Maternal depression can affect any woman. But recent studies show low-income mothers of young children are more likely to suffer from maternal depression than those with higher incomes.
One in 11 low-income mothers with young children reportedly experienced episodes of severe depression in the last year.
Research shows children living with depressed parents are predisposed to developing symptoms of depression and other behavioral and psychiatric problems. Depression is treatable, but low-income mothers are less likely to seek treatment. This puts children of low-income mothers experiencing depression at a disadvantage.
Home visiting services and programs such as Head Start, have been shown to decrease depression by helping to identify mental health concerns, providing family support and resources for medical coverage. Nurse home visits have also proven to be beneficial to the well-being of mother and child’s mental health.
The Coalition implemented the Nurse Family Partnership, an evidence-based home-visiting program executed within the Healthy Start program in Duval County, to provide services to high-risk first time mothers. Nurses from the program visit clients at their home and teach them the necessary parenting skills, tools and knowledge they will need to raise healthy, safe children.
Prepare for the long haul with your significant other by attending Before You Tie the Knot, a marriage preparation course offered in July at the Duval County Cooperative Extension Office. Couples that complete all three sessions will receive a $32.50 discount on their marriage license. The required three-day waiting period before applying for a license will also be waived.
The workshop will cover:
- The 8 Needs of Every Partner, Parent, and Child
- Positive Parenting
- The 9 Communication Skills
- Can We Argue?
- Can We Talk?
- Your Money Matters
- Healthy Lifestyles
The class meets July 10, 17 and 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee. Registration deadline is July 5. Registration is available online. For more information contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Man Up for Health Summit will be held June 22 at the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center. The event, which is hosted by the Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition, will be from 9am to 2pm and includes foods, workshops, hair cuts, health screenings, giveaways and more.
“Man Up” is held each year during National Men’s Health Month. The event is for boys and men ages 13 and up. Register here.
Learn more about the Men’s Health Coalition.
It has been commonly thought that wearing sunscreen before long periods of sun exposure is the answer to preventing skin cancer.
Yes, while it is true that most sunscreens prevent the sunburn caused by ultraviolet B rays that can potentially raise your risk for skin cancer, it is also important to know that most sunscreens do not protect against ultraviolet A rays — the ones responsible for aging, skin damage and the one experts say has a possible role in skin cancer.
An article published by the New York Times on their Well blog noted the increase of sunscreen sales and the still-climbing rates of skin cancer in the United States (an estimated one in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime), pointing the finger at poor consumer education and the quality of the sunscreen available on the shelf.
Sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum protection” mean they protect against UVA and UVB rays, but the UVA protection may not be as strong as the UVB protection. Sunscreens with a higher SPF also have been show to not be as effective. Products labeled “waterproof” aren’t guaranteed to be waterproof, only water-resistant for a limited period of time after application.
The Food and Drug Administration has taken new measures to correct these and other misguiding information on sunscreen labels. The changes will limit the maximum SPF value on labels to “50+”, request safety and effectiveness testing for sunscreen products in non-lotion form (such as sprays) and will establish the standards for testing the effectiveness of the products and require the proper labeling of the test results.
The Times article provided these tips for selecting the right sunscreen product:
- Find a sunscreen with “broad spectrum protection” and an SPF of 15 to 50.
- Avoid using sunscreen sprays. The FDA has requested more data on the effectiveness on sprays, with the concern that the spray can be inhaled into the lungs and that not enough sunscreen gets onto the skin.
- Do not use sunscreen on infants. They should be kept out of the sun. If they are outdoors, keep infants in the shade and covered. For more information read the FDA’s Sun Safety for Infants Guide here.
- Try to avoid being exposed to the sun during its harshest hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Buy fragrance free products.
- Be aware that products labeled with the Skin Cancer Foundation’s “seal of recommendation” can only receive the endorsement if their manufacturer donates $10,000 to become a member of the foundation.
- Avoid product with oxybenzone, as the chemical may disrupt hormones.
- Avoid products that contain vitamin A or retinol. The FDA is still investigating their effects, but studies show vitamin A and retinol may increase sun sensitivity.
Fathers in the Nassau County Jail will now have access to fatherhood classes as part of the Coalition’s expansion of a program designed specifically for incarcerated men, InsideOut Dad. Classes began May 21 and will be continuous.
InsideOut Dad is a unique set of fatherhood modules that include 12 core sessions along with 26 optional sessions to allow the curriculum to be tailored to fit the unique needs of fathers in specific correctional facility or setting. Ultimately, the goal of the curriculum is to increase the proportion of children growing up and the mother of their children with involved, responsible and committed fathers. The evidence-based program was developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative.
The Coalition began InsideOut Dad classes in the Baker County Jail in July 2012. Eleven fathers participated in the first series of classes, and at least 17 have taken part in the latest series at the facility that concludes in July.