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July 18, 2011


To: HMHB Partners
Date: July 18, 2011, Volume 13, Edition 29

This Week:
1) Study: Maternal Depression and Child Behavior
2) Text Messages Educate on Birth Defects Prevention
3) HMHB Webinar Next Week: Preventing Child Death Resulting from Hyperthermia
4) ECBT Gala Awards Nomination
5) Car Safety Seat Checks this Summer
6) Childhood Obesity Prevention Checklist


MATERNAL-INFANT HEALTH NEWS

1) STUDY: MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND CHILD BEHAVIOR
A study in the July edition of the journal Pediatrics examines the impact of maternal depressive symptoms during toddlerhood on children's behavior at the age of 5 years and investigated if formal or informal child care during the toddler years modified any relationship observed. The study authors reviewed data from 438 mothers and their children, including questionnaires completed by the mothers during their child's infancy, in toddlerhood and at the age of 5 years. They found that recurrent maternal depressive symptoms when the children studied were aged 2 and 3 and ½ years were a significant risk factor for internalizing, externalizing and total behavior problems by the time the children were aged 5 years. However, as little as half a day in formal child care at the age of two years significantly modified the effect of recurrent maternal depressive symptoms on total behavior problems. To review the study online, go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/1
/e78.abstract.

2) TEXT MESSAGES EDUCATE ON BIRTH DEFECTS PREVENTION
Sign up now to receive free text messages from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) with reminders and tips on how to prevent birth defects. Text REMINDERS to 87000 to receive three text messages per week with reminders to take folic acid and other health information. Birth defects of the brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida) happen during the first weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Text messages from NCBDDD provide information about things to do before you are pregnant to help prevent birth defects. For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/Features/PregnancyHealthTips/.


CHILD, ADOLESCENT, FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS

3) HMHB WEBINAR NEXT WEEK: PREVENTING CHILD DEATH RESULTING FROM HYPERTHERMIA
Join the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition for the latest MCH Topics Webinar: "Preventing Child Death Resulting from Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke) in Cars and Trucks" on July 25, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00pm EST. A panel of experts from Safe Kids, USA will talk about the incidence of child deaths in cars and trucks caused by heat stroke, tips for raising awareness, and share free resources available for parents and providers. Speakers will include Martin R. Eichelberger, MD, founder of Safe Kids Worldwide and renowned expert in the field of pediatric trauma care and injury control, Jan Null, CCM, former meteorologist with the National Weather Service and leading researcher on the topic of Hyperthermia Deaths of Children, and Lorrie Walker, Training Manager and Technical Advisor, Safe Kids Buckle Up Program. To register for the Webinar go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/973379209.

4) ECBT GALA AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Three outstanding individuals will be recognized for their contributions to childhood immunization at the Every Child By Two (ECBT) 20th Anniversary Gala on October 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The deadline for award nominations is August 15, 2011. Nominations can be made in three categories. The Martin H. Smith, MD Award for Achievement in Childhood Immunization will honor a physician who goes above and beyond in the promotion of childhood immunizations. The ECBT Immunization Leadership Award will be presented to an individual working at the national level who has shown leadership in the field of immunization promotion. Finally, the ECBT Immunization Champion Award will be presented to an individual working at the state or local level who has shown leadership in the field of immunization. To download the awards nomination form and for more information go to http://ecbt.org/gala/ecbtgalanom.doc.

5) CAR SAFETY SEAT CHECKS THIS SUMMER
Child safety seat inspections will take place this summer at car dealerships in nine states - Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Washington. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First, in conjunction with Dorel Juvenile Group USA, the events will provide families with hands-on instruction from certified child passenger safety technicians on how to properly select, install and use their child restraint systems. As part of the inspections, Dorel will provide $15,000 worth of new car seats, which will be used to replace unsafe and expired seats. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old, with four children in the US killed in crashes each day. Properly used car safety seats and booster seats reduce the likelihood of injuries or death in a vehicle crash. For a list of locations for this summer's child safety seat inspections go to http://media.mitsubishicars.com/index.php?s=16874&i
tem=44275.

6) CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION CHECKLIST
The Let's Move Child Care Checklist presents recommendations for childhood obesity prevention in early care and education. Created as part of the Let's Move Child Care Web site which was launched by the White House in June, the checklist includes topics such as physical activity, screen time, food, beverages and infant feeding. The checklist is based on the Nutrition and Physical Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), a research-tested intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care by improving the nutritional quality of food served, the amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and related environmental characteristics. The Let's Move Child Care Web site is available at http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org. Access the checklist at http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/filebox/letsmove/childcareclist.pdf.

Sources:
http://ecbt.org/gala/ecbtgalanom.doc
http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org
http://media.mitsubishicars.com/index.php?s=16874&item=44275
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/1/e78.abstract
http://www.cdc.gov/Features/PregnancyHealthTips/
http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/filebox/letsmove/childcareclist.pdf
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/973379209
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