I’ve read Mama Says since it was first available as a newsletter years ago in shops around Montpelier. Today, thanks to Honi Bean Barrett’s post on the NEK Moms Facebook Page, my attention was drawn to the Mama Says blog post by a Northeast Kingdom woman’s (Janelle Nobel) lead-up to a life-changing diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. If you know Janelle or wish to show your community support for a local mom, click over to Mama Says to read her first post in a series on her diagnosis.
Today, March 21, 2012, is the 17th Annual Kick Butts Day, which is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids & sponsored by the United Health Foundation. More than 1,100 events are planned across the Country, including five right here in the “Healthiest State” of Vermont, to encourage kids to stay tobacco-free and to help communities steer clear from tobacco dangers. According to a fresh report by the U.S. Surgeon General, tobacco use among youth is a “pediatric epidemic.” Kick Butts Day is a day to bring attention to this major health issue facing today’s youth. Here are some of the findings in that report: While the high school smoking rate…