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December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
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September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
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June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
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* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
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* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
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* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
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* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
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* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
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* September, 2001: Back to school

The Balancing Act. Work/Life Tips
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Swimming Safety

School's out and summer's here. Time for kids to suit up and hit the beach, the pool, or anywhere else there's water, to enjoy their favourite summer activity: swimming. The tips below will help you keep your kids splishing, splashing and swimming safely.

  • Supervise your kids! Whether at the beach or in the backyard pool make sure that children are watched at all times, even if they're strong swimmers. It only takes a few seconds for something to go awry, so be there if it does.

  • Pay attention. "Keeping an eye" on your kids means just that. Don't read, watch TV or talk on the phone while you're 'on duty.'

  • Steer clear of alcohol. You want to be at your most alert if you have to help your children in an emergency, so take a holiday from alcohol while monitoring swim time. Alcohol is a main factor in many drownings.

  • Keep the area around your pool free of toys and clutter that people can trip over.

  • Remove water toys after swim time. Beach balls and other floating playthings can lure a young child to the water's edge and possibly fall in.

  • Keep a phone by the pool for emergencies.

  • Install a self-latching fence that's at least four feet high around backyard pools. It'll keep any little explorers out.

  • Consider getting a pool alarm. There are several on the market that'll let you know if your child opens the pool gate or has gone in the water.

  • Buddy up! Teach your kids never to swim on their own.

  • Get certified. Whether you're a pool owner or not, CPR is a life-saving tool worth knowing. Contact St. John Ambulance ( for more information on courses.

  • Chlorinate your pool sufficiently. Bacteria may develop if you don't and cause infections or other illnesses.

  • Make sure proper floatation devices are close at hand. Keep life jackets and roped life buoys near the pool.

  • Swim near a lifeguard. If swimming at a beach, make sure that you and your kids stay close to lifeguards on duty.

  • Keep kids clear of boats, water skiers and jet skiers when swimming in lakes, rivers, oceans etc.

  • Teach your children not to dive into unknown waters or above-ground pools. Spinal damage from diving in too shallow water is one of the most common, devastating and yet easily prevented swimming injuries.

  • Snap a lifejacket on you and your children when boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing etc. Make sure that life jackets fit snugly and are worn according to instructions.

  • Slap on sunscreen. Playing for hours in the water can be great fun. It's also an easy way for kids to get burned since they don't feel the heat of the sun's rays. Use a waterproof sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 and make sure that you and your kids reapply after swimming.

  • Develop an emergency action plan, particularly if you own a pool, so that you have step-by-step instructions laid out before help gets there.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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