Springing into Children’s Health Care

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  • When: March 26, 2011
  • Location: 5801 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
  • Time: 11am-2pm
  • Hosted by: McDonald’s & K-Mart

Sponsored by: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, St. Vincent’s Health Care, Florida KidCare, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville

Families can receive health and vision screenings; obtain discount prescription drug cards, receive boxes of food from Second Harvest Food Bank; apply for the WIC and SNAP programs; and enroll in Medicaid and Florida KidCare. Ronald McDonald will provide entertainment, and kids can also get their faces painted and visit with firefighters and their fire engine. The event is free to the public.

New Town Success Zone Photographers Debut at ArtWalk

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Community photographers from the New Town Success Zone are making their debut at the April Jacksonville Art Walk.

Approximately 10 women participated in a PhotoVoice Project, entitled “Strengthening the Voices of Women in New Town: Making our Neighborhood Better for Children.” The NTSZ Early Childhood Committee and Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women organized the project, which is funded by the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Chartrand Foundation and individual donors.

The PhotoVoice concept is a means to build communities and inspire grassroots community action through participatory storytelling. The New Town project allows women from the North Jacksonville community to depict the concerns and strengths of the area and their hopes for a safe and appealing place to live and raise their young children through pictures.

ArtWalk is April 6, 2011 from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit will be located on the 3rd floor of the main library, at 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.

ReachUp, Inc. Hosting Conference May 12 & 13, 2011

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Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. ReachUp, Inc is hosting a conference on fatherhood in May to look at the impact dads can and will have on present and future generation.
The Affirming Fatherhood Conference: “We’re in it to win it,” The Right Look at Fatherhood will be held on May 12th and 13th in Tampa. The conference is designed to provide a different view of fatherhood and the value that positive fathers offer.
ReachUp’s purpose is to advocate for and mobilize resources to help communities achieve equality in healthcare and positive health for families.
For more information, contact Kenneth Scarborough at 813-712-6320 or kscarborough@reachupincorporated.org.

Backwards Until 2 – Latest Car Seat Recommendation

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The AAP, a leading resource for child health information, released a new recommendation to keep children in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years old or have reached the maximum height and weight requirements. The majority of rear-facing car seats can accommodate children up to 35 lbs.

According to the AAP, children under age 2 are 75 percent safer rear facing than forward facing and in the second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if rear facing than forward facing.

While parents may have concerns about the comfort of their children’s limbs, the AAP reports that only about 1 in 1,000 children who are rear-facing will suffer a lower extremity injury, while the rate is much higher for forward facing children.

For children of all ages, the back seat is always the safest place to ride. Those 4’9” and under and between 8 and 12 years old should ride in a booster seat.

The new recommendation was developed using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Swedish studies that demonstrate dramatically reduced injury and death rates of children who remain rear facing until age 4.

Florida law requires children to be in rear-facing seats until age 1 or 20 lbs. There is no booster law in the state. Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children.

For a low-cost car seat or to have your seat checked for proper installation, contact the following:
• Florida Highway Patrol, 904-695-4115 x232
• Safe Kids Northeast Florida, 904-202-4302