Adventure Fest the most fun and immersive outdoor festival of the year, and it's coming to Stapleton September 23! Get exclusive deals on outdoor apparel, plus bring the kids along so the whole family can experience all the things we love about the great outdoors. Campers, glampers, nature seekers, and porch drinkers alike will find something they love at Adventure Fest. Enter to win a set of 2 tickets!
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Free Baby Fair September 29

[ Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 0 comments ]
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!

     What:  Medical Center of Aurora's Baby Fair

     When:  September 29, 2018, 10:00am - 1:00pm

     Where:  Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St., Aurora, CO 80012

Join the Medical Center of Aurora for a fun day with all things pregnancy and receive tips on giving your new baby a happy and healthy beginning! This free event will feature educators from their Labor and Delivery unit, as well as community partners and entertainment for the whole family.

Car Seat Checks | Labor & Delivery Tours

Free Best Start Baby Box | Donut Station | Food Trucks

Digital Photos with a Princess and Superhero

Tot Train | and More!


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Vaping and kids: What Parents need to know

[ Monday, September 17, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Image courtesy of Teen Life
You've seen teens and adults vaping all around Denver, but what exactly is it? Is it safe? What is a JUUL? What do we as parents need to know?

Vaping is the act of inhaling a vaporized liquid from an electronic device. There's a common myth that says vaping is safe because "it's just harmless water vapor." It's actually not. According to Tobacco Free Colorado, there are hundreds of different vape products, which may include a range of ingredients including nicotine, chemical additives, flavorings, and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Vape e-juice can lead to health problems including wheezing, coughing, sinus infections, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, and asthma.

Sadly, Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No public health agency endorses vaping as a safe behavior. Let me repeat that. No public health agency endorses vaping as a safe behavior. 



For one thing, kids who start vaping are four times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes a year later. Scary, right?

The top choice for teens to vape is called a JUUL (pronounced "jewel"), which looks like a small USB battery charger or flash drive. This makes it hard to tell if a teen has or is using a JUUL since they're well camouflaged in today's digital world. It’s worth noting that 100 percent of JUULs contain nicotine, and each JUUL pod contains the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.

Vaping also doesn't have the same strong odor that is often a giveaway for parents and teachers. Vaping is so discreet, in fact, that students have been known to vape during class.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants to reduce the amount of teen vaping in our state and is asking for parents' help.

Colorado recently released the results from its 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, and here are the facts:

  • About half of Colorado high school students have tried vaping nicotine, even though Vape devices and paraphernalia cannot legally be sold to or used by anyone under the age of 18 (and some places, including Aspen, have raised the legal age to buy any tobacco products, including vape devices, to age 21).
     
  • Only 7 percent of high school students currently smoke cigarettes, yet 27 percent said they vape nicotine.
     
  • The statewide school survey shows 87 percent of Colorado high school students think cigarette smoking is risky, but only 50 percent think those risks apply to vaping nicotine.
     
  • Nicotine has a negative effect on adolescent brain development, causing lasting cognitive and behavioral impairments, including effects on working memory and attention.
So what can we as parents, coaches, teachers, and concerned adults do? Research shows adults can have a big influence on teen behavior.

There's some great advice on how to talk to teens on Tobacco Free Colorado's website. Here are a few tips - click here for more.

  1. Listen - Make them feel heard. Consider their opinions and keep the conversation going. Even if you’ve talked about this topic before, their issues and opinions change all the time. Plus, as youth get older, they can feel more pressure from friends and classmates.
     
  2. Set Clear Rules - Make family, school and sports team rules clear and stick to them. Let them know what will happen if they don’t follow them.
     
  3. Focus on Positive Messages - Encourage them to make choices that help them achieve their goals.
     
  4. Remind Them They're Role Models For Other Youth - Let them know that younger students and siblings look up to them as examples. How would they feel if a younger sibling got addicted to vaping?
     
  5. Not Everyone Is Doing It - It is easier for youth to say “no” to peer pressure if they know not everyone is doing it. Let them know that more than half of high school and middle school students have never vaped, so they’re in good company.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment created fantastic materials to help parents and askable adults understand the risks of vaping and prepare us to have informed conversations with our teens and pre-teens about it.

The materials are available on the new Tobacco Free Colorado website at TobaccoFreeCO.org/know-the-facts/, and include:
Learn more from Dr. Tista Ghosh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:


Together, we can keep our kids healthy and safe!
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Adventure Fest coming to Stapleton September 23 - enter to win a pair of tickets!

[ Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Adventure Fest the most fun and immersive outdoor festival of the year, and it's coming to Stapleton September 23! Get exclusive deals on outdoor apparel, plus bring the kids along so the whole family can experience all the things we love about the great outdoors. Campers, glampers, nature seekers, and porch drinkers alike will find something they love at Adventure Fest.

The 2018 Adventure Fest aims to bring our community together for new experiences and to make new friends. Connect with nature, dance to live music, and get involved with the outdoor event that promises you a fun-filled experience you and your family won't soon forget. Be sure to bring the pooch!

WHEN:  September 23, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Conservatory Green - Stapleton, 8303 E 49th Pl, Denver, CO 80238

TICKETS:  $15 - Special Offer: 2 tickets for price of 1 using code: "seekadventure"
Kids 12 and under and dogs are FREE!

Besides shopping the vendors, guests will also get to try out kayaks/SUP boards, test bikes, enjoy a BMX bike demo, climbing wall, yoga class, a kids' fun run, and more!

Adventure Fest is giving away two sets of 2 tickets - just like and comment on the post about Adventure Fest on the Stapleton Moms Facebook page - if you also share the post you will be entered twice! Winners will be randomly drawn at noon on Wednesday, September 19.

See you at Conservatory Green!


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Join Inspire Elementary to celebrate their new building this Wednesday

[ Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 0 comments ]
This Wednesday, September 12 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., please join Inspire Elementary to celebrate their new Park Street building. 

The building was paid for through tax incremental financing in Stapleton and is a wonderful example of the community’s commitment to our kids and public education. They will be giving a tour of the new facility and a mural painting party! 

This is a great opportunity for families or prospective families to come and see the new space and talk to members of the staff. 


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New Fall Family Yoga Weekend this weekend at YMCA of the Rockies

[ Monday, September 10, 2018 | 0 comments ]
Looking for a quick getaway to the mountains this fall? The YMCA of the Rockies will host the first-ever Family Yoga Weekend, September 14-16, 2018, at the Estes Park Center. Families interested in learning more about yoga or expanding their practice are invited to attend. All-levels of yoga are welcome.

"This brand new event at YMCA of the Rockies gives our guests the opportunity to unplug, slow down, and reconnect in the majestic and peaceful setting of the Rocky Mountains," said Kellen Toulouse, Brand Manager, YMCA of the Rockies. "In addition to daily indoor and outdoor yoga classes on our expansive 800+ acre property, the weekend features spectacular guided hikes, informative talks, various forms and levels of yoga, opportunities for reflection and rejuvenation, and a friendly, supportive community.”

The Family Yoga Weekend features a variety of yoga classes for different levels including Sunrise Yoga, Kids Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga Flow, Stress Relief Yoga, and Outdoor Yoga, as well as several wellness and nutrition practices to learn new healthy living skills.

The all-inclusive weekend retreat includes two nights of lodging in a Central Lodge room, all meals from dinner on Friday night through breakfast on Sunday, and all Family Yoga Weekend yoga classes, events, and programs. Costs start at $441.50 (plus tax) for the first adult in a room. Each additional adult in the room (age 13 and older) is $193.50 plus tax for the weekend. Each child (age 6-12) is $158.50 plus tax for the weekend. Children age five and younger are free when staying with a paying adult. Maximum room occupancy is five people per room.

Regular on-site activities will be available and most are included in the retreat fee, such as miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, tennis, indoor swimming, hiking, playgrounds, historic library, and family programs. Archery, horseback riding, mountain bike rentals, an indoor climbing wall, and the arts and craft center provide additional activities on-site for a small fee. The retreat fee also includes:
  • Hotel-style lodge rooms with two queen beds, full bath, telephone, and Wi-Fi
  • Full meal plans
  • Daily outdoor & indoor yoga classes in a beautiful mountain setting
  • Spectacular nature hikes in the Rocky Mountains
  • Outdoor campfire with music
  • Meditation & self-reflection practices
  • Optional massage for additional price
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