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Home Visiting: An Evidence-Based Best Practice

By | December 26th, 2013|Prevention|

Home visiting programs are highly effective at coaching new parents to be better parents.  Home visiting is particularly effective in building skills needed to be an effective parent as well as providing support for breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, fussy babies, oral health, and access to community resources. Arizona has a long tradition of supporting home visiting.  Arizona's coalition of partners [...]

Empowering the El Congreso Internacional de Promoción de la Salud

By | November 19th, 2013|General|

I was fortunate to attend the 2nd annual “El Congreso Internacional de Promoción de la Salud (CIPS)” last week in Hermosillo.  There were more than 400 public health attendees from 17 countries at the conference.  I presented our pre-school Empower program….  which empowers kids to make good choices about nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco using age-appropriate vehicles including costumed characters and a coloring book.   [...]

Guide to Community Prevention Services

By | October 22nd, 2013|Prevention|

Every so often- you run into a resource guide that stands above the rest.  I discovered one of those awhile back called the Guide to Community Preventive Services – and it’s a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in communities.  The easy-to-read resource guide answers questions [...]

The School Day Just Got Healthier

By | September 17th, 2013|Prevention|

Nearly 32 million U.S. kids get meals at school every day- and the meals are based on new nutrition standards from the USDA.  Kids attending the schools that participate in the program will have more vegetables and fruits, less fat and salt, and more whole grains. Portion sizes will better meet the needs of growing children. [...]

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

By | July 18th, 2013|General|

If you’re a product of the 60s and 70s like me… you probably remember that the President’s Council on Physical Fitness  was a big deal in elementary school.  At least it was in Tucson where I grew up.  By practicing things like chin ups, rope climbing, and running a mile in a certain time you could qualify [...]

Text4baby Sends Valuable Info to Your Phone

By | May 31st, 2013|General|

Congratulations! You just found out you’re going to have a baby. It can be an exciting time for a family, but there’s also so much to learn. Thankfully there are free resources to help, including on your phone from Text4baby.  When you sign up for Text4baby you’ll get 3 text messages a week timed to your due [...]

Healthy Kids

By | April 30th, 2013|General|

Looking for Gold Standard information to help you be the best parent you can be when it comes to your kid’s health and wellness?  Whether you're looking for basic child health info or detailed guidance about parenting issues, look no further than HealthyChildren.org, which is the only parenting web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians.  You'll [...]

Data Shows Progress… but Obesity is Still Rising

By | March 19th, 2013|Prevention|

Here’s some good news about the battle against the obesity epidemic: national data shows the average intake of calories has decreased for boys and girls over the last 12 years.  While the news is encouraging, our work to promote nutrition and physical activity to reduce obesity remains important. Reducing obesity is a Winnable Battle both nationally and [...]

Show Your Love

By | February 14th, 2013|General, Prevention|

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of romance, flowers and candy.  The CDC Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a campaign asking all women of childbearing age to Show Your Love by taking good care of themselves.  It’s a national initiative to educate women and couples on the importance of preconception health. Preconception health [...]

Snack Time

By | February 12th, 2013|Prevention|

We’re one step closer to winning the battle of childhood obesity.  The USDA just released the new “Smart Snacks in School” proposal to provide national standards geared towards increasing healthy food options in vending machines and snack bars. As required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA is striving to help improve [...]