Safety Resources

The Center for Injury and Violence Prevention -

Consumer Product Safety Commission - - 1-800-638-2772

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -

National Fire Protection Agency -

North American Safe Boating Campaign - 740-666-3009 FAX - 717-657-3837

Virginia Department of Transportation -

American Red Cross -

Window Covering Safety Council -

Horses In Service

Natural Therapeutic Riding Center
6301 Hines Road, Richmond, VA  23231
Becky Threatt:  804-795-1008; Email:
Martha Wagner:  804-795-1721; Email:

Our Program:  The current riding center is located in Virginia.  The facility includes a five horse stable with a tack room and office.  Weekly lessons are offered to riders who are 5 years of age and older.  All participants ride for a minimal fee.  The program serves many riders during the riding season.  Our program is dedicated to providing a safe and controlled environment.

Children's Hospital of Richmond-Family Support Groups

  • SibShops - Support Group for Brothers & Sisters of Children with Special Needs.  Meets monthly at Children's Hospital.  Contact Leslie Wright at (804) 228-5948 for information.  Free

  • Support Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Special Needs.  Meets monthly at Children's Hospital.  Contact Beth Lindsay at (804) 228-5203 for information.  Free.

Safety Alerts & Recalls

This site is updated frequently with recalls that have been issued.  Many products that are posted are things that are bought daily by families with small children.  There is a wide variety of products reported, including foods, toys, child safety equipment, furniture, and automotive and home cleaning supplies.

CIGNA Healthy Kids Challenge
 Balance What You Choose To Eat With How You Move

We don't usually think of weight control and diet when it comes to our children because they seem active and healthy. However, as they grow they will live by the habits they have formed when they were young. Parents can help at home by setting examples. Help children think about healthy food choices and balance what they eat with their daily physical activity. Send fruits and vegetables for school snacks, let your children help make choices at the grocery store, and keep an eye on portion size.

Helpful Hints:

*Take a standard serving out of the package and eat it off a plate instead of eating straight out of a large box or bag.
*Avoid eating in front of the TV or while busy with other activities.
*Eat slowly so your brain can get the message that your stomach is full.
*Take seconds of vegetables or salads instead of higher-fat, higher-calorie parts of a meal such as meats or desserts.
*When cooking in large batches, freeze food that you will not serve right away.
*Eat three sensible meals at regular times throughout the day.
Skipping meals may lead you to eat larger portions of high-calorie, high-fat foods at your next meal or snack. Eat breakfast every day.
*Keep snacking to a minimum.
*When you do have a treat like chips, cookies, or ice cream, eat only one serving, eat it slowly and enjoy.

Make it a daily habit to involve your children in some type of active play every day - ride a bike, walk and talk, or skip to the mailbox. Be creative and fun. Your family will enjoy your time together and also create some lifelong healthy habits.

Take on the Challenge to Build Healthy Students!



 When you eat a healthy breakfast,
it helps you start each day
with all the strength and energy
you'll need to learn and play.

Enjoy a glass of milk,
some fruit and proteins, too,
a helping of bread or cereal -
it's really good for you.

So every day when you arise,
remember to eat smart;
Feed your body and your mind,
and get off to a great start!

by Positive Promotions

Poorer Health Status for Children Who Eat Out Frequently

Researchers recently reported that children who eat outside of the home frequently tend to have higher cholesterol, blood pressure, and other heart-related risk factors compared to their peers who are fed home-cooked meals more often.

One study observed 600 school-aged children, and found that 20 percent ate outside the home four or more times per week, not including eating in the school cafeteria. The children who ate out more often had poorer eating habits and health status compared to children who ate home-cooked meals and ate out less often. They also tended to eat higher amounts of sugar, starch, fat, and salt.

The study concluded that children who ate out more often were at higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and poorer blood sugar metabolism, which can lead to type II diabetes.

Not only do these conditions put children at risk for further health complications, but the costs related to these conditions are overwhelmingly high.

The National Committee on Quality Assurance estimated that high blood pressure costs reached $41.5 billion in direct and $14 billion in indirect medical costs in 2004. According to the American Diabetes Association, the medical care and services cost to treat diabetes was $92 billion in the United States in 2002, an equivalent of one out of every ten health care dollars.

Eating Out Linked to Risk Factors in Kids. News Services. The Washington Post. November 15, 2005.
American Heart Association. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics --- 2004 Update. 2003. Dallas , Tex. , American Heart Association.
Hogan P, Dall T, Nikolov P; American Diabetes Association. Economic costs of diabetes in the US in 2002. Diabetes Care. 2003 Mar;26(3):917-32.


Food Allergies

Allergies to cats, dogs, and ragweed, while uncomfortable, are usually not major medical problems as the reactions are limited to sneezing and watery eyes. Allergies to foods can cause anaphylactic reactions such as hives, nausea, closing of the breathing passages, and even death.
A food allergy develops when the body's immune system becomes misdirected and attacks harmless food proteins. More than 11 million Americans have food allergies of varying degrees of severity. The number of children with peanut allergies has doubled in the past five years. Food allergies affect children and adults of all races and ethnicity, and can develop at any age.
Food allergies differ from other allergies because even a miniscule amount of the wrong food can be fatal. Hundreds die from food allergies each year and over 30,000 receive lifesaving treatment in emergency rooms each year. Children and adults who suffer food allergies must be forever vigilant. There is no cure for food allergy; only strict avoidance of the allergy-causing food can prevent an allergic reaction.
While any food can cause allergies, 90% of all food allergic reactions are caused by:

                           *Egg     *Shellfish    *Peanut
                           *Fish    *Soy          *Wheat
                           *Milk    *Nuts from trees (e.g. walnut, pecan)

Let's be considerate and help those with food allergies. Teach children not to share their food at snack or lunch. Instruct children to report any signs of illness after eating to parents or teachers.

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