On September 13, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month and the important role of parents and others in promoting healthier birth outcomes in minority communities, Dallas Healthy Start will host the city's second annual Baby Buggy Walk in the Park, a health festival and 1.5-mile fitness walk at the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center at 4500 Spring Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210. This free family event will take place at 9 a.m., and provide an opportunity for families to come together for exercise and fun activities, to receive valuable health information and screenings and to enjoy a fun day in the park.
While the infant mortality rate is declining overall across the nation, rates still remain high in Dallas County, particularly among African American residents. From 2005 to 2008, black infants in Dallas County had a mortality rate of 14.0 deaths per 1,000 live births – as of 2011, African American women are still experiencing infant mortality at double the rate of their Caucasian and Hispanic peers, here in Texas and nationwide.
"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," said Niccole McKinley, Program Administrator of Dallas Healthy Start. "Continuous prenatal care, healthy eating, physical activity, a healthy lifestyle, and family and community support are all crucial to ensuring that our youngest and most vulnerable have the best start in life."
The Dallas event is one of 18 Baby Buggy Walk in the Park festivals happening in other cities across the nation in this fall, calling attention to the link between healthy lifestyles, healthy families and healthy babies. This year, the National Healthy Start Association, with support from partners from around the country – including the U.S. Office of Minority Health Resource Center – engaged Healthy Start project across the country to help make the Baby Buggy Walk in the Park a national event, with major cities across thirteen states launching their own Baby Buggy Walk in the Park family festivals.
Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute - Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center
4500 Spring Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
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