celebrating 45 years

May is Healthy Vision Month and Mental Health Month. We will be making health vision and mental health a priority at The Children’s Center in the weeks ahead. Here's why and how:

• Although older adults tend to have more vision problems, preschoolers may not see as well as they can. Only 1 out of every 7 preschoolers receives an eye exam, and fewer than 1 out of every 4 receives some type of vision screening.
• The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening for all children aged 3 to 5 years to find conditions such as amblyopia, or lazy eye, which can be treated effectively if caught early.
• Mental illnesses, including depression, affects more than 18% of Americans and almost half the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH).
• Mental Health Month has been observed in May since 1949, to raise awareness through media and events, and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness. May 6, 2019 is specifically National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, where the national spotlight will shine on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and healthy development.

As we consider these two national awareness campaigns, we are teaming up with the Wolfeboro Lions Club, and will be offering again this year FREE vision screening to our toddlers and preschoolers who will be at the Center on Friday morning, May 24th. Our local Lions Operation Kid Sight Coordinator, John Adams, will be partnering with eye care professionals, Drs. Steve and Lori Kirwan to carry out our screening event. Please watch for a letter in your mailbox for more information.

We also start a 6-week Yoga program with Brittany Boles, from Magical Yoga, for our older preschoolers in Dragonflies, Playful Penguins, as well as those who attend Magic Moments. We believe yoga and kids go together because yoga teaches us about our bodies, how to breathe better, and how to quiet the mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children participate in activities that support the development of the whole child. We love that yoga is the “union” of mind (thoughts and feelings) and body.

Overall, people feel an overall sense of well-being when they practice yoga. Whether it is yoga, walking the dog, or working in the garden, we hope the month ahead will bring you mindfulness, positive mental health and healthy vision (don’t forget to wear those sunglasses!)

My Best,
Teri Ann