Family & Parenting
MASK The Magazine

MASK The Magazine Summer 2019

In our time-deprived society, how do parents keep up? MASK The Magazine will conveniently bring a comprehensive approach to educating families on the severity and risk factors of relevant issues. MASK takes pride in fostering parent-child communication and will provide successful strategies to encourage ongoing dialogue. This publication will equip and prepare families with appropriate knowledge, resources and decision-making skills to empower families to make safe, healthy choices.

United States
MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids)
Read More
4 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
mask the magazine

PUBLISHER Kimberly Cabral MANAGING EDITOR Michelle Jacoby CREATIVE DIRECTOR Maureen Taylor Zucker MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Michelle Cardini CONTRIBUTORS Karen Aurit, LAMFT Michael Aurit, JD, MDR Stacy Barry Dr. Jeremy Corbett Julia De Simone Michelle Talsma Everson Shefali Gandhi, Psy.D. Tim McBride Jessica Smith Dr. William Strohman Sunny Wight SATs CONTRIBUTOR ASU Prep Digital Mesquite High School PHOTOGRAPHER Tina Greggo COMMUNITY EDUCATION PARTNER Arizona State University SUPPORTING STAFF Meghan Kenney, E3 Programs & Development Jenny Blunier, Community Relations Coordinator Shelley Thomas, Special Events Coordinator Geralyn Taffuri, Bookkeeping EVENT PARTNER Fairmont Scottsdale Princess CONTACT MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) 8937 E. Bell Road, Suite 202 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 PHONE: 480-502-5337 FAX: 480-502-5339 EDITORIAL INQUIRIES editor@maskmatters.org ADVERTISING INFORMATION info@maskmatters.org MASK Executive Board of Directors KIMBERLY CABRAL Founder & Publisher // MASK JOHN COCCA Director // Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control SHEF GANDHI, PSY.D. Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Director // Childhelp JOSEPH LEDUC District Commander // Scottsdale Police Department PATRICK VAN DEN BOSSCHE Managing Director // VDB Associates, LLC ANDRE WADSWORTH Executive Pastor // Impact Church MASK Women of Influence…

5 min.
who was watching?

The past several months have been pretty tough for me and my family. In July of last year, we moved to California, and just four months later we lost our home due to the devastating fires that hit the area we had just started to call home. Needless to say, our moments haven’t been as relaxing as California living ususally represents. The chaos of life looks different for everyone. Chaos is chaos, but it comes down to how you handle it (and how you model handling it) for yourself and for your children. At MASK, we incorporate mindfulness into our programs, and quite honestly, if it wasn’t for what I do for a living, I wouldn’t truly understand what mindfulness is. I would probably have disregarded it, thinking it was just…

3 min.

MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization created in 2007 by a group of dedicated mothers who recognized the need to consistently educate families on rapidly changing issues. The MASK mission is to engage and educate parents, children and the community about the issues facing youth and to empower children to make safe, healthy choices. MASK fulfills its mission by engaging, educating and empowering families through the MASK E3 Institute, MASK The Magazine and our vastly informative website. The MASK E3 Institute is a comprehensive year long multi-year approach to building and strengthening life skills for children, including MASK Storytime (Pre-K), MASK Academy (kindergarten to 6th grade), MASK Prep (middle and high school), MASK Leadership (college) and Parent University. Through these platforms MASK aims to build healthy children,…

2 min.
can magnesium help depression?

Magnesium, a vital mineral, is associated with normalized blood pressure, strong bones, and regulatory heart palpitations. Recently, studies have shown there is also some connection between the consumption of magnesium and the reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms. Historically, magnesium has been used to alleviate headaches, restlessness and irritability. Stress can wreak havoc on the magnesium supply in your body and has been known to yield magnesium depletions, linked with an immune response. This cycle is also brought on by depression. The link between stress, depression and magnesium has caused numerous researchers to explore the issue further. Magnesium can be found in natural foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, seafood, dark chocolate, and tofu. You can also supplement your magnesium intake through powders, tablets and pills available at many health food…

2 min.
five tips to stay germ-free while flying

From long security lines to lost baggage to weather delays, there are plenty of things out of your control when you take to the friendly skies. One thing you can take charge of, however, is being prepared to fight germs you’ll encounter. Dr. Jeremy Corbett, Chief Health Officer at Envolve’s PeopleCare division, offers these tips to help you arrive at your destination happy and healthy. 1 Wipe wisely. Each day thousands of people fly, some even when they’re sick. Be aware of germ hotspots like armrests, tray tables and seatbelts. Bring a travel-sized pack of disinfecting wipes with you to wipe down these and other dirty spots. This small step can help ward off germs and give you the peace of mind to enjoy your flight. 2 Select seats. Choosing a window…

2 min.
mask’s need-to-know tips

DRUG The best line of defense in preventing your child from experimenting with drugs is to start the conversation early. By speaking with children as young as 5 years old about healthy and unhealthy choices, you create an open dialog for future topics. For older children, you should check in with them about what they know about drugs, allowing you to educate them about the risks of experimenting with and abusing drugs. BULLY To combat bullying, ensure your child knows how to advocate for themselves. This could range from talking to a teacher when they’re struggling academically or interested in joining a new club. Allowing your child to share ideas with you will foster independence. In the same regard, make sure they understand some problems can’t be solved alone and that it’s OK…