2018-09-26 / News

Baby Buggy Walk planned for Oct. 6

DIANA ROYAL

Enterprise Community Healthy Start has teamed up with local businesses and organizations to present the Baby Buggy Walk in the Park.

The free event, planned for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Waynesboro City Park, is an opportunity for families to come together for exercise and fun activities while receiving health and safety information. It is also part of a national Infant Mortality Awareness initiative being held across the country.

According to Jodi Hudgins, Education and Networking Coordinator for ECHS, infant mortality is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday, and the infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. “In addition to giving us key information about maternal and infant health, the infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society,” she said, adding that while the infant mortality rate is declining overall in Georgia, local rates continue to be higher than the state average. Since 2008, right here in Burke County, 41 infants have died before their first birthdays, and 29 of those were African American infants.

“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,” Hudgins said, adding that 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.”

During the event, infants who died before their first birthdays will be recognized and remembered. Hudgins urges these families to come to the event and share their experiences.

The B. Lamar Murray Public Health Center, Communities in School, UGA Extension Office, Waynesboro Police Department, Waynesboro Fire Department, Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Burke County EMA will participate in the event, providing personalized health information and free prizes.

For additional information, contact Hudgins at 800.982.3728, 706.840.5978 or jhudgins@augusta.edu.

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