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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Women’s preconception health and health care affects birth outcomes and long term health!

Women’s preconception health and health care (PCHHC) affects birth outcomes, especially among high-risk populations. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for improving preconception health and health care. A growing body of evidence points to the importance of a woman’s physical, mental, environmental, and behavioral health over her life course for her children’s birth outcomes, and consequent child development and later life wellbeing. The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiative at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) can play an important role in advancing PCHHC, benefiting women, young children, and families in their communities. 

Click to read NCCP report and learn how you can get involved.

VOTE NOW to include Health Indicators in Sustainable Development

World leaders will attend the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June to negotiate the terms of Sustainable Development. Without the involvement of nurses and other health leaders, health will NOT become a focal measure of sustainability. Read more about the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development here: 

Whether it is transport that reduces air pollution, building more stable, weather-resistant housing for the poor, providing access to safe and sanitary water, or ensuring that clean energy is accessible by all, putting health at the heart of sustainable development can help ensure that sustainable development goals benefit the entire global population, and particularly the poor.

You can help make health a priority of formal civil society inputs to Rio+20, by voting on a series of "health-focused" position papers in the Rio dialogues online discussion forum -- drafted on the basis of recent discussions about health in Rio +20 in a UN expert consultation and in civil society forums involving students and health NGOs. The top three recommendations related to each of the seven Rio+20 thematic areas will be conveyed directly to Heads of State gathering in the High-Level Segment of Rio +20. This second round of voting will determine which articles are relayed to and discussed by Heads of State and Rio + 20. Health is a prime focus in all of our recommendations. We still need your help to win in this second and final round. 
To make your voice heard, vote now!

Steps: Easy as 1…2…3!:
  1. Go to
  2. To vote for our articles, click checkboxes below. 
  3. Enter your location and gender. Click vote. Done!
Unemployment, Decent Work, and Migrations: Ensure all jobs and workplaces meet minimum safety and health standards.
Sustainable Energy for All: Promote the use of sustainable energy and energy access as a public health policy.
Water: Promote sustainable water usage and health. People need access to sustainable water and hygiene to ensure the sustainable growth of a nation.
Sustainable Development for Fighting Poverty: Ensure universal health coverage to achieve sustainable development.
Food and nutrition security: Promote food systems that are sustainable and contribute to improvement of health.
Sustainable cities and innovation: Promote global standards of sustainability for all cities.
The economics of sustainable development: Use health related indexes to measure progress towards sustainable development.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Heading outside to eat in Summer: Food Safety and Grilling Tips

Summer season is here and time to remember all those rules about food preparation and safety.
Prevent trips to the emergency room after your picnic and download this handy guide from the CDC.
Enjoy the fresh air and exercise outside.  Contact me if you have questions on how to eat healthy or handle food at your event this summer.