02 Aug Onslow County NC advocates for infant health
In the interest of promoting infant health, the Onslow County Health Department (OCHD) is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7. In its observance of World Breastfeeding Week, the health department has partnered with the Onslow County Partnership for Children Early Head Start Program and other community organizations to emphasize the health benefits of breastfeeding and educate community members about ways to provide infants with the most advantageous start in life.
According to an article in JDNews.com, the theme for this year is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.” The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) chose the theme. The group chose the theme to appeal to all kinds of parents who are having children in today’s world. They emphasize the importance of empowering mothers and fathers, enthusiastically promoting the benefits of breastfeeding for its health advantages to infants.
The community partners hosted an event called the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration and Health Fair in Jacksonville, NC Aug. 2. Additionally, the OCHD works to emphasize its commitment to family health throughout the year.
Alex Shreve, Early Head Start Health and Disabilities Coordinator, told JDNews, “We recognize the importance of healthy development for children and see this as a great opportunity for families to engage agency professionals in our community for health education and screenings.”
Nutritional counseling available for new parents in Jacksonville
The Onslow County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program has several nutritionists on its staff. These nutritionists are trained as Certified Lactation Educators, and the offer counseling for a variety of concerns new mothers may have.
The WIC Program not only offers breastfeeding support, but also sees its mission as promoting healthy habits in families. This health support helps to build a strong foundation for infants and toddlers in their important early years of development.
New parents who feel the need for any kind of nutritional support can visit the Onslow County WIC Program at the Onslow County Consolidated Human Services Agency, 612 College St. There is also a WIC office on the Camp LeJeune base at 2455 Iwo Jima Boulevard.
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