Author Archives: Nikki Juntunen

August Edition of The Whistler

August starts the 2018-19 school year at Reach-Up Head Start/Early Head Start Back to School Tips! * Use a planner * Create a family calendar and put it in a common location * Tackle big tasks first * Don’t procrastinate * Take breaks * Early to bed! * Avoid screens at least 1 hour before […]

July Edition of The Whistler

ALL ABOUT SUNSHINE Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin has several layers, but the […]

June Edition of The Whistler

OPIOID EPIDEMIC Of the estimated 2.1 million Americans currently in the grip of opioid addiction, many are women of childbearing age. The young-adult population has been hardest hit, proportionately, with nearly 400,000 adults ages 18 to 25 suffering from addiction to prescription painkillers (the vast majority) or heroin. Strict adherence to a birth-control regimen — […]

May Edition of The Whistler

ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH Facts About Alcohol: *88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use *Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation *Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death […]

April Edition of The Whistler

SLEEP TO REMEMBER – REMEMBER TO SLEEP 7 Reasons Children Need a Good Night of Sleep, Every Night… 1. Supports physical growth 2. Helps the heart 3. Affects weight 4. Fights infection, illness and stress 5. Reduces risk of injury 6. Increased attention span 7. Enhances leaning ability Click here to continue reading the April […]

March Edition of The Whistler

March is National Nutrition Month® This year’s campaign title is, “Go Further with Food.” The way you can, “Go Further with Food” is to: 1. Plan meals and snacks in advance 2. Store food correctly to reduce waste 3. Shop locally for produce 4. Eat right on a budget Click here to continue reading the […]

February Edition of The Whistler

BE HEART-HEALTHY Make a Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy. Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Limit alcohol use. Maintain a healthy weight. Be active. Eat healthy.   Click […]

Farm to Head Start Program

Child care providers and early care settings often have a variety of reasons for participating in Farm to Early Care activities. For Haley Anderson, Nutrition Services Coordinator at Reach Up Head Start in St. Cloud, developing personal relationships with local fruit and vegetable growers was a primary motivator. It was important to Haley not only […]

June Edition of The Whistler

TICK TALK PROMPT TICK REMOVAL IS IMPORTANT. Powassan Virus can be transmitted to humans much faster than Lyme Disease. In animal studies, the virus could be passed from tick to host after only about 15 minutes of attachment. For Lyme Disease, it takes 24 hours. If possible, use a pair of tweezers to grasp the […]

May Edition of The Whistler

Keep Calm and Vaccinate There are currently vaccines available for 18 dangerous or deadly diseases. Over the years, these vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infants, children, adolescents, teens and adults need different vaccinations, depending on their age, location, job, lifestyle, travel schedule, health conditions or previous vaccinations. In […]