Activities of the Week

Take Time to Be a Dad Today! Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children.

Frozen science

March 1, 2015 to March 7, 2015

 Become one with the ice and snow and try out this ice science experiment from PBS to find out what makes ice melt the fastest. 

Mentor Much?

February 22, 2015 to February 28, 2015

Research also indicates that supportive, responsive relationships with caring adults as early in life as possible can prevent or reverse the damaging effects of toxic stress response. Be a supportive role model for your children and those in your community. One easy way to start is to listen when your children and others want to share their concerns and their successes.

BAM! Play a game, manage stress.

February 15, 2015 to February 21, 2015

Life throws us all stressful situations, and learning to manage them in a healthy way is a key to long-term health. BAM! is a website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where nine through 13 year olds can get the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics kids identified as important to them—such as stress and physical fitness—using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.

Have a hard conversation with your teen.

February 8, 2015 to February 14, 2015

Talk with your teen about suicide and pay attention to warning signs. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth 15 through 24 years of age. Find tips on what to look for and what to talk about on Health.NY.Gov.

Be a Super Sport.

February 1, 2015 to February 7, 2015

Being active is important for grown-ups and for kids. Physical activity helps manage stress, improve general health, and can be a great way to spend time with your family. Looking for ideas? Consider classic games like hopstoch and freezetag - no gaming system required!

Try a prevent defense.

January 25, 2015 to January 31, 2015

The saying goes that the best offense is a good defense, and the same is true for the flu! Get tips on protecting yourself and your family from the flu – like covering your nose and mouth when coughing – from Flu.gov.

Wash up!

January 18, 2015 to January 24, 2015

Encourage frequent hand washing and set a good example to help prevent colds. Sing a quick song, like happy birthday, with young children to ensure through hand washing.. Be sure to dry your hands completely after washing them. Find more tips on staying well this winter, visit our Take Time Tips.

Brush up on healthy teeth – take the quiz!

January 11, 2015 to January 17, 2015

A healthy smile is more than just a good look for family photos. Parents can take some simple steps to help make sure kids’ teeth and gums stay healthy. Test your knowledge with this quiz from the CDC Division of Oral Health.