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Consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine could lead to health risks such as insomnia, high blood sugar and irregular heartbeat, according to a registered dietitian.

Caffeine is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system. The stimulant can be found in soft drinks, tea, energy drinks, chocolate and over-the-counter medications.

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Parents have a great influence in the way their children will view themselves.

Parents who view themselves in a negative way can cause their children to reflect the same behavior and have low self-esteem, according to Alex Corey, training and technical assistance coordinator for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential.

“Parents need to model healthy behavior and when parents have self-respect, that really encourages children to have self-respect,” said Corey.

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The Early Head Start program provides services to improve early childhood development and prepare parents to be self-sufficient.

Early Head Start (EHS) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Headstart that provides family-centered services for low-income families with very young children.

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Vaping can cause similar health risks that users of other tobacco products experience. 

Rebecca Mixon, Manager of the St. Francis Tobacco Cessation Program, explained the importance of discussing vaping with children.

Vaping among teens is rising in popularity and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, according to market research group Euromonitor.

A vape is a battery operated device that heats a liquid nicotine filled cartridge that is inhaled and exhaled to give the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

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Having the pressure to perform well at school can cause anxiety in children. With school starting back up, that means your child is at risk of experiencing some form of anxiety. Pattie McGilton, infant mental health consultant for the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, talks about the signs of back to school anxiety and what to do if your child experiences it.

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On what it is like to feel anxiety

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How do you teach your children about money?

First, remember that a little bit goes a long way in this area with children.

When they are young (pre-school, early elementary), keep it simple and concrete. They will likely have a very limited appreciation for the concept of money, so teach them a few basics that will carry over as they get older.

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The City of West Monroe and Keep West Monroe Beautiful are hosting a spring poster contest for elementary students in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

The theme for this year’s poster contest is “Keep West Monroe Cleaner and Greener!” Students may submit an entry on an 8.5X11 piece of paper.

PRIMETIME Head Start

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Head Start has three operational sites and is opening another facility.  This new Head Start facility will be located at 1201 Stubbs Avenue. A job fair is being held to fill the new child develpment center. The job fair will be February 1, 2019.

Find out more at www.primetimefamily.org.

Many jobs are needing to be filled that are not necessarily teacher positions.  

The Curtain is Up on Drama at SYAA

May 29, 2018
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Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, or SYAA for short, is hosting its summer workshop series "Raise the Curtain!" during the summer of 2018.

ULM Offers Educational Summer Camps

May 25, 2018
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ULM is offering fun and educational summer camps for kids and teenagers June 11-August 3. The camps are part of the Continuing Education program at ULM.

"Continuing Education gives ULM the opportunity to reach out and work with the community on courses to 'continue education,'" says Ida Gaines, the coordinator of non-credit programs. In addition to youth summer camps and activities, the Division of Continuing Education works to provide life-long learning opportunities. 

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