Florida Kiwanis Foundation and Capital City Kiwanis Club Help Babies Sleep Safe
~Donate safe sleep education and resources for local Healthy Families participants~
Published May 4, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Capital City Kiwanis Club and the Florida Kiwanis Foundation today joined Healthy Families Gadsden-Leon at the Brehon House to provide families with resources and education to encourage safe sleeping environments for infants. The resources and educational materials will be used as part of a safe-sleep project designed to influence parent behaviors to provide safe infant sleep.
This is the fourth year the Capital City Kiwanis Club has partnered with Healthy Families Florida to distribute safe-sleep resources to families in need. Capital City Kiwanis Club President Amber Tynan said, “Kiwanis Clubs are committed to supporting families and children in our communities. Parents want to do what’s best for their babies and when they know better, they can do better. The Capital City Kiwanis Club is pleased to partner again with Healthy Families and provide families with the education and resources they need to help keep babies safe during this most precious time in life.”
Healthy Families is a program offered by Brehon Family Services to families in Leon and Gadsden counties. “Brehon Family Services has changed the lives of hundreds of families in the Big Bend area,” said Pam Banks, program manager for Healthy Families Gadsden-Leon. “We are thankful to the Capital City Kiwanis Club for their continued support. Their dedication helps give our families the best opportunities to thrive.”
According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, unsafe sleep is the number one preventable cause of child death in Florida for babies under one year old. Healthy Families Florida works directly with families to educate them on this important topic as part of services available to families who voluntarily enter the program.
The safe-sleep project will take place through Healthy Families Gadsden-Leon, a project of Healthy Families Florida. Families who volunteer to participate will be offered an assessment to determine their attitudes and practices regarding safe sleep habits for their infants. During the course of services with the Healthy Families program, parents will receive a combination of resources (portable crib, sheets, sleep blanket and the board book “Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug”) along with safe sleep education information and demonstrations. An assessment will be offered after services to determine if parents changed their attitudes and practiced safe sleep with their infants.
Jennifer Ohlsen, executive director of Healthy Families Florida, said, “Understanding safe sleep practices is a critical safety issue for families with infants. Healthy Families is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Health in our work to promote safe sleep education to families all across the state. Our goal is to provide families with the education, resources and support they need to make good parenting decisions and prevent tragic losses.”
Healthy Families Florida, a program of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, is a voluntary program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. Parents learn to recognize and respond to their babies’ developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the stress of parenting and set and achieve short- and long-term goals. The program has proven to be highly successful in preventing child abuse and neglect. To learn more, visit www.HealthyFamiliesFla.org.
Jennifer Hartshorne, Director of Communications