Plans Kick Off To Improve Lives Of Children In Central New Jersey

Corporates and organizations play a huge role in the society. Now and then, they affect the lives of the communities they are involved in. Organizations such as Jewish Family Service, Great Metro West Able, Fulton Bank, and Zufall Health have taken the initiative to help improve lives of children in Central New Jersey area.

 

Helping Siblings with Special Needs

 

Collaborative efforts between Jewish Family Service and Great Metro West Able will see parents educated on creating and maintaining a positive environment for their children. They two organizations have launched a parenting workshop called ‘What About Me?’ whose aim is to help children with special needs. The meeting, which will be held in mid-November, aims to shed light on the neglect of children with special needs.

Studies have shown that parents give more attention to the children with special needs. Often the siblings of children with special needs are neglected and so Jewish Family Service of New Jersey wants to address that issue. This neglect affects the siblings of special needs children. They end up feeling unwanted. ‘What About Me?’ is a great program that seeks to help parents achieve balance at home. It will sensitize parents on recognizing and managing their children’s complex emotions.

 

Fighting Childhood Obesity

 

Fulton Bank and Zufall Health in New Jersey have come together to help children in the region fight obesity. The two companies aim to empower families to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program called ‘Andale’ will educate parents and children on the health implications of obesity. ‘Andale’ is Spanish for ‘let’s get moving’ targets young obese Latino children between the age of 7 and 12 years.

 

The three-month program will not only educate families on the risks associated with obesity but also give solutions to curb the problem. It will introduce methods that help families with obese members live healthy lives through proper diet. Health professionals from Zufall Health will be actively involved in reducing the body mass index of these children to improve their health.

 

Overcoming obesity will not only enhance the children’s health but will also boost their mental state. “Child obesity is a serious health concern and Fulton is supporting this program to help improve lives of at-risk families.” Said Fulton VC, Betsy Roberts. “We appreciate Fulton’s support in helping promote healthy lifestyles to obese children.” Said President and CEO of Zufall Health.

 

Parents Beware: Teens and Inflated Body Image Expectations Increase Dangerous Trends

Everyone knows that being a teenager is no walk in the park, but teens today face even more pressure to be perfect than ever before. With social media outlets always challenging teens and preteens to get the most ‘likes’ and followers online, image is what most teens focus on the most when it comes to their attributes. This has led to an alarming increase in laxative or muscle-building substance abuse among male and female teens alike to try to obtain that ‘perfect’ body.

A study on laxative use showed that nearly 11% of women ages 23 to 25 had tried laxatives to use weight, while 12% of young men reported using muscle-enhancing products to gain bulk. This alarming trend is a caution to parents to educate their children about the dangers of doing harmful things to their bodies in the name of image, and an excellent opportunity for them to teach their kids how exercise and eating healthy can make a true difference in how teens feel about themselves.

Unfortunately, the misconception that taking laxatives or muscle-enhancing products will change the body is all teens can focus on. They fail to realize that they are attempting to alter their bodies in ways that are not natural or healthy. If a parent notices their child becoming withdrawn or showing outward signs of weight loss or gain, they should take them to their pediatrician for an examination to ensure they are growing as they should.