Monday, December 22, 2008

Keep Kids Safe At Your Playground...

Register To Become A Certified Playground Safety Inspector. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries. This course is designed to educate individuals about those hazards, and train them to identify and reduce the risks associated with them.Sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association, the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is hosting a National Playground Safety course known as the NPSI, that is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector examination offered at the culmination of the certification course. It is also approved for 1.2 ceu's.
Click here for registration information

$44-Million Initiative Supports Comprehensive Solutions to Childhood Obesity

As the first investment, RWJF has awarded grants of up to $400,000 to nine communities across the country that will serve as leading sites for its most ambitious effort yet to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities will support local action to increase opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable foods for children and families. The goal is to catalyze policy and environmental changes that can make a lasting difference and be replicated nationally. The leading sites are Chicago; Columbia, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; Seattle; Somerville, Mass.; Washington; and Baldwin Park, Central Valley and Oakland in California. For more information: ,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Children's Health & Safety: In the Home, School, and Community

Education - Networking - Fellowship - Health Displays
Agenda To Include: child-safe proofing your home; childcare center, playground and faith community safety; internet safety; predator prevention; and more. If you are interested in setting-up a display or want to RSVP for the meeting, please call Lisa Wright-Martin at (757) 889-5405 or Sharon F. Jones (757) 886-6944.
Mary Immaculate Hospital
Community Education & Health Resource Center
Saturday, January 24, 2009
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Check-in Begins at 8:30 am

"Cover the Uninsured Week" 2009

Cover the Uninsured Week Dates Selected for 2009
The seventh annual Cover the Uninsured Week will take place March 22-28, 2009, in cities and towns across the country. Our event planning center and online resources are available year-round to assist in your outreach efforts at this crucial time for health reform.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The American Association of School Administrators announces six web-based videos on asthma in schools. These videos were created by the Wisconsin team of the Leadership Forum for Healthy Students and Healthy Schools. The team created 6 short “rich media” presentations that are available online and free of charge at
The Leadership Forum for Healthy Students and Healthy Schools is an activity of AASA’s cooperative agreement with the CDC to build the capacity of school leaders to work on asthma issues. To that end, and in close partnership with the National School Boards Association, we convened a five-state partnership to bring together superintendents, school board members, and state health, education, and asthma leaders. These videos are one result from the partnership in Wisconsin.
For more information about the asthma work at AASA in general, please visit for an overview of the project.

Asthma Research- Online Community Forum

California Asthma Partners invite you to attend an online community forum with leading asthma researchers. The online forum will kick off the two-day California Asthma Research Summit being held in San Francisco on December 10 and 11. This is a great opportunity for those unable to attend the summit to also learn about the latest advances in asthma research. Even if you plan to attend the summit, join the forum to hear how new asthma research can impact asthma education, advocacy and outreach. Forum topics include: Diet and Asthma, Probiotics, Asthma Management, Environment, Epidemiology, Pathophysiologic Studies and Severe Asthma.

For sign up information, please visit,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jazz it up for kids!!

Here is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families served by the YMCA of South Hampton Roads’ Community Services Branch and the KidsPriorityOne Program serving all of Hampton Roads—through a variety of Outreach Programs, such as
After School Tutoring Summer Camp Tobacco Use Prevention
Youth Leadership /First Tee Golf InnerActive Mobil Learning Center
Parenting Education KidsPriorityOne – an Information and Referral Service
Please click on the link below to view the ON-LINE AUCTION containing worthwhile and valuable items for sale, the proceeds of which will go to support our programs throughout the coming year. If you have any questions, please contact the YMCA STAFF at 757-962-2112.