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Chalk Up Another Empower Award

By | February 21st, 2013|Licensing, Prevention|

This week the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs gave us the National Best Practice Award for our Empower Program.  As a refresher for those of you that aren’t familiar with Empower…  it’s a program we started in 2009 that focuses on increasing healthy eating and active living in our licensed child care facilities… [...]

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Hearing and Vision Screening

By | February 19th, 2013|General, Newborn Screening|

According to the CDC about 15% of school age kids have some hearing loss.  Children who are hard of hearing will find it harder to learn vocabulary, grammar, word order, and other parts of verbal communication.  Newborn hearing loss occurs in about 1 in 5,000 births- which is why it’s so important that AZ kids [...]

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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 [...]

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Selling Food

By | January 16th, 2013|Prevention|

Food marketing to children and teens is a major public health concern. Earlier this year, the Walt Disney Company announced it will no longer accept advertisements for junk food on its child-directed television, radio, and online sites.  Disney also updated its nutrition standards for foods that can be advertised to children. The food and beverage [...]

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‘Tis the Season to Be Vaccinated…

By | December 19th, 2012|Prevention|

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released issued new recommendations to encourage pregnant women to get the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine (Tdap) during their pregnancy.  Since most kids get whooping cough from a close family member, vaccinating parents (and teens) is one of the best ways to prevent infants, especially those who are too young [...]

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New “Empower” Standards Here

By | November 27th, 2012|Licensing|

It is hard to believe we’re in the 3rd year of our successful Empower Program. As a refresher for those of you that aren’t familiar with Empower, it’s a program that focuses on increasing healthy eating and active living, along with helping to provide smoke-free environments, in licensed child care facilities… reaching over 200,000 children [...]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By | October 26th, 2012|General, Prevention|

Every day at least 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.  October is set aside to help bring awareness to the issue - across the country domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15-44. In Arizona last year, 108 individuals lost their lives to domestic violence; so [...]

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September: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

By | September 5th, 2012|Prevention|

Protecting the health and wellbeing of our children is critical to the future of Arizona. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Arizona ranks 15th in the nation in childhood obesity with almost 18% of Arizona children (10 to 17) being obese. Obesity puts our children at early risk for conditions we normally associate with [...]

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That Stubborn Whooping Cough

By | July 31st, 2012|Prevention|

Whooping Cough is making headlines again – with more than 18,000 cases in the U.S. and 600 cases so far this year in AZ.  You might wonder why we continue to have lots of whooping cough cases in the US and AZ when the other vaccine preventable diseases are real rare (e.g. measles, mumps etc.).  [...]

Schoolyards Opening Up

By | April 11th, 2012|General|

One of the things I’ve always been jazzed about is coming up with simple and easy policy interventions to drive public health change.  The Governor signed a bill that’s a good example.  SB1059 addresses liability concerns of schools when opening outdoor facilities to the public outside of the school day. This is a critical first [...]

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