Group for girls with autism headed to gym
Running, jumping and flipping are just a few activities My Circle of Girls’ participants will partake in at an upcoming event at The Little Gym on Sunday, March, 8, 2015.
Girls with living with autism in the Triangle and surrounding areas are invited to the specialized session guided by the location’s three-dimensional learning approach. The event will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
According to the internationally known Autism Speaks website, besides the obvious benefits, some advantages of physical activity for children with autism can include “decrease in frequency of negative, self-stimulating behaviors that are common among individuals with autism, while not decreasing other positive behaviors.” Furthermore, “physical activity can promote self-esteem, increase general levels of happiness, and can lead to positive social outcomes.”
Girls ages 2-11 are invited to register for some serious fun with My Circle of Girls and The Little Gym by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by today, March 1.
For more information about My Circle of Girls, email email@example.com or visit facebook.com/mycircleofgirls.
Main Library to hold SNCC discussion
In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Durham County Library will host Wesley Hogan as she moderates a panel of authors and activists for a discussion of the SNCC Legacy Project and the launch of Duke University’s One Person, One Vote website (onevotesncc.org) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
The panel will include Charlie Cobb, author and former SNCC field secretary; Judy Richardson, filmmaker and former SNCC activist; Cynthia Brown, Civil Rights scholar; and local student activists. The panelists will discuss what drew them to the projects as well as political action strategies and how they can best be passed from generation to generation. A reception and demonstration of the website will follow the discussion.
The SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) was begun to preserve and extend SNCC's legacy. Although SNCC the organization no longer exists, its founders believe that its legacy continues and needs to be brought forward in ways that continue the struggle for freedom, justice and liberty.
This program is co-sponsored by Durham Library Foundation, the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. For more information call Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
County starts produce program for pregnant women
Brand, generic, co-pays, preferred formularies. Those terms are typically associated with the routine of receiving and filling a prescription from a medical provider.
Now prescriptions from the Durham County Department of Public Health’s prenatal clinic may have a few unique instructions that among others, may include wash, peel, or slice, as well as be far more appealing to digest, as the department unwraps its Fresh Food Prescription (FFRx) program pilot.
The pilot, funded by a grant from the North Carolina Public Health Association’s Dr. Ann F. Wolfe Endowment, will provide 36 pregnant women with prescriptions for fresh produce at each of their prenatal appointments.
The women can fill their prescriptions at Veggie Van, a mobile market that sells produce in the lobby of the Durham County Human Services building and three other locations in Durham, for a $2.50 co-pay to fill the prescription, using cash, credit, check and SNAP/EBT (previously known as food stamps). The offering from Veggie Van will include four to five different types of local, fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Public Health continues to tirelessly work to reduce as many barriers to healthy eating as possible, including cost and transportation,” said Kelly Warnock, nutrition program manager with the Durham County Department of Public Health. “In addition, we are also providing nutrition education, recipes, and cooking demonstrations to show our expectant mothers how to use the different items. In essence, FFRx enables one stop access fresh food, practical nutrition education and prenatal care.”
Every dollar invested in the FFRx program nourishes mother and child by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and lowering risks for chronic disease, obesity and diabetes risk. Similar programs throughout the country have shown health behavior changes continue after the patients stop receiving prescriptions.
The department hopes to expand the program to include more clients through its other health clinics as funding comes available.
For more information about the programs and services offered through the department’s nutrition program, call Warnock at 919-560-7857 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Veggie Van, including their market schedule, visit cnpnc.org, call 910-292-9166 or e-mail email@example.com.