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Health care

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Can’t be stopped by a tackle, linebacker or cystic fibrosis Some would think it unusual that a girl would play football. But Victoria Franklin is proof that with or without cystic fibrosis, a girl can hold her ground. Dr. John Colombo isn’t surprised. He and other pulmonary specialists at the Nebraska Regional CF Center work to give children with cystic fibrosis futures where no dream is out of bounds.* And, as we see it, Nebraska can always use another great quarterback.

*The Nebraska Regional Cystic Fibrosis Center operates in partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. It is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is rated among the top CF treatment centers in the country.

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f your family is anything like mine,

you are welcoming fall with open arms. This month’s issue is dedicated to all fellow fall lovers. With changing colors, cooler temperatures, fall smells, and football fever in the air - what could be better than a Nebraska autumn? As soon as the temperatures start to drop, families begin heading outdoors in droves. We dust off our bikes and spend time doing yard work. We begin taking advantage of the ample opportunities to spend time outdoors. From picking apples to hayrack rides -- fall offers many activities for parents and children to be excited about.

Publisher . Todd Lemke Vice President . Greg Bruns Editor . Becki Jelinek Assistant Editor . Linda Persigehl Omaha Publications Managing Editor . Corey Ross Art Director/Graphic Designer . John Gawley Graphic Designer/Art Director . Matt Jensen Photographers . Bill Sitzmann, Scott Drickey, Colin Conces Account Executives . Gwen Lemke, Gil Cohen Sales Assistants . Sarah Keating Trimble, Vicki Voet, Alicia Smith Hollins, Dara Rene Newson Technical Advisor . Tyler Lemke Distribution Manager . Mike Brewer

I hope you’ll find some good excuses to spend more time outside with your children this fall. Although there are some wonderful local events offered, the time you spend together can be as simple as working and playing in your own backyard. Try making and hanging a bird feeder, rake a pile of leaves to jump in, build a compost pile, or build your own scarecrow with old clothes and fallen leaves. There is plenty to do and the time you spend with your child is a wonderful opportunity to create unforgettable memories.

Advisory Council . Julie Huffman, Dr. Ruchi Kaushik, Peggy Brendel, Kathleen Thies Creative Design . Johnny Voruz, Melissa Aden Director of Marketing . James Jelinek Legal Council . Charles E. Dorwart, P.C., L.L.O.

This month readers will find some great seasonal information. We have something for everyone, even the tiny witches, goblins and ghosts. You’ll find an emphasis on healthy eating, and recipes that will help your family start the day off right. We begin a new column written from a teen perspective, and a local author continues a series on helping parents understand teen insanity.

Editorial Comments . Becki Jelinek, (402) 884–2013,

Enjoy this issue, and take time to get outside! Radio Remember to catch Family Spectrum on KCRO, 660 AM, M-F, noon-12:30, or listen to our

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October Giveaway! This month’s giveaway is a campfire party for up to 20 people. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for our free monthly eLetter at All eLetter subscribers are automatically entered to win our monthly prizes. More information on page 33. Thank You to the Pooley family for allowing us to feature you on our front cover. Our models include Elizabeth, Madison and Jack Pooley. Joining them also is Donovan and Janae Harris.

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children do not eat breakfast each morning. In fact, according to the American Dietetic Association, more than 40 percent of girls and 32 percent of boys skip breakfast on a regular basis. Many parents wonder why not eating breakfast is such a problem, especially if their children eat a mid-morning snack instead. The reason is simple: Children who do not eat breakfast do not consume the necessary nutrients for their bodies to produce the energy needed to concentrate in school and to adequately complete learning responsibilities.

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Breakfast affects a child’s overall performance during school by: • Eliminating hunger symptoms such as headache, fatigue, sleepiness and restlessness. • Helping them to think faster when doing school work and respond more clearly to teacher questions. • Increasing mental performance. Causing them to be calmer and less anxious. Overall Health

Children who eat breakfast: • Are more likely to consume nutrients important to healthy growth, including iron, calcium, fiber, as well as vitamins. • Are better able to keep their weight under control. • Have lower blood cholesterol levels. • October 2010


Fuel for the Brain Healthy Breakfast Choices

When the morning is rushed, it is easy to grab something quick that is likely to be packed with sugar and fat. Keep the cabinets and refrigerator stocked with quick and healthy choices such as: • Whole grain cereal or oatmeal − Top with fruit and low-fat milk. • Hard-boiled eggs − Boil the night before and serve cold with a slice of toast. • Whole-grain bread or bagels − Toast and top with peanut butter or low-sugar jam. • Breakfast bars − Eat a fruit-filled breakfast bar with low-fat milk. • Fruit − drink fruit juice or eat fresh, frozen or dried fruits. • Rice cakes or muffins − Serve with low-sugar jam, peanut butter or other low-fat spreads. Set a Good Example

Encourage your child to eat breakfast by: • Sitting down as a family to eat breakfast each morning. • Having your child help you plan the week’s breakfast menu. • Making breakfast foods conveniently available by placing foods on low cabinets and refrigerator shelves, keeping a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter and buying single–serving containers of milk and breakfast bars for mornings when the family is rushed. • If you find that mornings are rushed, look into your child’s school breakfast program. Studies show that children who eat breakfast at school are less likely to arrive late or miss school and may perform better in certain subjects, such as math and reading, than those who don’t eat breakfast. For more tips on nutrition, visit the Pediatric Advisor at


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The Importance Of

Diabetes Education

I grew up in a household where the word “diabetes” was a part of our daily vocabulary. My grandfather had diabetes, and at age 7, my brother was diagnosed. As a child, I was always watchful for signs and symptoms of the disease, as I thought it could strike at any moment. As I matured into adulthood, I realized that although diabetes was a part of my life, I knew very little about it. I had made many assumptions and realized that my basic level of understanding wasn’t nearly enough. Twenty to 30 years ago, research was in its infancy and education was not widely available. Individuals that have been diagnosed with diabetes did what they could to maintain good health, however, family support was not stressed. Thankfully, there have been many advancements in the treatment and management of diabetes, and one local source of support is the Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health. In 1995, the center was awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for its quality diabetes self-management education program, and has earned recertification several times since. “This certification provides us with a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services we provide for our patients,” said Jeanne Rice, manager, Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health. “For the consumer, the certification is confirmation that he or she will likely receive the highest level of service available in the community.”


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The ADA estimates that approximately 20.8 million people in the United States have diabetes, 6.2 million of whom are not aware they have the disease. Diabetes is a disorder of the body’s metabolism– the process of converting food into energy. Insulin is the major factor in this process, which begins when food is broken down during digestion to create glucose–the main source of fuel for the body. This glucose passes into the bloodstream, where insulin–a hormone secreted by the pancreas, a small organ behind the stomach–allows it to get into the cells. Quite simply, diabetes is our body’s inability to use food for energy. There are two types of diabetes. Type I, or insulindependent diabetes, is sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes, because it often begins in childhood (although it may also occur in adults). Type I is caused by the body’s inability to manufacture insulin, an autoimmune disease or by a virus. People with Type I diabetes must take insulin shots in order to live. Less than five to ten ••••

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The Importance Of Diabetes Education percent of people who have diabetes have Type I. Currently, the onset of Type I diabetes is not preventable, however, genetic risk factors do exist. In Type II diabetes, also referred to as adult-onset diabetes, the body may make insulin, but either it makes too little or it can’t use what it makes. The insulin exists, but it can’t escort the glucose through the entrances to the cells. Insulin is the key to unlocking the cell to allow the body to use the glucose for energy. Glucose is to the cell what gasoline is to the car. You need glucose in order for the body to work. Type II diabetes is becoming more common in children and young adults. Contrary to media reports, however, Type II diabetes is not completely preventable, although lifestyle can play a part in the onset. Up to 50 percent of those with Type II diabetes are not overweight. Because diabetes is incurable, the key to good health is through education and disease management. “Education is the foundation to managing diabetes, and it’s a family affair,” says Rebecca Newberry, APRN at Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health. “Everyone wants to do the best they can to improve health, and education helps focus everyone’s efforts on what will make the biggest difference. You must understand why certain treatments or management plans work, so people will do what they need to do. We give people the tools so they can manage the disease as active partners with their medical team.” Good control can go a long way toward prevention and avoiding complications related to the heart, circulatory system, eyes, kidneys and nerves. Lifestyle, diet and exercise are key components to managing the disease, as well as preventing long-term complications. That said, despite all the advances in diabetes treatment, education remains the cornerstone of diabetes management. Research shows that the health effects of too much weight in childhood can have devastating medical and social consequences that can continue into adulthood. More and more families are searching for a way to help their children lose weight safely.

Rise & Sine! Help the kids start their day off right with a quick and healthy breakfast. These recipes are an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc, and a good source of fiber and

Another educational program offered at Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health is the “Life Shapes” program for teens and children. Life Shapes puts a team of caring professionals on the side of young people who have a BMI-per-age percentile greater than 85 percent. The team includes a dietitian certified in weight management for children and a behavioral health specialist. Together, they teach children how to make realistic, lifelong, healthy changes. Parents participate together with their child in the program with the goal to help the family make positive and healthy lifestyle choices, therefore, decreasing the risk factors for the onset of Type II diabetes.

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Plus, a creative way to get your kids to eat their veggies! A fun recipe for Zippy Beef Alphabet Soup with Parmesan, a great B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.

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• 1 package (18 ounces) taco sauce with seasoned ground beef • 10 eggs, slightly beaten • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend • 6 medium flour tortillas (8 to 10-inch diameter) • 1 can (4 to 4-1/2 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained • 1 cup dairy sour cream • 2 tablespoons prepared salsa • Salsa (optional) 1. Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot. Pour eggs into pan. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until scrambled, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from heat. Cover and keep warm. 2. Microwave taco sauce with ground beef according to package directions. Set aside. 3. Stack tortillas on microwave-safe plate. Cover with slightly damp paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds or until heated through. 4. Layer tortillas evenly with beef, eggs and chilies, leaving 1/2-inch border around edge. Roll up tightly. Place seam-side down on microwave-safe serving plate. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until heated through. 5. Meanwhile combine sour cream and 2 tablespoons salsa in small bowl. Cut each wrap diagonally in half. Serve with sour cream mixture and additional salsa, if desired.

Zippy Beef Alphabet Soup & Parmesan Toasts

• 1 pound ground beef (95% lean) • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 2 cups water • 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) beef broth • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) Great Northern beans, undrained • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained • 1 cup uncooked alphabet pasta • 2 cups small broccoli florets • Salt and pepper • Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese (optional) Parmesan Toasts: • 3 slices whole wheat bread • Olive oil for brushing • 2 tablespoons grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 2. Add water, broth, beans, tomatoes and pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender and pasta is tender. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. 3. Meanwhile, prepare Parmesan Toasts. Cut out shapes from bread slices with cookie cutters. Place on baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Brush cutouts lightly with oil and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake in 350°F oven 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. 4. Serve soup with toasts; sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired. For more stir fry recipes, log onto


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The most pressing issues facing our country; The cost of Health Care. How can our country reduce health care costs?

Food and Toxins and Pain, Oh My!


ow I know what you are thinking...Food is bad for us? I thought that was how we got the fuel we needed to survive. Well, you are right, it is. But what most Americans are eating these days doesn’t qualify as food. It is counterfeit food. Food that has very little to no nutritional value.

How has our food gotten to this point? Well, look around. Farming is big business, and producing as much product as possible is good for profits. Then there are fast foods, convenience foods and processed foods, all of which have done nothing but make our country fat and sick.  Our bodies are under stress and not able to keep up with the burden we are placing on them. So many of us become fatter and sicker every time we eat. Processed foods have lead to an epidemic of Type II Diabetes, as well as obesity in adults and children. Take a look around at current popular diets. One highly promoted diet sells us on the benefits of eating their premade meals, which are likely loaded with additives and chemicals the body cannot use. I know one person on a diet plan that keeps track with points, but she can still consume fast food in her meal plans as long as she has “saved up” enough points. How is that healthy? How can she lose weight by eating fries and drinking Coke? Foods that were once healthy for us to eat, like fruits and veggies, are being sprayed with chemicals that make them grow bigger and defend them from pests. This causes those foods to lose most of their nutritional value, and they become loaded with chemicals they have absorbed while growing. Do you want to know why your arthritis is acting up? Take a look at your diet. The things you are putting into your body are most likely causing your body to stay in a constant state of inflammation because the toxic burden placed on your body is too high for it to deal with. High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, soybean oil, food dyes, food additive, refined sugars, caffeine - all chemicals that cause your body to be in constant pain.

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Yes, medications can help with some of your health issues, and yes, there is a time and place for them, but if you change the foods you put into your body, your health will change. Food is our fuel. We just have to make sure that we are using the right fuel to promote health. Dr. Nick Crom is the founder of Spring Ridge Chiropractic & Acupuncture. You can contact him at familySPECTRUM • October 2010


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riving at night can present challenges to even the most experienced drivers. Poor visibility is one reason traffic deaths are three times higher at night than during the day. Drivers’ depth perception and peripheral vision are diminished, which requires extra caution while on the road. I would recommend following these tips provided by the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council (MVLC) to improve your night vision and safety while driving at night. Use your headlights properly. Turn them on an hour before sunset and off an hour after sunrise.

Todd Webster, Baxter Auto Service Manager, recommends periodically checking that your headlights are clean and working properly. If you are unsure of how to check or change your headlight bulbs, see any local certified automotive technician.

Increase your following distance. This can make it easier to spot potential hazards on the road.

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Keep looking around at all times. Move your eyes from side to side instead of continually focusing straight ahead. Look for flashes in the distance that might indicate the headlights of another vehicle. Prevent fatigue. Be sure the car is well–ventilated. Take breaks to give your eyes a chance to recover. Take a short nap or a brisk walk and drink a caffeinated beverage to stay alert. Don’t drink and drive. Just one drink can cause drowsiness. Even during daylight hours, alcohol impairs your driving ability, and those risks increase after dark.

During this time of year, it’s also important to keep in mind that the days are getting shorter and Daylight Savings Time is nearing its end, so more pedestrians will be out walking during peak traffic hours. Remember to turn your headlights on by dusk, slow down, and be vigilant of children and other SPECTRUM pedestrians on or near the road.


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Centers for Healthy Families


enny Rider had come to the end of her rope. And there was nothing left to hang on to. The young single mother was furious, heartbroken, and desperate—and couldn’t really pinpoint why. All she knew was that she was teetering out of control and that something was going to snap. When it did – the last thing Jenny wanted in her path was her 4-month-old daughter.

So Jenny called for help. At that moment, her therapist was miles away—so she told Jenny to go to a place where she felt safe: The Fremont-Area Center for Healthy Families. Jenny arrived with a crying baby and a heavy heart. When she dropped the car seat inside the door and declared her frustrations, the Center staff took over. First, the baby went with a staff member to be rocked and soothed. Then, another worked to bring Jenny under control and find out what was going on. Turns out, Jenny had not been taking an antidepressant prescribed after her daughter’s birth. Plus, a fight with the baby’s grandmother had set her off that morning. The staff member suspected post-partum depression and called Jenny’s doctor, who wanted to see her right away. Since Jenny admitted that she felt very unstable, the doctor wanted a full evaluation. A Center staff member drove Jenny to Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. The 4-month-old baby girl slept safely while her mother got the help she needed. While Jenny’s story is rather dramatic, it demonstrates the life-changing impact of the work being done at the Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Centers for Healthy Families. There are two such locations, with a third opening in North Omaha this fall. In addition to the Fremont location, a Center also operates in Council Bluffs. The general idea is the same—providing incentives for, and promoting healthy family behaviors through parent education and support, family and community awareness, and early detection and intervention for improved physical and mental health. And ultimately, the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In Jenny’s case, staff and volunteers knew her special parenting needs through individual assessment and because of Jenny’s participation in the various parenting classes and incentive programs for families of children pre-natal to five years old. The incentive programs include getting “points” for healthy behaviors such as getting immunizations and well-baby check-ups, or visiting the library. Caregivers can then take those points and go shopping in the “boutique stores” within the Centers. The boutique stores are full of items that infants and young children need, like diapers, clothes, shoes, wipes – all new, and all donated. The demand is high and programs stay full, but thanks to community donors; the programs are expanding and more families are being served every year. If you would like to learn more about the Centers for Healthy Families, either as a client or as a donor of time, talent or treasure, you can go to, or contact Bev Carlson at


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ealth care. Lately these two words have proven to spark the most passionate and complex of debates. It seems only a few years ago the only real health care debate was whether to sign up for a PPO or an HMO. Now it seems everyone in this great nation has an unwavering opinion with regard to “private vs. public,” and whether our constitution allows for the government to require someone to purchase coverage.

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Setting all political debate aside, I’d like to make the argument that we, as a nation, do not even have a health care system! Webster’s dictionary defines health as “a sound state of body or mind; freedom from disease,” and care as “solicitude; attention.” Webster’s also defines sick as “affected with disease of any kind; ill.” Keeping these definitions in mind, I would submit that our nation actually has a sick care system! It seems we must become sick before anything more than the most basic of physical exams is covered by most insurance plans. To be fair, once an illness has been diagnosed, there is no country in the world where I’d rather be than right here in the United States. I would, however, argue that a true health care system would work harder to prevent the disease from occurring, rather than wait until it has developed to treat it! Regardless of the state of our nation’s insurance policies, each of us can effectively manage our own health care on a daily basis. By simply going for a walk every morning, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, and playing outside with our children, we can all achieve “a sound state of body or mind” and significantly reduce our risk of being “affected with disease of any kind.” SPECTRUM


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Alas, because our lives are more rational, we find the true answers to these questions unacceptable and we press the adolescent for rational answers. Recognizing that the truth is unacceptable to adults, adolescents often supply rational explanations for their irrational behavior. In other words, they lie. But we are complicit in these lies because we communicate, always indirectly and often directly, that the truth–the simple, unvarnished, unadorned truth–is unacceptable.

Rationality in Abstentia Disorder


An Example of Temporary Adolescent Insanity

he adolescent brain has a strong gas pedal and a weak brake which,

unfortunately, leads to periods of what can only be called temporary insanity. The insanity comes in various forms, names for which are not found in conventional diagnostic systems like, for example, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. They are not found there because I made them up and in this article I want to discuss one–something I call Rationality in Abstentia Disorder (RAD). You can diagnose RAD yourself, you do not need to consult a professional. Here’s how.

So how should adults respond to RAD? That is simple; respond to it in a way that will add to the steady development of rational thought in the adolescent by supplying unpleasant consequences. Not because the boy or girl was bad but because their behavior was stupid, and the best way to teach an adolescent to avoid stupid behavior is to make it cost them. It will take time–learning to inhibit irrational behavior and exhibit rational behavior takes time, but gradually the adolescent will recognize that their RAD behaviors, however fun they may have been at the time of their occurrence, are simply too costly to continue. In other words, they will begin to develop common sense which is the SPECTRUM opposite of RAD.


First, your adolescent has to do something that is disturbing and makes no sense–not to you or any other (mature) adult. For example, your adolescent boy microwaves a cricket. Second, you find yourself asking questions in a virtually fruitless quest to find some sense in what your boy has done. The most common questions are “why did you do that?” and “what were you thinking?” If you find yourself in such a situation, quest no further, you are in the presence of RAD. The true answers to the questions are “I did it because I felt like it” and “I wasn’t thinking.” That is the nature of RAD–rationality is absent.

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Family Spectrum’s Writer’s Corner Grace, Pawnee Elementary

8702 Pacific St., Countryside Village (402) 392–2877

Grace is a student at Pawnee Elementary. She enjoys playing with her two dogs, Fin and Monty. Grace also enjoys playing with Katherine, one of her sisters. She takes swimming lessons and likes to run.

Payton, Columbian Elementary Hi I’m Payton and I go to Columbian Elementary. I’m in 4th grade.   My hobbies are playing tennis and soccer.  I also love to read! The Adventure, written by Payton Alber, is a submission from last Spring’s Story Starter feature -- a feature by local author Heidi Cook.

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Candy Corn, by Grace Tastes yummy They’re sweet Smells good Bright colors Triangle shaped Three stripes Favorite treat Fall candy

It was a dark and gloomy day in Omaha, Nebraska. In a friendly neighborhood there was a small house. Inside an adventure was starting.

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A little girl named Payton was bored out of her mind. Her mother couldn’t find anything for Payton to do. Then she remembered a game called “Pirate Adventure.” It’s when you make a fake pirate ship and you go on adventures. They fought pirate skeletons and protected their ship. Payton’s favorite part was dressing up. She got to wear an eye patch. Payton was tired after all that excitement. Her mother now knows exactly what to do when Payton is bored. They will just play “Pirate Adventure.”         This was an adventure that Payton would remember forever.


Submit your original short stories and/ or poems to writers@FamilySpectrum. com, and we may choose YOURS to feature in our next issue! In addition, all featured work will be awarded with a gift certificate to The Bookworm bookstore. Submission of a story or poem automatically gives Family Spectrum publishing rights to publish in whole or in part. Family Spectrum will notify writers of intent of use prior to publishing.


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Safe Search Use Kids Search & get answers!

Patricia Polacco

Find facts about animals, famous people, health and much more. All you need is Internet access and your Omaha Public Library card.

Save the Date

A quick search bar at the top finds your search term in all of the databases—pretty cool and a real time saver! You can limit your results by using the detailed search feature to get answers from magazines; newspapers; books and encyclopedias; biographies; radio and TV news transcripts; country, state and province reports; primary source documents or photos, maps and flags. Try visual search—you’ll see different aspects of your search term that you may not have thought to use.

Monday Oct 18 Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of more than 30 books for children, will share her story and craft. Watch for

more details.

Go to and select Resource Center. Click on the category Kids. Click on Kids Search. You may be asked to type in the 14-digit barcode number printed on the back of your library card.

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Young Heroes: Parental Involvement Helps Nathan Hale Students Succeed


lexis Martinez, 13, an eighth grader at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School,

appreciates her parents’ involvement in her school work and sports activities, even if sometimes she says they seem “too involved.”

But Elexis knows she’s lucky to have the support of her parents and teachers in helping her succeed in school. “I like being in the classroom and learning,” she says. Another support system in place at Nathan Hale is the University of Nebraska at Omaha Building Bright Futures, a school engagement and attendance initiative. The program incorporates 40 Developmental Assets, which serve as building blocks of healthy development that help young people to be healthy, caring and responsible. Among the important assets are support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity. The more assets youth have, the more likely they are to avoid risky behaviors and succeed in life. Nathan Hale is one of the many area schools using UNO Building Bright Futures and its 40 Developmental Assets to reduce the growing problem of absenteeism and tardiness among Omaha metro schools. An average of 5,700 public school students in Douglas and Sarpy counties are absent from school each day. Students like Elexis’ who attend school regularly, participate in extracurricular activities and bond with their school and achieve higher goals. “The teachers encourage us,” she says. “They use encouraging words. If a student has a problem, they help.”

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parents are involved in the student’s school life. “It is not just the child at this age, it is the parents also,” Colvin says. “There are many factors that contribute to a child missing school. It could be a child care issue or it could be a transportation issue.” Nathan Hale works to develop strong relationships not only with the students, but with parents as well. “We are here as advocates,” Colvin says. “We want to work with the families to get our kids to school on time.” People familiar with Nathan Hale use one word to describe the school and that word is LOVE. “There are no bullies in this school,” Elexis says. “We are all ONE.” Congratulations to Nathan Hale’s Patriots for being Family Spectrum’s October Young Heroes!


Sue Colvin, principal at Nathan Hale, says the 40 Developmental Assets work wonderfully when the

Family Spectrum and Omaha Royals would like to honor your Young Hero. Send your nominations to See YOUR hero’s story come to life!


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Parent POWER developmentalassets

By: Beth Kohler, Millard Public Schools, Elementary Counselor

Support Your


Child’s Education

chool is back in session and

you may be asking yourself, “How can I become involved in my child’s education?”

There are many ways to become involved, but first it’s important to know that research shows that kids do better in school when parents are involved in their education. When we think about being involved in our child’s education, we often think about volunteering in the classroom or participating in the PTA. Although these are great options, research shows that kids are often more successful at school when parents are actively involved in their children’s education at home. The earlier parent involvement begins in a child’s education process, the more powerful the effects. There are three kinds of parent involvement at home that are consistently associated with higher student achievement: actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, helping with homework, and discussing school matters. Other positive results of parental involvement include improved student achievement, reduced absenteeism, improved behavior, and a restored confidence among parents in their children’s schooling.


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A survey found that 72 percent of students age 10 to 13 say they would like to talk to their parents more about their homework while 42 percent of parents believe they are not devoting enough time to their children’s education. Teachers say that increasing parental involvement in education should be the number one priority for public education in the next few years. How can parents get involved? Read to your child: Children who read at home perform better in school. Check your child’s homework every night: Establish a daily routine with scheduled homework time. Attend parent/teacher conferences: Communicate with teachers throughout the school year and make it a priority to attend other school events and meetings. Limit TV on school nights: Academic achievement drops sharply for children who watch more

than 10 hours of television a week or an average of more than 2 hours a day.

Talk to your children about school: And listen to your child too!

Family involvement can be as simple as asking your children, “How was school today?” and asking it every day! This will send the message to your children that their schoolwork is important to you and that you expect them to learn. Development Assets Connection:

• Asset #1-Family Support–Family life provides high levels of love and support. • Asset #2-Positive Family Communication–Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s). • Asset #6-Parent Involvement in School–Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school. • Asset #16-High Expectations–Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well. • Asset #25-Reading for Pleasure–Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.



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Capping Off An Era And Heading Toward The Future

igh school is over. It’s now May and I sit with my class awaiting my diploma. All I can think about is my head, well to be more exact, the hat upon my head. I’ve made a song in my thoughts to accompany my grad cap, and the melody goes something like this: “Like a joke told on Disney Channel, this hat is square/ Can’t wait to throw it into the atmosphere/ It being my last celebration with all my peers.” Michael Jackson watch out, there is a new king of pop.

But in all seriousness, hats seem to crown off many of my significant memories. For example, I’m 4 and an energetic tike on my father’s YMCA t-ball team. At this point in my life, Big Bird is all that matters to me. I carelessly swing at the mounted ball with my t-ball hat upon my head. I miss repeatedly. Big Bird can’t help me out now, so I dissolve into tearful fury. My father waltzes over though, and says, “Keep swinging, you could be great.” CRACK! I managed to smack the ball off the tee with my next swing. And from t-ball to tutoring me to trying to encourage my best, my father has always proven to be a mentor for me. Fast forward 10 years, and I am in junior high science taking my first semester final. Trouble is, I forgot my thinking cap at home. So I glance over at my neighbor’s test and just take down a few of their answers. I get away with cheating, and manage to make a whopping 65 percent on the exam. I guess my neighbor forgot his thinking cap too. Now it’s senior homecoming, and I’ve been crowned Homecoming Prince. Me, the speech kid on the honor roll who happens to have a hankering for journalism, beat out the jocks to become royalty. In the rush of the dance floor, four of my friends find me and give me a congratulatory hug that would make the Tanner clan of “Full House” jealous. Who needs a crown to feel like a Prince anyway when my best friends make me feel royal every day? Back to the present, and it’s time to retire my t-ball hat, my grade school thinking cap, and my homecoming crown. Standing with my peers, graduation cap upon my shaggy head, I take the final breaths of this era. Now notes a time to move on and a time to appreciate all that got me here– whether it be my mentor father, my education, or my friends. Now I’m left to wonder, which hat will I be wearing next? SPECTRUM By: Sean Robinson


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“Building & Strengthening Families”

The Secret Life of Howard Hughes September 4, 2011 through January 2, 2011 See this exhibit of Howard Hughes’ personal belongings on display for the first time and decide if Hughes died in 1976 or in 2001 at the age of 96…after looking at the evidence! This information has never been made available to the public before.

Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes by Douglas Wellman substantiates the evidence in this exhibit.

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Sandhills Solitude:

Two Nebraska Byways Offer Amazing Scenery & Excellent Accommodations


he word “getaway” commonly evokes sand, scenery and solitude. For families and RV enthusiasts, Nebraska’s Sandhills Journey and Loup Rivers Scenic Byways offer miles of unbridled natural beauty that include sweeping landscapes, winding rivers, remote farm and ranchland, unspoiled marshes and wetlands. All are backed by a symphony of nature.

Considered one of the top 10 scenic drives in the United States, the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway travels along Nebraska Highway 2 from Grand Island to Alliance. The byway meanders through 19,000 square miles of sand dunes cloaked by grass — the largest such formation in the Western Hemisphere. Also known as the Nebraska Sandhills, the geography comprises a rare and breathtaking sea of grass that remains virtually unspoiled by human influence. For more information about the region’s unique ecosystem and amenities in the area, stop by the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Visitor Center in Broken Bow. Midway along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway near Halsey lies another sea — of evergreen trees. This one happens to be of mankind’s own design. The Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest takes the name of its founder, University of Nebraska botanist Charles E. Bessey, whose 20,000-acre “science experiment” today makes up the world’s largest hand-planted forest. The site also happens to be a preferred spot for camping, hiking, picnicking and relaxing — a perfect family escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For a refreshing change of pace, pull into Victoria Springs State Recreation Area near Anselmo to enjoy a roadside oasis. While the spring water used to be bottled and sold as drinking water, today tourists


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are more likely to use the springs to quench their thirst for recreation by fishing or skimming the lake via paddleboat. Additional panoramic pleasures await Nebraska travelers along the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, which travels 150 miles through the central portion of the state on Highways 11 & 91. Travelers may dip their toes in the Middle Loup or Calamus Rivers, courtesy of a canoe, kayak or tank. Outfitters throughout the area are ready to provide gear and permits as needed. Last but not least, people who wish to experience frontier life firsthand are invited to lend a hand on one of the region’s many guest ranches, such as Uncle Buck’s Lodge in Brewster. Call ahead for reservations. offers a variety of resources for planning the ideal byways getaway, including a searchable database, a variety of maps and the SPECTRUM Nebraska’s Byways brochure.



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Pooley’s Pumpkin Patch is an attraction that should be on every child’s fall wish list. Tucked in the heart of Bennington, Nebraska, the 130–acre working farm has been in the Pooley family for over 80 years. The Farm Fresh family of four include dad Jeff, mom Elizabeth and two children, Madison and Jack. Madison is always finding new ways to add the “unexpected to the farm, to enhance the experience of visiting children.” The Pooley’s refer to Jack as “the chicken man.” His vast knowledge of chickens and his fearlessness is both refreshing and a comfort to customers. Visiting parents and children have

Farm Fresh! commented more than once on his ability to “run the coop.” If there is a particular chicken you would like to pet, just ask Jack. If your little ones don’t know how to hold a chick, Jack will show them. Sometimes you can catch Jack walking around with his favorite chicken, “Road Runner.” Prior to turning their working farm into a local attraction, Elizabeth Pooley owned an interior plant maintenance and landscape business. After seven successful years, she sold the business in order to stay at home with the kids. Elizabeth loved being a mom, but also realized that the farm needed to create some revenue. Wanting to continue her life on the farm and stay at home with her children, Elizabeth’s pumpkin patch idea formed in 2001. This new concept was met with great hesitation from Jeff Pooley. After another three years of contemplating her options, Elizabeth revisited her pumpkin patch idea. She asked her husband once again if he would like to be a partner in this new business, and Pooley’s Pumpkin Patch was open for business by September 28, 2004. Today, the Pooleys still raise pure–bred Limosin cattle, in addition to pigs, ducks, horses, chickens,


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kittens and kids; and of course, PUMPKINS. Pooley’s Pumpkin Patch is the authentic farm experience that many seek today. You might catch the combines harvesting crops, or a bottle–fed calf in the barn. Madison and Jack Pooley have chores to do after school, like most children. But they also play a big part in the day-to-day operations of the business. They love their farm and hope you’ll join them for some shared laughter and hot cocoa on a cool falls day. It’s not fancy, but it’s FUN! Come let this farm–lovin’ family show you a great time! SPECTRUM



This month, we have a “bewitching” giveaway: A campfire for 20 at Pooley’s Pumpkin Patch. Included in your bonfire adventure is admission for up to 20 people. You bring the people - we’ll provide the fun. For your chance to win this great fall experience, simply be a Family Spectrum eLetter subscriber. To subscribe to our FREE eLetter, visit It’s that easy! Good luck! • October 2010


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Outfitting Your

Ghouls & Goblins

Make the most of this Halloween with costumes your kids will love. Our friends at Mangelsen’s give us the “low-down” on this year’s trendiest designs. If you’re stuck for a great costume idea, the following list is full of ideas on how you can outfit your kids this October 31st. 2010 Top Costumes: Infant & Toddler:

• Sesame Street • Thomas the Train • Diego/Dora • Superheroes (Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.) • Winnie the Pooh Series: Winnie & Tigger • Bugs • Flowers

Top Teen Trends: (Very similar to the kids,

but more grown–up versions) • Wizard of Oz - Dorothy • Star Wars • Twilight Vampires • Joker from Dark Knight • Classic Halloween Horror Characters Jason, Michael Myers, etc.

Always Popular Costumes: Boys:

• Toy Story 3 - Buzz Light Year and Woody • Iron Man • Freddy Krueger • Harry Potter • Avatar Jake Sully • Mad Hatter • Michael Jackson • The Last Airbender


• Toy Story 3 - Jessie • Wizard of Oz - Dorothy • Alice in Wonderland - Alice & Queen of Hearts • Shrek 4 - Fiona • Twilight Vampires • Princess October 2010



• Star Wars - Storm Trooper or Darth Vader • Vampires • Convict/Jailbirds • Elvis • Pirates • Once again the classic horror Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy, etc.


• Scooby Doo - Velma, Daphne • Hippie • Tinker Bell (or anything Disney) • Vampires • Snow White • Witches


Marriage • Family Depression • Spirituality Anxiety • Addictions Gambling • Grief ADHD • ADD Anger Management Domestic Violence Drug & Alcohol Abuse Co-dependency

Helping families, adults, teenagers, and children Carl Spence Executive Director MA, MS, LMHP Charles Spence Clinical Director MA, LMHP, LMHC, CCGC 12035 Q Street Omaha , NE 68137 Ph: 402-991-0611 Fax: 402-991-6228

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Country Harvest Pumpkin Patch • September 25–October 31 • Glenvil, NE Take a hayrack ride in search of the perfect pumpkin, or be adventurous and swing through the trees on the zip line rides. Afterwards, enjoy a little R&R on the barn porch while eating homemade ice cream.



Oktoberfest • October 1-3 • Sidney, NE At Sidney’s Oktoberfest, explore the many craft and food booths, browse through the farmers market and enjoy great live dance bands and a parade. This weekend-long ethnic festival is fun for the entire family!

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Treat your family to all the autumn magic that Pooley’s Pumpkin Patch has to offer: Hayrack Rides Corn Maze Cornyville Pedal Tractor Track Petting Zoo Sraw Bale Fort Sraw Bale Maze Pony Rides Chicken Coop Face Painting Old Fashioned Corn Cannon Tire Swing

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Cobweb Castle • October 1-31 • Omaha Children’s Museum It’s a little kooky, a little spooky, a small bit scary and just a tad hairy. At this “notso-scary” haunted house guests will be greeted with a graveyard maze and can wander through the Pirates Parlor, Kooky Kitchen, Vampire’s Batty Bedroom and Casper’s Closet. Great, safe activity for little ones.


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Dig It! The Secrets of Soil • October 2-December 26 Durham Museum • With public concern about the environment more pressing than ever, Dig it! The Secrets of Soil explores a vital, but largely unexplored natural resource and ecosystem. This Created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Dig It! allows visitors to unearth the many ways we benefit from soils and how we affect their health and productivity.



Paint Brownville Autumn & Old Time Autumn • October 7-10 • Brownville, NE Adults and children alike will enjoy activities including river boat cruises, a largest pumpkin contest and hayrack rides. And artists will impress with paintings in an open-air format. Don’t miss out on the entire weekend of festivities!




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Wakefield Hot Air Balloon Festival • October 15-17 Wakefield, NE • Bring the family out for Wakefield’s annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, October 15–17. Activities for all ages will include balloon launches, a craft fair, live entertainment, a variety of children’s activities and an omelet feed. It’s a high-flying good time.




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Go, Dog. Go! • October 22-November 7 The Rose Theatre •

Scream on the Square • October 22-24 • York, NE

Opposites attract in this canine comedy that brings all the neighborhood dogs together for the biggest dog party in town! Traveling by boat, car and scooter, these lovable pups bring joy to the stage. Best for ages 4 and older.

This citywide celebration includes all sorts of Halloween fun. Take a cemetery tour, compete in the National Scream Contest, or enter the ugliest gord growing contest. The variety of activities will keep your family entertained all weekend!




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• No treats are to be eaten until they are checked by an adult at home. • Some area hospitals will even x-ray your candy to make sure it is safe to eat! Tips for Parents:

Make Halloween Safe, Not Scary! Witches, goblins and ghosts can be quite terrifying, but not nearly as scary as an unintentional Halloween injury. It is quite easy for children and adults to get wrapped up in Halloween excitement.  But before your children race out the door with sack in hand, take time to review some simple Halloween safety tips for kids and parents, to help ensure a safe and fun holiday.  Tips for Children:

• Using a flashlight can help you see and be seen by other trick-or-treaters, parents and drivers. • Stay in a group, walk slowly and make sure you, your friends and your escort know where you are going. • Walk - do not run - on the sidewalk facing oncoming traffic, and stay on well-lit streets. • Remove any mask or item that makes it hard to see before crossing a street, driveway or alley. • Only trick-or-treat in a neighborhood you know and at houses that have the porch light on. • Make sure you know your phone number and who to contact if there is an emergency or if you get lost. • NEVER enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat. • Never eat unwrapped food items or open beverages that you may get.


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• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective or add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. Make sure that shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames. • Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.  When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, only purchase those with a label indicating they are flame resistant. Costume accessories, such as swords and knives, should be made out of flexible or soft material. • Know the route your children are taking, or better yet…go along.  If you can’t take them, see if another parent or teen-aged sibling can accompany them.  Make sure you set a time that they should be home, and stress the importance of being on time. • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.  You can also use battery–operated lanterns or chemical glowsticks. • Make sure your children or their escort have a cell phone or change to make emergency phone calls.  Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.  Teach your children their home phone number and how to dial 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. • Explain the differences between tricks and vandalism.  Throwing eggs at or toilet papering the neighbor’s house may seem like a harmless prank, but children need to understand the consequences. • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway.  Check around your property for flowerpots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house. • Remember that reports of tainted candy, kidnapping and vandalism have been vastly overblown and occur very rarely. Halloween is a night that should be enjoyed! It offers children wonderful opportunities to build their imagination and SPECTRUM express their creativity. ••••

October 2010



Making Omaha a Safe Community


CÊÃÃçÄ®ãù Sƒ¥›ãù Ι W›½½Ä›ÝÝ F›Ýã®òƒ½ Sunday, October 3, 2010 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Embassy Suites

(12520 Westport Parkway, by Cabela’s)

LaVista Conference Center

Stage Schedule Disney’s Pumba & Timon “Safety Smart at Home” & “Safety Smart Goes Green ................................ .11:00-11:30 The Amazing Arthur .......................................... 11:30-12:00 Omaha Beef Football Cheerleaders Dancing Clinic ................................................... 12:00 -12:30 Women’s Self Defense Clinic . ............................. 12:30-1:00 Mike Mennard Children’s Concert. ........................ 1:00-1:30 Aikido as a Self Defense Clinic ............................... 1:30-2:00 Ronald McDonald .................................................. 2:00-2:30 Mike Mennard Children’s Concert ......................... 2:30-3:00 Try A Little T’ai Chi for Seniors .............................. 3:00- 3:30 F1RST Fall Prevention Video .................................. 3:30-3:45 Disney’s Pumba & Timon “Safety Smart at Home” ........................................ 3:45-4:00 Stage schedule subject to change.

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Free Face Painting and Airbrush Tattoos Balloon Artist, Stilt Walkers and Clowns Free Food from Nash Finch (While supplies last) Strolling Magician Free Teen Driving Evaluations Blood Pressure Checks Brown Bag Medicine Review Body Fat Analysis

Kids learn and earn prizes from Oriental Trading Company by compleƟng: Stop, Drop and Roll Know Two Ways Out Low Crawl Under Smoke Ladder Climb Bike & Trike Rodeo Live Fire, Fire Extinguisher Training Practice Dialing 911 with the 911 Center Haunted Hazard House - fun for all ages Many of these activities help Scouts earn patches along with a Safety Council Patch!

Prizes - Register at the Event! Bicycles from The Bike Way Family of Four Pass to Great Wolf Lodge Gift Cards And More (Sorry no pre-event registration, need not be present at time of drawing to win.)

Fun and Education for all Ages!

Police and Fire Vehicles, Educational Exhibits and Sessions, Prizes, Entertainment & more!

Wait to get in the game, not to see the doctor. Pacific Street Pediatric Clinic from Boys Town Pediatrics Staffed by Board Certified pediatricians, Same Day Pediatrics is not an urgent care clinic, but a real pediatric clinic with scheduled appointment times. Call before 4 o’clock pm Monday through Thursday and we’ll have your child on her way to feeling better by bedtime.

139th & Pacific


October 2010 Family Spectrum  

October 2010 Family Spectrum