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Breastfeeding Moms Need A Supportive Workplace As Well As A Private Room

Despite steps being taken to support breastfeeding mothers in the workforce, there are still about 27.6 million women of childbearing age left without the basic necessities to meet their breastfeeding goals. As a result, moms and their infants are missing out on vital health benefits. In 2015, 4 out of 5 mothers (83.2 percent) began […]

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Combating Childhood Obesity Summit

The Combating Childhood Obesity Summit explores the latest thinking and research about how medicine and the wider community can best address childhood obesity. This daylong forum will bring together medical experts, researchers, hospital leaders, pediatricians, community health advocates and other stakeholders from around the country for a series of high-level conversations exploring best practices and […]

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Georgia Child Care Centers Receive Mini-Grants

In November 2018, Save the Children provided mini-grants to 43 licensed child care programs in southwest Georgia impacted by Hurricane Michael. The international organization provided a total of $25,000 administered through the Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning to child care programs that benefit 20 counties including Clay, Columbia, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, […]

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Obesity Increases Asthma Risk in Children

Ten percent of pediatric asthma cases could be avoided if childhood obesity were eliminated, according to research led by Nemours Children’s Health System. The research, published in the November 2018 issue of Pediatrics (the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics), reported on the analysis of medical records of more than 500,000 children. The study […]

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Obesity Prevention Among Low-Income Preschoolers

Childhood obesity is a serious health problem and disproportionately affects children of lower income and racial/ethnic minorities. Contributing factors to childhood obesity include the neighborhood environment, social influences, economic factors, the home environment, parenting behaviors, and child behavioral and biological factors. Previous pediatric obesity prevention interventions have been less effective than expected, perhaps in part […]

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Study Asks, Why Do Mothers Stop Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of asthma and allergies in infants, but only about half of American mothers breastfeed their children through their first 6 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s breastfeeding report card. Physical complications, such as insufficient milk supply, can discourage mothers from breastfeeding or expressing breast […]

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Community Efforts to Combat Childhood Obesity Effective

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five U.S. school-age children and young people ages 6 to 19 years suffers from obesity, a tripling of such numbers since the 1970s. For individual children, genetics, eating and exercise all play a role in weight status—but the influence of a community’s design, programs […]

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7 States Report Obesity at or Above 35%

This month, the CDC released new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The 2017 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that adult obesity prevalence across the country remains high and differs by race, ethnicity, and education. The data come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance […]

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Obesity disproportionately affects minority children and children from low socio-economic status families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children and adolescents residing in the United States of America is obese. That means that 18.5 percent of children are obese. This rate increases […]

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More U.S. Mothers Are Breastfeeding, Says CDC

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that more U.S. mothers are breastfeeding, but that many stop nursing earlier than they should. Researchers found that of the babies born in 2015, 83.2 percent were breastfeeding after birth, 57.6 percent continued to nurse after 6 months and 35.9 percent were still going at […]

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