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TAALK Announces Daily E-Mail Tips to Educate the Public on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2008

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, TAALK is launching a daily e-mail tip series on child sexual abuse prevention called TAALK Tips. To sign up for the program, simply visit http://www.taalk.org/taalk_tips.html .

One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of 18. Victims of child sexual abuse are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social and physical health problems which often last into adulthood. These problems often appear as depression and suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, drug and alcohol dependencies, school and/or financial failure, teenage pregnancy and promiscuity and criminal behavior.

” Child sexual abuse is clearly a community problem, but child sexual abuse prevention is a personal decision,” said TAALK’s founder, Diane Cranley. “Protecting children from sexual abuse doesn’t come naturally, it’s a skill set that every adult must learn if they want to protect the children in their circle of influence.”

According to Cranley, “The TAALK Tips e-mail series is a convenient way for adults to learn new behaviors that will significantly lower the risk of abuse and the daily delivery is the best way to keep these newly formed behaviors top-of-mind until they become habit.”

Child sexual abuse is a major public health issue that demands the public’s attention. Anyone concerned about preventing child sexual abuse in their community is encouraged to subscribe to TAALK Tips.

TAALK’s founder, Diane Cranley, is available for general interviews as well as her TAALK Tips daily radio interview series. She can be reached at 1-888-808-6558.

About TAALK:

TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a 501(c)3 public charity formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust. TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse and shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that “There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.” TAALK’s efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children. TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides community prevention program consulting. Visit taalk.org for valuable resources and more information on TAALK programs.

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Award-winning Fire Safety Materials from CSN Ideal Resource for Fire Prevention Week: “Fire Safety” Includes Family Friendly Booklet and DVD Aimed at Kids

Pembina, ND (Vocus) October 7, 2008

WINNIPEG, MB During National Fire Prevention Week (October 5th to 11th), fire safety advocates in communities across North America will be focusing on education as a means of fire prevention. Community Safety NetTM, a leading provider of educational safety resources for children, is pleased to support this important initiative with its award-winning fire safety materials that are specially designed for kids and their families.

Fire Safety, which won bronze at the 2008 Summit International Creative Awards, and Junior Fire Safety include comprehensive safety information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, at-home fire hazards, and how to react in case of a fire. Both full-color resources are written in child-friendly language, include games, coloring pages, quizzes, and tips and come with an interactive DVD. Community Safety Net also provides educational resources on other topics, such as drug safety, personal safety, and rural safety.

Communities that wish to access CSN resources, including the award-winning Fire Safety, may do so directly via the companys online store, found at http://www.communitysafetynet.com. Another popular option is to launch a community-based safety initiative, in which a CSN representative will work with a local service organization to obtain project support and then provide the resources at no cost to the children and their families.

Over the years, weve worked with thousands of fire departments in communities across North America, says Sherry Phaneuf, Executive Director of Community Safety Net. Our resources are highly regarded by fire chiefs and fire prevention officers for good reason; they have been proven to help educate children and their families on how to stay safe from and prevent fires.

Community Safety Net is a family-run, values-oriented publisher that produces a series of highly regarded safety resources created especially for kids. To date, more than three million children in Canada and the U.S. have benefited from CSN materials. To reach CSN, please call 1.800.665.4878.

Community Safety Net is a unit of Gateway Publishing Co. Ltd. CSN works with communities across the United States and Canada to provide children with educational safety resources. CSNs mission is protecting kids for life. For more information, visit http://www.communitysafetynet.com.


New Cream for Stretch Mark Prevention Strengthen Fragile Skin, Dissolve Scars and Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Carson City, NV (PRWEB) September 29, 2009

With so many people affected during adolescent growth-spurts, yo-yo dieting, extreme overweight, weightlifting or during the late stages of pregnancy by scarring of fragile skin and disruption of collagen and elastic fibers within the dermis that shows on the surface of the skin as stretch marks it’s no wonder why stretch marks removal and prevention are such hot topics.

But now there’s hope with the use of natural skin products that include a naturally occurring serum that helps to strengthen skin and regenerate wounded tissues without abnormal scarring. The same can help to prevent and get rid of stretch marks.

The natural skin care serum is secreted as an essential component of the innate immune system of a little mollusk of the class gastropoda, species Crystomphalus Aspersa; or the humble brown garden snail.

How It Works? It “works in a way similar to how another surprising mollusk, the oyster, coats an irritant –which causes a state of inflammation triggered by cell lining damage– by secreting a smooth, lustrous substance called nacre around the irritant to prevent it from disrupting its soft tissues. And in the process also yields something as precious as a beautiful Pearl: soft, healthy skin”.

Two new products that are safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding: BIOSTRETCHMARKCREAM, and BIOSKINEXFOL (a home microdermabrasion version for old rough stretch marks) made by Andes Natural Skin Care, LLC, include the serum secreted for its own skin repair by this little creature with soft tissues, skin structures, cells and skin matrix molecules very similar to those of human skin. The creams help to strengthen and tighten loose skin, dissolve scar tissues with enzymes, and prevent and greatly diminish the unpleasant odd texture and appearance of stretch marks.

What causes stretch marks is still open to discussion among specialists. Dermal inflammation and dilated capillaries mark the initial presentation, which results in an irritated appearance with characteristic pink, lavender, and purple hues. Later, the marks appear silvery or white without pigmentation and fibrotic.

Continuous and progressive stretching of weakened skin apparently leads to an excessive discharge of inflammatory promoters by free standing mast cells residing within the connective tissues ready to react whenever skin is damaged. The immoderate inflammatory response, ingrained in our system during evolution and intended to quickly cope with damage that could become a thread to our survival, may severely injure collagen and elastin connective skin tissues. This response does not seem appropriate in today’s hygienic conditions.

Moderating inflammation with synthetic steroid or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is not a viable option for the prevention of stretch marks because of their many undesired and dangerous side effects, including risks of malformation of the fetus during pregnancy.

Women have tried to condition their skin with moisturizer creams or lotions while they are pregnant to avoid stretch marks, but this only has very limited success.

Strengthening the skin while safely moderating the inflammatory response has a better chance to succeed in preventing stretch marks. And removing old scar tissues by collagenase enzyme activity, which also releases amino-acids, while nourishing the skin with oxygen transporting proteins that stimulate the formation of new collagen, can significantly diminish existing marks. Both can be achieved with the topical application of the natural biological serum.

The molecular basis for the regenerative properties of the serum have been established after screening and clinical trials by scientists from the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey; the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain; and the Dermatology Service of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, as reported in the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Physiology of the Skin.

The mollusk’s innate immune support serum was discovered by chance and keen observation. It is collected from mature live snails at 10 day intervals without causing them any harm. The serum has been submitted to safety and toxicological challenges that warrant it is compatible with living cells, and thus safe with no side effects for human skin.

Nobody can patent and claim exclusive rights to this unique secretion because it exists by the biological workings of a living being and not by a man made chemical reaction. In other words, it is a naturally occurring substance designed by evolutionary processes.

Due to its complexity, geared by evolutions’ beautiful mechanisms, the serum cannot be replicated even in the most sophisticated biochemical laboratory. In fact, no chemist can replicate the complexity of a solution furnished by the immune system of a living creature, which is capable of generating enormous chemical diversity through the processes of rearranging gene segments and somatic mutation.

Repeatedly, Mother Nature provides a better answer to synthetic solutions through a humble little creature in a way similar to another misunderstood living being with a soft body – the silkworm. The silkworm uses its saliva to build his cocoon of raw silk to protect itself during metamorphosis, and humans benefit by taking the very same material and produce luxurious silk fabric with exceptional properties and unlike all imitations.

Once the snail secretions are collected, they are stabilized by biotechnology and included in liposome vessels so that their enzymes, copper peptides, antioxidants, oxygen transport proteins (haemocyanin) and messenger and healing proteins are not degraded by hydrolysis and can be readily available when applied topically to human skin.

Because of this surprising natural solution, these powerful products are able to:

Over 300 Groups from All 50 States Urge Passage of Juvenile Justice Bill Call on Congress to Pass Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) December 3, 2009

Today, the Campaign for Youth Justice announced that over 300 organizations representing youth serving agencies, child advocacy organizations, legal and civil rights groups, health and mental health services, parent and family groups, and educational organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee supporting the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The bill, S. 678, to reauthorize the JJDPA is scheduled for markup in the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 3, 2010.

Excerpt of letter:

Dear Senators Leahy, Sessions, Kohl, and Durbin,

On behalf of the organizations listed below, we are writing to express our strong support for S. 678, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009, which was introduced on March 24, 2009.

S. 678 strengthens and updates critical components of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has been protecting youth across the nation for over 30 years. S. 678 makes meaningful improvements that expand several of the core protections and other areas contained in the bill.

The bill responds to the following needs, identified by hundreds of state and local constituents and stakeholder organizations nationwide, with whom the Senators and their staff members have engaged and given voice in the process of crafting this legislation:

Core Protections:

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Issues Appeal for Pet Safety During Poison Prevention Week

Mount Laurel, NJ (PRWEB) March 11, 2010

During National Poison Prevention Week, March 14 20, 2010, professional pet sitters across the nation are issuing an appeal for pet owners to conduct a comprehensive safety examination of their home to protect their pets from accidental poisoning.

Many household pets are naturally curious creatures, explains Monica Leighton, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). While great care is taken to create a safe environment for the family, many are not as comprehensive with their furry family member. We believe its vitally important for pet owners to become educated on dangerous substances to create a safe environment and prevent accidents for each household member.

To create a pet-friendly home, NAPPS encourages pet owners to conduct a room-by-room safety examination and recommends the following tips for each room of the house:

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 16-22, 2010

West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 11, 2010

During the third week in May, Doggone Safe Inc., Pet At Home Sitting Services, Inc., Pet At Home, and other organizations will be calling attention to one of the nations most commonly reported public health problems: dog bites. Half of all children will be bitten by a dog by age 12 and the majority of these bites are by the family dog or other dog known to the child.

Deedra Thompson of Pet At Home Sitting Services will be presenting the Doggone Safe Be a Tree childrens program on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at

All Paws Animal Clinic, located at 1011 North State Rd 7, Royal Palm Beach in the Regal Cinema Plaza. Bring your child and learn to be a doggie detective. The class is catered to school age children and there is no charge for the class, but registration is required. Please call All Paws today at 561-790-9225 to reserve a space for your child. One parent is requested to accompany the child.

Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education offers free information at its website http://www.doggonesafe.com to help promote safety messages during dog bite prevention week. Doggone Safe also promotes the Doggone Safe Be a Tree childrens program. This program is a short presentation with large photos and lots of activities to teach children to understand the signs dogs send with their body language. The central message of this program is Be a Tree. That is, stand still if a strange dog approaches or any dog is threatening or overly frisky. Children learn to be doggie detectives, looking for the clues that dogs give with body language to show how they are feeling.

Doggone Safe and Pet At Home offer the following tips for parents and dog owners to help keep kids safe:

The 3 Most Important Things to Teach Your Kids


Comb First! A Call to Action for September’s 2010 National Head Lice Prevention Month

Newton Highlands, MA (PRWEB) September 2, 2010

The National Pediculosis Association (NPA), 25th annual sponsor of National Head Lice Prevention Month, says Comb First! Comb out the lice and nits (lice eggs) when there are fewer of them and before the task becomes unnecessarily challenging.

NPA’s Comb First! campaign is focused on helping parents understand the importance of lice and nit removal and teaching them how to comb. http://headlice.org/video/index.php.

Comb First! emphasizes education and early intervention to protect children from unnecessary exposure to pesticides. Parents can avoid the difficulties of head lice by knowing what to look for, checking their children regularly, making an accurate determination of lice and nits and getting them out of the hair safely and effectively.

Checking children after school, childcare or camp is important, but nothing compares to parents checking the family regularly at home so kids can arrive to the group setting lice and nit free.

Pediculosis is an endemic communicable disease affecting children across the nation. Many of the treatments for lice contain potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides. NPA reports that parents are getting mixed messages on this health issue.

Head lice can be an undeniable crisis for a family. Too often parents receive advice that’s counterintuitive to parenting. They are told they needn’t be concerned about bugs in their child’s hair because head lice are just a nuisance. Some health officials have abandoned even the most basic rules of healthy hygiene and grooming.

New Report Shows Investment in Malaria Prevention Paying Off: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Children’s Lives Saved

Washington DC (PRWEB) September 14, 2010

A new report confirms that the current global investment in malaria control is saving lives and that further increases in funding will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health.

Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals – authored by Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and PATH and published today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) – reveals that the lives of almost three quarters of a million children in 34 African countries are estimated to have been saved in the past 10 years, through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy.

The report estimates that an additional 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 if the world continues to increase investment in tackling the disease.

Malaria causes over 850,000 deaths per year worldwide, the majority of deaths in Africa where the disease accounts for almost 20% of all child deaths. Malaria also threatens the health of pregnant women. In sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 10,000 pregnant women die each year of malaria-related causes, mainly anemia.

Massive increases in the availability of insecticide treated nets have been recorded in the last few years. However, directly measuring the impact of insecticide nets, treatments, and other malaria control efforts is difficult as health information systems remain weak and the majority of malaria deaths are not properly recorded.

The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) – developed to be used across major childhood diseases – is being applied to malaria prevention across Africa. The report provides the first assessment of lives saved based on the level of coverage achieved with currently available malaria prevention tools. Although this does not include data on lives saved from diagnosis and treatment, and is likely to be an underestimate, the results show just how much progress has been made.

“The findings from this report clearly show the efficacy of our efforts to save lives, especially among children in Africa,” says Professor Awa Coll Seck, RBM Partnership Executive Director. “This is a vital tool which can help strengthen country planning and guide us all as we focus on 2015.”

Findings from the report also show that the number of rural households protected by either insecticide-treated nets or indoor residual spraying has increased significantly, especially in the latter half of this decade. The report estimates that malaria funding in 2010 could result in 500 more children alive every day.

“This report demonstrates the critical importance of malaria control efforts to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015” states Dr. Robert Newman, director of the Global Malaria Program at WHO. “Without continued investment in malaria, reaching the MDG for child survival is unlikely to be reached in Africa.”

“While we’ve made great progress, much work remains,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. “To reach the Millennium Development Goals, we must accelerate our efforts to expand not only malaria prevention and treatment, but also a broad range of community-based health services. The Administration’s Global Health Initiative is helping partner countries achieve major advances through innovation, integration, and improved health service delivery in countries.”

Progress made in controlling malaria is still very fragile. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the largest funder of malaria control programs worldwide, will hold its third replenishment meeting in November 2010, where governments will make financial pledges which may well determine if the malaria-related MDGs can be achieved.

About Roll Back Malaria

Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals is the third in the Progress & Impact Series of reports published by the RBM Partnership. The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It provides a neutral platform for consensus-building and developing solutions to challenges in the implementation of malaria control interventions and strategies. RBM is a public-private partnership that also facilitates the incubation of new ideas and lends support to innovative approaches.

The Partnership promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. Founded by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and UNDP and strengthened by the expertise, resources, and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, the Partnership secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals.

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Childhelp and Barker Educational Services Team Launch Child Abuse Prevention Curriculum to Schools Nationally

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) October 13, 2011

Childhelp USA has selected Barker Educational Services Team (BEST) to manage the promotion and distribution of its new online educational program. The program, Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe, is designed to help children, parents and educators to identify, avoid and address child abuse. This curriculum is an updated version of the highly successful Good Touch Bad Touch series taught in schools nationally for nearly 30 years. Specifically, the new curriculum addresses modern day challenges facing children, including Cyber-Bullying and Internet Safety in addition to covering many other forms of child abuse.

Bob Barker, CEO of BEST states We are delighted to be selected to serve this cause. The Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program provides children with the information and tools to protect themselves and respond to dangerous situations.

Ive been a celebrity ambassador for many years for Childhelp. Through my involvement with the organization Ive learned about the horrific long-term trauma suffered by children who are physically, sexually and emotionally abused. That is why the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program was developed, said Kathie Lee Gifford, Childhelp Ambassador. Educating our children, whether in the role of parent, family member or teacher is the best way we can help fight abuse and empower our children.

The number of children impacted by child abuse is literally staggering. Data from 2009 indicates that there were reported cases of abuse involving 6 million children. Sadly, many more cases are likely to have gone unreported. The Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe curriculum is a necessary program that gives children the tools to keep themselves safe. Preliminary data is showing a very positive response from the children that have completed the program.

National statistics estimate that 1 in 4 youth will be victimized in some way during their childhood, said Dr. Cindy K. Knott, VP of Special Projects and Prevention Education at Childhelp. We know that 90 percent of child abuse victims know their perpetrator and 68 percent of abused children are abused by family members. Building awareness and communication through universal education among children, parents, and teachers, and community members is the best way to prevent child abuse.

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe was developed in concert with leading child psychologists and the program is designed to speak to children at each grade level, 1 through 6, and their corresponding developmental stages. Educational and community service institutions that purchase Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe receive complete curriculum, handouts and other material that children can take home as a reminder of important abuse prevention strategies. The program also includes excellent resources for the educators to ensure effective delivery to their young students in two 45-minute sessions.

Learn more today at http://www.childhelp.org/speakupbesafe

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For National Poison Prevention Week, American Association of Poison Control Centers Warns That Children Act Fast, and So Do Poisons

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 19, 2012

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is cautioning parents, grandparents and caregivers that poisonings children act fast, and so do poisons, according to Debbie Carr, AAPCC executive director.

About half of all poison exposures involve children younger than 6, most often occurring when parents are busy preparing meals. Poisonings also occur when the normal routine changes during holidays or while moving, visiting or traveling, Carr said. The 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to stress the importance of poison-proofing your home to keep your children and grandchildren safe.

Since 1962, the third week in March has been designated National Poison Prevention Week and has focused national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Americas 57 poison centers are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert medical services. Poison centers respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances.

In 2010, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.9 million calls, including nearly 2.4 million calls about human exposures to poisons. In children, about 40 percent of poisonings involve medicines; the other 60 percent of poisonings in children involve products such as plants, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, pesticides, paints and solvents. Poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children, with peak incidences occurring between ages 1 and 3.

The experts at Americas 57 poison centers urge parents, grandparents and caregivers to take the following steps to keep children safe from poisonings:

Inspect your home and garage to make sure medicines, cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizers are stored up high, away and out of sight of children.
Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine candy to get them to take it.
Dont leave medicines or vitamins on counters, window sills, bedside tables or the refrigerator top.
Take your medicine where children cant see you; they may try to imitate you.
Teach children to always ask an adult before eating, drinking or touching anything.
Keep cleaning products and household chemicals in their original containers with their original labels intact.
Keep batteries out of a childs reach. Call your local poison center right away if a child swallows a battery.
Keep magnetic toys and other magnetic items away from small children. Call your local poison center right away if you think a child has swallowed a magnet.
Know the name of all household plants in your home; remove any poisonous plants from your house and yard.
Remember that child-resistant is not child-proof. Layer the protection: re-seal and lock up, out of sight and reach.

For more information, the media may contact Loreeta Canton, AAPCC communications manager, at 703.894.1863 or canton@aapcc.org or Brett Schuster, communications assistant, at 703.894.1859 or schuster@aapcc.org.

The AAPCC supports the nations 57 poison centers in their efforts to treat and prevent drug, consumer product, animal, environmental and food poisoning. Members staff the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 that provides free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. In addition, the AAPCC maintains the only poison information and surveillance database in the United States, providing real-time monitoring of unusual poisoning patterns, chemical exposures and other emerging public health hazards. The AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as EPA, HRSA and the CDC, as well as private industry.

To learn more, visit http://www.aapcc.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or read our blog at aapcc.wordpress.com.

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