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Jan 15, 2016 7:44 PM

Changing Families: Skipping breakfast increases stroke risk; Free forum on kids with attention issues; Obamacare deadline upon us


You've probably heard the saying breakfast is the most important meal of the day. New research backs that up showing eating breakfast every day may prevent strokes.

The study looked at over 82,000 mature adults without a history of heart disease and followed them for 15 years. Those who never ate breakfast had a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, and especially a higher risk for brain hemorrhage strokes, compared to those who ate breakfast every day.
One in five kids in New Hampshire have learning and attention issues such as ADHD or dyslexia. On Wednesday, January 20th, there's a free forum with experts on the issues in Concord.

Understood is a nonprofit resource for parents. It's hosting the free forum to educate, engage and mobilize parents, teachers and other adults who care about children with learning and attention issues.

The free event will include a panel discussion with national and state experts to help parents understand and meet the needs of kids who have brain-based issues that can affect reading, writing, math, organization, concentration, listening comprehension, social skills, motor skills or a combination of these. These children are as smart as their peers, but too often the signs of learning and attention issues are misinterpreted as a lack of effort or intelligence.

The forum is being held Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:30–8:30 PM, at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday night, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m., is the deadline to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in order for it to kick in on Feb. 1, 2016.

If you miss this deadine you can still sign up until January 31st, but your policy won't kick in until March. But that's it. Open enrollment closes for the year on January 31st unless you have a life-changing event that warrants an exception. Remember, there are penalties for going without insurance, and they're higher this year.

To sign up go to www.healthcare.gov.


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