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Look Before You Lock - Keeping Kids Safe in Hot Cars

Yay for warmer temperatures, but here's something to always keep in mind: even a cool spring or fall day isn’t safe for leaving a child inside a car. 

In 2016, Texas led the nation in the number of hot car infant deaths. 

This alarming trend has gone surprisingly unabated. Since 1990, over 600 children have died from overheating in a car. Yet it took Congress until June 2017 to introduce the Hot Cars Act that would require all cars to have back seat child detection technology. 

Until the bill is passed, the best we can do is to educate ourselves so our children don’t become one of the statistics. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperature climbs toward the sweltering heat of summer.
By Birgit Sund on February 27, 2018

166,050 Children in Central Texas Are Affected By Food Insecurity

Central Texas is among the fastest growing regions in the nation. While it means growth and prosperity for some, due to the rising cost of housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare, many of our neighbors are left behind. Many of those neighbors are children.

More than

  • 166,050 children in Central Texas
  • 61,250 children in Travis County
  • 27,160 children in Williamson County
  • 8,990 children in Hays County
  • 4,790 children in Bastrop County
  • 2,360 children in Caldwell County

are affected by hunger and food insecurity. Let's change this.

By Birgit Sund on November 28, 2016

Austin Best At Getting Kids Moving At School And Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, yet most children typically get less than 20 minutes. The growing prevalence of technology and screen time has contributed to children leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and yet research proves that movement is essential for kids’ healthy development. How to get your kids moving? It's easier than you think.
By Birgit Sund on June 19, 2016