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Archive for October 2011

Want to do something for your kids that helps promote healthy physical, cognitive, and social development?  What if I told you that this activity also helps prevent substance abuse later on?  With all these positive effects, you might think that I am talking about something difficult or expensive, but all you need to do is eat together as a family!

Today, we are joining teens, parents, teachers, and scientists across America to kick off National Drug Facts Week by offering up my own shoutout for educating teens about drug abuse.  Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Drug Facts Week is an official health observance designed to shatter the myths and spread the facts about drug abuse and addiction.

You will see a great deal of fantastic information on how to keep your kids happy, healthy, and drug-free on this website and others over the next week.  But in the meantime, we wanted to share that one easy way that may help prevent drug use is simply eating dinner together!  According to this recent press release by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, teens in families that have infrequent family dinners have an increased likelihood of substance abuse.  Eating together is not only enjoyable, but also seems to help promote a healthy lifestyle for your teens.  What an easy way to help keep your family safe and healthy!

THANK YOU!

A gigantic thank you from UBP to our sponsors (especially our Champions of Play – Goddard School & Sprout), exhibitors (more than 30 of them, plus fabulous performers, musicians, drummers and storytellers!), the Baltimore City Public Schools, our Play Doctors, volunteers, and the countless other ‘big people’ that helped to make the first ever Ultimate Block Party in Baltimore, Md., a terrific success. But most of all, THANK YOU to the families that came to Rash Field despite the chilly weather to play and learn together. From the moment you walked into our ‘playground,’ you embraced play with your children—and your involvement contributes to our excitement. We hope you carried away happy memories and some new ideas about how play, in childhood, connects to learning. We saw so many smiles, laughter, and shouts of excitement that it made all of the hard-work done by so many people over the last 18 months completely worth it.

Special guests U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his family, and Baltimore City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Andres Alonso added to our excitement. Many thanks from the UBP family for the support of the wider educational community, and interest in playing and learning with the families of Baltimore.  Also, over 6,000 winter coats were distributed to Baltimore families thanks to Operation Warm.

If you missed today’s event, check out our PlayBook for more information about how you can incorporate play in the everyday lives of your families in new ways.

Here are some pictures in case you missed today’s celebrations of the arts and sciences of play:

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If you aren’t already following us on twitter, you can find us @UBPlay and we also suggest you follow our sister organization L_rn on facebook and on twitter @L_rn. L-rn is a new web portal for today’s families to have open dialogue with scientists and child development professionals to help improve the lives of ALL of our children. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more updates, blog postings, and announcements about future events.

Thank you to everyone, especially the children whose play makes the future brighter.

Written by Dr. Jennifer Zosh of Penn State University, Brandywine Campus  on behalf of Ultimate Block Party.

THANK YOU!

A gigantic thank you from UBP to our sponsors (especially our Champions of Play – Goddard School & Sprout), exhibitors (more than 30 of them, plus fabulous performers, musicians, drummers and storytellers!), the Baltimore City Public Schools, our Play Doctors, volunteers, and the countless other ‘big people’ that helped to make the first ever Ultimate Block Party in Baltimore, Md., a terrific success. But most of all, THANK YOU to the families that came to Rash Field despite the chilly weather to play and learn together. From the moment you walked into our ‘playground,’ you embraced play with your children—and your involvement contributes to our excitement. We hope you carried away happy memories and some new ideas about how play, in childhood, connects to learning. We saw so many smiles, laughter, and shouts of excitement that it made all of the hard-work done by so many people over the last 18 months completely worth it.

Special guests U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his family, and Baltimore City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Andres Alonso added to our excitement. Many thanks from the UBP family for the support of the wider educational community, and interest in playing and learning with the families of Baltimore.  Also, over 6,000 winter coats were distributed to Baltimore families thanks to Operation Warm.

If you missed today’s event, check out our PlayBook for more information about how you can incorporate play in the everyday lives of your families in new ways.

Here are some pictures in case you missed today’s celebrations of the arts and sciences of play:

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If you aren’t already following us on twitter, you can find us @UBPlay and we also suggest you follow our sister organization L_rn on facebook and on twitter @L_rn. L-rn is a new web portal for today’s families to have open dialogue with scientists and child development professionals to help improve the lives of ALL of our children. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more updates, blog postings, and announcements about future events.

Thank you to everyone, especially the children whose play makes the future brighter.

Written by Dr. Jennifer Zosh of Penn State University, Brandywine Campus  on behalf of Ultimate Block Party.



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