatic transfer into a savings account each paycheck. With an automatic transfer, it is much easier to part with some of your income. It is easier because you are expecting the same amount to leave your checking account each month. After a few months, you’ll be glad you started your automatic savings transfer as you see your money grow. We’re all saving for something in our lives, so make it happen today.
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Some people prefer to rely less on apps and information sharing, which is understandable. For those people, there are other ways. One way that works well is to have multiple accounts at your bank. This performs a sort of virtual envelope method. Most banks will allow you to name your accounts, which allows you to label them as “college fund” or “vacation,” and specify their intended use. Once the money is in that “envelope” you can choose to use it only for the labeled purpose.
Lastly, if none of the previous methods work for you, try a budget sheet on Excel. There are quite a few templates that you can plug your financial information into without allowing others to view it, which is a possible drawback of phone applications. Whatever your method is, start
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WOULD YOU THROW your child into a pool and tell her to figure it out? Would you give your child an instrument, put him in front of hundreds of people, and tell him to enlighten? Of course not. So why do parents throw their children into a sport and expect them to figure out how to run, jump, or effectively accelerate/decelerate? There is much research showing that physical activity, exercise, and movement increases brain function and health. Yet, there are many kids who don’t get the physical activity or exercise they need because for some, moving hurts and exercise is not fun. As kids mature and grow, their bones and muscles sometimes feel sore or “achey” because of the rapid speed at
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whole adolescent career performing these movements wrong, by the time they get to high school, and are trying to progress in their sport, they could very likely be dealing with overuse and mechanical injuries. Neuromuscular activation training is a method that teaches athletes to control their trunk in unison with their limbs, focusing on hip and core strength. Human hips, glutes, and hamstrings are designed to be strong and powerful to support and help in the stabilization of the lower limbs. If athletes are not taught and trained to activate/utilize hip and core strength, they suffer at the lower back, hip, knee, and ankle level, leading to pain and injury. Today’s youth athletes play more and more sports all year round, and most play more games than college athletes, who have strict and vigorous strength and conditioning programs to help set themselves up for successful and injury-free careers. Children need similar training. Let’s spend less time playing game after game, and focus more time teaching our kids proper movement patterns so they can be more successful with less chance of injury.
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Take a look at our Winter issue to see tips on avoiding the flu this winter season, tips on embracing diversity, and learn about Cache Valle...
Published on Dec 29, 2018
Take a look at our Winter issue to see tips on avoiding the flu this winter season, tips on embracing diversity, and learn about Cache Valle...