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Analicia Nicholson and Julie Hurley work for the Douglas Education Service District in Roseburg. The ESD can be reached at 541-440-4777. The entire podcast from 9-11-17 can be heard on the KQEN podcast at 541radio.com
Parenting education, and how to make it more pleasurable, was the topic of a radio interview recently on News Radio 1240 KQEN on the Talking Health program.
Analicia Nicholson and Julie Hurley, from the Douglas ESD, talked with host Lisa Platt about parenting education and some of the techniques parents will learn.
The following is an edited version of that conversation.
Lisa: Julie tell us about some of the new parent education programs offered by the ESD.
Julie: This fall, we’re offering two Make Parenting a Pleasure classes and one Nurturing Parenting class. In addition, we have a lot of workshops coming up. One is called Feelings and Children’s Behaviors and a couple are called Teaming the Tantrum workshops.
Lisa: At these parenting education opportunities, can their children attend?
Julie: Not the actual classes with their parents, however, we do offer free childcare so they can bring them knowing they are safe playing next door.
For the workshops, we do not offer child care. However, Play-to-Learn is an opportunity for parents to bring their children and play and learn along with them. Play and Learn is designed for parents to play with their kids using toys, books and singing.
Lisa: Are all the classes and workshops led by an instructor, or is this more of a support group with somebody helping to facilitate?
Julie: Our 10-week series is more curriculum-based, and has an instructor. The Play-to-Learn is more group-based, and there are multiple people overseeing stations where parents and children can play and learn together.
Lisa: What are some of the new strategies for parent education this year?
Julie: We’re very excited. One exciting thing is we’re working with Roseburg High School to offer a teen parenting class, which is open to all teen parents, whether they are enrolled at RHS or not.
We’ve also been partnering with Mercy Medical Center on offering Parenting Wisely, which is an online series of parenting classes, and we’re very excited about launching that. By having the classes online, parents who live in more remote areas can still participate in parenting education.
Lisa: Tell us more about Parenting Wisely.
Julie: There are two versions of Parenting Wisely. One is for young children and has very targeted modules about specific topics and behaviors. For example, one that comes to mind for me is when your young child keeps interrupting you when you are on the phone or in a conversation. The video gives you great examples of how to handle that behavior.
We also are offering a version of Parenting Wisely for parents of teenagers. This video series is also online and also sponsored by Mercy. The teen version is similar to other parenting series, but focuses on topics relevant to parents of teenagers and provides tips and techniques that are age-appropriate. One example addresses how parents are struggling with getting their teens to do their homework.
Lisa: If people are interested in Parenting Wisely, how do we get them connected?
Julie: Right now we are in the pilot phase for both series. For people interested in learning more about the programs, they can contact Take Root Parenting Hub at 541-817-3119, or contact David Price with Mercy at DavidPrice@chiwest.com or call 541-677-2407.
Lisa: Analicia, are we making strides in the right direction in prenatal education?
Analicia: Yes, we offer a lot of great workshops, and we have people telling us that they really enjoy these. The workshops are two hours and parents-to-be can walk away with a lot of great takeaways. We also have one specific workshop for caring for children with ADHD, which we offer at least one time throughout the year, and then developing language and literacy skills as well. It’s really about how much children can learn from talking, reading and singing. That’s a two-hour session as well.
For more information about these workshops, we encourage people to visit our website at www.Douglasesd.k12.or.us.
As new classes or workshops are coming up, we also send information out through different agencies and the schools.
Julie: Our classes are offered to all parents, but also to anybody who is a care provider to children. If you’re working in a nursery or day care center, you are welcome to come. We have a Facebook page called Take Root Parenting Hub at www.facebook.com/Take.Root.Parenting.Hub/
If people “like” the page they can see all the classes as they are available. We encourage everyone in the community currently raising children, grandparenting and our care providers to participate in the workshops and classes. We have a lot of great information and resources to share, and we want our community know about them.
By Trina Gwaltney, Mgr. of Mercy Foundation Healthy Kids Outreach Program
School is back in session, and parents across the Umpqua Valley juggle a full schedule of kids, school activities and work commitments. Many parents want to ensure that their kids stay healthy, active and eating well throughout the year while dealing with busy schedules.
Help your kids be at their best, mentally and physically, by promoting at least an hour of daily physical play, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When you include kids in meal planning and encourage them to be active, you teach them healthy habits that will benefit them for years to come.
Get kids moving
Balancing homework, chores and preparing meals, can make it seem impossible to find time for fitness for yourself, let alone your kids.
As parents, it’s important to teach your children the importance of regular physical activity and set a good example of working in exercise or other activities as your schedule allows—even if it’s just a few loops around the neighborhood after dinner.
An active lifestyle can help your kids stay alert in the classroom. Plus, exercise gets blood flowing and helps pump oxygen to the brain, which boosts kids’ energy, helps them to think clearer and can lead to better sleep. Promoting daily play for your kids positively affects more than just their bodies — it affects their brains.
Technology, including tablets, iPhones and video games, can be a distraction. Talk to your kids about why it’s important that they do other things besides play on their devices. Set rules about how much screen time is okay per day, too.
One way that parents can help limit screen time is to have kids place all media devices in a tray by the front door when they get home from school. Also, make sure that kids use their technology in common family areas.
Outdoor and indoor physical fitness fun for everyone
Make exercise a family affair by turning every day activities into physical fitness fun. Daily activities like cleaning up, walking to school or the bus stop, and even unloading groceries count as exercise.
Instilling healthy exercise habits in kids while they’re young can lead to long-term health benefits.
The best part? Active kids are less likely to develop chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease.
by KPIC Tuesday, September 26th 2017
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Learning Child of Mercy Foundation will host their annual Sock and Undergarment Drive this month with an added bonus – the event runs all October long – it’s SOCKTOBER!
During the month of October, you can donate socks, undergarments or monetary contributions at these four participating locations: Roseburg Bi-Mart, Roseburg Fred Meyer, Roseburg Wal-Mart and Renee Frati - State Farm Agent.
In partnership with these participating businesses, all sock, undergarment, and monetary donations will be given to our local school children.
The Learning Child (TLC) Committee supports schools with donations of backpacks, school supplies, shoes, sock, undergarments and toiletries.
"TLC is a Mercy Foundation Committee of concerned volunteers who believe every child should begin each school year ready to learn," the foundation said in a news release.
For additional information, call Mercy Foundation at 541-677-4818.
August 23, 2017
The Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP) was recently awarded two generous grants in support of continued dental hygiene and education for students in Douglas County. The C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust donated $5,000 and $3,000 was given by the Juan Young Trust.
“The Mercy Foundation is very grateful for the continued support of HKOP by both the C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust and the Juan Young Trust. These grants will enhance dental outreach services for Douglas County children,” states Mercy Foundation president Lisa Platt.
HKOP was established by Mercy Foundation to help improve the health and wellbeing of children throughout Douglas County. One program focuses on improving dental health by providing dental assessments and preventative treatments, dental hygiene education and connections to care at schools throughout the county.
School site clinics are staffed by hygienists, and provide full screenings, including fluoride varnish and sealants to untreated, erupted molars. Each student receives an oral hygiene kit that includes toothbrushes, tooth paste, floss, tooth timers, and a report card. If a child has an urgent dental need, the foundation helps their families get connected for an appointment with one the 16 local participating dentists.
Some of the children seen at the clinics have never owned a toothbrush or been to a dentist.
The HKOP dental team also focuses on helping students understand the “how” and “why” of dental care through an interactive Dental Learning Lab, where children engage in age-appropriate, hands-on activities. The program also teaches a variety of hygiene skills and education about unhealthy behaviors that not only impact good dental care, but overall nutrition and physical health. The foundation’s Learning Labs provide a virtual dental visit where children can ask questions so they have a better understanding of what to expect when they have their teeth screened. The lab interactions also help to alleviate the fear and stress of seeing a dental provider.
“By providing dental health education we are helping children throughout Douglas County have great oral health, and apply what they learn at school to build the habits they need for a lifetime of great health,” says Platt. “We could not do this important work without support of funders like the C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust and the Juan Young Trust and we are appreciative!”
For additional information, please call Mercy Foundation at 541-677-4818.
Kathleen Nickel Mercy Communications Jun 14, 2017
The Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP) was recently awarded a grant for $124,000 from the Ford Family Foundation in support of continued dental hygiene and education for students in Douglas County, under their Rural Dental Initiative.
HKOP was established by Mercy Foundation to help improve the health and well-being of children throughout Douglas County. One program focuses on improving dental health by providing dental assessments and preventative treatments, dental hygiene education and connections to care at schools throughout the county.
“This grant will help us continue to expand our dental services for local children. We are so grateful for the Ford Family’s support and continued investment in the dental health needs of community children,” said Mercy Foundation president Lisa Platt.
School site clinics are staffed by hygienists, and provide full screenings, including fluoride varnish and sealants to untreated, erupted molars.
All students get an oral hygiene kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, tooth-timers, and a report card.
If a child has an urgent dental need, the foundation helps their family get connected for an appointment with one of the 16 local participating dentists.
Some of the children seen at the clinics have never owned a toothbrush or been to a dentist.
The HKOP dental team also focuses on helping students understand the how and why of dental care through their interactive Dental Learning Lab, where children engage in age-appropriate, hands-on activities.
The program teaches a variety of hygiene skills and education about unhealthy behaviors that not only impact good dental care, but overall nutrition and physical health.
The foundation’s Learning Labs provide a virtual dental visit where children can ask questions so they have a better understanding of what to expect when they have their teeth screened.
The lab interactions help to alleviate the fear and stress of seeing a dental provider.
“By providing dental health education we are helping children throughout Douglas County have great oral health, and apply what they learn at school to build the habits they need for a lifetime of great health,” says Platt. “We could not do this important work without support of funders like the Ford Family Foundation and we are appreciative.”
For information, call Mercy Foundation at 541-677-4818.
by KPIC Wednesday, January 18th 2017
A program supporting the overall health of kids in Douglas County just got a boost from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.
With a $5,000 grant, the Healthy Kids Outreach Program will be able to spread its reach.
The program visits county schools and provides kids with healthy living education.
Specifically, the grant will boost the program's dental hygiene education service.
"Kids are empowered to learn those healthy habits on how to take care of their teeth, how to recognize if they're having any issues and be able to practice those things at home. We also provide them with a dental kit at the end of the education," Healthy Kids Outreach program manager Trina McClure-Gwaltney says.
The dental program reaches more than 4,000 students each year.
2016 marked 10 years for the program in the community.
by DAN BAIN The News Review Jan 18, 2017
Nutritional health and weight loss resolutions many times go together. And on a recent radio interview with Lisa Platt on Talking Health on KQEN News Radio 1240, Jo Carol Driver, a dietician and certified diabetic educator at CHI Mercy Medical Center and Mandy Hatfield, program coordinator for OSU Extension’s Snap Education Program talked about nutritional health and New Year’s resolutions.
Lisa: Mandy, what is the OSU Extension Service SNAP Education Program?
Mandy: SNAP-Ed is an educational piece that is geared toward individuals that are potentially eligible for SNAP benefits and SNAP Benefits is the new name for Food Stamps nutrition education and physical action.
Lisa: What does SNAP actually stand for?
Mandy: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
Lisa: Jo Carol, is there a difference between a registered dietician and a nutritionist?
Jo Carol: Yes there is. Nutritionist can mean a couple of different things, but a registered dietician, of which I am, requires a Bachelor’s degree and rigorous internship or trainingship, and passing of boards, and then continuing education to keep your registration up.
Mandy: A nutritionist actually doesn’t have definition necessarily. So if you’ve even taken classes on nutrition, you can call yourself a nutritionist. So it’s a pretty broad-cased definition, there is no certification to be called a nutritionist.
Lisa: What is physical nutrition therapy?
Jo Carol: It is using nutrition to help people with a disease that they already have. Insurance, specifically Medicare pays for just two, diabetes education and any education related to kidney and any renal disease, with the potential in the near future to be able to pay for services related to diabetes. So Medicare sort of sets that standard and other insurances and each one varies but they follow Medicare’s lead and actually in Oregon it is required that if anybody has diabetes and has insurance, their insurance has to pay for diabetic education.
Lisa: It is the new year, so what are your thoughts on getting started on a healthy balanced diet?
Mandy: I would say pick a couple of small things to work on. With small goals, you are more successful and you can always add onto them and you’re more likely to make life changes when you pick small things to focus on, not trying to make a huge life change all at once, but take small steps.
Jo Carol: You look at both sides of the equation, look at the food you might be eating, or wanting to eat less of, but equally, if not more important, is the activity side of the equation, and think about what you can do to become more active.
Lisa: Does this balanced diet include all the meat groups, fish, pork, chicken, and beef and if so, can you give us some idea of what amount an adult should eat, and what amount kids should eat?
Jo Carol: All things in moderation, we like to imagine a moderate sized dinner plate and to draw an imaginary line down the middle. One-half of it would be all vegetables, on the other half divided again in half, and one-quarter could be protein, a meat or meat-substitute like tofu or beans, and the other quadrant could be a grain or starch.
Lisa: Same thing for kids?
Mandy: Yes but usually you look at a little smaller plate for children. It does depend on the age level, the younger do need less protein, regardless of the form of protein. From 4-8 will eat a smaller amount, from 2-4 it will be even a smaller amount. After they hit eight, it depends on the activity level.
Lisa: Is there a perfect one-size-fit-all diet, one that contains vitamins, watching calories, fiber, and minerals? What does that look like?
Mandy: I think a diet that includes all food groups is very important when you’re looking at trying to get all your vitamins and minerals. It’s very important and each group has benefits and that’s why they’ve broken them into groups, so looking at diets that include all groups and everything in moderation..
Jo Carol: A healthy diet would not eliminate any one particular group. Low Carb diets have been a fad, so cutting out greens or carbohydrates, would not make sense, but also you’re cheating yourself of the vitamins and minerals that come in those foods.
Lisa: Tell us a little about what is the difference between fat-free, reduced-fat and lite?
Mandy: Most fat-free and reduced-fat and lite all have terminology for them, so if something is lite, it could have less of either fat, calories, or sodium, so you want to look at what they are saying is lite.
If it is reduced fat, it means that three grams or less of the product, whatever the serving size is that you are serving, is fat.
Jo Carol: And fat-free, means that there could be up to a half gram of fat in it, but essentially all fat has been removed.
by Kyle Bailey News Radio 1240 KQEN October 26, 2016 10:05 a.m.
The Mercy Foundation recently received a second grant of $45,000 from the Walmart Foundation.
That grant is to support the work of the Healthy Kids Outreach Program in Douglas County Schools.
Executive Director Lisa Platt says they are “very appreciative of the continued generosity of Walmart”. Platt says the funds mean that more students can be served with hands on nutrition training, violence prevention education and enhanced dental care services.
The Healthy Kids Outreach Program of the Mercy Foundation is celebrating ten years this year. Their focus includes dental health, nutrition and physical education classes, hygiene education and violence prevention curriculum which connects students and their families with appropriate community healthcare resources, when needed. Since it began in 2006, Mercy Foundation has served approximately 240,000 students in Douglas County through the Healthy Kids Outreach Program.
by KPIC Monday, October 24th 2016
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- K-Mart shoppers in Roseburg were greeted in a wild way on Saturday for a clothing drive.
A cheetah from Wildlife Safari in Winston helped grab attention for Mercy Foundation’s Learning Child Committee.
They spent the day with local Boy Scouts collecting socks and undergarments to help needy children in local schools.
"It's exceptionally heartwarming to see these boys live with a greater sense of purpose and mission than other kids might get,” Head start health manager Sarah Wickersham says, “and I've seen that they make a big difference, too. It's so much more impactful for them to be asking for these donations for other children than it would be for us."
This was the fourth annual sock drive. The committee has given more than $12K in donations over the past four years.
Mercy Foundation on Stewart Parkway accepts donations year round.
You can view this news story with video online at KEZI - Click Here
By Tyler Jones Sep. 21, 2016
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The 15th annual Challenge of the Heroes returns to Douglas County Thursday night.
The public can go to area restaurants, where local first responders and law enforcement officials will be volunteering and competing to earn as many tips as possible.
All of the money raised will be given to the local UP2USNOW initiative to combat child abuse in the county.
“What we really want to do is reduce and prevent the incidents of child abuse in Douglas County, and we do that through a lot of different community projects, such as education in elementary, middle, and high school. We have an opiate task force, a human trafficking task force,” said Marion Kotowski with the Mercy Foundation.
Here is a list of restaurants where you can go support these men and women:
Alexander’s Greek Cuisine (Roseburg) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Brocks BBQ (Myrtle Creek) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Brix, Carlos’ Restaurante (Winston) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Dakota Street Pizza (Sutherlin) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Fusion (Sutherlin) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Loggers Tap House (Roseburg) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Munchies Original (Glide) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Salud (Roseburg) -- 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
The Sportsman (Riddle) -- 11:30 am to 2 pm.
by KPIC Monday, April 18th 2016
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas County schools are eligible to receive a new washer and dryer and following a weekend fundraiser, some machines are already paid for.
The disco-themed Boogie on Down event was held in Roseburg Saturday and raised money for the machines.
Washers and dryers give children who have soiled their clothes at school the opportunity to stay fresh throughout the day, program organizers say.
The fundraiser was coordinated by Mercy Foundation's Tree of Hope committee.
"Kind of a really fun, interesting point is that 10 years ago was our first Boogie on Down and the first time we raised money for washers and dryers," says Mercy foundation executive assistant Elizabeth Droscher. "It's been ten years since we got washers and dryers, so it's time to replace them."
This year, 25 schools said they are in need of new machines. The total amount raised from the event is still being counted.
Droscher says the community was very generous and based on the attendance, the fundraiser was a success.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Mercy Foundation have recently teamed up to tackle childhood obesity with a cooking and nutrition program, Kids in the Kitchen, at Roseburg middle schools.
With grant funding provided by Regence, Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP) is partnering with OSU Extensions’ SNAP Ed program to offer Kids in the Kitchen classes for students in grades six through eight at Fremont and Jo Lane.
Kids in the Kitchen fills a much needed gap in helping educate students about preparing nutritious foods that provide a foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle. The new program compliments other educational opportunities offered by Mercy Foundation’s HKOP and OSU Extension about healthy habits, including proper hand hygiene for kindergardeners and the impact of tobacco on their bodies for high school students.
“Cooking has become somewhat of a lost art among many of our students,” says Trina Gwaltney, HKOP manager. “With our busy lifestyles and often both parents working, kids don’t always have the opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare healthy foods at home.”
“Learning about nutrition and cooking, especially at an early age, is a fundamental building block of health,” said Scott Burton, Regence’s Director of Community and Business Relations. “Kids in the Kitchen is a great example of community partners recognizing a clear need and coming together to solve a growing yet entirely preventable problem in childhood obesity.”
Students ages 13-15 who sign up for the classes spend eight weeks learning to prepare simple, healthy foods that they can make for themselves and their family members at home. They also learn good food safety practices. Kids in the Kitchen lessons are based upon cognitive, physical, and social/emotional developmental milestones of this age group and include the following hour-long lessons:
Eating the five food groups
Choose whole grains
I’ll eat these veggies
Go lean with protein
Meals with appeal
“While there are many factors in why childhood obesity is on the rise, we are very excited that Regence and Mercy are working together to collaborate on a school-based educational program that offers kids hands on learning,” states Foundation president Lisa Platt “You could say, we’ve ‘cooked up a local solution.’”
“We are very excited that our pilot groups have both graduated, noted Gwaltney, “and our HKOP team and SNAP teams are ready to roll out wave 2!”
For more information about Kids in the Kitchen, please contact Mercy Foundation at 541-677-4818, or Regence at 503.525.6664.