Nurses’ Home Visits For New Mothers Can Cut Risk Of Preventable Death In Both Mother And Child

For first-time mothers especially, the hardships and stress that come along with parenting can be overwhelming, and in some cases require the help of at-home visits by a health care professional. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics focusing...

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Spotlight on Brain Connections!

Early Learning Professional Development Conference Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. (SSFC) will host the 17th annual Early Learning Professional Development Conference Saturday Jun 21 at the Sundance Plaza Hotel on University Parkway in Winston-Salem, NC (http://www.ramada.com/hotels/north-carolina/winston-salem/ramada-plaza-winston-salem-north/hotel-overview . This year’s...

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Obesity Is Found to Gain Its Hold in Earliest Years By Gina Kolata, New York Times

For many obese adults, the die was cast by the time they were 5 years old. A major new study of more than 7,000 children has found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese...

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Press Release – Expert Taskforce Releases Recommendations for Obesity Prevention for State’s Youngest Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Heather Strickland - hstrickland@smartstart.org, 919-821-9564 Expert Taskforce Releases Recommendations for Obesity Prevention for State’s Youngest Children Shape NC Highlighted as Key Part of Strategy to Create Healthier NC RALEIGH, NC — A taskforce comprised of child care and...

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Nurse Family Partnership in North Carolina

Each year in North Carolina, 21,000 children are born to first-time, low-income mothers who are at the greatest risk of suffering health, education and economic disparities – disparities that perpetuate a vicious cycle of poverty. No matter how a...

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Free! Improving Young Child Mental Health in North Carolina

In 2010, the North Carolina General Assembly asked the NC Institute of Medicine to convene a task force to study the adequacy of the current systems serving the mental health, social and emotional needs of young children and their...

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North Carolina Child Death Rate Remains at Lowest Level in History

RALEIGH – Data released today by NC Child Fatality Task Force show that child death rates in North Carolina ticked downward slightly in 2011 to the lowest rate yet recorded. The child death rate has been cut almost in...

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After Record Decline, N.C. Infant Mortality Rate Experiences Slight Increase

(Action for Children) Data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services yesterday show, after reaching the lowest recorded rate in state history, North Carolina's infant mortality rate experienced an uptick in 2011,...

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Outdoor Learning Improves Health of NC Children

ASHEBORO, N.C. - Thousands of children across North Carolina are learning to play in the dirt again. It's part of a statewide effort to increase the health and nutrition education for children and their families called Shape NC. In...

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NC Child Fatality Task Force October Meetings

The Child Fatality Task Force has a number of meetings scheduled for October. All meetings are from 10 until 1 in room 1027 of the Legislative Building in Raleigh.  The call-in number for those unable to participate in person...

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