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Keeping Kids Healthy


ABC 30, Children's Hospital Central California, The Fresno County Office of Education, and the Educational Employees Credit Union announce the latest Children First special, “Keeping Kids Healthy”, a half-hour program airing Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. on ABC 30.

Hosted by Action News Anchors Graciela Moreno and Dale Yurong, this Children First Special explores the importance of keeping kids healthy through prevention and nutrition.  Action News reports on the H1N1 Flu Virus and what parents can do to help children stay healthy in school.  We’ll tell you about the symptoms, the vaccine, and important cleaning precautions.  It’s all about prevention.

The California Dental Association says dental disease is more chronic in children than obesity or asthma.  Dental problems can lead to infections and missed school days.  Discover the new dental center that’s helping restore smiles in about an hour.

Learn about the fitness camp that’s helping children shed pounds while educating them about healthier eating habits.  Plus, asthma experts share their approach to treating the condition that’s plaguing many kids and adults in the valley.

One of the poorest schools in Fresno has now opened a farm stand on campus for students and families to buy fruits and vegetables at an affordable price.  See how a partnership is making a difference for families who have difficulty getting access to nutritious foods.

Dale Yurong explores how some student athletes can experience mental and physical burnout due to the pressure of playing sports.  A doctor highlights common sports injuries kids can avoid.

We also talked to child experts about the signs parents can watch for if they suspect their infant or toddler is not developing normally.  Early intervention is stressed for better outcomes.

Children First is a yearlong effort focusing on the challenges, problems, and opportunities facing children living in Central California.  The program concentrates on how the average person can make a difference in a child’s life and highlights local organizations that work with children and youth.  Children First includes locally produced half-hour programs, 30-second vignettes, public service announce-ments, and special stories on Action News.

ABC 30 is actively soliciting stories throughout Central California about successful community efforts that benefit children.  To submit a story idea for Children First, please fax, e-mail, or mail your information to Beth Marney or Aurora Diaz.