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!

Read the rest at http://everykidhealthyweek.org/.

 

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.  

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention  (CAP).  CAP is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.  

During this time, people across the country come together to show their support for nurturing families who provide happy, healthy childhoods.  Every year Pinwheels for Prevention - the national symbol for CAP Month - are planted in the ground to raise awareness of the need for programs that focus on child development and nurturing families, policies that strengthen families and awareness in the community that we all have a role to play in prevention.  

Get the Thirty Ways to Prevent Child Abuse Tips sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana here.  

 

Alcohol Awareness Month

Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

Alcohol-Free Weekend

An integral part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of April to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to contact local NCADD affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.  You can also contact the CARE Centers.  

Information provided by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.  

Rethinking Your Drinking 

Irma White

Community Health Worker/Patient Navigator

April 6, 2017 is National Alcohol Screening Day

April 6, 2017 is National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD).  NASD is an outreach, education, and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and independent drinking behaviors and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options.  NASD is held annually on Thursday of the first full week of April.  Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations and military installations provide the program to the public each year.  By bringing an opportunity for education, referrals and treatment to those with alcohol dependency issues, screening is a large part of the outreach program.  

Sponsored by Screening For Mental Health, National Alcohol Screening Day offers anonymous and confidential screenings online or at NASD events.  

Take an anonymous self-assessment today.  

Information provided by Screening For Mental Health.  

Irma White - Community Health Worker/Patient Navigator