With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non-profit and how it benefits local families?
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. Through our free community education programs like the Let's Talk Prevention program/tour and the environmental health program for high school students, MBCC works to engage the public on ways to reduce their exposure to chemicals of concern. Additionally, MBCC is working in partnership with our sister organization, Silent Spring Institute, as community partners on three national health projects on Cape Cod. The first project, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), is the STEEP Superfund Research Program. This project is led by the University of Rhode Island and includes researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Silent Spring Institute and focuses on private well water testing on Cape Cod for PFAS, as well as how PFAS enter groundwater from firefighting foams, wastewater, and other pollution sources. The second project, also funded by NIEHS, is PFAS-REACH (Research, Education, and Action for Community Health), led by Silent Spring Institute, along with researchers from Northeastern University and Michigan State University. The project examines PFAS exposures and their impacts on children’s health in Hyannis and at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH. And, the third project is part of a larger multi-site study on PFAS health effects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (or ATSDR). Silent Spring Institute is the leading the study in Massachusetts, which will include both Hyannis and the Town of Ayer. The team also includes researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Eastern Research Group, along with the community group People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment. The study will assess PFAS exposure and a range of health effects including immune response, kidney function, thyroid disease, liver disease, glycemic parameters, diabetes, and neurobehavioral outcomes in both children and adults.
2. Where is it located?
MBCC is a statewide organization with an office located in Franklin, MA.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
We appreciate the great diversity of the Cape Cod community.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
MBCC tries to participate in as many local events as possible to engage with the community. Additionally, we work with our sister organization Silent Spring Institute to bring research updates to the community.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
The biggest challenge is that it is very expensive to live on Cape Cod, especially given the seasonality of some of the industries here.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
Attending cancer support group meetings to talk and share with those touched by their cancer diagnosis in the hopes of being able to lend a guiding hand.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
To network with other parents as much as possible, and to utilize as many of the services available in our community, as needed.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
MBCC is inviting all parents who attend the Fair to join us for free at the Against the Tide event in Brewster on August 20, 2020. Against the Tide is a family-friendly multi-sport event that brings people together from all across the state in support of MBCC's mission of breast cancer prevention.
A Pediatric Wellness Trail fostering healthy living for kids
Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
For questions about this event, please call the Cape Cod Healthcare Access Line: 877-CAPECOD (877-227-3263)
345 Openings Available.
Wellness Trail #2
Healthy Bodies, Health Minds for Children and Teens
A Pediatric Wellness Trail Fostering Healthy Living for Kids
Sunday, March 24th | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis, 35 Scudder Avenue
Bart Main, Jr., MD, Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, Cape Cod Healthcare Centers for Behavioral Health
What Does Mental Health Look Like and How Do Kids Get There?
Kathryn Rudman, MD, Pediatrician, Seaside Pediatrics
How to Build a Healthy Relationship with Food and Body Image in the Age of Social Media
Jeffrey Spillane, MD, FACS, Thoracic Surgeon, Cape Cod Healthcare
Juul, E-Cigarettes and the Rising Teenage Vaping Epidemic: What Today's Parents Need to Know
Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN, Owner, Delicious Living Nutrition, Inc.
Nutrient-Dense Lunchboxes and Snacks That Support Intuitive Eating Practices
Manny Marrero, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Cape Cod Healthcare Centers for Behavioral Health
The Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation for Parents, Caregivers and Children
With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! Childcare is available as well for use during speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers or childcare you will earn extra raffle tickets-just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. It is our mission to coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services, which enhance the health of all Cape Cod residents and visitors. We offer local families access to the full resources of Cape Cod Healthcare, including Pediatric and Primary Care, Women’s Health, family-centered care for parents and babies at the Family Birthplace at Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals, a spectrum of childbirth education classes from pregnancy through infant care, four convenient Urgent Care centers and two acute hospitals.
Where is it located?
Our services are offered Cape-wide
How else do you get involved with the community?
Cape Cod Healthcare is involved with our community on many levels, including a dedicated Community Benefits program, charitable sponsorships, community health outreach and screenings, health and wellness education, and more.
Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Our 2019 Wellness Trails health education series is underway and free to our community. Throughout the year, we address a variety of important health topics featuring physician experts and clinical specialists from Cape Cod Healthcare, as well as local resources in nutrition, fitness, mindfulness and more. A Wellness Trail dedicated to pediatric topics will be held this spring. To learn more, see https://www.capecodhealth.org/wellness-wise/wellness-trails.
Cape Cod Parents Night Out!
Cape Cod Moms invites you to a free wellness talk at Cape Cod Children’s Museum, sponsored by The Wellness Champions and Dr. Bob Mulcahy of Mulcahy Family Chiropractic, Falmouth. Join us for light refreshments and learn how stress may be threatening your health without you even knowing it!
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Where: Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee, MA
RSVP: email@example.com with your name
Kids are welcome
Stress is known as the “silent killer” and is the number one trigger to heart attack. Heart attacks kill more Americans in the United States than any other disease! Stress also impacts one’s attention, leads to distraction, inefficiency, and spreads to others in your household including children. Dr. Bob will help give you the tools necessary to achieve better health and wellbeing for you and your family.
Beginning September 19, 2016, Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth will offer Baby & Me Yoga as well as Little Yogi classes. Yoga is a great way for baby and child to bond and connect with their parents while promoting the health of both the parent and child. Sign up today!
The Individual Shared Responsibility Provision
By: Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
The individual shared responsibility provision requires that you and each member of your family have qualifying health insurance, a health coverage exemption, or make a payment for any months without coverage or an exemption when you file. If you, your spouse and dependents had health insurance coverage all year, you will indicate this by simply checking a box on your tax return.
In most cases, the shared responsibility payment reduces your refund. If you are not claiming a refund, the payment will increase the amount you owe on your tax return. Here are some basic facts about the individual shared responsibility provision.
What is the individual shared responsibility provision?
The individual shared responsibility provision calls for each individual to have qualifying healthcare coverage--known as minimum essential coverage--for each month, qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing his or her federal income tax return.
Who is subject to the individual shared responsibility provision?
The provision applies to individuals of all ages, including children. The adult or married couple who can claim a child or another individual as a dependent for federal income tax purposes is responsible for making the shared responsibility payment if the dependent does not have coverage or an exemption.
How do I get a health coverage exemption?
You can claim most exemptions when you file your tax return. There are certain exemptions that you can obtain only from the Marketplace in advance. You can obtain some exemptions from the Marketplace or by claiming them on your tax return. You will claim or report coverage exemptions on Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions, and attach it to Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ. You can file any of these forms electronically. For any month that you or your dependents do not have coverage or qualify for an exemption, you will have to make a shared responsibility payment
What do I need to do if I am required to make a payment with my tax return?
If you have to make an individual shared responsibility payment, you will need to use the worksheets found in the instructions to Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions, to figure the shared responsibility payment amount due. You only make a payment for the months you did not have coverage or qualify for a coverage exemption. If you need assistance, please call.
What happens if I owe an individual shared responsibility payment, but I cannot afford to make the payment when filing my tax return?
The law prohibits the IRS from using liens or levies to collect any individual shared responsibility payment and they routinely work with taxpayers who owe amounts they cannot afford to pay. However, if you owe a shared responsibility payment, the IRS may offset that liability against any tax refund that may be due to you.
Visit our website for more great information and free tax calculators!
Gary DellaPosta is a CPA and founder of the firm. A graduate of Bryant University, he is a member of the American Institute of CPA's as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPA's. In addition to providing accounting, tax and advisory services to individuals and businesses, he also provides litigation support to attorneys and has been recognized as an expert in numerous Massachusetts' courts. Mr. DellaPosta serves on the Board of the Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Co., where he serves on the audit, investment and employee benefit committees. He is a Director at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, where he serves on audit, governance, and personnel committees, and is a former director of Eastern Bank and Plymouth Savings Bank. He is also the former Treasurer of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and is a former trustee of Heritage Museum & Gardens. Visit his website for more info
By: Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
The Affordable Care Act includes the individual shared responsibility provision that requires you, your spouse, and your dependents to have qualifying health insurance for the entire year, report a health coverage exemption, or make a payment when you file.
Who is subject to this provision?
All U.S. citizens living in the United States, including children, senior citizens, permanent residents and all foreign nationals are subject to the individual shared responsibility provision.
Children are subject to the individual shared responsibility provision.
Gary DellaPosta is a CPA and founder of the firm. A graduate of Bryant University, he is a member of the American Institute of CPA's as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPA's. In addition to providing accounting, tax and advisory services to individuals and businesses, he also provides litigation support to attorneys and has been recognized as an expert in numerous Massachusetts' courts. Mr. DellaPosta serves on the Board of the Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Co., where he serves on the audit, investment and employee benefit committees. He is a Director at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, where he serves on audit, governance, and personnel committees, and is a former director of Eastern Bank and Plymouth Savings Bank. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and is a former trustee of Heritage Museum & Gardens.
By: Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
If you have enrolled for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and receive advance payments of the premium tax credit in 2015, it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in your income or family size, to your Marketplace.
Advance payments of the premium tax credit provide financial assistance to help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Marketplace. Having at least some of your credit paid in advance directly to your insurance company will reduce the out-of-pocket cost of the health insurance premiums you'll pay each month.
However, it is important to notify the Marketplace about changes in circumstances to allow the Marketplace to adjust your advance payment amount. This adjustment will decrease the likelihood of a significant difference between your advance credit payments and your actual premium tax credit. Changes in circumstances that you should report to the Marketplace include, but are not limited to:
Gary DellaPosta is a CPA and founder of the firm: Gary M DellaPosta, CPA's & Business Advisors. A graduate of Bryant University, he is a member of the American Institute of CPA's as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPA's. In addition to providing accounting, tax and advisory services to individuals and businesses, he also provides litigation support to attorneys and has been recognized as an expert in numerous Massachusetts' courts. Mr. DellaPosta serves on the Board of the Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Co., where he serves on the audit, investment and employee benefit committees. He is a Director at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and is a former director of Eastern Bank and Plymouth Savings Bank. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and is a trustee of Heritage Museum & Gardens.
By: Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN
Obesity is an eating disorder and it is affecting our childhood population at an alarming rate. It shows no prejudice in any part of our country. There are two needs for why we eat; one is a physiological need to sustain energy and nutritional requirements, and a psychological force that drives our eating behaviors. The question is, what motivates children to consume healthy foods and can early behavior change improve the present and future health outcomes for today’s children?
According to the Theory of planned Behavior and the Health Action Process Approach, behavior follows directly from a conscious decision to act. This summarizes beliefs around the favorability and controllability of action (Gardner, 2011). There are theories that suggest that behavior can occur through different routes that can compete with each other. One is a deliberative route, which involves previous thought and cognitive effort. The other is the automatic route, which is defined by environmentally cued responses that require no effort and are completely involuntary. Habits are considered learned behaviors that occur with repetition and over time become automatic responses. If habits are a result of learned behavior, children who have developed poor eating habits learn such behavior from influences in their environment. Many factors can influence health behaviors of young children. According to the Social Cognitive Theory, cognitive and personal variables such as self-efficacy/ motivation, social/ environmental variables such as, poverty and limited access to health care, are all important determinants of health behavior. The Health Self-Empowerment Theory acknowledges the influence of social/ environmental variables as well as cognitive/ personal variables, on health-promoting behaviors. It also states that engaging in health-promoting behaviors and avoidance of health-risk behaviors are influenced by five empirically based, modifiable, self-empowerment-oriented variables; health motivation, health self-efficacy, self-praise of health-promoting behaviors, health knowledge and responsibility and active coping strategies and skills for managing stress and depression (Tucker, 2012). While eating and exercise are direct influences on weight, other psychological factors must be considered as indirect. “Depression might indirectly influence weight loss by increasing emotional eating behavior or by reducing dietary adherence (Stotland, 2005).” According to Tucker, out of those five theory variables, health motivation may be the most important in determining the potential for engaging in health-promoting behaviors.
If parents are unable to provide support as healthy examples, schools must step up and provide the education and facilitate a healthy environment to promote change. The goal is to provide early opportunities to promote healthy habits that continue into adulthood and decrease the prevalence of obesity and obesity related health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease. “Adolescent obesity has increased dramatically over the past several decades, with 34% of adolescents and young adults, ages 12 to 19 currently overweight or obese (Pbert, 2012).” School nurses are readily accessible and offer the skills and credibility to provide ongoing support to children at no extra cost. They are positioned to be an active role in the treatment and prevention of obesity. Healthy diet, exercise counseling and behavioral management training are all shown to decrease BMI in youth. In trying to identify other factors causing the rise in obesity, it is shown in the literature that loss of control (LC) is prevalent among overweight children and adolescents (Goossens, 2009). Recent studies have shown the relationship between negative emotions and loss of control, it is significantly related to symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents seeking treatment (Goossens, 2009). “The Affect Regulation Model proposes that individuals who lose control over their eating and start to binge believe that eating provides distraction and comfort from painful negative emotions (Goossens, 2009).” This model is what introduced what is now known as emotional eating and looks at this as a coping mechanism to regulate and decrease negative emotions. In children who suffer from anxiety, emotional eating may be a way of dealing with the hyper arousal they experience, where as depressed individuals, emotional eating may provide more positive emotions. “Early detection of LC and its emotional precedents can be of importance for the prevention and treatment of overweight and eating pathology (Goossens, 2009).” It is important to screen those seeking treatment for the presence of negative emotions and loss of control to ensure an adaptive and effective treatment plan.
I believe that parents are on the frontlines when it comes to setting a example of health-promoting behaviors. If there is lack of education equipping these parents with tools to help their children, it is community leaders and specialists left to provide the resources and availability to promote health and wellness.
“Transformation Begins With Nutrition”- Jennifer Long, RN,NCN.
Contact RNutrition Health & Wellness to receive Nutrition & Health Consulting from Jennifer Long, RN, NCN.
Phone: (508) 360-2032
By: Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
If you, your spouse or dependents had significant medical or dental costs in 2012, you may be able to deduct those expenses when you file your tax return. Here are eight things you should know about medical and dental expenses and other benefits.
1. You must itemize. You deduct qualifying medical and dental expenses if you itemize on Schedule A on Form 1040.
2. Deduction is limited. You can deduct total medical care expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income for the year.
3. Expenses must have been paid in 2012. You can include medical and dental expenses you paid during the year, regardless of when the services were provided. Be sure to save your receipts and keep good records to substantiate your expenses.
4. You can't deduct reimbursed expenses. Your total medical expenses for the year must be reduced by any reimbursement. Normally, it makes no difference if you receive the reimbursement or if it is paid directly to the doctor or hospital.
5. Whose expenses qualify. You may include qualified medical expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse and your dependents. Some exceptions and special rules apply to divorced or separated parents, taxpayers with a multiple support agreement, or those with a qualifying relative who is not your child.
6. Types of expenses that qualify. You can deduct expenses primarily paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease, or treatment affecting any structure or function of the body. For drugs, you can only deduct prescription medication and insulin. You can also include premiums for medical, dental and some long-term care insurance in your expenses. Starting in 2011, you can also include lactation supplies.
7. Transportation costs may qualify. You may deduct transportation costs primarily for and essential to medical care that qualifies as a medical expense, including fares for a taxi, bus, train, plane or ambulance as well as tolls and parking fees. If you use your car for medical transportation, you can deduct actual out-of-pocket expenses such as gas and oil, or you can deduct the standard mileage rate for medical expenses, which is 23 cents per mile for 2012.(This rate increases to 24 cents in 2013.)
8. Tax-favored saving for medical expenses. Distributions from Health Savings Accounts and withdrawals from Flexible Spending Arrangements may be tax free if used to pay qualified medical expenses including prescription medication and insulin.
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