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(Family Features) The earliest years of children’s lives lay the foundation for their social and emotional well-being, setting the stage for success in school and beyond. For parents, caregivers and educators, it’s crucial to prioritize and nurture the mental health of children in their care.

Dr. Lauren Loquasto, senior vice president and chief academic officer at The Goddard School, and Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and member of The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, share this insight and guidance to support children’s mental well-being.

Understanding Mental Health in Young Children
Mental health influences how everyone – including young children – thinks, feels and behaves, impacting the ability to cope with stress, build relationships and navigate life.

The development of mental makeup is influenced by both nature (inherited genetic and biological factors) and nurture (environmental factors). Each person is a combination of a unique temperament combined with life experiences, including family, culture and education.

In young children, there is no distinction between mental and physical health. The brain and body are growing and developing rapidly. By 6 months, children can begin to feel overwhelmed by negative experiences. It’s vital to understand that the earliest interactions with children can have lasting social and emotional consequences.

Causes for Concern
When it comes to young children’s mental health, there’s no straight line dividing expected and worrisome behaviors. That line is wiggly and can shift. That said, it’s always concerning when children fall off their developmental tracks.

Infants are expected to partake in “serve and return” activities. They provide signals about how they feel or what they need and caregivers respond to those cues. When those signals stop and the child becomes exceedingly passive, that’s a concern.

Toddler troubles are among the most difficult to diagnose. Many are familiar with the concept of the “terrible twos;” deciphering between developmentally appropriate and worrisome behaviors can be challenging. Signs of concern – especially if they occur constantly – include excessive aggressiveness, a consistent lack of control and screaming instead of talking.

For pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners, tantrums should be over. They should be interested in making friends and mastering their vocabulary and language. If they aren’t displaying interests or are exhibiting a lack of self-regulation, such as hurting others or animals, seeking help is appropriate.

Seeking Help
If concerns are identified, parents should contact their pediatric care provider. In some cases, they may recommend seeking assistance from a mental health provider, such as a therapist. Selecting the right provider – one with training and experience with working with children – is essential. Lean on your network, including your pediatric care provider, friends and family, to identify the best option.

Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development

  1. Understand your child’s behavior – particularly if they aren’t verbal – is their way of communicating. Narrate what your child is experiencing and label emotions. For example, “I see you’re angry. Can I help you put your shoes on?”
     
  2. Model social and emotional self-control. For example, “I’m frustrated. I’m going to pause, take deep breaths then tell you what I need.” This gives children coping techniques they can practice themselves.
     
  3. Be a good example. Model, for instance, how to be a good friend, show respect and use good manners.
     
  4. Partner with your child’s teachers. There should be two-way dialogue presenting potential concerns.
     
  5. Don’t rush to diagnose issues. Remember children save their “toxic waste” – big, negative feelings – for their parents because they trust them. Your experiences with your child may be different than others’ experiences. Be cautious to avoid a quick reaction. Work to understand what your child is trying to convey. Seek information from others.
     
  6. If a child is exhibiting anxious behavior, which is normal when encountering new situations, be present, listen, observe, answer questions, label emotions and provide reassurance. Don’t overreact to fears. Young children are learning to deal with the unknown and, just like learning to ride a bike, it takes time and comfort to develop the skills to manage those emotions.

To watch a webinar featuring Loquasto and Pruett providing additional guidance, and access actionable parenting insights and resources, visit the Parent Resource Center at GoddardSchool.com.

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REI Co-op to Opt Outside year-round: Co-op kicks off the summer with 300+ free classes and events across the country

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Nearly 6,000 people are expected to join hiking, paddling, and other programs as they prioritize time outside

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Specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op is doubling down on its bold commitment to Opt Outside by calling a time out when life feels like it is on autopilot. REI will host 300+ free classes and day tours on Saturday, June 15 to highlight how the co-op supports its members and broader outdoor community with resources, expertise and inspiration. https://www.rei.com/opt-outside REI.com/OptOutsideFreeDay

SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — Specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op is doubling down on its bold commitment to Opt Outside by calling a time out when life feels like it is on autopilot. REI will host 300+ free classes and day tours on Saturday, June 15 to highlight how the co-op supports its members and broader outdoor community with resources, expertise and inspiration. Registration opens today at REI.com/OptOutsideFreeDay.

REI Opt Outside: Music credit to @Drdogmusic. Specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op is doubling down on its bold commitment to Opt Outside by calling a time out when life feels like it is on autopilot. REI will host 300+ free classes and day tours on Saturday, June 15 to highlight how the co-op supports its members and broader outdoor community with resources, expertise and inspiration. Registration at REI.com/OptOutsideFreeDay.

“Opt Outside is much bigger than one day of the year—it’s the way we live. It’s the clearest expression of what REI is all about,” says Ben Steele, REI executive vice president and chief customer officer. “Simply put, time outside is fundamental to the health and happiness of individuals and communities. Today, too many people feel like their time isn’t their own and all of us know we spend too much of our time indoors. We can make a different choice. From our incredible store staff to our professional guides and much more, the co-op is here to be a resource for everyone to have a healthy, active life outside.”

On June 15, REI will host a free curated collection of its most popular in-store workshops and local guided hiking and paddling tours with retail staff, the co-op’s experiences guides and community partners. In a single day, nearly 6,000 people will get outside and learn new outdoor skills and activities. At select stores, REI will be joined by body positivity influencer and yoga instructor Adina Crawford, Adaptive Adventures, All Bodies on Bikes, Black Girls Do Bike, Black Girls RUN!, Latino Outdoors, and The Venture Out Project.

REI’s Opt Outside landing page, REI.com/opt-outside, serves as an easy-to-access tool to learn more about virtual and in-person resources offered year-round by the co-op. For example:

  • More than 38,200 enthusiasts participated in 4,800 day experiences programs across 14 communities last year. REI teaches more people how to ride bikes every year than any other outfitter.
  • REI offers 150 adventure travel trips throughout North America, including three new itineraries launched in partnership with Outdoor Afro, Inc. that celebrate Black joy in nature. 
  • Stores regularly host introductory classes on a wide range of activities for hiking, camping, cycling and more.

REI is also amplifying its partnerships with Hipcamp and Strava to broaden awareness of meaningful ways to prioritize time outside. The world’s leading campsite booking brand and the co-op launched the “Summer of Magic Campout Series” to surprise thousands of people with free campouts during peak weekends throughout the summer. The co-op will also continue to team with Strava, the leading subscription platform at the center of connected fitness, through new challenges that will be announced in the weeks ahead.

As the co-op has done since 2015, REI will continue to pause operations on Thanksgiving and Black Friday so that all employees can spend the day outside. This holiday season marks 10 years of REI calling on the broader community to join the co-op in its action. Over the years, Opt Outside has evolved to a movement that advocates for causes important to the co-op, including environmental welfareinclusivity in the outdoor industry and responsible recreation. Since its inception, hundreds of organizations, state and local parks, and businesses have joined the co-op in opting outside on Black Friday. 

About the REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 24 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. If you can’t visit one of our many stores, you can shop at REI.comREI Outlet or the REI shopping app. Everyone is welcome to shop REI, but members who join the co-op enjoy a range of benefits. More than a retailer, REI is a purpose-driven and values-led company dedicated to enabling life outside for all. 

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DOVE MEN+CARE LAUNCHES “CARE MAKES A DAD” THIS FATHER’S DAY

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The new campaign from the men’s grooming brand will spotlight stories of the caring role that father figures play in the lives of so many

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Bones Hyland pictured with his cousin Izzy in the Dove Men+Care “Care Makes a Dad” campaign. Photo credit: Tomboy/MERMAN.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. /PRNewswire/ — Every year, Father’s Day celebrates wonderful dads across the country. However, the role of dad can take many forms – and powerhouse men’s grooming brand Dove Men+Care is shining a light on that for Father’s Day this year.

Dove Men+Care “Care Makes a Dad” campaign. Video credit: Tomboy/MERMAN.

New research commissioned by Dove Men+Care found that 70% of people have an impactful father figure in their life, but only 10% regularly celebrate them on Father’s Day. That’s why Dove Men+Care is recognizing the stepfathers, foster fathers, godfathers, brothers, coaches, friends, teachers and more this Father’s Day that have played the role of an impactful father figure through their unconditional care – the living proof that Care Makes a Difference. Care Makes A Dad.

To ignite this conversation, Dove Men+Care released a new film “Care Makes a Dad“. The film showcases the real stories of kids from across the U.S. and the special bonds they share with their father figures, who rise to the occasion every day to make a difference in their lives.

“We’re thrilled to bring attention to the unsung heroes of Father’s Day,” says Alejandro Fiecconi, Global Head of Brand for Dove Men+Care at Unilever. “There are children with father figures in their lives who mean the world to them, show up for them, support them. These men exemplify care. We wanted to give these men a round of applause – even if they didn’t ask for one.”

Joining this celebration is father figure and professional basketball player Nah’Shon Lee “Bones” Hyland. Bones has been a father figure to his cousin Izzy since a tragic incident brought them closer together when Izzy was a baby, creating an inseparable bond. Bones’ compassion and commitment to doing what’s right every day makes him a role model and hero to Izzy, and exemplifies the ways care makes a difference. Together, with five other father figures – from teachers, stepfathers, and grandfathers – they remind us that Care Makes a Dad.

“It’s an honor to be featured in this campaign,” says Bones Hyland. “My cousin Izzy is one of the most important people in my life. He’s like a son to me. I’ll be there for him every step of the way any way I can.”

Ogilvy, who led creative development of the campaign, shares more on the evolution of the campaign. “This year, building on our commitment to celebrate and champion the transformative care that all dads can give, we’re throwing the definition of fatherhood open wide,” says Rob Butcher, Global Creative Director, Dove Men+Care for Ogilvy. “This campaign celebrates all the men who step up to care out of choice. Coaches, uncles, adoptive fathers and community dads who show that care makes all the difference to the children in their lives.” 

Dove Men+Care is bringing the ethos of the film to real life to spark a change on those we should recognize on Father’s Day and beyond by: 

  • Launching the “Celebrate ALL Father Figures”sweepstakes – a chance for everyone to recognize a father figure who has made a difference. Select winners will be featured in a full-page ad in The New York Times following Father’s Day.
    • How to enter: Post a photo on Instagram featuring you and your father figure! It could be your dad, stepdad, uncle, coach, or anyone who played a significant role in your life. Make sure to tag @DoveMenCare and include the hashtags #CelebrateALLDads and #Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes will close on Father’s Day on June 16th. More information can be found here
  • Hosting a special Celebrate ALL Father Figures pop-up event in New York City on June 14th. Fit for the whole family, loved ones and the community to gather with their father figures, create special mementos for the holiday, and have a chance to participate in mini photo-shoots that reshape the literal picture of what it means to be a DAD. The event will take place from 2 PM to 6 PM at the 91st Street Plaza between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Images captured will also be eligible for the sweepstakes.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.dovemencare.com/CareMakesADad and follow along on the Dove Men+Care Youtube channel and @DoveMenCare on the brand’s Instagram channel.

About Dove Men+Care
Dove Men+Care is the first range of products from Dove developed specifically for men. Manufactured by Unilever, the line includes the #1 dermatologist-recommended body wash brand. Launched in 2010, Dove Men+Care is a powerhouse men’s grooming brand in the U.S. with a product portfolio that includes bars, body washes, face care, antiperspirant/deodorants, hair care, and hand/body lotions, which are available nationwide in food, drug, and mass outlet stores. 

Since launching, Dove Men+Care has also been dedicated to debunking the stereotypes of how men around the world care for themselves and others. The brand is on a mission to inspire every man to experience the transformative effects of care and focuses on making that a reality through cultural initiatives, legislative action, and community engagement. Learn more at DoveMenCare.com

About Unilever in North America
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition and Ice Cream products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day. We have 127,000 employees and generated sales of €59.6 billion in 2023. 

Our leading brands in North America include Dove, Hellmann’s, Vaseline, Degree, Axe, TRESemmé, Knorr, Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s, Nutrafol, Liquid I.V., Paula’s Choice, and Dermalogica. 

For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com 

For more information on Unilever Canada and its brands visit: www.unilever.ca 

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Health Alert: Classic Delight Sandwiches May Pose a Risk of Contamination

Potential contamination alert: Classic Delight sandwiches recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes risk. Take necessary precautions.

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In a recent public health alert, Classic Delight LLC, a food company based in St. Mary’s, Ohio, has announced a voluntary recall of certain individually wrapped sandwiches due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can result in severe infections, especially among vulnerable individuals. While no illness or adverse reactions have been reported thus far, the company is taking proactive measures to ensure consumer safety.

Details of the Recall:
The affected products, produced between May 11, 2023, and June 6, 2024, were distributed to several states, including Arkansas, California, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These sandwiches may have made their way into food service distribution, convenience stores, and vending machines. To assist in identifying the recalled items, here is a list of the specific products:

  • 7060 Classic Delight Twin Chili Cheese Dog
  • 514713 Wakefield Charbroiled Cheeseburger
  • 311 Classic Delight Turkey Ham and Cheese Sub
  • 551697 Wakefield Ham Cheddar Pretzel Croissant
  • 314 Classic Delight Turkey Cheese Sub
  • 648899 Wakefield Chorizo Egg Ciabatta
  • 6731 Classic Delight Turkey Cheese Round
  • 806604 Wakefield Ham Egg Cheese Muffin
  • 6757 Classic Delight Twin Breaded Chicken Sliders
  • 806612 Wakefield Ham Egg Cheese Croissant
  • 7626 Classic Delight Breaded Chicken Waffle
  • 806620 Wakefield Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
  • 73131 Nutrisystem Turkey Sausage and Egg Muffin
  • 806638 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • 176586 Wakefield Pretzel Bacon Angus Cheeseburger
  • 806646 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin
  • 176594 Wakefield Southern Chicken Biscuit
  • 806653 Wakefield Bacon Cheeseburger
  • 195263 Wakefield Spicy Hawaiian Sliders
  • 806661 Wakefield Blazin Chicken
  • 514711 Wakefield Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
  • 806679 Wakefield Charbroiled Cheeseburger
  • 514712 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • 806687 Wakefield Chicken and Cheese
  • 942821 Wakefield Sausage Egg Pancake

Reasons for Recall:
Classic Delight initiated the recall after routine environmental testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is actively collaborating with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the origin of the issue. As a precautionary measure, production of the affected products has been halted until the source of contamination is identified and resolved.

Action Steps for Consumers:
If you have purchased any of the recalled Classic Delight sandwiches, it is crucial to take immediate action to safeguard your health and well-being. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Discard the affected products if they are still in your possession.
  2. For a full refund, return the recalled items to the place of purchase.
  3. Any concerns or queries can be directed to the Classic Delight Consumer Hotline at (419)-300-3202, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time. Alternatively, you may contact them via email at info@classicdelight.com.

Health and Safety Measures:
While there have been no reported cases of illness linked to these products thus far, it’s important to remain vigilant. Should you experience any symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, or diarrhea after consuming these sandwiches, contact your healthcare provider immediately.


Classic Delight’s voluntary recall underscores their commitment to ensuring the safety of consumers. By swiftly addressing the potential risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Classic Delight is taking proactive steps to protect public health. Remember to check your refrigerators or storage areas for the listed products and follow the recommended actions to minimize any potential harm. Always prioritize your well-being and stay informed about food recalls to make educated choices about the food you consume.

Company Contact Information

Consumers:Classic Delight Consumer Hotline (419)-300-3202 info@classicdelight.com

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts

Press Release: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/classic-delight-llc-issues-public-health-alert-due-possible-health-risk

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About the FDA?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA or US FDA) is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by overseeing food safety, tobacco products, caffeine products, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods & feed, and veterinary products.

The FDA primarily enforces the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) but also enforces other laws like Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. This includes regulating lasers, cellular phones, and condoms, and controlling diseases in household pets and human sperm for assisted reproduction.

The FDA is led by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, reporting to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Robert Califf is the current Commissioner as of 17 February 2022.

The FDA’s headquarters is in White Oak, Maryland, with 223 field offices and 13 laboratories across the US, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Since 2008, the FDA has posted employees to various foreign countries like China, India, Costa Rica, Chile, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)

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