Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nutrition Information for children and teens

Substituting Water for Sugary Drinks Can Reduce Excess Calorie Consumption in Children and Teens
Almost 90 percent of U.S. children and adolescents consume sugar-sweetened beverages on any given day -- and according to a study published in the April 2009 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, replacing these sugary drinks with water could eliminate an average of 235 calories per day, effectively reducing excess-calorie intake, which contributes to childhood obesity and related health problems.
Lead author Y. Claire Wang says, "The evidence is now clear that replacing these 'liquid calories' with calorie-free beverage alternatives both at home and in schools represents a key strategy to eliminate excess calories and prevent childhood obesity."
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Asthma 101 facilatator training session

Become a certified Asthma 101 facilitator "The basics training". This is geared towards community members who provide education to parents, the public or provide training to programs working with children. For more information or to register contact

CDC H1N1 Flu Website Situation Update

Interim CDC Guidance on Day and Residential Camps
Camps for children, young adults and families range from programs conducted for several hours in a day (not overnight) to programs that are residential and involve many weeks in group settings. At this time, CDC recommends the primary means to reduce spread of influenza in camps focus on early identification of ill campers and staff, staying home (or away from others) when ill, good cough and hand hygiene etiquette, and environmental controls that encourage use of these hygiene practices. Learn more >>

For more information, see the CDC H1N1 Flu website

Children w/ special health care needs

Hampton Roads special needs preparedness website. Please go to for more information.

The Virginia Department of Health, Division of Dental Health has been busy developing a program to help children with special health care needs access early oral health care and prevent dental disease. We have developed educational materials and oral health presentations for health care professionals, case managers, educators, and parents. Now we have our children with special needs information on the Division of Dental Health website:

Playground Safety Inspector Certification Course

A Playground Safety Inspector Certification Course is being offered in Roanoke, VA September 9-11, 2009. This is the only national program devoted to playground safety inspector certifications. Please see information below and the attached registration form. Please direct any questions to the Virginia Recreation and Park Society by contacting them at 804-730-9447 or visiting

Friday, June 12, 2009

Child passenger safety course

Safe Kids Virginia will partner with Ft. Eustis to sponsor a cps technician refresher course on June 18, 2009. To participate, you must be a cps technician with a current certification. Space for the course is limited and registration is required. To register please email or call me at (804) 628-2077 or . This course has been approved by Safe Kids Worldwide and the cps certification department. We are grateful to have Sgt. Lee Bailey of the New Kent Sheriffs Office as our certified instructor for the course. Each participant will receive 6 CE's, which are required for their recertification process. The class will be held in the Fire Department on Ft. Eustis, located at 648 Washington Blvd, Newport News. Class will begin at 8am and end at 4:15pm. Lunch will be on your own and unfortunately we are unable to provide refreshments during the course, though vending machines are available. For those technicians who need to be checked off on their child safety seat installations, Sgt. Bailey will remain after class to do this with you.
Corri Miller-Hobbs, Coordinator

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Virginia Department of Health, Health Equity Conference

Please save the date for the Health Equity Conference that will take place from September 10-11 in Richmond, Virginia. We encourage you to share this information with your constituents and colleagues.
The conference planning committee is also seeking funding for sponsorship. Please direct any questions about sponsorship to Cecilia Barbosa (
Website for more information

CHKD "Run Walk for the kids"

It's time to start training for the third annual RunWalk for the Kids, Saturday, June 13, at CHKD! This family-centered event is sponsored by The King's Daughters to benefit CHKD and will feature an 8K run, 2 mile walk, 1 mile Fun Run and special children’s "marathon". The race starts and finishes at Children's Hospital in Norfolk. Visit for more information and to register online today!