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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

HOME VISITING: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

August 28, 2019

  Obesity is a primary concern in many states. While any child is at risk, children who live in poorer areas are at a greater risk for being overweight. In fact, obesity now affects one in five children across the United States. This can put your child at risk for various health problems. The good[…..]

HELP ME GROW: What’s In Your Lunch Box?

August 28, 2019

September means it is back to school for many of our kids! Help your child start this new school year, happy and healthy. Nutrition is a big part of development. Healthy foods make students better learners. A child who has a well-balanced meal is more alert in the classroom. They score better on tests. They[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY – Social Conditions and Health

August 9, 2019

Doctors treat us when we are ill.  Though our health conditions could sometimes be linked to our family health history, that is not always the case. Research shows that social conditions—the jobs we do, the money we’re paid, the schools we attend, the neighborhoods we live in—are as important to our health as our family[…..]

HOME VISITING – Sleep. What’s That?

August 6, 2019

“Tired” takes on a completely new meaning as a new parent. You want to take care of your baby and do what is best for your baby. However, there will be many restless nights ahead. The stress as a new mom or parent could be more than you can handle when you are on little[…..]

HELP ME GROW – Crawl Baby, Crawl!

August 5, 2019

Your baby is on the move! It takes time but eventually your baby will start to crawl. This is an exciting time for you and your little one. Crawling is part of growing up. It is one major milestone for your baby. Crawling is not easy! It takes muscle strength, coordination, and determination. You will[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – Safe Sleep Crib

July 30, 2019

Seasons change. From sun to snowy weather, but the rules of safe sleep will always remain the same. Your baby’s safety should be top priority!  Safe sleep environments help families reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Where your baby sleeps is important to know before you bring the little one out for[…..]

HELP ME GROW – Bonding With Your Baby

July 23, 2019

Hold your baby close—it helps. The urge to hug and kiss your child and to care for your child is a form of bonding. A bond is a strong connection between a child and parent. You should interact with your child as much as possible. It is an important part of a child’s growth process.[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY – Green Spaces

June 18, 2019

There is a link between health and the environment. Are you asking yourself how? Not every person has that ability to live in a community that makes it easy to get healthy and stay healthy. There are obstacles that get in the way of better health. However, small changes can push your community towards better[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – Sharing The Safe Sleep Message

June 15, 2019

Safe sleep starts with you! Every parent has the responsibility to share the safe sleep message. Share it with a friend. Share it with your neighbor. Share it with a stranger. The rules of safe sleep could save a baby’s life. When you log onto Instagram or Facebook, you might see a picture of your[…..]

HOME VISITING – Dads Make A Difference

June 10, 2019

The thought of becoming a new parent brings many emotions. You are excited about all the good moments you are going to have with little one. You are anxious about the arrival. You are scared. No one ever taught you how to care for a baby. You are worried about providing for your child and[…..]