Letter from the Editor April 2013

Kayla Mossien

On April 22, Earth Day brings a heightened awareness about being and raising eco-friendly members of society. Teaching our kin to be good stewards of the environment is vital for a bright future. Although it’s only observed a mere day out of the 365, the holiday promotes an important lesson we can embrace year round.

To impart green values to your clan, start with a lesson in gardening. Planting a tree is one the best things you can do for your community and the world. Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and filter the air, helping stave off the effects of climate change. Take things a step further and expand your backyard greenery with an edible garden. Planting veggies not only supplies nutrition for the body but also for the environment. Stacey Antine, MS, RD, guides you through the horticulture endeavor in “Family Trees.” The expert gives tips on getting kids interested, the difference between annuals and perennials, equipment and safety.

Learn other ways to reduce your carbon footprint in “There’s No Place Like Home” by Quincy Yu. The piece gives insight on creating a chemical-free home. Did you know that commonly used cleaning and personal care products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can affect the body’s hormone system and can cause obesity, diabetes and hypertension? Let’s just say it’s definitely worth a read!

And while we pay homage to National Autism Awareness Month through extensive coverage at parentguidenews.com, we look ahead to May. Big changes are on the horizon for mental healthcare when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association) releases its fifth edition. Be the first to learn what it all means in “DSM-5” by Marisela Huerta, Ph.D., who explains the extensive modifications, including the controversial definition change of autism. With the removal of Asperger’s and pervasive developmental disorders, “...many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have expressed concern that their child might not meet the new criteria and could therefore lose access to needed services.” Need guidance finding consultations, therapies or treatments? Flip to our Special Needs and Health & Fitness Directory. As always, our listings place your family in excellent care.

Happy Earth Day and enjoy the issue!

Kayla Mossien