National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. The 17th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 8, and is celebrated through May 14, 2016.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

Find out what additional steps you should take based on your age.

National Children's Mental Health Day

National Children's Mental Health Day, part of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, is Thursday, May 11, 2017.  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.  

Children’s mental health problems are real, common and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.

Untreated mental health problems can disrupt children’s functioning at home, school and in the community. Without treatment, children with mental health issues are at increased risk of school failure, contact with the criminal justice system, dependence on social services, and even suicide.

Read more about Recognizing Mental Health in Children here

Active Parenting of Teens Class

PCCC announces an upcoming Active Parenting of Teens class that will be starting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The class will focus on positive parenting and discipline skills for use with teens. The classes will be held every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Plaquemines Community CARE Center in Belle Chasse for six consecutive weeks. 

The only requirement for admission to the group is that a parenting intake be completed before the first group meeting. There is no cost for the parenting intake, but participants are required to purchase their books, which cost $15, and can be paid for either at the time of the intake, or at the first group meeting.

If there is anyone that you think would be interested, or that you would like to recommend to participate in the Active Parenting of Teens group, please refer them to contact the PCCCF, or Jesse Roessler (at or 504-393-5750). The final date for an individual to sit for an intake and be considered for the group is Friday, May 12, 2017.

Fifth Annual Every Kid Healthy Week:

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn!

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April is also National Autism Awareness Month

What is Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?  ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as soon as possible.  

From birth to 5 years, children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move.  Tracking and acting early.  CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD based on tracking in multiple areas of the U. S. 

Learn the signs.  Act early.