HFLS Newsletter – Winter 2014


Inside This Issue

  • Holiday Gathering
  • Text4baby
  • Highlights on our Advisory Council
  • New Babies
  • Winter calendar of events

Holiday Gathering and Graduation Held

On November 23, 2013 Healthy Families Lower Shore gathered at Salem United Methodist Church for our annual holiday event. This year we again celebrated with breakfast, story time, and fun. We served about 80 people with 32 of those being children. We also collected pennies and items for the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD. Photos were taken of the children with Santa to take home for the holidays. Family portraits were also taken for those that wanted them and will be delivered by Christmas. Thank you Whitney Williams of Whitney Williams Photogrphy, Amanda Evans, and Amber Garspata. for providing this service to our families. Thank you Santa for sharing your time and talents with us again this year and to our volunteers, Francis, Pat, Sarah, Dr. Mike, and Cathy, who so graciously gave of their time to assist us. A big thank you goes to our contributors,
and to Salem United Methodist Church for again sharing their hall with us.

On this same day Healthy Families Lower Shore honored our program graduates. In order to graduate families have had regular visits, participation in monthly family gatherings, and immunizations are current on the  children. Positive parenting and increased knowledge of child development have been accomplished as the result of five years of program participation. The families graduating in November 2013 were: The Family of Talya Eltuhami, The Family of Malcolm Sturgis, The Hankerson Family, The Graves-Wootten Family, The Maddox Family, The Kellam Family and The Baker Family.


Expectant mothers are getting a new tool to help keep themselves and their babies healthy: pregnancy and age appropriate care baby tips sent directly to their cell phones. This service is designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.

The text4baby campaign is the first free health education program in the U.S. to harness the reach of mobile phones, according to its sponsors, which include Johnson, &Johnson, Pfizer, WellPoint and CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Wireless carriers including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have agreed to waive all fees for receiving the texts.

Registration is easy and can be done online at www.text4baby.org or from any cell phone. Simply text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411. You’ll be asked to enter your baby’s due date or your baby’s birthday and your zip code. Once you are registered you will start receiving free messages with tips for your pregnancy and caring for your baby. These messages are timed to your due date or your baby’s birth date. You may stop receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to 511411.

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