Stillwater News Press

Health & Environment

April 26, 2014

Live Well 04-27-14

Make a commitment to prevent child abuse

The end of April is fast approaching, and with it the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We set this time aside to reflect on how child abuse affects our community as well as learn how to act so we can best protect our children. The pinwheels on the courthouse lawn, a city proclamation and blue child cut-outs at various Stillwater agencies remind us that over 300 cases of abuse and neglect were reported in Payne County last year. The unreported number of abused children may be as high as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in our communities.

Experiencing abuse as a child can de-stabilize an entire lifetime, preventing a person from reaching their potential and possibly continuing the cycle of pain that abuse brings.

As the month closes, we’ll be taking down the visual prompts that remind us as a community we must act to protect our children. Next time you see a blue child cut-out or pass by the courthouse, please take a moment to make a plan for yourself to be instrumental in preventing child abuse. Start in your own household, with your own loved ones. Teach the children in your life about personal boundaries and encourage them to communicate with you not only about the daily activities in their lives, but about their feelings, fears, and hopes.

These activities strengthen your relationship with your loved ones and give them the confidence to share with you when something bothers them. While most of us would not hesitate to report child abuse, many of us have never had education on the signs of child abuse.

The Saville Center offers free training to interested agencies on this very topic. Please call 405-377-5670 for more information.

Consider donating your time or resources to programs that not only help children directly affected by abuse, but also to agencies that support the family as a whole.

A family that has protection from stress can better insulate itself from abuse. Start by simply reading up on the opportunities we have in Payne County. Resolve to spend 15 or 20 minutes at or

The month of April ends on the 30th, but Child Abuse Prevention Month is meant to be the beginning of your engagement in activities that help protect the future of Payne County’s children. It should also serve as a reminder that the commitment to an abuse-free society must be renewed frequently.

Our vigilance is necessary to reduce the damage abuse and neglect causes our communities. Commit to find your unique way to contribute time, talent and resources to the prevention of child abuse.

Anna Stuck is the accreditation coordinator for the Payne County Health Department.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Health & Environment
  • Live Well 07-27-14

    The topic of the legal drinking age is an ongoing debate among American politician and citizens. Among the countries that set a legal drinking age, 18 is the most common. Along with Mongolia, Indonesia, Palau and several states in India and Egypt, the United States is an outlier with a minimum purchase age of 21.

    July 26, 2014

  • Live Well 07-20-14

    It is way too easy to hit snooze on my alarm clock.
    Exercising in the morning always seems like a good idea until the alarm starts yelling at an ungodly hour.

    July 19, 2014

  • Live Well 07-13-14

    Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases.

    July 13, 2014

  • Live Well 06-29-14

    Most people are aware that Stillwater Animal Welfare is full of cute cats and dogs available for adoption, but did you know that when you save a pet that your pet saves you, too?

    June 28, 2014

  • Live Well 06-22-14

    Prescription drug use is continuously on the rise in the United States due to the medical advancements of this country.

    June 21, 2014

  • brownthrasher.jpg Life at Boomer Lake 06-15-14

    Even though it has been quite rainy over the past week, the lake is once again at very healthy levels. Consequently, avian life in our neck of the woods is thriving.

    June 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Live Well 06-15-14

    Each year National Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

    June 14, 2014

  • Live Well 06-08-14

    I love summer! As an educator in Stillwater Public Schools, I love summer for my students and my family.

    June 7, 2014

  • Live Well 06-01-14

    Saturday was World No Tobacco Day – a day observed around the world on May 31. The intention of this day is to observe a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco across the globe.

    May 31, 2014

  • Live Well 05-25-14

    Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer because of its ability to spread, or metastasize.

    May 24, 2014

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
Must Read