Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

Global Health Promotion
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Children / Adolescent Health

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2009 Georgia Data Summary: OBESITY IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH
  2009 Georgia Data Summary: OBESITY IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH Obesity in children and youth is a significant public health problem in Georgia. Percentages of obese* children and youth in Georgia • 15,000 (15%) children aged 2-4 years in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC)† program are obese • 28,000 (24%) third grade children‡ are obese • 56,000 (15%) middle school students¶ are obese • 65,000 (14%) high school students¶ are obese • The Healthy People 2010 national goal for obesity among children and youth (ages 6-18) is 5%
2013 Race, Prison, and Poverty
  ...According to Thomas K. Lowenstein, director of the Electronic Policy Network, 7 percent of Black children- nearly 9 times more than white children- have an incarcerated parent.
BAM (Body and Mind) for Children
  BAM tells you all you need to know about diseases using cartoon characters.
Global Public Health Issues : CNN Child Workers Nigeria
  Children in Nigeria are getting abused after being accused of being witches Community workers say kids are cast out of their villages, attacked and even killed State leaders say the problem is being exaggerated and accuse child workers of working a scam
High blood Pressue: The Role of the Family
  When someone in your family has high blood pressure, or any chronic illness, it can be stressful for the whole family. Your family member with high blood pressure may need to take medicines and make some changes to a healthier lifestyle. You may feel upset because you do not know what to do to help. Knowing about high blood pressure and how it affects your family member will prepare you to help your loved one.
Hospital seeing more babies born exposed to prescription drugs
  ...A recent Tennessee health department survey found that about a third of pregnant women in state treatment programs are addicted to prescription pain meds. As a result, the number of babies born with NAS at East Tennessee Children's Hospital doubled from 2010 to 2011.
Information for Parents about Pre-teen Vaccines
  Meningococcal Disease (a common form of meningitis) Pertussis (whooping cough) Influenza (flu) Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Obesity in Georgia's 3rd Grade Children, 2005
  Key Findings: - 1 in 4 (24%) 3rd grade children in Georgia were obese. - Girls were more likely to be obese (25%) than boys (22%).* - Black children were more likely to be obese (27%) than white children (21%).* - Children from low socioeconomic (SES) households were more likely to be obese (26%) than those from high SES households (21%).* - Children from rural areas were more likely to be obese (26%) than children from Metropolitan Atlanta (21%).*
Organic Foods: Worth the Price?
  Many people prefer to buy organic produce and meat out of concerns for their health and the environment. Purchasers generally assume that foods marketed as organic have been grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and have not been treated with antibiotics, hormones, or synthetic additives such as dyes and preservatives.
Strong 4 Life fight against Georgia's Childhood Obesity Ranked 2nd Highest
  As a national leader in pediatric health care, our doctors and nurses are seeing more and more children with diseases once seen only in adults—such as hypertension, liver and kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. Why? •Georgia has the 2nd highest childhood obesity rate in the U.S. •Nearly 40% of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese.
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