Health
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Visually Impaired Support Group meets Aug. 5 and 19
The Seaford Visually Impaired Support Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. This month will be Aug. 5 and 19. The group meets to share concerns, support one another and to celebrate victories that they have had in dealing with lifeís challenges. Anyone with a vision problem or his or her care-giver is welcome to attend. There is no charge and the group is open to the public. For more information call the groupís facilitator, Robert Gray at 629-6204.

Kids learn to manage diabetes
The Sugar Free Kids and the American Diabetes Association are sponsoring their semiannual weekend retreat, Sept. 11 and 12, to provide educational assistance and recreation for children with diabetes and their families. The event will be held at Camp Arrowhead in Lewes. The purpose of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of people affected by the disease. Volunteers will provide guidance and encourage development of skills for managing diabetes. The hope is to create a ďhome away from homeĒ experience that will teach new techniques for diabetes control, exercise, insulin and blood sugar monitoring. The $60 registration fee will include food and cabin accommodations for Saturday and Sunday for up to four guests ($10/person for each additional guest). For more information, contact C.J. Jones at 302-656-0030, ext. 4650, Shanika Perry, ext. 4651, or Carlos Mir, ext. 2121.
  Is Your Child Safe on the Playground?
Approximately 200,000 children in this country are injured each year on playgrounds. The majority of these injuries are due to falls from equipment. During the summer season, more children than usual will be out on local park, school and home playgrounds having fun. In an effort to ensure that kids have a safe summer while playing, the Delaware SAFE KIDS Coalition is asking parents to please review the following safety tips with their children. Safety begins at home - what children can do before leaving home to make their visit to the playground safer:
  1. Tell person in charge at home where you are going.
  2. Wear tennis type shoes - not sandals that can fall off .
  3. Leave coats, hats, mittens with strings attached at home - wear those without strings.
  4. Donít play with a backpack or purse attached to you - leave them at home or away from the equipment.
When arriving at the playground, look it over for some safety features:
  1. Are there any broken pieces of equipment - check swings, slides, moving pieces - if so, donít play on them.
  2. Is there enough soft surfacing underneath all of the pieces of equipment - mulch, sand, etc. - never play on concrete or asphalt.
  3. Watch for broken glass, or sharp metal objects or trash.
If a child is injured on the playground they should call for an adult or ask another child nearby to get an adult and call 9 -1-1 immediately.