Parents' Page

Hello Parents!

This page is just for you: information both for your own health issues and your child's. A healthy parent can be a strong force in the family, affecting the health of all other family members. We will continue to update this page with articles that may be of interest to you. Please stop by often!

Recent Articles

  • SmartPhone App Helps ID Concussions Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have designed an application for smart phones that helps identify whether a person has suffered a concussion. The app is available through iTunes and the ...
    Posted May 30, 2012, 11:56 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu
  • Maywood Ceasefire Maywood Ceasefire works with the communities of Maywood, Bellwood, and Broadview to reduce street violence in all forms. They have weekly group meetings for men and women. Please go to ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2011, 1:17 PM by hoconnor1@luc.edu
  • High School and Sports Physicals The School-Based Health Center in Proviso East High School provides school and sports physicals at No Cost to students.Call 708-449-9522 to schedule an appointment.
    Posted Jul 14, 2011, 10:49 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu
  • PAC Youth Activities Resource Directory This is a great resource from the Proviso Action Committee for parents and children. View the booklet by clicking on the attachment below.
    Posted Jul 11, 2011, 9:00 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu
  • Immunization FAQ's Health care providers play a pivotal role in educating parents about immunizations, helping them make informed decisions about immunizations in infants and toddlers, and teaching them to read and understand ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2011, 5:55 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu
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Useful Links

    * KidsHealth from Nemours – Provides understandable information about your child’s health. This page is specifically about teens, but other age groups are also available on the site.
    * FamilyDoctor.org - Provides information from the American Academy of Family Physicians
    * The Palo Alto Medical Foundation - A not-for-profit health system in California with a website that is useful to people across the country. This page will take you to a list of other resources you may find useful as a parent.

SmartPhone App Helps ID Concussions

posted May 30, 2012, 11:50 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu   [ updated May 30, 2012, 11:56 AM ]

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have designed an application for smart phones that helps identify whether a person has suffered a concussion. The app is available through iTunes and the Android Market. Developed by UNC-Chapel Hill assistant professor Jason Mihalik and Gerry Gioia of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, the app is nominated for a national 'Appy' award by MediaPost.

The app is intended for coaches and parents. Here is some background information on the developers, Jason Mihalik and Gerry Gioia.

http://college.unc.edu/2011/09/21/concussion-theres-an-app-for-that/

Watch a video that describes this potentially life-saving App.

http://video.clinicaladvisor.com/video/SmartPhone-App-Helps-ID-Concuss;recent?DCMP=EMC-CA_UPDATE&Visitor_ID=32906&CPN=ca_flppr&spMailingID=4290360&spUserID=MjM2ODUwNDE2MwS2&spJobID=44474459&spReportId=NDQ0NzQ0NTkS1

Maywood Ceasefire

posted Sep 19, 2011, 1:04 PM by hoconnor1@luc.edu   [ updated Sep 19, 2011, 1:17 PM ]

Maywood Ceasefire works with the communities of Maywood, Bellwood, and Broadview to reduce street violence in all forms. They have weekly group meetings for men and women. Please go to the Maywood Ceasefire site for more information.

Ceasefire started in 2000 in Chicago's West Garfield Park. Between 2000 and 2004, CeaseFire was implemented in 6 of the most violent communities in Chicago. In the first year of implementation in each of these communities, shootings decreased. There are now Ceasefire organizations throughout the Chicago area and nationally.

High School and Sports Physicals

posted Jul 14, 2011, 10:46 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu

The School-Based Health Center in Proviso East High School
provides school and sports physicals at No Cost to students.

Call 708-449-9522 to schedule an appointment.

PAC Youth Activities Resource Directory

posted Jul 11, 2011, 8:57 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu

This is a great resource from the Proviso Action Committee for parents and children. View the booklet by clicking on the attachment below.

Immunization FAQ's

posted Jun 14, 2011, 5:49 AM by hoconnor1@luc.edu   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 5:55 AM ]

Health care providers play a pivotal role in educating parents about immunizations, helping them make informed decisions about immunizations in infants and toddlers, and teaching them to read and understand the importance of immunization records.  The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) has developed an educational resource targeted towards parents that specifically addresses frequently asked immunization questions.  The resource includes streaming videos available for access by practitioners and parents.  Questions regarding combination vaccines, immunization schedules, parent/child anxiety and common misconceptions are answered in a conversational setting between parent and health care provider.  NAPNAP invites all health care providers to visit the Immunization Conversations videos and share this resource with parents of infants and toddlers.

Teens and Alcohol: What Parents Can Do

posted Feb 20, 2011, 6:29 AM by Caitlin Paul   [ updated Feb 20, 2011, 10:02 AM ]

While the average parent may enjoy a drink or two on a regular basis as a healthy way to relax and promote cardiovascular health, ANY amount of alcohol for teenagers can be very harmful. Teens feel the need to experiment and rebel, leading to high rates of teenage drinking. It is common for teens to only drink on the weekends and to binge drink, leading to further problems to their bodies and minds.

Alcohol is harmful for teens for a number of reasons:
  • Teens are still developing physically and mentally, and alcohol is a depressant and a neurotoxin that can impair their ability to function well in school.
  • Alcohol consumption often leads to reckless behavior such as unprotected sex, violence, crime and serious injury. All of these have serious, irreversible consequences that could affect the rest of their lives. 
  • The earlier one starts drinking, the greater the chance they will become dependent on alcohol, leading to lifelong issues with substance abuse.
Parents can help their teens make good choices when it comes to alcohol. This short guide produced by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has excellent information and tips just for parents.

If you yourself often drink more than 5 drinks (men) or 4 drinks (women) within the span of 2 hours, you are also binge drinking. Binge drinking is very common - more than 33 million adults binge drink every year. Binge drinking is harmful for adults because it can lead to sexually transmitted diseases, car crashes, impairment and violence. Drinking at all is very serious for pregnant women, or women who may become pregnant, as it leads to higher rates of sudden infant death syndrome and babies born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. There are options for you! Check out any of the links below to find out what you can do and what help is available.

(All of the above information was found on the CDC, US Department of Transportation and NIAAA websites, listed below).

Links

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Binge Drinking, Binge Drinking Video! and Underage Drinking
  2. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): Make a Difference Brochure, Main Page
  3. US Department of Transportation: Community How to Guide to Prevent Underage Drinking
  4. Helpguide.org has information on how to curb your own drinking habits.
  5. Brain damage in teens Found correlated with binge drinking: National Public Radio Article.


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