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Juice Plus+ Children’s Health Study

As parents, we have our work cut out for us.  It’s hard to get kids to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables when their taste buds are hardwired to prefer donuts, french fries, and pizza.

Juice Plus+ is dedicated to improving the state of children’s health and nutrition around the world.  It is a whole food-based nutritional product that provides nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains–like apples, broccoli, kale, parsley, and beets–in a convenient and inexpensive capsule form.  Juice Plus+ helps you bridge the gap between what your family should eat and what you do eat every day.

Juice plus+ is NOT a vitamin.  It is fruits and vegetables compressed into capsule or gummy forms.  In order to bypass the taste and/or texture of fruits and vegetables, families with special sensory needs have also had much success with these products.  Reduction of inflammation, building a healthy immune system, protecting structural integrity of DNA, and cardiovascular wellness are all additional positive side effects of this product.

An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?  According to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD):

“Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are general terms for a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders. The new diagnostic classification system (DSM-5, May 2013) combines the previous subcategories of autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder–not other-wise specified (PDD-NOS) into the one category of ASD.

Autism spectrum disorder is present early in life and is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in:

• Communication/language
• Social abilities
• Restricted/unusual patterns of activities and interests

The characteristics of ASD can be present in different combinations and at different levels of severity. Often specific behaviors vary widely from person to person. ASD occurs in as many as 1 in 59 children, is about 4-5 times more common in boys than in girls, and occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups.” (Autism Spectrum Disorder:  Tips and Resources for Families, TRIAD, 2018).

Care Source

Care Source is the first non-profit health care plan chosen to serve Georgia Medicaid and Peach Care for Kids members enrolled in Georgia Families and women enrolled in the Planning for healthy Babies program.  Dental and Vision Benefits.  Care Source covers two cleanings and exams per year, and x-rays. Simple tooth removal is included.  Members also get a yearly eye exam and $75 towards glasses or contacts.  Free Job Help: job coaches help with interview practice and resumes, and provide support after you start a new job.  Care Source Job Connect also gives (more…)

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Harvest House Ministry

The Church of Christ that meets at Rossville has a group of dedicated volunteers that goes out 7 days a week to collect truck loads of food donated by local stores, such as Food Lion, BI-LO, Panera Bread, and Sara Lee.  Others may be added in the future.  Every Thursday morning, starting at about 9:30 am.   (more…)

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Kennesaw State University

2-year certificate program designed to offer an inclusive college experiences to students with intellectual disabilities.  Appeals to and attracts high school graduates with limitation in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, whose disability impairs their access to a post-secondary, general education curriculum.  Creates a campus atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for people with disabilities.  Read more… (more…)

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Georgia Student Finance Commission: Loans, Scholarships, Grants

Over the years, GSFC has grown to be the administrator of more than 20 state- and lottery-funded scholarships, grants and service-cancelable loan programs that ensure Georgians have an opportunity to access education beyond high school. In addition, GSFC provides free financial aid consultation to K-12, postsecondary institutions and community organizations across the state to help students and their families prepare to pay for college.

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NAMI Chattanooga: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Someone you love has a mental illness.  Meet NAMI Chattanooga.  We advocate improving and expanding services and facilities.  We find new ways to bring families, friends, consumers and providers closer together by sharing insights and techniues that help us.  We monitor federal, state and local legislation to improve laws and services for the mentally ill.  We advocate for improved treatment rehabilitation services and community support fro persons with mental illness.  We welcome parents, relatives, friends, professionals and consumers to share the challenge of living with mental illness.   (more…)

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Breakthrough Improving the Lives of Adults with Autism

Transition into adulthood is difficult for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families.  The parents of teenagers and adults with ASD have special worries:

  • Now that my child is out of school, are there ASD services available to meet my child’s needs as he/she gets older?
  • Will I have input into the ASD services that my child receives?
  • Will my son/daughter be safe?
  • Will he/she continue to learn new skills and mature socially?
  • Will ASD services staff understand my child’s unique needs?
  • Will my son/daughter be able to get a job?
  • Will my son/daughter actively participate in the community?  (more…)
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Eagle Home Care

“Soaring Above the Others”

Family owned and operated in Cleveland, Tennessee we offer private non-medical care in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea & Monroe counties.

We specialize in caring for senior citizens, the disabled, as well as those with chronic disabilities and debilitating illnesses. Caring for a disabled loved one, or someone who can no longer care for themself, can be challenging for a family member who is the caregiver. Respite care is available for caregiver relief. Eagle Home Care is staffed with qualified C.N.A.’s, Homemakers, Sitters, & Personal Care Attendants. We offer flexible hours to meet your needs.

 

  • Personal Care Services: To provide bath/shower, shampoo of hair, assistance with toileting & ambulation, medication reminders, feeding, etc.  Homemaker: provides light housekeeping, washing dishes, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, laundry,  (more…)
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Hands on Home Safety

Slips & Falls Prevention tips:

  • Brighten the lights
  • Secure the bathroom
  • Guard stairs and steps

Fire & Burn Prevention:

  • Lower the water heater temperature to no higher than 120 degrees F.
  • Put working smoke alarms on every level.
  • Plan and practice a home fire drill at least 2 exits in the home.

 

Poisoning Preventions:  (more…)

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Safe Blogging: Tips for Teens

Be anonymous.  Avoid postings that could help a stranger locate you.  Do not give out your last name, address, phone numbers, sports teams, the town you live in, and where you hang out.  Protect your information.  Check to see if your service has a “friends” list that allows you to decide who can visit your profile or blog.  If so, allow only people you know and trust.  Avoid in-person meetings.  Don’t get together with someone you “meet” in a profile or blog unless you are certain of their actual identity. Talk it over with an adult first.  Although its still nor risk-free, arrange any meetings in a public place and bring along some friends, your parents, or trusted adult.  Read more… (more…)

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Parent Mentor Certification

Reaching Families with Special Needs.  LifeLine will be presenting a complete series of workshops over the next year that will equip you to advocate for your child.  These training opportunities will help you better understand special education proceedings and other service delivery systems.  Parent Mentor Certification consists of a minimum number of hours of training provided by STEP, LifeLine, and Vanderbilt’s Volunteer Advocacy Project.  Once you have completed the training, you will attend IEPs and one-on-one meetings with parents alongside a trained mentor until you are prepared to mentor another family through the process.  (more…)

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Achieve Learning Center

An intensive language-based early intervention, pre-readiness and kindergarten program.  Serves children with a diversity of language needs in an inclusive comprehensive program with typically developing children.  Our program provides a nurturing learning environment that enhances the child’s development in the following areas: read more… (more…)

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Speech-language Pathology

Management of Communication Problems Including: Articulation, voice, Fluency (stuttering), strokes and head injuries, delayed speech and language, neurological diseases, laryngectomy, tongue thrust, oral apraxia, swallowing disorders, accents and dialects.  Read more… (more…)

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Sleep Disorders Center

If you experience occasional or frequent problems with sleep, you are not alone. 1/3 of all Americans have  a sleep problem sometime in their lives.  There are more than 80 sleep disorders.  It only takes one to disrupt your life.  The Sleep Disorders Center, located at the Erlanger North Campus, (more…)

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P.P.S. Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

Specializing in the custom design and fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices.  we are recognized as innovative providers, offering our patients personalized services to meet their functional goals.   Read more… (more…)

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