- Press Release Distribution

Penn State "Goes Green for Kids" in New Project

Safer pest control and cleaning practices are being promoted through a new Penn State educational program geared toward child care providers of home-based and center-based child care facilities.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, January 26, 2011 ( Safer pest control and cleaning practices are being promoted through a new Penn State educational program geared toward child care providers of home-based and center-based child care facilities.

The Pennsylvania IPM Program has been collaborating with Penn State Cooperative Extension to develop the "Go Green for Kids Initiative" as part of their Better Kid Care Program. A series of webinars, workshops and training packets are being developed for Extension personnel and others to deliver to child care staff and facility managers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.

Current research increasingly implicates a strong connection between children's health and everyday practices in indoor environments, such as cleaning and pest control. There are an estimated 16 million children in child care facilities in the US, and most are not consistently protected from indoor pests and/or pesticide exposures. "Even when label directions are followed, the use of common pesticides indoors can leave residues on toys and other surfaces handled by children," said Amber Brunskill, PA IPM education specialist

The first training module developed by the Penn State collaboration is entitled "Healthy Air + Healthy Spaces = Healthy Children". It is designed for extension educators to deliver to child care staff. According to Brunskill, the module guides child care providers through a step-by-step process to evaluate key aspects of their indoor environments to make them healthier and safer for young children. " The module builds awareness of common-sense precautions and substitutions that can be made in early learning facilities to help protect children from environmental hazards."

IPM, or integrated pest management, is included in the module as a way to reduce the burden of both pest and pesticide exposures carried by young children. "Child care staff learn safer practices they can use to help assure a safe and healthy indoor learning environment," Brunskill explained. IPM emphasizes preventing the conditions that allow pests to thrive as the first line of defense. If a treatment is needed, less-hazardous products are chosen. "For example, people commonly deal with a cockroach infestation with chemical sprays or foggers. However, these products spread throughout the air and can leave toxic residues behind. A safer method of treatment would include the use of carefully placed gels or bait stations, where pesticides are enclosed and out of reach children," said Brunskill.

The module contains an instructor manual, power point presentation, handouts for the participants and a pre/post-test. The instructor manual comes complete with step-by-step instructions and a script the presenter can follow. "Because this topic may be unfamiliar to the person presenting the material, we include appropriate resources to assist them with answering questions that may arise during the workshop," Brunskill explained.

Group activities for participants are built into the script. For example, there is a "Pest CSI" activity in which participants address a mouse problem in the child care facility. Using the steps of IPM, they determine the safest, most effective course of action to take in an early learning environment. The module also includes information on green cleaners for child care staff, parents and employers.

The module is currently being delivered to extension educators via webinars and face-to-face workshops. The content meets professional development requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Keystone STARS, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Continuing Education Credits. "We are excited about the collaboration with the IPM program at Penn State," said Claudia Mincemoyer, Director, Penn State Better Kid Care Program. "Blending their expertise on healthy environments with our outreach to child care providers is a win for young children. This module will help those caring for young children to evaluate their environments to make them safer and healthier places."

Additional modules for other audiences will also be created and made available to extension agents and the public. In addition, a monthly newsletter produced by Better Kid Care provides information on popular topics and upcoming webinars. For more information on the program, go the Better Kid Care Program's web site at

The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and urban settings. For more information, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or Web site


MediaUnits - New Monetization module for SGW by MG Way Corp.

New MediaUnits module for Self Growing Websites system ( is released and ready for purchase for current and new users of SGW. MediaUnits module enables users to insert any kind of custom media, advertizing or design content into automatic publications. It can be banners, images, video presentations, HTML coding or simply plain text notes. This module can be used to enrich published content at users' discretion. At the same time it is another great moneymaking opportunity for SGW users. Custom content in the form of media units is added to original ...

ManiacTools Releases MP3 Tag Editor Pro 7.0

ManiacTools announces the release of mp3Tag Pro 7.0, the powerful ID3 tag editor to manage and organize collections of audio files. Audio files contain more than just encoded audio streams. Most audio formats offer special fields for descriptive information about title, artist, album etc. This information generally known as ID3 tags helps to identify the song (or other type of recording) when it is being played, to search for a certain song, to sort and organize the music collection by some criteria. mp3Tag Pro works with such information of MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis, ...

Value Energy Solutions Awarded Energy Efficient Lighting Retrofit Project at New Hampshire Sports Zone.

Value Energy Solutions, one of the largest lighting retrofit companies in the nation, recently was awarded a energy efficient lighting retrofit project for NH Sports Zone in Derry, New Hampshire. The Sports Zone is one of the largest indoor sports facilities in New Hampshire with more than 95,000 square feet of indoor playing surfaces. The facility serves as the home to numerous sports leagues and team activities including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and even flag football! The cost of constantly lighting the indoor fields is one of their largest operating ...

NAREE Issues Call for Entries for Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Competition: Deadline to Enter: February. 15, 2011; Awards presentation will be at NAREE Conference in San Antonio

The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) is now accepting entries for the fourth annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Competition. Authors of books published in 2010 in the broad field of real estate -- including finance, mortgage lending, foreclosures, investing, green building and sustainable design, as well as home buying and selling and commercial real estate -- are invited to enter this prestigious contest. Deadline to enter NAREE's Bruss Book Awards Competition is Feb. 15, 2011. NAREE's book awards are named for the late Bob Bruss, ...

Best Ad Specialties Professional Choice Promos Company Now Offering Full 2011 Pricing On Entire Online Catalog

With the addition of the latest apparel, Best Ad Specialties now has one of the largest promotional marketing catalogs in the country. Best Ad Specialties, of Pennsylvania, has become the region's first choice for all items relating to Pennsylvania. Throughout Pennsylvania there are numerous options for pride apparel and promotional items, but Best Ad Specialties is Pennsylvania' own promotional marketing central location best used by those wanting to take advantage of reduced pricing on one of the largest catalogs in promotional marketing. The locally owned company is ...

Cranston RI Chiropractor Stephen M. Estner Provides Taxi Service to Patients

Dr. Stephen Estner now provides a local taxi service to personal injury chiropractic patients who are unable to make it to the office on their own. The taxi service is provided free of charge to all patients living within a 5 mile radius of the office, who are current personal injury patients, and are in need. Dr. Estner commented about his involvement with the taxi service by stating, "In addition to the simple needs of some of our patients with regard to maintaining a vehicle, a great deal of our personal injury clients have lost their vehicles in car accidents and ...

NC Patients Unable to Get Home Medical Supplies, Lodging Complaints

North Carolina's leader in home medical equipment advocacy and education, NCAMES, is collecting reports from Charlotte-area patients unable to secure home medical equipment (HME) services due to an intrusive new program from Medicare that went into effect January 1, 2011. Charlotte is one of nine MSAs across the country targeted for a 'Round 1' nationwide rollout of the program. The reports will be discussed in detail at the NCAMES Winter Meeting and Legislative Conference January 26-27 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. "Our leadership is monitoring the situation closely ...

Professional Choice Promos Company Now Offering Full 2011 Pricing On Entire Online Catalog

The Professional Choice Promos Company announces they have kicked off their full line of 2011 pricing on entire online catalog. As one of Iowa's regional leaders in online promotional purchasing; is providing apparel, accessories, and other promotional products to all who choose to take advantage of their warehouse pricing and streamlined supply chain methods. 2010 was a tumultuous year, the good news is that better times and financial rebirth is forecasted for 2011 and that is exactly where Professional Choice Promos wants to be, ...

Connecticut Real Estate Investors Assn (CT REIA) Announces 2011 Real Estate Investor Workshop For New Investors

The Connecticut Real Estate Investors Association, or CT REIA, is announcing the start of its 3-evening new investor workshop. This program will begin on Thursday, February 3, 2011. Additional dates for the program are Thursday February 10 and Thursday February 17. This workshop will take place at the Comfort Inn, 900 East Main Street, Meriden, CT from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Tuition for this 3-evening program is $140 for CT REIA Members, and $180 for not-yet-members. CT REIA is pleased to present New England's top real estate investor workshop for new investors. This program ...

DIG Coaching Practice presents "Moving Forward in an ADHD Relationship: What You Need to Know" on Attention Talk Radio with host Jeff Copper and guest Melissa Orlov, marriage consultant.

DIG Coaching Practice presents "Moving Forward in an ADHD Relationship: What You Need to Know" on Attention Talk Radio. Host and attention coach, Jeff Copper, talks with special guest Melissa Orlov, who is an expert in helping married couples whose relationships are impacted by attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The discussion covers the challenges facing married couples when one or both of them has ADHD and reveals how they can get past defensiveness and denial and become happier in their relationship. Melissa Orlov has real life experience with this issue. ...


Political elites take advantage of anti-partisan protests to disrupt politics

Tiny target discovered on RNA to short-circuit inflammation, UC Santa Cruz researchers find

Charge your laptop in a minute? Supercapacitors can help; new research offers clues

Scientists discover CO2 and CO ices in outskirts of solar system

Theory and experiment combine to shine a new light on proton spin

PKMYT1, a potential ‘Achilles heel’ of treatment resistant ER+ breast cancers with the poorest prognosis

PH-binding motifs as a platform for drug design: Lessons from protease-activated receptors (PARs)

Virginia Tech researcher creates new tool to move tiny bioparticles

On repeat: Biologists observe recurring evolutionary changes, over time, in stick insects

Understanding a broken heart

Genetic cause of rare childhood immune disorders discovered

With wobbling stars, astronomers gauge mass of 126 exoplanets and find 15 new ones

High H5N1 influenza levels found in mice given raw milk from infected dairy cows

Study finds discreet shipping used to sell e-cigarettes to minors

African scientists call for equitable research partnerships to advance microbiome research

How COVID-19 'breakthrough' infections alter your immune cells

Virginia Tech entomologist sheds light on 250-year-old mystery of the German cockroach

Advancing skin science: explore Skin Ageing & Challenges 2024 Strategic Topics in Malta this November

Controlling water, transforming greenhouse gases

MSK Research Highlights, May 24, 2024

ASCO: Large precision oncology study identifies differences in prostate cancer genomics among a racially and ethnically diverse cohort of U.S. veterans

ASCO: Combination therapy significantly improves outcomes for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer

Euclid space mission releases first scientific results and new images of the cosmos

Sociodemographic heterogeneity in the associations of social isolation with mortality

COVID-19 admission rates and changes in care quality in us hospitals

Preterm and early-term delivery after heat waves in 50 US metropolitan areas

Research spotlight: Virtual scribes reduced physicians’ time spent on electronic health records

Duke-NUS researchers develop new light-controlled ‘off switch’ for brain cells

Liver lesions at risk of transformation into hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhotic patients

Update on the STING signaling pathway in developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

[] Penn State "Goes Green for Kids" in New Project
Safer pest control and cleaning practices are being promoted through a new Penn State educational program geared toward child care providers of home-based and center-based child care facilities.