BABY BUGGY?? WALK FOR INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS
On September 29th, Enterprise Community Healthy Start (ECHS) has coordinated the Baby Buggy Walk in the Park to be held 10 a.m. to noon at Thomson First Baptist Church Community Walking Track. This event will offer valuable health and safety information, learning about making time for exercise, good nutrition and finding community resources to give babies a better start in surviving their first year of life.
This free event will provide an opportunity for families to come together for exercise, fun activities, and to receive health and safety information. Families will learn about good nutrition, making time for exercise and health/safety resources available in their community.
This event is part of a national Infant Mortality Awareness initiative being held in many cities across the country. Infant mortality is the death of an infant before their first birthday. While the infant mortality rate is declining overall in Georgia, rates continue to be higher than the state average in McDuffie County, particularly among African American infants. Since 2008, twenty-six infants have died before their first birthday, with sixteen of those being African American infants. Important to the event will be a special time dedicated to recognizing the infants and their families who did not get to celebrate their first birthday.
“Our goal is to spread the word that planning for a healthy baby begins long before a mother sees her baby’s face for the very first time”, said Jodi Hudgins, MSN, Coordinator Education and Networking with ECHS. While it is known that not all infant deaths can be prevented, key mother/ baby health and safety strategies continue to reduce the number of infant deaths. Across the nation it is events such as this that are calling attention to the link between healthy lifestyles, healthy families and healthy babies.