Salem Community Patriot August 6, 2010 - 11
Tools to make back-to-school supplies a little lighter The school bell will soon ring for
your children, whether they’re board- ing the elementary school bus or unloading a car full of furnishings into their tiny college dorm room. Before their classes begin and assignments start rolling in, make sure they have everything they need to succeed during the school year. Parents often voice the same two concerns when checking items off their back-to-school shopping lists. “How will my children stay organized during the school year?” and “How heavy will their backpacks be?” Luckily, technology is available to ease both concerns. Sure, notebooks and folders are still important school supplies, and textbooks are a must, but class projects now rely on computer programs just as much as loose-leaf paper. Instead of loading materials into a crammed backpack, students can stay organized and lighten their load using simple and affordable storage solutions. “It’s a busy back-to-school sea- son once the class supply lists are
sent home,” said Bob O’Keefe, vice president, retail marketing, SanDisk. “Parents are already hard at work trying to save money, yet still provide their children with everything they need for a great school year.” If your children need convenient
portable storage at an affordable price, then SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drives found at Walmart offer a perfect solution. The drives are available in different storage capacities to suit the workloads of different grade levels, and they come in a variety of colors such as Blue Morpho or Competitive Orange. A helpful suggestion for keep- ing your child organized - comple- ment the flash drive color to each subject’s folder or notebook so that nothing gets mixed up. Once your student enters high
school, college or even the profession- al world, they will need to keep their work safe on a backup USB. SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash Drives let you archive projects, reports, presentations, photos and even music and videos at the push of a button. As any student
knows, backing up documents is cru- cial, especially as due dates approach. Nobody wants to lose their work just before the deadline. Many college students have to lug their laptops to classrooms in order to take notes, but some students want to devote their whole attention to the lecture. The Sansa Clip+ MP3 player includes a voice recorder that lets students save an entire lecture for review later on. As an added benefit, the tiny player makes for the ultimate workout companion, and is very af- fordable. The player is also compatible with slotRadio music cards, which offer up to 1,000 preloaded songs for only $39.99, letting your student rock out as they stroll across campus. As you review the school supply lists, make sure you consolidate items as much as possible—to save yourself some money, keep your child orga- nized and reduce the amount of weight on his back.
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Importance of Mouthguard Use
submitted by Dr. Anne B. Filler, DMD, FAGD
Let the games begin! As fall approaches
and school athletic programs start up, it’s easy to forget about the smile saving devices known as “Mouthguards.” Each year, 3-5 million U.S. children suffer sports injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatments, according to the National Youth Sports Safety
Foundation. Many of those students end up as part of the 15 million dental injuries that occur yearly. Any physical activity involves some risk, but injury rates are highest in impact sports.
Athletes that wear properly fitted mouthguards will find them to be comfortable, resilient, and, most importantly, protective. Dental professionals have found that custom
mouthguards made with double layers of plastic protection offer double defenses without compromising comfort and wearability. The stock (Type I) mouthguards, while less costly, offer the least amount of protection because little can be done to adjust the fit. The boil and bite (Type II) mouthguards are readily available in sporting stores, but require some adaptation to fit properly. Because of the less-than-ideal fit, they are not worn consistently, and often times end up outside of the mouth, creating another issue of cleanliness. Custom-made (Type III) athletic mouth guards are superior to stock and boil/bite because they offer the best fit since they are constructed from plaster models of the athlete’s mouth. They also provide excellent protection and if taken care of properly, will last for several years. Dental injuries are costly, so take time to ensure that your athlete is adequately protected with a simple investment in a custom mouthguard.
She lived in sandals all summer long and he barely took his cleats off, even to go to bed. Summer fun and casual style may leave your kids facing back-to-school season in serious need of some new shoes.
“Notebooks, pens and new clothes aren’t the only fresh supplies
children need when heading back to school. Quality shoes that provide the support growing feet need are among the most important purchases on any back-to-school shopping list,” says Dr. Kathleen Stone, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). While your kids will certainly have something to say about the style of shoes they want, back-to-school shoe shopping isn’t child’s play. Parents should consider several important factors before buy- ing new shoes for their children, the APMA advises. * Take your child shoe shopping with you, rather than buying something without your child present. Every shoe fits differently and buying something in your child’s size doesn’t necessarily ensure a proper, comfortable fit. Measure your child’s feet (both of them, since feet are rarely exactly the same size) and have her try the shoes on. Plus, letting a child have a say in the shoe-buying process can help ensure she adopts healthy foot habits later in life. Chil- dren’s foot health is as important as adult foot health. * Feet swell later in the day, so it’s best to try on shoes later in the
day when feet are their largest. * When evaluating a shoe, look for a stiff heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter to measure for stiffness; it shouldn’t collapse. The shoe should bend with your child’s toes. It shouldn’t be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area. It should also be rigid, and should never twist in the middle. * Don’t rely on last year’s shoes. Children’s
feet grow like the rest of their bodies. Shoe and sock sizes may change every few months as their feet grow. Even if last season’s shoes are in good condition, they likely won’t fit properly af- ter several months of your child’s feet growing. * Never hand down footwear. A used shoe
may be the right size for your child, but still might not fit comfortably, especially if it’s seen a lot of wear and tear. Just because the shoe fit one child comfortably, doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread foot fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
* Buy for the larger foot. Mismatched feet are more common than not. Measure your child’s feet to see which is larger and select shoes that best fit the larger foot.
* Choose shoes that are comfortable right
away. Avoid shoes that need a “break-in” peri- od. And be sure your child tries shoes on while wearing the type of socks he’ll be wearing with the shoes on a regular basis.
Tips to get a leg up on back-to-school shoe shopping “Healthy feet and comfortable shoes play important roles in
children’s overall health,” Stone says. “Parents should monitor their children’s foot health and seek the advice of a podiatrist if they no- tice a problem. Podiatrists are specially trained to diagnose and treat ailments of the foot and ankles in people of all ages.” You can find a podiatrist at the APMA’s Website, www.APMA.org
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