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Listening to NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ on my daily walk this morning, I heard a report about homelessness and children. The reporter informed listeners that children under the age of five years old make up about fifty percent of the population of homeless children. These children, said the reporter, are often invisible, and then explained:  These children are seemingly invisible because homelessness is not restricted to those leaving on the streets and in open spaces. Homelessness includes families who have taken up residence with relatives, and frequently move from the home of one relative to another when the family can no longer be accommodated, as well as families living in shelters and transitional housing. The segment included interviews with several persons who work with these children, including preschool teachers. One teacher commented that she no longer has ‘Share Day’ because some of the children have no toys to share. Why eliminate ‘Share Day’? Instead, re-engineer ‘Share Day’ and create an opportunity for any child who wishes to participate by allowing the child to share a thought, idea, dream, or something about her-/himself, such as a favorite (least favorite) color, food, day of the week, season of the year, thing to do, etc. This ‘Share Day’ may provide wonderful insight for the teacher, and may even inspire future lessons.

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B’nai B’rith Housing Wins 2011 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

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Passover represents less than 40% of Manischewitz Co.’s revenues, a number that decreases yearly. New products focus on use year-round. The company will enter select Walmart and Target stores this year. In addition, Manischewitz Co. is introducing packages with labels that emphasize nutrition and health and wellness information, such as “zero trans fat,” reported The Record. Full Story

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Health Care REIT announced it’s acquiring the real-estate assets of Genesis HealthCare for $2.4 billion.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to launch a small-format store called Wal-Mart Express. The concept will debut in its second quarter and will be targeted to urban and rural locations, reported Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Full Story (Free Registration Required)

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
More Young People Residing in Nursing Home Facilities

About 203,000 nursing home residents — or roughly one in seven residents — are under age 65, according to an analysis of CMS statistics. The data indicate that the number of residents under age 65 has risen by 22% over the previous eight years. The rise could be partially attributed to the shuttering of mental health facilities and medical advances that have prolonged the lives of younger patients with traumatic injuries, stroke or diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

* “More Young People Are Winding Up in Nursing Homes” (Sedensky, AP/San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/7).

Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2011/1/11/more-young-people-obtaining-care-from-nursing-homes.aspx#ixzz1Ammgw0Zl

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Women who ate at least one serving of leafy vegetables per day were more than 40% less likely to develop heart disease over an average of eight years, relative to women who ate two or fewer portions of those vegetables each week, according to a study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who consumed at least three tablespoons of olive oil daily were also 40% less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease, reported Reuters.

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