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Red Rock Canyon School Annual Thanksgiving Feast It was way back in the 70’s that Frank Habibian first learned about Thanksgiving. He was a new immigrant to the United States and was touched by the true meaning of Thanksgiving. He was so impressed with the tradition that he decided to invite anyone in St. George, who did not have somewhere to go, to share Thanksgiving with him and his family. This year the tradition continues as Frank again invites you to a:

Free Thanksgiving Feast Thursday, November 28, 2010 11:00 am-4:00 pm Red Rock Canyon School 747 East St. George Blvd. ALL ARE WELCOME!

This time of year can be especially tough for families. The cost of utilities go up and construction work dries up. Just when the kids need new shoes and winter coats. It is hard to be able to provide for children during the holiday season. If you need help, please be sure and let your Learning Consultant know. Conversely, if you are a family that is feeling abundant this season and can share, please let Rosie know at 673-5353 Ext. 123. We have several families who were affected by the government shutdown. Please note that all families we work with will be crosschecked through a database that prevents them from being chosen twice, for instance, by you and Coins for Kids. Let’s work together to make the holiday season bright for all of our children!

Healthy, Affordable, Delicious Cooking Matters helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget, as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign Our Cooking Matters classes have been a huge success! Participants go on a guided shopping tour and learn the tricks for making healthy, affordable, easy meals at home. All participants receive a $10 shopping card. These TLC sponsored tours are open to Early Head Start & First Things First families. To register, call Tena (435) 673-5353 x135. Next dates: Nov. 6th Albertsons on Sunset 10:00 am. Nov 13th Bee’s Market Place Colorado City 5 pm.

What is HEAT?: HEAT stands for Home Energy Assistance Target. Its purpose is to assist eligible households to meet the rising costs of home energy. HEAT is not a welfare program. It is a federally funded Energy Assistance Program that is administered by the State of Utah through the Department of Community and Culture (DCC) and in the State of Arizona by the Department of Economic Security. HEAT applications are only taken during the period of November 4 through April 30 - or until federal funds are exhausted. It’s important to apply early Each household can only receive HEAT assistance ONCE during this time period. HEAT benefits are a ONE -TIME payment ONLY and will NOT cover your entire winter heating costs. Who is Eligible? Any household in Utah or Arizona is eligible if:  Your total household income is not more than the maximum monthly amount for your household size (150% of Federal Poverty Level). Note: Only the month’s income PRIOR to the month you apply will be counted. For example, if you apply in December, eligibility is determined by November’s income.  Your household is at least partly responsible for home heating costs either by paying directly to a utility or fuel supplier, or as part of your rent. Benefits are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or political belief. What is the Benefit Amount? Each household’s benefits are calculated individually. Amounts are determined by three main factors: Family Size and Federal Poverty Level; and Energy Burden (high heating/cooling bills). HEAT focuses on certain at-risk groups, children under six years of age, the elderly and the disabled. When and How to Apply: You must call for an appointment: Washington County (435) 652-9643 Mohave County 1-800-582-5706 Important to Remember: Make an appointment and keep the scheduled day and time. If you are unable to apply in person due to health reasons, it may be possible to send someone to your home or mail you an application. Bring/have all necessary documentation including:  Identification: Current Driver’s License or State issued ID card.  Social Security cards for yourself and all persons in your household.  A copy of your most recent and active utility bills from each utility supplier (i.e. both gas and electric).  Proof of ALL income received by all household members in the month prior to the month your appointment is in (or in the month prior to the date of the application.)  Proof of medical expenses you paid out in the month prior to the month your appointment is in.  Proof of any child support and/or alimony you paid out in the month prior to the month of your appointment.  Proof of disability.  Proof of age of a child in the home age 5 and under. (Birth certificate, Medicaid card, blessings certificate, etc.)

It isn’t just your mother’s and father’s genes that you inherited that can impact your health and lifespan. As it turns out, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a huge impact on how long you will live and how much good health you will enjoy. The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) ACE study, last updated in 2011, found a startling link between early childhood experiences and early death from heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases, as well as depression, violence, and suicide. The study, which started in 1998, is based on over 17,000 middleclass adults, 75% were white-

non-Hispanic. Over 75% had at least some college education. The study’s researchers came up with an ACE score to explain a person’s risk for chronic disease. Think of it as a ‘cholesterol score’ for childhood toxic stress. You get one point for each type of trauma you experienced prior to age 18. As your ACE score increases, so does the risk of diseases as well as social and emotional problems. With an ACE score of 4 or more, things start getting serious. The likelihood of chronic pulmonary lung disease increases 390%; hepatitis, 240%; depression, 460% and suicide, 1,220%! So what are the risks? Take the quiz.

Enter 1 point for every yes

Prior to your 18th birthday: 1. Did a parent or other adult in the household, often or very often, swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt? 2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often, or very often, push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured? 3. Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever touch or fondle you or make you touch their body in a sexual way? 4. Did you often, or very often, feel that no one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or that Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other? 5. Did you often, or very often, feel that you didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents did not take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it? 6. Was a biological parent ever lost to you through divorce, abandonment, death or other reason ? 7. Was your mother or stepmother: Often, or very often, pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or often, or very often, kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or threatened with a gun or knife? 8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs? 9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide? 10. Did a household member go to prison? The total is your ACES score

Does your score have you worried? See next page for some good news!

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ACEs continued

It turns out, unfortunately, childhood trauma is very common, even in this group of mostly non-Hispanic white, middle class, college educated people. Here is how it broke down in the study: Number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Score)

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The higher the number of adverse events, the higher your health risks are. Take for instance smoking. In the study, only 6% of those with an ACE score of 0 had used (or were using) cigarettes. Yet more than 17% who had an ACE score of 6 or more smoked. Think about it. This has an impact on your heart and lung health. So these folks are dying prematurely because of heart and lung disease. Liver disease was found at a rate twice as high for those who had an ACE score of 4 compared to a score of 1. What causes this? Research on toxic stress and young children’s brains shows that these events can change their development at the molecular level, leaving them vulnerable to disease and unhealthy lifestyles. So what does this mean if you are unfortunate enough to have a high ACE score? It’s not like you can go back and change your childhood, even though you wish you could! Well, there is some good news. Some promising research shows that just having an awareness of your risk is a catalyst to develop healthier habits to counteract the effects of ACE. Things like exercise, breathing deeply, meditation and even massage can help. Also, it can’t be said enough that knowing this information can actually help the next generation: your children. Before you lash out or consider leaving your family entirely, remember that it will likely shorten your child’s lifespan! Now let’s see what will increase it.

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The following statements have been associated with helping individuals become successful in their lives (answer with Definitely True, Probably True, Not Sure, Probably Not True, Definitely Not True): I believe that my mother loved me when I was little. I believe that my father loved me when I was little. When I was little, other people helped my mother and father take care of me and they seemed to love me. I’ve heard that when I was an infant someone in my family enjoyed playing with me, and I enjoyed it, too. When I was a child, there were relatives in my family who made me feel better if I was sad or worried. When I was a child, neighbors and/or my friends’ parents seemed to like me. When I was a child, teachers, coaches, youth leaders and/or clergy were there to help me. Someone in my family cared about how I was doing in school. My family, neighbors and friends talked often about making our lives better. We had rules in our house and were expected to keep them. When I felt really bad, I could almost always find someone I trusted to talk to. As a youth, people noticed that I was capable and could get things done. I was independent and a go-getter. I believed that life is what you make it.

How many of these 14 protective factors did you have as a child and youth? (How many of the 14 were circled “Definitely True” or “Probably True”?) _______ How many are still true today? Now that we know what can protect children as they grow, let’s ensure that we ‘vaccinate’ all children in our community against any adverse risks that they may encounter! - Debbie

Low Sugar Pumpkin Pancakes ° 1/3 c. whole-wheat or buckwheat flour ° 2 tsp. dark brown sugar ° 2 tbsp. of granulated sugar ° 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder ° 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice ° pinch salt ° 1/3 c. canned pure pumpkin (not pie filling) ° 2 tsp. maple extract ° 1 tsp. vanilla extract ° Boiling water, as needed Directions: Heat non-stick pan over moderate heat. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add pumpkin and extracts, followed by enough boiling water to achieve a batter consistency. Spoon about 2 tbsp. batter per pancake onto hot pan, brown on both sides. Can be served with your favorite syrup, apple sauce or sour cream on top. Yum!

Cream of Butternut Squash and Apple Soup ° 1 butternut squash about 1 lb. ° 3 tart green apples, peeled, cored and chopped ° 1 medium onion, chopped ° 1/4 tsp. ea. dried rosemary & marjoram ° 3 (14.5 oz.) cans chicken broth ° 3-1/2 cups water ° 2 slices bread ° 1 teaspoon salt ° 1/4 teaspoon pepper ° 1/4 cup heavy cream ° chopped fresh parsley Directions: Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. In a large saucepan combine all ingredients, except cream and parsley. Bring to a boil, simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes. Remove butternut squash and scoop out the pulp. Discard the peel and add the pulp to the soup. Puree with a blender until mixture is smooth. (If you do not have a hand blender, you can do this in a regular blender in several batches). Return soup to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Just before serving, stir in the cream. Serve hot and garnish each serving with chopped parsley.

1-2-3 Magic!

(Especially helpful with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD)

“Getting Immediate Results with kids ages 2 – 12” What: This course is designed to help parents:  get introduced to the 1-2-3 Magic approach to parenting  learn the common mistakes parents make in handling misbehavior  implement immediate strategies for stopping bad behavior  implement immediate strategies for starting good behavior  strengthen relationships with kids

When: This 3 session course will be held on the following dates: November 6, November 13, and November 20. All sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Where: Southwest Behavioral Health Center 474 W. 200 N. St. George, Utah 84770

Cost: The class is free, but participants are encouraged to purchase the “123 Magic” book to assist them in their long term parenting journey.

To register: Call Brooke at 632-5791

ANGEL WATCH Bereavement- Loss Support Group For infant or pregnancy loss FREE OF CHARGE –BRING A BROWN BAG LUNCH

First Tuesday of each month from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm Group starts on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 320 East 600 South St. George Utah (across the street from the DRMC 400 East Campus) Group Leader: Rose Niedzwicki, LCSW Women and Children’s Social Worker Dixie Regional Medical Center Questions??? 688-4426

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Play Strategies St. George TLC 10:00- 11:30
















Albertson’s on Sunset 10 am Must be signed up See page 6




13 St. George Play Groups 10:00- Noon & 1:00 - 3:00

Play Strategies St. George TLC 10:00- 11:30

Play Groups Beaver Dam 1:00 - 3:00 Colorado City 5:00 - 7:00

LaVerkin 9:30 - 11:30 Blood Lead & Hearing Screenings 10 - 12 Make and appointment through your Learning Consultant




St. George Play Groups 10:00- Noon & 1:00 - 3:00

Bee’s Market Place Colorado City 5:00 pm Must be signed up See page 6



Beaver Dam 1:00 - 3:00 Colorado City 5:00 - 7:00

LaVerkin 9:30 - 11:30




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The Learning Center for Families 2044 S Mesa Palms Drive St George, UT 84770

We hate to deface the Health Marketplace advertising. However, folks in Utah are having a lot of trouKidding! ble getting registered. Now there’s help! Family Healthcare has staff who can help you register. Call (435) 879-5114. You now have until March 31, 2014 to register without a fine.

It’s the prefect season for babies and toddlers. At this age, they are more into learning through destruction rather than construction. So what better way to play and learn with your child than playing in the fall leaves! You can kick them, rip them, fall into them and throw them in the air. Be mindful to keep your child from putting the leaves in their mouth. It is also a great time for cuddling with your child. With the temperatures falling, take advantage of this great opportunity to grab a book and snuggle up with your child. After all, here in Southern Utah, summer is only a few months away!

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