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National Grandparents Day, September 13th

This year for National Grandparents Day (September 13th) attempt to spend quality time with your grandmother and/or grandfather. When dedicating time to hang out with your awesome grandparents, you should definitely plan some entertaining activities. Some examples of such activities include: cooking a family recipe, going on an adventure, arts and crafts, share memories, make a birdhouse, BINGO, gardening, scrapbooking, and so much more! I have included a poem (perfect for a card for your grandparents) and a song that is sure to put a smile on your grandparents’ face.
“Grandparents are meant for kisses and hugs,
For watching rainbows and catching bugs,
For baking all of your favorite things,
For books to read and songs to sing.”—Author unknown

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“A Song for Grandma and Grandpa”

Watch the video here!

Chorus:
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you
I love all those little things that you say and do
A walk through the park, a trip to the zoo
Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you

Verse One:
Going to a ball game, fishing on the lake
Eating Grandma’s cookies, boy they sure taste great
Going to the circus when it comes to town
Eating cotton candy and laughing at the clowns

Chorus:
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you
I love all those little things that you say and do
A hug and a kiss, a ride home from school
Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you
Verse Two:
Spending time together, talking on the phone
Happy birthday presents, chocolate ice cream cones
Photographs and memories, picnics and parades
Saying that you love me in so many ways

Chorus:
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you
I love all those little things that you say and do
The stories you tell, things I never knew
Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you

amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

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ATTENTION: Bartow YAT members, missed mtg 8.18.15

We have kicked off the new school year with big plans and ideas! If you missed the first meeting (8.18.15) and want to continue participating with the YAT, then you need to read over the attached agenda and new expectations and take the quiz (click here) BY AUGUST 31st! If you have any questions, please contact me at christa.layton@dph.ga.gov.Click here for the agenda: 8.17.15 BYAT agenda logo

Back to School Fun!

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As school abruptly approaches, many teenagers are searching for a flawless wardrobe, school supplies, and other items to assure another school year is successful. During this stressful time, countless teenagers regret the end of summer vacation and the beginning of another prosperous school year. One way to relieve this stress is to focus on accumulating the required school supplies. In elementary school, the teachers always encouraged the usual supplies such as scissors, glue, crayons, and pencils, but in middle/high school, numerous teenagers loose the excitement over opening the packages of their new school supplies. To liven up the beginning of a brand new school year, I have done some research to uncover some fun ways to embellish your school supplies. Back to School Crafts are a great way to release anxiety and stress right before school starts. This link http://damoiselle.hubpages.com/hub/back-to-school-crafts-for-teenagers has a great deal of fun Back to School Crafts to decorate anything from converse to composition books. Just because I love glitter and sequins, I am going to highlight one craft that especially middle school girls will definitely need to check out! To fulfill your role as being a teenage princess, you will most definitely want to create a do it yourself chandelier to display in your locker. While recycling old costume jewelry, you can create an elaborate crystal locker chandelier. Again, please be sure to check out these do it yourself Back to School Crafts, because they are the perfect afternoon activity!

amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

World Hepatitis Day: July 28, 2015

HEPATITIS

What is Hepatitis?
Unlike many other infections, Hepatitis can be transmitted from various surfaces such as razors, toothbrushes, spoons, straws, and so much more.

  • Hepatitis A
    o Transmission
     Spread mostly through eating food or drinking water that has been in contact with feces of an infected person
     Can also be spread by eating raw shellfish that was harvested from contaminated water
    o Prevention
     Vaccinations
     Treatment within weeks of exposure to Hepatitis A can provide short term immunity
     Reduce the risk of exposure by: practicing good hygiene and sanitation along with avoiding potentially contaminated water sources
    o Treatment
     Hepatitis A only causes acute Hepatitis, meaning the body is often able to clear the infection within a few weeks, but Hepatitis A infections can occasionally cause additional health problems.
  • Hepatitis B
    o Transmission
     Transmitted through contact with body fluids (blood, urine, semen, saliva, etc.) of an infected person
    o Prevention
     Vaccinations
     Using Condoms
     Avoid Sharing Needles, Toothbrushes, Razors, or Nail Clippers
     Avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities
    o Treatment
     Antiviral Medication such as Alpha Interferon and Peginterferon

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  • Hepatitis C
    o The Hepatitis C virus can survive outside the body at room temperature on environmental surfaces, for at least 16 hours.
    o Transmission
     Blood-to-Blood Interaction (Sexual Practices and Childbirth)
    o Prevention
     No vaccine available
     Avoid Sharing Needles, Toothbrushes, Razors, or Nail Clippers
     Avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities
    o Treatment
     Antiviral Medication such as Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin

How is Hepatitis impacting humanity?

  • • Worldwide 400 million people are living with Hepatitis B or C
    • 240 Million people are chronically infected with Hepatitis B
    • Every year 1.4 million people die from viral Hepatitis, yet all of these deaths could have been prevented
    • Around 780,000 people die each year from Hepatitis B, including 300,000 deaths each year from live cancer caused by Hepatitis B
    • With better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent Hepatitis, we can eradicate this disease and save 4,000 lives a day.
    • 1.2 Million injecting drug users have Hepatitis B.
    • Globally, 67% of people who inject drugs are infected with Hepatitis C. IN some countries it is as high as 97%.
  • How can we prevent Hepatitis?
    • Vaccinating children for Hepatitis B is incredibly important
    • Risk of becoming chronically infected is as high as 90% for infants infected during their first year
    • The Hepatitis B vaccine is three or four separate doses
    • Hepatitis B is vaccine preventable. The vaccine can help protect against liver cancer.
    • Always demand safe practice and sterile equipment- don’t risj getting needlessly exposed.
    • Prevent Hepatitis: It’s Up to You.

Do NOT Share:

Spoons
Straws
Syringes
Needles
Bank Notes
Pipes

Who is primarily at risk?
• Prison Populations
• People who inject drugs
• Close Contacts of people with chronic Hepatitis B infection
• People with multiple sexual partners
• Healthcare Employees
• Travellers to High Risk Countries
• People who have had tattoos or piercings
• People who have undergone invasive healthcare procedures with inadequate safety practices
• Recipients of blood transfusions

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amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

From the Cow to the Cone…How is Ice Cream Made?

National Ice Cream Month: July

The most significant ice cream ingredients come from milk, explaining the title of this blog post. These dairy elements are vital in defining the features of the final frozen product. Federal regulations require ice cream to have at least 10% milkfat, which is the single most crucial ingredient. The use of varying percentages of milkfat alters the smoothness, color, texture, and food value of the finished product. Gourmet ice creams contain at least 12% milkfat. Additionally, ice cream contains nonfat solids (the non-fat, protein part of the milk), which subsidize nutritional value (protein, calcium, minerals, and vitamins). Nonfat dry milk, skim milk, and whole milk are the usual sources of nonfat solids. Also, the sweeteners used in ice cream differ from sugarcane or beet sugar to corn sweeteners or honey. Stabilizers, such as plant derivatives, are frequently used in small amounts to prevent the formation of large ice crystals and to make a smoother ice cream. These basic ingredients are combined in a mixing tank. The mixture is then forced into a pasteurizer, where it is heated and held at a determined temperature. The hot mixture is then enforced through a homogenizer, where pressure of 2,000 to 2,500 pounds per square inch breaks the milkfat down into smaller particles, permitting the mixture to stay smooth and creamy. The mix is then quick-cooled to about 40°F and frozen via the “continuous freezer” method (the “batch freezer” method) that uses a steady flow of mix that freezes a set quantity of ice cream one batch at a time. The next step is the addition of immense flavorings, such as fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips. The ingredients are dropped into the semi-solid ice cream after it leaves the freezer.
After the flavorings are added, the ice cream can be packed in a variety of containers, cups, or molds. It is moved rapidly to a hardening room, where sub-zero temperatures freeze the product to its final state for storage and distribution. Then, you purchase this ice cream at your local grocery store to treat yourself!

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ameliaFeatured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

National Safety Month

Make Safety Your Priority

For National Safety Month, the National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on three main fields of safety, which include safety on the road, at home, and at work. In relation to teenagers, the main focus is safety on the road, due to the fact car accidents are the number one cause of deaths mainly as a result of inexperience. According to Injury Facts 2015, the three prevalent causes of fatalities on the road include alcohol (30.8%), speeding (30%), and distracted driving (26%). Just as a side note, with improvements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an accumulative and misunderstood trend. Actually, 80% of drivers across America mistakenly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. To learn more about teenage driving check out this interesting video!

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Highway Safety (Provided by the American Red Cross)

• Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive impaired.
• Be well rested and alert.
• Use caution in work zones.
• Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
• Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
• Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
• Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
• Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
• Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
• Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
• Don’t overdrive your headlights.
• If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

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amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team

Encouragement Found Within Disney Movies

I know what you may be thinking. Seriously, you are in high school. Aren’t you a little too old to be completely obsessed with Mickey Mouse? Not only am I completely in love with Mickey Mouse, but also the rest of the Disney characters. Personally, these characters serve as distinct inspiration. For example, from The Lion King, “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” As Zeus from Hercules said it best, “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” From the wisdom of Walt Disney, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” One thing I have learned from growing up with all the Disney classics is that anyone can be a prince or a princess, no matter how large or small. One of my favorite Disney princesses, Cinderella, once said, “If you keep on believing the dreams that you wish, they will come true.” Another one of my favorite Disney movies is definitely Mulan. “A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” As you can see, there are many different ways Disney includes inspiration and encouragement throughout the classic motion pictures.

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amelia Featured Youth Blogger: Amelia, Bartow Youth Action Team