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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued advice regarding eating fish. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant - as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children - make informed choices when it comes to fish that is healthy and safe to eat.

To view recommendations click below:

Updated Fish Recommendations

In October 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released Media and Young Minds, the new screen time policy statement. This policy provides guidance for providers, families and industry to promote the development of children 0-5 years old and maximize benefit from newer digital technologies. Overall guidelines are as follows:

Avoid fast-paced programs with distracting content and any violent content

Avoid using media to calm children

Monitor apps and media content; test apps before the child uses them

Keep mealtime, bedrooms, and parent-child playtimes screen free

No screen time one hour before bed

Age specific guidelines are as follows:

<18 months: No screen media except video-chatting with a trusted family member or friend.

18-24 months: Choose high quality programming/apps (i.e. Common Sense Media, PBS Kids, and Sesame Workshop) and avoid letting children use the media by themselves.

>2 years old: One hour or less of high quality screen time. Co-use with parent to promote enhanced learning, greater interaction, and limit-setting.

To facilitate family management of screen time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently launched a Family Media Plan. This online application empowers families to create a customized plan for managing family screen time. Using this plan, families will be able to reduce overall screen time, improve the quality of screen time, and encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) program would like to give a special thank you to the Walmart Foundation for a $1,000 grant to help with our 2017 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative. This year we are focusing efforts to enhance awareness of prenatal participants, to better understand the need for extra calories during their pregnancies in order to achieve healthy birth outcomes. Increased education & awareness will highlight portion control (in regard to the need for extra calories), in helping mothers navigate what is healthy for them and baby. WIC plans to use the awarded grant money to provide those participants who are a part of the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, portion size containers so they can use what they learn as part of the WIC experience, at home.

For more information on how to apply for WIC please call 607-687-3147
Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month?  Each year nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. Of those 13,000 women more than 4,000 of them will die as a result. The main cause of cervical cancer is the virus known as Human Papilloma Virus. As a part of our commitment to reproductive health we’d like to highlight the importance of HPV awareness, cervical cancer prevention, and overall cervical health.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most commonly transmitted STI. It can cause genital warts, cancer, and can change cells in the cervix. The most common forms of HPV are preventable with a series of three shots, known as Gardasil. It is recommended that both men and women become vaccinated sometime between the ages of 11 and 26. In addition to cervical cancer, HPV can also cause cancer of the mouth, throat, anus, penis, vagina, as well as cause genital warts.  The CDC states that nearly all sexually active women and men will come into contact with at least one strand of HPV in their lifetimes which makes vaccination crucial.

Starting at the age of 21, it is recommended that women receive their first Pap smear, and every three years after that. This is because pap smears can help detect changes in cell structure. Some women may need a PAP smear more often if they have a history of cervical cancer or abnormal results. Getting regular PAP smears can help detect the changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer, as well as the early stages of cancer. The earlier a provider can detect these changes, the higher the likelihood of survival.

PAP smears are typically free and covered by insurance, even if it’s a high deductible plan. Call Family Planning at 607-687-5333 to schedule an appointment. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale and most insurances are accepted. 

Are you a female between the ages of 14 and 20 living in Tioga County? Are you interested in learning more about birth control, STI's, and healthy behaviors? If so Family Planning Education has a program for you! This program involves earning money and other incentives for participation.

For more information call the Family Planning Clinic office at (607)687-5333 and ask about our Seventeen Days Program. 

In Collaboration with Owego's Boys and Girls Club, Tioga Family Health Services will begin running the SMART GIRLS program on January 18th. For girls of all ages SMART GIRLS is a prevention and enrichment program designed to engage girls in activities that develop their social-emotional skills. Giving girls the chance to think about and discuss the challenges they encounter and to formulate and practice appropriate and productive responses. Through this process, SMART GIRLS nurtures girls social-emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills- qualities proven to lead to success in life. 

For more information

Please contact Family Health Services at:


Low-impact exercise programs can help reduce pain and stiffness, while simultaneously increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is currently offering a physical activity classes that is suitable for every fitness level.

Join us on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego).

If you would like more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 315.


Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2017.

Numerous programs offered through Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will benefit tremendously from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Group Workcamp, and various food pantries throughout the county. Many older adults in our county depend on these services to help them remain safe and independent in their own homes and to assist them in accessing nutritious meals. The generous support of local foundations, such as the Senior Citizens Foundation, is critical in helping Tioga Opportunities, Inc. meet the needs of the county’s seniors.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation for the generous grant which will aide in continuing vital services to older adults in Tioga County. Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.
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