Boys and Girls Club Happenings

Wells Fargo Montana Island Challenge

Challenge yourself. Registration is now open for the 2016 Montana Island Challenge happening Aug. 19 and 20. Bike on Friday, the 19th or Hike/Run the 8k, 11k or Half Marathon on the 20th. First 50 Registrants get a Montana Island Challenge Bondi Band sponsored by the Yogo Inn. Go to montanaislandchallenge.com. Proceeds benefit the Central MT Jaycees, Lewistown Ice Skating Association and the BG Club of Lewistown.

 

After school enrollment

This week we had the privilege to have Mandy Eike share her basketball skills with the Club kids. All kids who were there participated in the camp at the Civic Center. We are so thankful to her and her daughter, Christina, for giving our kids another fabulous opportunity.

We are only about halfway through our summer but it is time to start thinking about enrolling your child in our After School program. School starts on Aug. 25 and we are gearing up for back to school. Families who had children enrolled last school year and/or this summer are considered “current” families and may sign up first. Parent orientation and enrollment meetings for these current families are July 7 at 5:30 p.m. and July 11 at 5:30 p.m. Parent orientation and enrollment meetings for new enrollees will be Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m and Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m.  Parent/guardian must attend one of these meetings in order to enroll their child at the Club. If you have any questions, please call Crystal or Tracy at the Club at 535-2257.

Please watch the News-Argus every Saturday, Facebook, and the Club for important notices.

 

Smoking’s role in strep and juvenile arthritis

July isstrep and juvenile arthritis month. Have you asked yourself what part smoking has to play in these two illnesses?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils. The throat gets irritated and inflamed causing a sudden, severe sore throat according to webmd.com. Smoking kills healthy bacteria and leads to infection, causing the body to turn against its own helpful bacteria, leaving smokers more vulnerable to disease. Second hand smoke effects the health of nonsmokers in the same way it does the people who are actually smoking the cigarette.

Smokers put everyone at increased risk of respiratory infection by several bacterial pathogens; one of these is Streptococcus Pneumonia. Several studies indicate that exposure to second hand smoke also increase sneezing, sore throat, and cough. These studies have also found that Streptococcus is higher among children living in homes that include a tobacco smoker. WebMD says: Stop smoking and avoid breathing others’ smoke. If you do you will be less likely to get an infection.

Juvenile arthritis is a type of arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in a child aged 16 and younger. It is reported that there are several environmental triggers that can affect this autoimmune disease. One of these triggers is maternal smoking.  Researchers found that smoking while pregnant can cause juvenile arthritis in babies and children up to age seven years. It was also proven that girls are at a higher risk for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis then boys.

If you or your child is on medication for arthritis, it is proven that smoking or second hand smoke can stop the medication from working as well as it should. It makes it harder to control the flair-ups or to stay in remission. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths. Quit smoking today: call Montana Quit Line at (800) Quit-Now. Your family will thank you.

 

Chokecherry Jam

Allied Steel, Bank of the Rockies and Snowy Mountain Motors Chokecherry Jam is getting revved up. Mark the calendar for Sept. 9. Great way to kick off your Chokecherry Festival weekend. Tickets will be available soon and proceeds benefit the Youth Empowerment Project, local 4-H and Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown.

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