Here is a quick look at some headlines from this week impacting the lives of kids 0-5 and their families. The purpose of these stories is simply to inform, and they do not necessarily reflect First 5 Kern's areas of support or efforts towards these issues.

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Now for the headlines........
KIDS AREN'T GETTING THEIR 60 MINUTES OF ACTIVITY
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that only 50% of kids in the U.S. are getting an average of 60 minutes per day of physical activity. This article in the Philly Voice breaks down the study and offers some tips to parents on addressing the issue, stressing not to assume that your child is getting their physical activity at school or daycare. One point not to be overlooked is that the 50% figure are those receiving an average of one hour per day. Reportedly, only 5% of American kids are getting one hour every day .
KIDS ARE THE KEY TO ENDING PARTISAN POLITICS

The solution for the gridlock in D.C. has been found: Early Childhood Education. This EducationDive article points to a national poll that shows voters are up to EIGHT TIMES more likely to have favorable opinions of representatives that support early childhood education. Further, support for such measures appears to cross party lines, as well as specific demographics.
BREASTFEEDING MAY HELP MOTHERS IMPROVE HEART HEALTH

There is a remarkably low amount of research on breastfeeding, but that has been changing in recent years. This article is pointing to a correlation between nursing and heart disease , among other benefits. Although the how and why behind the link is up for debate, but the data is interesting, and more studies about the benefits to both baby AND mom are sure to follow.
STANFORD CHILDREN'S HEALTH PLANS INCREASED 'TELEHEALTH' VISITS

This interesting article gives us a glimpse into the future of doctor's visits, where Stanford Children's Health is planning to more than double their number of telehealth visits in 2019. Last year they performed over 1,000 such visits. This is being viewed by some as an answer for those in outlying or rural areas to increase their access to quality healthcare.
HOW TO SAFELY INTRODUCE YOUR DOG TO A NEW BABY

If you have pets and you have a baby on the way, this thought has probably crossed your mind. But the website Pediatric Safety has published a how-to guide for getting the pups ready for the baby's arrival.

If you are expecting, you will probably find this useful. If you already went through it with headaches, you'll probably wished you had seen this back then.
LANGUAGE IN THE LAUNDROMAT

No more wasting hours while watching clothes dry for patrons of the Blue Kangaroo laundromat in Elgin, Ill. They have installed a mini-library along with information in English and Spanish stressing the importance of reading at a young age.

Their goal is to have 200-300 books for the library, and also to get the little ones to spend that time reading instead of staring at phone and tablet screens while they wait.

A couple weeks ago we shared a story out of Ohio about a group populating barbershops and salons with mini children's libraries. Now laundromats. Where will this movement head next??
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...about First 5 Kern
First 5 Kern was established in 1998 when California voters passed Proposition 10, which levied a 50-cent tax on tobacco products. Revenues generated from the tobacco tax are used to fund local programs in the areas of health and wellness, early childcare and education, and parent education and support services that promote early childhood development for children ages zero to five.

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