It was a great day at the statehouse for #HIPLobbyDay! With the Worcester Food Policy Council and our dearest legislators advocating for full funding of the HIP program to allow it to operate throughout the year without interruption.
This program has directly put $9million dollars into the hands of farmers across the state. We are proud to be partner champions for it!
The holidays are in full swing here at Pernet, and our team of busy little elves had a visit from Santa himself and took the time to have a holly jolly celebration for themselves... and each went home with a great Pernet travel mug!
Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!
The power of play
By Matthew Ferreira
Play is fun for children, but it’s serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other things, too.
But, what is play, exactly? According to an American Academy of Pediatrics report, “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children,” play is an activity that involves active engagement and results in joyful discovery. It is fun and spontaneous, and involves creating an imaginative reality that contains elements of make-believe.
It’s not about passively watching the television or computer screen, and it’s not about the latest and greatest technical bells and whistles on a smartphone. It’s about simplicity, imagination and the unstructured time to create.
“Simplicity has always been at the forefront of classic toy development with the focus on undisturbed, open-ended play,” said Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America, whose BRIO line has been creating happy childhood memories for more than 130 years.
Here are just a few benefits of open-ended, unstructured playtime:
• Amplifies creative role play and inspired storytelling.
• Models “cause and effect.”
• Develops critical thinking skills.
• Improves children’s abilities to plan.
• Helps with language and math development.
• Encourages and deepens relationships with siblings, friends and adults, creating the foundation for more healthy relationships in the future.
• Fosters curiosity.
• Encourages problem solving, collaboration and creativity.
• Helps children manage stress.
The AAP is so adamant about the benefits of play that it encourages pediatricians to write out prescriptions for play at well child visits to remind parents, in this increasingly structured world, to give their children plenty of time to play. That’s because more and more, parents are focused on achievement, after-school programs and increased homework demands, even for elementary students.
Inspiring play is as simple as providing the unstructured time and space.
So, whether it’s brightly colored toys for an infant, showing a mirror to an older child to explore her own expressions, reading to children of all ages, giving your child simple toys like blocks, wooden toys, puzzles or a train set — providing your child the opportunity for a daily dose of play is the right prescription for his or her development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is so adamant about the benefits of play that it encourages pediatricians to write out prescriptions for play.
Watch to see our Executive Director, Sheilah Dooley, comment on having the team make Pernet's neighborhood their new home.
Green Island Gardens: Summer 2018 Overview
Three more days left until we complete the 2018 Green Island Gardens 6-Week Summer YouthWorks Program!
Overview of Program:
Mission: Green Island Gardens’ (GIG) mission is to beautify the retail district and residential area. In the Green Island and Canal District neighborhoods, GIG shows beauty and pride in the neighborhood and engages the community in gardening.
The Community Garden
The Garden is the heart of this program. It beautifies and provides fresh, local produce to the neighborhood. The Green Island Community Garden is all organic and all the material is used from local stores or businesses. In our garden, you will also find Native Plants and Perennial Flowers that help promote biodiversity, and shelter and food for wildlife!
The main objective of the planter initiative is to make the Green Island and Canal District Neighborhood more inviting and attractive. We partner with local businesses to maintain planters and clean up store fronts.
Neighborhood Clean-ups are another way that the Green Island Gardens Program helps to beautify and keep our neighborhood and waterways clean. We dispose of trash throughout the neighborhood, including community green spaces such as Crompton Park.
Here are some pictures from this summer from our AIDS Project Worcester Community Garden fieldtrip, Central Mass Youth Jobs Coalition site visit, Nutrition Class with UMASS Extention Nutrition Education Program, and daily work around the neighborhood! Hope you enjoy!
Pernet's Summer Outings program provides an opportunity for families to create positive memories together while doing a fun summer activity. This summer, so far, families have joined us at joined us at the Southwick's Zoo and Douglas Lake.
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.